Sunday, November 30, 2008

Eagle owls

New alarming information on the climate change apparently caused by man pours over us as soon as we turn the radio on. And it should - if we have a problem we better realize it! But not everything around us is going the wrong way. Projekt Berguv Skåne (Project Eagle Owl Skåne) aims to reestablish the world's largest owl species in our province and has so far released more than 150 chicks since 1982. That is why the species is now breeding with 11 wild pairs, which is more than halfway to the goal of 20 breeding pairs. Please report any observations to thomas.lindblad@utb.kristianstad.se to help the project get a better view of the species' status in 2009!
This is a female and her young in the Hardeberga quarry near Lund in 2007.

Monday, November 24, 2008

A new project

I just received a phone call from ecologist Dag Fredriksson at the town of Jönköping. He and his team have spent the last few years describing lake Rocksjön and its surroundings, make it available to visitors, and restore its habitats which are especially interesting for a number of wetland birds as well as otter and beaver. My job is to illustrate an information sign guiding the visitors at the lake, which Dag and his collegues want to include in a future nature reserve. This is a bittern in the reed beds of lake Krankesjön, Skåne.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Next exhibition

Yesterday I set off along with some friends to check up a new gallery where we will be showing our art next April. Konst & Sånt opened last spring in an old grocery store in Tommarp, SE Skåne, has been beautifully renovated and is run by the nice married couple Bo Lasko and Gerty Magnusson. I will tell you more as we are approaching the opening of the exhibition.
Left to right: nature painters Hans Larsson, Lars Fredholm, Peter Elfman, and myself.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Being an expert

Being an illustrator in my case means to depict anything from well drills to the cell structure of wheat grains - things that I don't know anything about at all. In fact my task is to be a generalist, a person who does not know everything about something but knows how to find, select, and communicate facts about various things. This time, however, I am the expert myself because I love inlagd sill, in the English speaking world perhaps better known as pickled herring. So when a health magazine wanted watercolor illustrations of Christmas food I took it as an excuse to buy some of this culinary delicacy, paint it, and eat it. The tax man may wonder why I deducted the cost so I am saving the picture as an answer to his questions.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Our oldest friend

Dogs are fascinating not only because they are our best friends but also because they are our oldest friends! Wolf pups were taken care of as early as 15,000 years ago, mainly in Asia, and eventually bred to match man’s need for a hunting companion, herder, watch dog and pet. Amazingly enough, researchers recently found evidence for a 31,700 year old dog in Belgium. Its DNA seems to have little to do with present-day dogs but what amazes me the most is that history never fails to tell us that everything is much older than we always thought.
This is a mesolithic dog reconstructed from Bennike’s and Lepiksaar’s studies of bones, and modern but primitive breeds such as Jamthund, Norwegian buhund, Finnish lapphund and Swedish vallhund.