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illustration: stone crab

December 7, 2019

stone crab_by_al_lau

The Stone Crab is commonly found in the marshes of South Carolina to Florida to Lousiana. Their claws are so large that they are considered a popular delicacy. After one or both of their claws are removed for harvesting, the crab is then returned to the sea where they can miraculously grow back their claws. Fully grown back, in 3 years time, that is.

The stone crab was a fun drawing to do because I got to the chance to experiment with texture on a fascinating creature. I wanted to apply spontaneous brushwork as if the crab was blending in with the rocks or sand. This watercolor painting of mine is remastered for 11 x 17 size print. My illustration is available at my store. Check it out :)

smallest fish in cape cod

Do you like the beach and lighthouses? Well, have you ever been to Cape Cod or thinking about going there? Here, I do a mini travel guide and show you a sampler, recommending 5 Fun Things To Do in the Cape, featuring the following; Visiting a lighthouse, biking on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, paddling on the Bass River, walking in the bay at low tide and touring the Truro Vineyard/Distillery. Plus, I catch the smallest saltwater fish I ever saw. What kind of fish is it?

Check out my short video which is a supplement to last week’s Shark posting. (No dangerous sharks included here.) Please let me know what you think. Enjoy!

illustration: clams

January 13, 2017

clams_by_al_lau

The earliest clams first appeared 500 million years ago. Clams are a bi-valve mollusk. Unlike oysters and mussels which need to be anchored to rocks in order to survive, clams burrow themselves within the sandy bottom of the ocean floor.

Although clams may look uninspiring, they play an important part to healthy coastal waters because of their role in filter feeding.

I am experimenting with a new type of art pen which gives me a finer line. It reminds me of when I used Repidograph pens in school. Drawing clams formations is a good exercise for me to study contours and detail. So with my clam sketches, less is more.

photography: florida

April 26, 2013

bird's eye view of coral reef

mangroves

grape tree

flower

wildflowers

tropical plants

storm clouds

meadow

beach

photography: summer

July 6, 2012

I took a bunch of photos in Cape Cod. These are some that make great desktop wallpaper. No HDR effect required. Just pure natural beauty.

Ahh yes. Summer time is here. It’s that time of year when crowds descend on the beaches for fun in the sun.

Personally, I prefer swimming in lakes, where it is not as crowded and I won’t have to worry about being eaten by a shark. Though, the traffic around the beaches here are even scarier than sharks.

cartoon: fish on

April 20, 2012

This is my drawing of a boy who gets a big suprise at the ocean. I call him fish head. Don’t be afraid. He won’t bite… hard.

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