Art Invitational - November 7 & 8 at the World Forestry Center 10-4 pm

After working all summer on developing new plankton forms, I've settled on three to show at the Sitka Art Invitational next week. Barnacles have returned to the spotlight, this time in their larval free -swimming form - bristling with antennae and slender jointed legs or setae. A larval form of a marine snail and the planktonic paddle swimmer, Tomopteris are all painted with a pearlescent paint giving them a ghostly and luminous appearance as they do in their ocean habitat.

              Larval form of marine snail drifts freely in the ocean before settling on the bottom.               Alder on charred alder base.

              Larval form of marine snail drifts freely in the ocean before settling on the bottom.

              Alder on charred alder base.

              Tomopteris - paddle swimmer is a fast and voracious feeder of smaller plankton.

              Tomopteris - paddle swimmer is a fast and voracious feeder of smaller plankton.

              Barnacle nauplius - After brooding in the female, thousands of these are released into the ocean.                              After several molts they will settle and cement themselves to the rocks and remain for years.      

              Barnacle nauplius - After brooding in the female, thousands of these are released into the ocean.               

              After several molts they will settle and cement themselves to the rocks and remain for years.