New Studio Log
I've been in hermit mode recently, but wanted to let you know that I am documenting my daily progress via an online Studio Log, which you can see... Read more
I'm back online! The Illuminated Origin of Species website is active again, and I've updated the project timeline and the Books of Kell's Shop.
In December, those who... Read more
Post Darwin Day Post
This update is long overdue. I was hoping to be able to show you the first six pages today, but life made sure that would not happen. Without going into... Read more
Exciting news! The greeting cards are boxed, packaged, and ready to ship today! Backers who chose to receive cards should see them within the next week. International orders are going... Read more
Thank you once again to all who supported The Illuminated Origin of Speciesthrough Kickstarter. I am grateful for every pledge and all of the messages I've received. This will... Read more
Less than 5 hours to go!
The boxes and envelopes arrived today, and the greeting cards are officially being printed and embossed at the printer as I type! Here is the newest card design, "There is... Read more
Less than 30 hours to go!
With the fundraising deadline closing in, I'm getting into "a beetle-a-day" mode. Here's one I painted yesterday, start to finish. This beetle is available as a miniature print, and will... Read more
Adopt-A-Beetle and help raise $15,000 for the Illuminated Origin of Species!
First of all, I am overwhelmed. The theme of the last few weeks has been "Be careful what you ask for." The project has exceeded every goal I've set so... Read more
Stretch Goal! Help Raise $12,000 for The Illuminated Origin
In addition to surpassing my earlier fundraising goals, I have been overwhelmed by an outpouring of support from the scientific community. I am thankful to all who have written to... Read more
Help Me Get to $6000 and Create the Introduction!
The Illuminated Origin of Speciessailed past the initial goal of $3000 to fund the creation of the title page and the table of contents, so I'm using this final... Read more
I've added a new reward--an original painting of your favorite beetle! Plus, I will include your suggestion (subject to approval) somewhere in the table of contents pages of The Illuminated... Read more
Illuminated Beetle #1: Chrysina gloriosa
Last night I painted the first illuminated beetle for The Illuminated Origin of Species. Read the entire blog here. This beetle, Chrysina gloriosa, is also included in "A Miniature... Read more
Using Poetry and Art to Communicate Science
In this blog on www.illuminatedorigin.com I explain exactly what I hope to accomplish by making an illuminated manuscript based on The Origin of Species.