Thursday, April 12, 2018

Digital world expanding 2

  So, I have put together the most recent digital work.
 A stag with staghorn fern.
Holding your balance on ice.
 I previously sketched for a watercolor painting. Got a bit lazy and made this digital one instead.

 Homage to my cat.
 Conservationists say the extinct Yangtze river dolphin Baiji may be returning!
 Same dog during sunset  or sunrise and at night.

 I am still thinking about the Lithuanian film “Ancient woods”. The opinions and likes are divided. So I put my thoughts down here in Lithuanian. In short, for me this feature film is not an educational Animal planetesque film. This is documentary poetry. Nature poetry, call it what you like! But it’s a film to see, because it wakes us up and forces to think of the damage we are doing to our forests! Kai aš mėginu "Sengirė" filmą paaiškinti kitiems, sakau, kad čia ne edukacinė Animal planet tipo dokumentika. Čia yra dokumentinė poezija, gamtos poezija. Pilna salė buvo vaikų. Ir tik vienas skleidė garsą-paukščiuko pypsėjimą. Dar kartais paklausdavo, wow, kas čia per gyvis. Aš vesiuos savo dukrą ir žiūrėsiu šį filmą darsyk. Žinoma, visada visada bus į ką lygiuotis. Bet man, didelei gyvojo pasaulio stebėtojai-tai buvo labai lauktas filmas. Aišku, suprantu visus, kas "varo" ant medžių užstojamo vaizdo, scenų ne fokuse, povandeninių kokybės ir tt, aš ir visa tai mačiau, bet nusprendžiau verčiau įsijausti. Ir iškart tapo lengviau. Juk miške gyvūnų arba išvis nematai, arba tik galbūt juos girdi, o jei pasiseka, kokio didesnio pasturgalį spėji pamatyti tarp medžių. Tad čia buvo kaip tikras pasivaikščiojimas miške-kai matai tik fragmentus. Ir iš arčiau ir neskubėdamas gali stebėti tik vabzdžius, gyvatę ar kokią pelę (jei ši nebekruta...). Ir svarbiausia- šis filmas labai jaudina ir nori nenori tenka susimàstyti: kà mes darome savo miškams!? 
A detail from the capercaillie digital drawing.
 A lady bird. I have actually made an animated short as a small exercise with such a bird. Check it out ( kids love it!). 
 Pigeons are actually smart birds. Their cognitive ability is surprising and little understood.
 A sad doggy... It's wrong to think dogs smile when they stretch their mouth and narrow their eyes.  Saying a dog smiles is ultimately a form of anthropomorphism. When a dog does this with his face it means it's showing other animal or human that he means no harm and is submissive.
The angry swan.
 I read about a new discovery yesterday. Apparently scientists have found a substance in the eyes of birds that helps them migrate by seeing the electromagnetic field of the Earth. It made me think about the other things we, humans aren't able to see. We can not, f.ex. comprehend how dogs see their world with all the smells around them. The whole social network is on the ground, posts and bushes. They quickly get the gender, status, recent meals and other things about other dogs. It's probably very similar to us, looking down at the social media networks in our phones. And as the dog is oblivious to the internet, we are equally unaware of the social network of smells around us. 
 VAQUITA - the world’s most rare marine mammal. It was discovered in 1958 and now only ca 30 individuals remain in the entire world. Google and read about the “little cow” of the ocean! 
I heard about the zombie deer of Canada! I am not sure what scares me more-water shortage in Cape Town or zombie animals in the gigantic forests of Canada. 
Horses can sit nicely! But it’s bad and can be even fatal if they lay too long. Apparently their organs can get squished under all this weight.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Art giveaway


 Puiki proga laimėti meno! Konskursas vyksta mano Instagram iki Blanadžio 11 dienos, 13 valandos.
A giveaway constest on my Instagram account!Tag a friend in the comments to win this high quality print. Limited edition of five from@animalsindresses (Reda Tomingas artist)! Must follow the account and tag a friend to win. Contest ends on 11th of April, at 13 pm Eastern European time.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Tenerife part two


Tiny natural water pools in the southern part of Tenerife. Isn't it cool to lay down and have a bath among these small fish?
And all around there were caves occupied by hippies. You can even rent a cave!



These little lifts are everywhere in the mountains. This one on the way to Chinamada.
Dead beauties in Municipal Market Our Lady of Africa La Recova in Puerto de la Cruz. Wouldn't you agree fish look way better in the water?
I guess people eat Moray eels too? Oh wait, we eat everything. Even soup, boiled from swallow nests, made out of their saliva. 
Damn, how do you catch a sea devil. And more importantly, how do you prepare it?
A stop on our way to the volcano Teide.
The ladder doesn't lead anywhere :-)
The lava fields. The front wall of it is taller than a human. A bit unsettling.
The Spanish are really crazy about soccer. This field was like 2 kilometers high up in the mountains.
One of the iconic plants in Tenerife-Echium wildpretii. Soft and beautiful. But the real treat are the flowers, that cover the 3 meter tall plant.

The cool and moist forests of Anaga. It's a laurel tree forest. I haven't seen a laurel before except in my soup.
Ferns again!And the epyphitic plants are the most interesting to me.
The most beautiful view of Teide. Photo taken in the town of Icos de los Vinos.
Same town, different details. 

And this is the concert hall in the capital. The walls were covered in white mosaic, giving the whole building a glittery look.
This one here was probably the most spectacular view, opening to the sea. There is a walk path leading to Loro park. Though I didn't walk all the way. It ends at Levator Gordejuela. And boy, what a treat one gets.




On the hiking trail, leading from Chinamada. It was too narrow and steep to continue with a four year old unfortunately.
Just a bit of taste of the views from the same trail.