Alexa Finlay

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Part creative, part adventure, part couch.
Scientific Illustrator, Search and Rescue Technician, Elementary Librarian

http://www.alexafinlay.com/

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When the abandoned beehive on the property you bought is too wax moth-ridden and structurally unstable to support healthy bees AND you finally had rain so your forest won't try to light on fire: burn the shit frames, enjoy the roasted honey smell and build your new top bar hive.
Sketch instead of doing dishes? Sure thing.
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Colored in more of this sketch from late May.
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When the car rolls up, and matches perfectly. 👍 
Quick sketch after ordering dim sum next door. Scroll for sketch and diner photo. 2.5"x4.5"
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Pakaha, Baja pitcher sage (Lepechinia hastata).
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P.S. I should probably get back to scanning illustrations at some point, instead of crappy phone shots.
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#botanical #botany #sciart #illustration #leaves #scientificillustration #instaart #micron #inkart #sakuramicron #plants #botanicalillustration #garden #drawing #botanicaldrawing #sketchbook #nature #penandink #stippling
#WIP
Quick sketch yesterday at the Oakland Airport cellphone lot waiting for an arrival. Painted a bit today but still in progress. Albeit, it's way, way more colorful than the normal off-white and light gray reality. That building could do with some crazy amazing murals.

A little perspective and proportion skewed, but eh, it was quick sketching. Probably will add more paint. Would love to be able to get to a different angle and properly sketch the beast or some planes. I love the roof beam/pole structure.

#workinprogress #watercolorpainting #watercolor #airport #hangar #bayarea #eastbay #oakland #oaklandairport #flyoak #iflyoak  #portofoakland #urbansketchers #urbansketch #usk #colorful #instaart #instaartist #sketchbook #sketchingarchitecture
Oldies from a couple years ago in Alaska and British Columbia.

Scroll for two closer shots.

#sketchbook #micron #ink #inkandwatercolor  #alaska #wilderness #glaciernationalpark #juneau #skagway #instaart #landscape #art #watercolor #hiking #stippling #britishcolumbia
Part handsome, part doofus, part fugly. Our Sir Chunks-a-lot as watercolor waterfowl. 4"x6" 
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My brain is fried from studying Ham for the last several hours and then passing the Ham radio Technician license test all in one day. So, here's two calm and peaceful sketched views where my head wasn't today. Our backyard pond and art wall above our couch.

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Duck house and feed area.

We've been duck keepers for over five years (as of a little over a week ago). Pretty sure those chuckle heads think they're in charge, though.

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Inspired by @pascalbaudar and a version of one of his manzanita cider soda recipes from awhile back: manzanita berries, mugwort and juniper berries (for yeast) with a blue, splashy background for the water.

Swipe for a graphite version.

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I mentioned to some folks that I'd start posting art and what I'm working on again by the end of the month of May. No time like literally the last day of the month, eh?

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