- Signed and numbered
Ocean in a Drop NZ, hints of the intricate connections within a food web, in New Zealand waters.
Tiny organisms that collectively produce about half of the world’s oxygen: phytoplankton, as well as zooplankton, are a nutrient source for many larger life forms. Followed by the creatures that feed on them, and the lives which then depend on / support these algae, invertebrates and vertebrates, and so on.
A few years ago, I began black ink illustrations, of ornate and detailed water drops, teeming with marine life.
The bigger picture I see, is a series of drop-shaped designs, each with ocean-scapes and sea creatures unique to a particular area of the world, as a way to celebrate the diversity in different waters.
Portions of profits would go to marine research, conservation and education initiatives in the related geographic locations.
This drop of ocean is for keeps!
xoxo Candace Loy
Just for fun:
Can you spot: a Bryde’s whale, snapper, red moki, flying fish, common dolphin, sea gooseberry, goatfish , Southern rock lobster (commonly called ‘crayfish’), eagle ray, Neptune’s necklace, cockle, mangrove, John Dory, scallop, big eye, chiton, cat’s eye snail, sea cucumber, oyster, nudibranchs, kelp species Ecklonia and Macrocystis, greenshell mussel, sea urchins (Maori: ‘kina’) and a brittle snake star…bonus points if you have met any one of them in real life before! xo