Morro the pelican

I was lucky enough to receive a behind the scenes tour of both our local Marine Mammal Center and Pacific Wildlife Care facilities a few weeks ago to see first-hand all the work that our volunteers do to help the local wildlife. Did you know it can cost upwards of $1200 to rehabilitate a pelican? As mentioned previously, we are seeing a malnourished sea lion pup tsunami here in California due to warm waters.

Anyway, I also met a woman who, in addition to having volunteered for more than 15 years at the MMC, also runs a bird rescue and education operation from her home. I was invited to visit and meet one of her permanent family members, Morro the pelican. He was still sporting some of his beautiful breeding plumage. So, I took lots of photos while avoiding his girlfriend the goose, who was frantically trying to nip my bare legs and toes.

Inspired, here is my 16×20″ acrylic painting of Morro in all his glory.

Morro - Pelican. © 2015 Aprille Lipton. Original 16x20" acrylic painting on canvas.

Morro – Pelican. © 2015 Aprille Lipton. Original 16×20″ acrylic painting on canvas.


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Blank paper/canvas syndrome

I know pretty much every artist has faced this affliction at one time or another. Staring at that blank piece of paper or canvas and wondering where in the hell to start.

I found this meme that I keep on my inspiration board. It has helped me SO much. I now buy watercolor paper and sketchbooks on sale and use them to play and experiment. I am gradually encountering the blank canvas phenomenon less and less.

I hope it helps you.

paper dude

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10% of Sales through March 2015 to be donated to TMMC

I’m going to step it up a notch and also donate 10% from any sales from my Etsy shop until the end of March 2015. I’ve just added some new original paintings listings with more to follow. Plus you receive a 10% discount coupon for your next purchase. Time for me to get painting so I have something you want!

Wave After Wave (c)2015 Aprille Lipton

Wave After Wave (c)2015 Aprille Lipton


Filed under Art, Etsy, PMMC

California marine life in trouble — Quick auction for donation!

Our marine wildlife is in crisis here in California. The rescue centers are full, volunteers are exhausted and giving their all. And more animals need help everyday. I want to donate the full proceeds from the following two mini paintings to our local chapter of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center to help at least a little. Would you help?

You can read more on the issue here:

Simply bid on which painting you would like to buy from the links below… They are each 5″x7″ acrylic originals on canvas. Highest bidder wins and I will donate your entire payment and send you the painting. It may even be partially tax deductible (check with your accountant). Thank you.


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