Seabird Drawing 2013
A field sketching and painting week based at Aberlady and North Berwick, led by John Busby, Greg Poole, John Threlfall and Darren Woodhead
Sunday 16th - Saturday 22th June 2013
Based at Ducks at Kilspindie, Main Street, Aberlady, EH32 0RE
This is an opportunity for enthusiasts with experience of field sketching to gather for a week of drawing and painting among the many seabird sites in the area: Bass Rock, Fidra, Dunbar, St Abbs Head, Tyninghame, Aberlady Bay. Artists can opt to do their own thing or join others on visits to seabird sites. JB, GP. JT and DW will be on hand if anyone would like help or guidance with drawing or painting in the field, and we hope to offer optional evening activities. If the weather is really bad during the day we will have informal tutorials at the Hotel. In the evenings, we will get together at the Hotel to compare notes and display work and learn from each other, and to enjoy an evening meal together.
The cost, including evening meals and packed lunches will be £300.
Badass Scientist of the Week: Mary Anning
Mary Anning (1799-1847) was a British fossil collector and paleontologist most well-known for a number of finds that she made in the cliffs surrounding her seaside home in Dorset, England. Fundamental changes in scientific thinking, especially regarding prehistoric life and the history of the Earth, were due in large part to her work. Dorset, where she also lived as a child, was quickly becoming a popular tourist destination by the early 1800s. The wealthy visitors were more than eager to gobble up the variety of fossils that the Anning family found and sold as ‘curios.’ In 1811, Anning made her first important discovery at the age of 12. It was the four foot skull of an ichthyosaur, a marine reptile that lived during the time of dinosaurs. She soon unearthed the rest of the fossil. The discovery shook up majority England’s long-held belief in Biblical Creation and forced people to question the assumption that the Earth was only a few thousand years old. Anning also found the first complete Plesiosaurus fossil, another large marine reptile, and the first British pterosaur fossil, a flying reptile. Fossil hunting was most successful during the winter when landslides on the cliffs would reveal what lay underneath. It was through one of these winter slides that her dog Tray, her faithful fossil hunting companion, was crushed to his death at her feet. Because Anning was a working woman, she did not have much say in the scientific community of the time. In fact, she only ever published in one scientific journal. However, her sketches and writings on ancient life are some of the most-detailed and highly-revered from the time period. Mary Anning has since become a figure of increased interest, and finally received a little of the recognition that she deserves when—only one hundred and sixty-three years after her death—she was ranked among the ten most influential women in the history of science.
Guest article written by Jake Heller