Kelli here. It was a small adventure. Really small. It was inspired by the Scale of the UNIVERSE. The site loads with human beings in the center, and in my person-centric frenzy I immediately zoomed out to view all of the things larger than myself. When I zoomed back in I realized what I'd missed at the beginning. Humans are in the center of the scale. Planets and star clusters, meet microbes and quantum foam; your balancing counterparts.
I'd forgotten to get CLOSE UP! Astounding. Bacteria became my focus for 24 hours. I am not an immunologist, microbiologist, nor do I speak for the CDC, but I have seen "Contagion" and I have the Internet. So, I Googled and drew as many of the elegant little creatures as I could fit on a page. Which is a lot.
I planned to carve stamps, so I was going for broad shapes here, although my daughters have been picking out specific shapes and naming them. "Hey! It's Streptococcus!" and "Why, isn't that Bubonic Plague?" I have no idea where they got the science geek gene but it can be a little disturbing at times. Since the shapes were simple, I redrew them directly onto the carving blocks. The idea is to carve one to three and just restamp them to create a cluster.
On a sheet of watercolor paper (but certainly appropriate for a sketchbook) I painted some fancy petri dishes, then I populated them with stamped bacteria. In my colorful world the various kinds of bacteria live happily together in the same dish. What about it? It could happen. The names of the bacteria were so interesting that I circled the petri dishes with some of them, using a Micron pen.
And now I'm going to gift one of you with a dose of bacterial love by sending you a microbial postcard of your own. Be sure to enter your sketches into this month's giveaway if you'd like one of these or the other high falootin' giveaway packages! And pop over to my blog for more chances to get a postcard from your friendly mail person.