the art & adventures of tracy durnell


March 30, 2009


Snowtracking with the Cascades Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project

snowy hike
As part of a citizen science initiative, I volunteered to snowshoe track animals along I-90 two days this winter.

snowy river
It's nice to get out in the winter sometimes. Snoeshoeing ftw!

Snowy forest trail
Each transect was 1k long. This route followed an established cross-country ski track, but the others were through unbroken snow.

Tricky flagging
We followed orange flagging on the unmaintained routes, but some of it was tricky to spot, like this, right at ground level, and required blindly choosing a direction and traipsing around for fifteen minutes until we could spot the next flag. They hung the flagging in summer, so some was covered with snow.

Investigating a coyote trail
Each team had a more experienced leader who could help us identify tracks. Here he's investigating a coyote trail just off the transect.

pond in the forest

stream crossing
The tracks headed up towards the stream are from a pair of coyotes. We later attempted to track them through this riverbed.

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March 23, 2009


Weekly Review: Mar 15-22

So, I finally got a new computer - yay!!!

But that means prepping the transfer, personalizing the new one, cleaning up the old one to give to someone else. I've been working on it all week :(


March 14, 2009


Week of March 7-14


  • Made 2 mix CDs

  • Outlined detailed drawing

  • Website stuff

  • Finished writing review of Brian Azzarello's The Joker


  • Snowshoeing again! I'm a-gonna be sore.

  • Updated desk setup - including NEW COMPUTER!!!! About freakin time.

  • Hung framed art (only a month and a half later...)

  • In progress: purging old computer for a fresh start on the new computer!


March 9, 2009


Artstuffs - mine & newly framed!

Framed Artwork

Mucha four seasons framed
(One of) Mucha's four seasons, framed. This frame was pricey, but it's perfect with it. It looks like peacock feathers.

A couple months ago I finally got an Audrey Kawasaki print, and wanted to frame it to do it justice. I adore her work and have been wanting some art of hers for over a year.

Kawasaki closeup
I lightened and sharpened this so you could see the frame better.

Portraiture Class

I took a portraiture class this winter (just finished last week), and I think it helped a lot. Working from models is fun! Here are a few I liked.




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March 5, 2009


I'm FUCKING EXCITED for Watchmen!!!!!

Going to it on IMAX tomorrow night!

March 2, 2009


Jewelry for the new year!

Steampunk and Victoriana

Absinthe afternoon
These are my favorites of the bunch.

steampunk key necklace
Yay for keys and gears. Actually I'm not a huge fan of gears, but I'm-a-gonna try and sell this on etsy I think.

Steampunk garden
This bracelet was a present for Hannah.

Cranberry tassels
Not exactly steampunky, reminds me of one of those fancy pull tassels.

Captain Nemo's escort
I'd wear these with a ball gown and a shitload of pearls if I got to eat dinner with Captain Nemo. But really they were Robin's bday present!

More Modern Danglies

Fish dangles

Wooden atoms
These remind me of atoms.

Wood n' briolettes

Oui ou Non.
For the coquettish days.


March 1, 2009


Weekly Review: Feb 22-Mar 1st

Art This Week

  • Made a necklace and 4+ pairs of earrings

  • Coded new front page of my website

  • Decorated a fun cd case

Life This Week

  • Snowshoeing! Went tracking over the pass with Conservation Northwest - all we saw though were coyote, squirrel, and snowshoe hare tracks. Still cool!