New work: “Adoration”



A recently finished watercolor piece.


34 x 42 cm, watercolor, watercolor pencil, and ink on archival paper. This will belong in my newly dubbed gallery “My Heartwork“.

Featuring my new watermark, gotta be prudent sometimes!


Somewhere in North America 30 million years ago…



…this was happening! Or so I imagine. My munching Mesohippus stallion is complete.

Mesohippus bairdi and Fagopsis longifolia” is watercolor and ink on illustration board (14″ x 18″).  The inspiration behind this was the Florissant fossil collection from Colorado, NA, and my interest in the evolution of the Equus species. I felt that my Mesohippus stallion, whom I’ve nicknamed “Rocket”, shouldn’t be without a snack from another extinct species of his period. Rocket stood about 60cm at the withers. I used various skull, leg, and complete skeleton fossil examples to reconstruct and give you my interpretation of him. Fossils of these two species have been found in the Florissant Formation of the Eocene/Oligocene age in central Colorado state.

Fagopsis longifolia, an extinct species of the Beech family, has many beautiful fossil examples of lovely serrated leaves. This represents a young sapling. It’s one the most abundant fossils of the formation, and was determined to be part of a wetter and warmer climate than in the region today.



Some work in progress

Here is something I’ve been working on, slowly…..

It’s not finished mind you, but here it is, this is another Mesohippus, standing next to an extinct tree, named Fagopsis longifolia, a member of the beech family. Both species fossils have been found in the Florissant fossils of Colorado.


untitled, in progress


For The Business of Art peeps, this is a just a nostalgic selection of several portraits I did a while back! They are all painted with acrylics, usually on canvas or clayboard.

As Sasha pointed out last week, and it reminded me, that yes if you can do portraits for others is a great gift and skill!

Mesohippus Skull

Here is my watercolor/watercolor pencil & ink original Mesohippus skull that I produced that was added to my larger posters. The original is much larger than what you see on the posters, so I thought I’d throw the full version up here so you can see the detail. This is taken from an actual fossil specimen that I was able to visit with at the UW Burke Museum, down in the paleontology basement! It was an incredibly well preserved fossil and had beautiful colors and felt like pure stone. The colors reminded me of jade.

11″ x 14″, Mixed Water Mediums, 2013, MT

Mesohippus(“middle horse”) was a common and successful small dog-sized horse, averaging 60cm tall at the shoulders(withers). It’s molars were similar to earlier forms, low-crowned(brachydont) and conditioned to eat a mixture of tender leafy vegetation. Mesohippus had a slightly longer face, and a larger brain than it’s predecessors. Mesohippus had three toes on all four feet, with the center toe becoming more dominant in size. Mesohippus(genus) had about 13 known species, they lived from the Middle Eocene to the Early Oligocene, around 30-40 million years ago.

Original photo I took:

M. Biardi fossil, Burke Museum
Mesohippus(unsure of species) fossil, Burke Museum

Here is a reconstruction of Mesohippus(from poster):

5" x 5", Mixed Water Mediums, 2013
5″ x 5″, Mixed Water Mediums, 2013, MT


Poster #2: Horse Evolution

This was the alternative poster I created, this one didn’t make the cut for printing, but we’ll see. Maybe I’ll make both one day!

"The Evolution of the Horse Family" (2)
“The Evolution of the Horse Family” (2)

All images created by Michelle Tribble c. 2013, Illustrations created with pen, ink, colored pencil, watercolor, and Adobe CS6.