X is for Xanthium


The unique character of the foliage stamps this species as most interesting. The leaves. . .give the species an appearance in the field unlike that of any other North American species.

The text is from New Species of Xanthium and Solidago, by Charles Frederick Millspaugh, (1918).  Click here to browse the book or download it free from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2012

A is for Alphadello

Welcome to my new blog!

Alphadello is a place to celebrate my love of alphabet books, my passion for drawing and painting, and my enthusiasm for The Internet Archive, which aims to provide and preserve universal access to all knowledge–the most ambitious library project ever conceived.

Thanks for joining me on this alphamaniacal journey.

Walrus Writing a Whodunnit

A few years ago, I painted this Walrus Writing a Whodunnit for an alphabet poster published by the Canadian Society of Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP). I had so much fun that I couldn’t resist painting more, more, more alphabetical pictures–and that’s how this blog was born.

It has been well remarked, that the Walrus forms a connecting link between the Mammalia of the land and those of the water. . .It is often seen the size of a great Ox, and sometimes exceeds the dimensions of the gigantic Elephant.

The quote is from Robert Hamilton’s book The Natural History of the Amphibious Carnivora. London : W.H. Lizars, 1839, p 103. Click here to read or download this book for free from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge