Day 19: The Messenger

On this eve of the 2017 inauguration of our 45th president, the raven spoke to me as the subject for Day 19’s painting. In some cultures, ravens are associated with death and the underworld. However in other cultures, they can also symbolize transformation, positive or negative. Given the trepidation that surrounds the new, incoming president, … More Day 19: The Messenger

Day 17: Don’t Go

Look at our president; so tired. The end is near though, frighteningly so. Farewell, Barack. It’s been a good run. Thank you for your grace, humor, compassion, and love of country. I’ll miss you.

Day 15: A Gap

After the holiday traffic fiasco on Saturday, on Sunday, our crew left the cabin a little after 7am to make our way to the ski slopes that were only 15 miles away. Note that on Saturday we left Sacramento at 7am to drive 100 miles in what we thought would be only be a 2-hour … More Day 15: A Gap

Day 12: Shell

I had a feeling I’d start really late tonight on my daily painting (it was 10:30pm when I started), so I looked for something that wouldn’t be too hard for me to think about. This shell out my little collection looked like the least demanding of my very dwindled attention span. Even then, it took … More Day 12: Shell

Day 11: Downingia

Nine months out of the year on 2nd Wednesdays, I volunteer to set up the hospitality snacks and beverages at our Sacramento Valley chapter of the California Native Plant Society. This month’s talk was about vernal pool ecology. In keeping with the theme of our talk, tonight I did a quick ink and watercolor sketch of … More Day 11: Downingia

Day 10: Cupcake

I have a friend’s birthday coming up so I thought, why not, let’s make her a cupcake! I do love a good cupcake. A friend of mine had a few cupcake shops several years back. He knew the craze wouldn’t last a long time, so he capitalized on the hype and had the best cupcakes. … More Day 10: Cupcake