Muddy, but pretty. Looks like the wildflower season is a little slower this year than last, probably because although they are getting more than enough water, they’re not getting much sun. Still, a few things starting and a lot of interesting mushrooms.


Camellia – Colored Pencil

I took the reference photo for this drawing with my iPhone. I distinctly remember taking it because it happened to be the day of the U.S. presidential election and I was working as the Inspector at a polling place in Burlingame, CA where I live. It’s funny, I’m utterly tired of hearing and thinking about politics, but I like working at the elections. It’s fun to meet my neighbors and interesting to participate in the local government bureaucracy.

It was a beautiful day, warm and sunny. On one of my breaks, I walked past the camellia growing on a large bush in someone’s front yard. This particular blossom caught my eye because of the interplay of red and purple in the markings on the petals.

Allow me to get a bit philosophical about my little drawing. I know a lot of people are quite unhappy with the results of aforementioned election. I know that world events are important. But also, we have our own lives that only happen once (unless you’re one of those people who reincarnates I suppose) and most of us, my friends, Americans, have a lot of good in our lives. Maybe just a nice day and a pretty flower, but something worth feeling happy about. Sometimes it seems like a lot of people I know have forgotten about that, or spend so much time focused on all that ails the world as to forget to see the beauty┬áthat’s right there, in our neighbors’ yards.

That’s what I was thinking about when I worked on this flower.

Prismacolor Premier on Canson Mi Tientes pastel paper in dark blue
8 x 8 inches
reference photo my own



Sunrise Silhouettes

One of my goals this season is to get a good picture of a pelican, which will likely involve some early mornings. I am happy the sun is coming up later so I can make it for sunrise without getting up so early.

Some photos from this morning at Coyote Point Recreation Area in San Mateo. A few pelicans in the distance, but I want a closer shot! Pretty light though.