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2013-04-03 11.51.08


Delightful Goldfish Painting Very Nearly Finished

Say ‘Hello’ to my little orange friend!  Some touch-ups to follow.

Apologies for the glare on the photo.  I tried dampening the light, but I lost color.  I’m seriously considering a photography class to learn how to show my work better.

Here is a Better Photo.  Look how much natural light makes the difference!

Holga Photos of Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon

A true example of my procrastination skills at work: I had not, until now, gotten around to having two rolls of film developed that I shot in April of 2010!  Here are my favorite shots, the rest follow later.

the half-size eiffle tower

the grand canyon

palm trees and blue sky

the giant MGM lion

It was in April that I took a trip with my friend to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon.  I decided while packing that I didn’t want to bring my Sony camera along as it is on the bigger side, and I worried about it geting stolen.  It wasn’t until I was acctually on the strip in Las Veags taking in the sights that I regretted this decision.  While on our first day of exploring I found a Holga camera on sale with black and white film.  It had been years since I used a film camera and thought it would be fun to give it a new try.

Holga cameras are pretty neat little devices, playing off the very basics in photography they can do all sorts of things if you know how to use them.  I opted to just use the basic functions and see how some shots turned out.

The first few shots are my favorites.  Here is the whole series.  They are developed straight off the film and have not been photoshopped whatsoever.

Goldfish Painting: Continued

So I finally picked up the paintbrush again.  I had intended to finish this piece before Christmas.  I ran out of free time and then the new year got underway.  There is something about being snowed in and being bored at work that makes me apathetic towards everything good for me.  I’ve had free time coming out the wazoo, but haven’t picked up the brush or sat down to write at all.  Not only that, but I’ve been neglecting my health too.  I’m not into making new years resolutions, but I’m thinking now is as good a time as any to try to work some good things into my daily routine.  Here’s to good habits!  “They” say that it takes 21 days to form a new habit so I’m going to test that theory.  I’ll report back.

I added some yellow.  Originally I had planned to only add yellow and leave the orange to hold it’s own as the darkest value.  Upon studying my own goldfish I decided that there needed to be some white incorporated.  My Goldie has a white belly, so I threw that down.  I also noticed that the fish’s head is a darker shade of orange as well as appearing more solid than the rest of the body, because the scales are smaller I assume.  In order to maintain the saturated vibrant colors I’m shooting for and to replicate the dark areas on the original drawing I decided that tinting the orange with black would be the wrong choice.So, naturally, I chose red.  I love the outcome so much that I’m considering leaving the colors as is, and just adding the black outlines!


Enter the Goldfish

More productivity!  This little fish was originally drawn with a sharpie about a year ago.  He then hung on my cubicle wall, and cheered me up every time I looked at him.  Not too long ago I decided to give my hand a try at creating large-scale graphic pieces.  This guy seemed the perfect candidate.

Considering the success I had with the spattering effect on my last piece I repeated the process, with slight adaptations.  In the last painting I sprayed several layers of green with thicker paints.  This was intended to look like layers of leaves and grass to represent a garden.  In the goldfish piece I’m going for water.  Thinning the paint and holding the spray bottle closer to the canvas caused the finished product to have more condensed areas of color with natural gradation between.  Inspired by the glaze colours on a bowl from my uncle’s pottery I added a touch of coral.

Then more blue.  Blue is the complimentary color for Orange, so it works out great that orange goldfish live in blue water.  The shade of orange that I’m using is contrasted best with aqua, so with the intention of making the fish really pop, without making the piece gaudy I settled on this shade for the background.

Once dried I transferred the outline from my little 4×6 inch drawing to the 24×30 inch canvas.  I’m very pleased with the outcome.  Now for the orange!  Please stay tuned.

Christopher the Miricle Cat

The following was taken from http://www.mercurynews.com/pets-animals/ci_15821656

Nine lives, sixth sense: Cat at veterinary clinic seeks out ailing cats

By Diana Samuels

Daily News Staff Writer
Posted: 08/18/2010 08:04:38 PM PDT

All cats may have nine lives, but Christopher, an orange and white tabby who lives at a Redwood City veterinary clinic, also has a sixth sense.

Dubbing him a “guardian angel,” “wonder cat” and “miracle kitty,” the staff and volunteers at the Nine Lives Foundation’s Feline Well-Care Clinic say Christopher can tell when other cats need help. He will sit outside the cages of sick felines until someone lets him in, and last month, the clinic says, he saved the life of a kitten in need of a blood transfusion.

“It’s weird, it’s really true that he seems to understand things,” said Monica Thompson, Nine Lives’ chief veterinarian and founder. “He knows when he can help. He alerts us when things aren’t right about a cat.”

Christopher, who is about 3 or 4 years old, was found on the side of a road by a group of bicyclists in March. He arrived at the clinic unable to stand, his pelvis fractured.

He recuperated, and one day simply jumped out of his cage while it was being cleaned.

Since then, Christopher has lived at the clinic. On Wednesday morning he snoozed in his favorite cat bed on a desk, ignoring the hustle and bustle around him. As is typical for Christopher, he was napping next to a terminally ill cat.

“He’ll often paw at a cage door to be let in so he can clean and comfort a cat in there,” said Robert Lowery, a San Ramon resident and volunteer at Nine Lives.

He even became known as the “feral
kitten tamer” last month, when he asked to be let into a cage with two feral kittens that were “untouchable, just hissing and growling,” Thompson said.

Christopher taught the kittens all about being a cat, and within a couple of weeks they were tame. One has since been adopted, and the other is still available.

“The kittens were so excited to see (Christopher) that when he left the cage they would sit and cry,” Thompson said.

But Christopher’s biggest claim to fame is likely saving the life of a tiny black kitten that came to the clinic July 11 with severe anemia. She needed a blood transfusion immediately, and Thompson couldn’t draw enough to even determine her blood type.

“I didn’t know what I was going to do,” Thompson said.

Christopher kept jumping up on the operating table, rubbing on Thompson and nuzzling the kitten. So Thompson grabbed Christopher and used his blood for the transfusion.

Thompson didn’t know it at the time, but the kitten had an uncommon “B” blood type found in about 20 to 25 percent of the cat population. It’s also a blood type usually found in purebred cats, Thompson said, so she wouldn’t have expected to find it in the black shorthaired kitten.

As it turned out, Christopher also has Type B blood. The kitten was standing up within about four hours of the transfusion, Thompson said, and has since gone back to Humanimal Connection, the rescue foundation that was caring for her.

“If I hadn’t paid attention to (Christopher), I probably would have lost the cat,” Thompson said.

Though many people have inquired about adopting Christopher, Thompson said, he “serves a purpose” at the clinic.

“Who knows how many cats he’ll save in the years ahead,” Lowery said.

E-mail Diana Samuels at dsamuels@dailynewsgroup.com.

The Nine Lives Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the welfare of cats and kittens. It operates a veterinary clinic and shelter, providing low cost spay/neuter, rescue, medical and adoption services. Its shelter welcomes all cats and kittens regardless of their physical, medical or behavioral conditions.

The Nine Lives Foundation shelter: 3016 Rolison Road, Redwood City, 650-368-1365

The Feline Well-Care Clinic: 1683 Broadway, Redwood City, 650-368-1365

For more information on how to donate, and to see cats available for adoption, visit http://www.ninelivesfoundation.org/

Some Shots from Jasper

Giant Salmonflies Give Me the Heebie Jeebies

Today on my trip home from an outing I was sitting at a bus stop downtown and happened to glance to my left just soon enough to notice a brownish thing flying directly toward me.  Startled I didn’t have time to react before I heard a fluttering sound like wings and felt something hit the side of my head.  I immediately shook my head and brushed my hair with my hand to dislodge whatever had just  impacted, but found nothing.  A woman sitting next to me said “Did something just hit you?”  I replied “Yeah, but I don’t know what it was.”  I turned my head and asked her if there was anything on me, but she couldn’t see anything.  “That’s weird”  I muttered.  The bus arrived a few moments later, I checked the ground around where I had been sitting, but saw nothing.  I thought to myself that it must have bounced off me and flown away; Or at least I sure hoped so.

I boarded the bus when it pulled up and took a seat.  Just as the bus began to move I again heard a fluttering noise and suddenly a large winged insect flew from my back onto the man in the seat in front of me.  Now, my gut instinct when dealing with insects is to move away from them as fast as possible, especially when they are a couple centimeters long!
I jumped out of my seat, hoping that I didn’t look crazy, and moved quickly to the rear door area.  Staring at the thing crawling on the man I started to feel guilty for not alerting him and I leaned over to warn him.  The insect then decided that it wanted to hang out on me some more and sprung suddenly in my direction.

In what I can only assume was a hilarious overreaction I flailed at the thing and swatted it rather hard into the seat facing the door not inched from a young man sitting there.  He remained completely casual and grinning slightly watched the insect crawl off the edge of the seat and onto the ground.  I grimaced and feeling the need to explain to him my reaction said “that was gross!”

I kept an eye on it for the rest of the bus ride.  It seemed to have given up on flying and crept away under the seats.  I moved away from it and sat down.  Only then did I realize that my hands were shaking and my head felt light.  Some might call it adrenaline, I think in this case it’s better dubbed the heebie jeebies.

I found a photo on the internet of the crazy big insect that tried to make friends with me only to be brutally attacked because I’m scared of bugs.  It’s called a Giant (no shit) Salmonfly.


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