| 24 May, 2012 11:06
Earlier this week I went to Pacifica to meet up with my friend Pam and go on a photo expedition. My goal was to find inspiration for new artwork. Rather than focus on paintings this time I'll share some of my trip with you. It shows some of the amazing diversity within just a few miles of where I live.
|San Pedro Valley Park is one of my favorite places, and I've been on some good hikes there. I hoped for sun, but that was not to be until later in the day. Still, the fog created a lovely vista as it swept through the trees and hilltops. I really enjoy the sense of distance the back row of trees provides, grayed out by the fog.
|Wildflowers were in bloom all along the path. Iris, ceonothus, morning glories, and more. Even trillium leaves still stood tall, though their flowers were spent. I especially like this combination of white and pink, set against the green foliage.|
|It's been quite a while since I've seen one of these: a banana slug. This one must have been a good 4" long as it slowly glided across the dead leaves. Do you know that the Pacific banana slug is the 2nd largest species of terrestrial slug in the world? Some people think these creatures have a big "Yuck!" factor. I find them rather charming, in an odd sort of way.|
|I've driven past the Sanchez Adobe many times, but have never gone inside. This was the day! I enjoyed touring inside and seeing how the residents lived in the mid 1800's. This residence was built on the site of what was first a Native American Ohlone Village, and, in 1786, a mission outpost.|
| 27 March, 2012 13:46
I've created Great Wall Mantis for a university art professor's personal collection. This features a vertical format and shows the Great Wall's zigzag along the background hills.
My mother and I saw this insect when we visited China several years ago. We were amazed, for we remembered having seen similar creatures in Illinois when I was a child. It was remarkable to be half a world away and find this reminder of home in such an unexpected place.
Great Wall Mantis is an acrylic painting on 14" x 11" canvas.
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