Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year
























In the abnormally warm temperatures of December 2006, this caterpillar formed into a chrysalis a couple of months late. Through January it was had gotten a bit cooler and it wasn't clear that it would actually survive - some newspaper on either side of it helped protect it somewhat in its rather precarious location on a chain link fence. Eventually, in mid-January, it finally metamorphosed, though of course, I happened to be away at the time it broke free.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Some drawings










Some drawings done for notes in class and from a local workshop.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Reduce, Reuse, and something or another...













National Recycling Coalition

Being that it's "America Recycles Day," I thought I'd post some images of the local landfill, which had a "Recycling Event"(!) a few days ago. Last time I had visited a landfill was in South San Francisco, and it looked like, well, a dump. The one here for Orange County in Florida, is comparatively almost picturesque in a Disneyworld-meets-Three Mile Island sort of way. Surprisingly, there were quite a few people at the event - perhaps a hundred and fifty or so, would be my guess.

Here's the interior of the processing center for everyone's cardboard, plastic drink bottles and jarred foods.















One of the several "mountains" of refuse that are seeded with grass - I'm not sure if they actually water these landfill heaps, but they do apparently mow them somehow. To avoid contaminated water, or leachate, the heaps do have protective membranes on them. Leachate water goes back to storage containers for treatment. All of the heaps do have pipes which allow excess methane gas to escape. Some of the heaps simply burn the gas as it escapes, and some of them collect it for powering the coal power plant nearby.













...scrubbers hard at work...











Yard waste ends up being put through a large chipper to be turned into mulch and compost. After the hurricanes, they were running out of room to store all of the excess, but have since caught up. Incidentally, mulch is available for free to residents.













One of several rows of organic matter being churned to make compost.













A view off the side of one of the largest refuse heaps. It's "home" to thousands of common grackles it seems. There are also a lot of vultures, eagles, and heron...

























Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Sketch of Sumo













Sumo stays in the studio when the heat is too much, so he always offers a nice sketch break opportunity, being the good model he is.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Portrait drawing of Grandma Yee





A recent drawing of my grandmother. She's in her nineties now, but no one is really sure exactly how old she is. The medium is pastel, carbon pencil, and Conté crayon on tan Canson paper.

The Apple Store will be listed in Artist's Magazine















"The Apple Store" painting was a finalist in Artist's Magazine's 24th Annual Competition. I'm not sure if they will actually be reproducing an image of the painting, but it will be listed at any rate in the December 2007 issue.

Monday, August 20, 2007

study for 'Happy Holidays'















another composition study for a shipwreck.

Friday, June 08, 2007

composition study for another painting















shipwreck action...Feng Huang is probably a roasted bird somewhere in the landscape. Along with some previous paintings, this should be finished over the summer.

Monday, March 26, 2007

another initial composition for a painting




Probably will do individual studies of separate components later on.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Some studies of Thor




Here's the first of a few studies of Thor for another painting I had in mind. This is not the final pose - just an excuse to learn the props and so on - which are not so historically accurate I suppose.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Yet another work-in-progress


Almost there...still need to add the rigging and mock corporate sponsor logos to the balloons, plus a a little finessing in areas.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Color study #2: A more optimistic color palette








It was supposed to be an optimistic painting...so the final version will probably look more like this color study. The actual version of the oil painting should be about 24 x 36 inches.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

a color rough


one possible version - for now it's been put on hold as an actual oil painting. Back to work on cityscapes.