Allen's Zoo

Beeing There


Done in the car while waiting for the library to open. Bees were pollinating purple flowers next to me.

I’d like to share something I think is fun. The reaction I get from people when I’m out drawing or painting. When not in my car more often than not reactions are positive, like the Starbucks barista, saying he thought it cool. Occasionally my experiences are, let’s just say a bit awkward. Even so they’re often something I look back on with a smile, as they reflect the understanding of the person it’s coming from. On one occasion where I was drawing at coffee shop, a woman sat at the table next to me accompanied by her two children. As they were getting ready to leave she mentioned she was an artist too. She shook my hand and introduced herself. I noticed while one of her children had gone, the other had walked behind me (between myself and the wall). Mom noticed and noticed I noticed. As she and I continued our conversation, her daughter then got on one side of her and put both hands on her mother’s hip and began pushing. “Let’s go… I thought we were going to go.” I had said, “I guess she’s a bit protective. I remember my daughter was that way sometimes.” When her mother tried to continue talking her daughter came next to me, crossed her arms in front of her and said, nodding to my sketchbook I’d now closed, “Did you draw that?” I said “What,” opening it, “You mean this?” She then nodded over to a magazine on the nearby table and said “You copied that”. I said, “No, these are people who were here. I drew them.” Mind you, she was maybe nine or ten years old. By then mom was ready go. I could only smile. Happy Mothers Day.


May 2, 2014, 12:41 am
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October 24, 2013, 11:46 pm
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21 by 9567
21, a photo by 9567 on Flickr.

My Pretty Excellent Adventure
September 16, 2013, 12:29 am
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Gone Fishin’
July 26, 2013, 6:24 pm
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I realize I haven’t been posting as I usually do. I’ve been sidetracked by other things. As some already know I’m pictured above at one of my favorite places.

The Twilight (Tidal) Zone
June 23, 2013, 4:17 pm
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My daughter and I were exploring the tidal zone yesterday. Actually I think she’s running away from the bugs here.

November 30, 2012, 5:19 pm
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Monolith by 9567
Monolith, a photo by 9567 on Flickr.

Like the island of cyclops. Taken yesterday during my morning walk.

Must be that time of’s begun to snow.

A Birdseye View
May 18, 2012, 3:29 pm
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birdseye, a photo by 9567 on Flickr.

New Views on Old
March 30, 2012, 3:08 pm
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Taken about a week ago I thought this photo had a look of Biblical proportions.

Many of you already know I’m a cinephile possibly from mentioning it on previous posts. I’ve only recently become a fan of the late Yashujiro Ozu. Two of his films resonate with me Late Spring 1949, the first of his later films and An Autumn Afternoon 1963 his last film. These films have made such an impression on me I’ve watched them at least a half a dozen times each, finding the commentary on the DVD very informative and helpful to understand and appreciate these films. I’m not an old film buff, I often find many films of this similar time too dated for me to appreciate. These two films however seem to transcend that and reveal the essence of what it is to be human and that’s art.


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