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On Sundays
July 21, 2014, 7:13 pm
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Big Sky Country
June 13, 2014, 12:57 pm
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I got side tracked yesterday when I came upon this. I thought it could have been a place they filmed one of those old TV westerns.

I saw something recently I’d like to share I thought was appropriate here. While downtown I saw a man with two mules. Directly across from the city hall, in the middle of a bustling city. He looked like a prospector. I had to blink a couple of times. Now I know I’m in the wild west!

Happy Father’s Day, everyone.

 



Travel Sketching

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Drawing on the move.

 



Seen from a Cafe

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Today
May 2, 2014, 12:41 am
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Tourist Season: Drawings from the Big Rodeo

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Drawings I did around town some time ago.

Also…I meant to say. Happy Easter.



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HC1 Anytime I can find a moment to draw is a good one. Here I had a moment to draw the houses perched on the overlooking California hills before my class. As I was drawing, the title of this post came to mind, albeit misspelled on the top image here. Funny how this terminology, here from a TV western remembered from childhood, comes back with a little more significance.



Water from the Moon
February 18, 2014, 2:59 pm
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The Court

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Frequenting a court between stores, restaurants, and cafes, the place takes on a world of its own. I’ve been sketching here for quite a long time. Long enough to know it has its courtiers, kings, queens, and jesters. Dogs have a special ascendance. They’re lavished with particular affection.

I often see the same people. The man above looked like he was visiting. The logo of the football team on his sweatshirt was an indicator.

I forgot to mention…in keeping with that great Thanksgiving tradition of football games too, I’d like to wish everyone a happy holiday.

After my observations I noted in the first paragraph above I became interested…so when I ran into this DVD in the library I had to watch it. It turned out to be a very good Nova documentary called Decoding Dogs/ Understanding The Human-Dog Relationship. It confirmed dogs are really wolves that have aggressive tendencies breed out. It cites an example in Russia of just how easily this is done after a few generations of selective breeding. Noting also fear is the impetus of aggression.

An anthropologist in the documentary uses the cuckoo bird relationship as an analogy to our relationship to a dog where the cuckoo bird kicks out the real baby bird from the nest. When a puppy dog is brought home for being cute and fun we essentially receive nothing from the dog and it replaces our interactions with human beings.

The documentary showed how attuned the dog is to its owner. The dog owners on the documentary unanimously agree their dogs are smart. Many affirm their dog’s ability to read their owners feelings. I’ve heard owners say how smart their dog is by it’s instinctual observations of people. Considering what is said here, it’s simply reacting to the owners unwitting queue and reacting to them.




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