Allen's Zoo

Moonlight Adventures

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Gouache studies done during my moonlight excursions.

During my moonlight walks there’s a beauty beyond compare to anything I’ve seen during the day. There’s a kind of magic in it. Some sights are really breathtaking…I saw a shooting star just upon starting my walk about a week ago. It was over the ocean, towards my south. This is the second I’ve seen. In fact the first time I saw one it was in that same place. This shooting star was different from the first as it wasn’t merely a streak of light…I saw a shape with a long tail of light. Then it appeared to slow for a moment as it entered the atmosphere and seemed to then disappear, assumably disintegrating. Maybe it was space junk. In any case it was very cool to see— and in fact, I said just that right after seeing it.

Travel Sketching


I had 15 minutes to sketch before the library opened.

Dawn of the Raccoon 

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I painted this during my usual crazy early hour of the morning walk. You can see that it was pretty dark. After sitting there awhile, I heard a kind of purring sound. It reminded me of the sound that dinosaur made in Jurassic Park before it attacked Newman. I didn’t move at first, then I turned and clearly saw a raccoon standing up looking at me not three yards away, and another scampering away. I said softly, “It’s okay.” I said it not only to calm the raccoon… but also to calm myself. Then I turned and deliberately walked away.

Sketching Around Town


On the promenade…
Maybe I should explain this sketch done below on the promenade yesterday. A family slowly gathered near the palm tree I was shading. A little girl of around 4 or 5 years from the family took interest in what I was doing. Shortly after her sister came over and they wanted to join in, asking for pencils which explains the inverted name the guy is calling. Which coincidentally is exactly what happened that moment, as the family was going.


More Travel Sketching


Sketching closer to home. So I guess that’s less travel.

The next time I sketch this view it’ll be different. This quaint little town I moved to (that my neighbors tell me was quainter before) will soon be replaced with the sound of heavy construction machinery echoing from the hills.

Travel Sketching


Titled by same name of the class I teach, I find this kind of sketching to be fun.



Happy 4th, everyone.


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