Allen's Zoo


the high chaparral

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Here drawing at a place that’s relatively untouched.
Yesterday I took my car to the auto shop. The TV was on in the waiting room. Enter civilization. I don’t watch TV shows, cable or otherwise, at home. When I do watch TV I watch movies on DVD. The TV was tuned to one of the major channels and there was a daytime talk show on. I couldn’t avoid catching glimpses of the show. I won’t burden you specifics, but it wasn’t difficult to see the show was terrible. When a commercial did come on it took but a glance to see what was being sold…and it was ugly. Since the work would take a while I took up the offer to take the shuttle to the mall down the street. Pretty sad. Point is…sometimes I feel more a part of things while drawing at the place above where there is all but no one around.



Coyotes, Calves, and Allergies

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While drawing these hills this guy came by, pulling up in a pick-up truck. He came over to look at my drawing. His name was Jim. He’s a rancher here, tending the cattle I’ve seen in the morning that graze on the hills and doing the various chores. He talked about the life and death struggles between coyotes and the calves on these hills. He felt the calves held their own pretty well. At the time I was having my own struggle with the elements: allergies. And they were definitely getting the better of me.



More Sketching at Quail Hill

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And with a turkey right around the corner I’d like to wish everyone a pleasant Thanksgiving.



Quail Hill

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More Travel Sketching

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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

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



unfinished trees

unfinished trees

I’ve always liked seeing artists work in progress (sometimes more than finished work). It shows the process of work, the thinking. I thought possibly others may enjoy it as well, like in this gouache sketch I did.




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