Allen's Zoo


Sketching on the Road/ Sister Noon

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During a road weekend I pulled into a side street and sketched for a few moments.



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.



Quail Hill

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September 28, 2015, 1:45 pm
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I took this photo during a rare moment walking when the sun had risen.
I saw yet another shooting star about a week ago just before the sun rose. It was over the ocean more westerly than the previous two. This time I was facing it directly and could trace the streak across the sky. It was a long streak of light, it’s origin was a slightly thicker light tapering towards the end. Like the others it was just a brief moment…which I guess makes these moments all that more magical.



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

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I had 15 minutes to sketch before the library opened.




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