A Cheap Lantern

Watercolor painting of electric lantern

I did not wake up thinking, “Today I will draw a cheap lantern.” But sometimes, when your day is packed, you have to seek out an opportunity to get some drawing in. In my case, I had a full day, and in the evening, I found myself manning a tent with a group that I volunteer with at a local festival. We had a couple tables set up and some cheap lanterns for when it got dark (actually, the others were good, but this one was pretty cheap). I’d brought some drawing supplies since I was going to be there for at least a few hours.

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Aaand, I’m back. With a giraffe.

Drawing of giraffe in black ink.

Hello, hello. I haven’t posted here since July 2017! Two years ago I started doing a degree program in music composition and theory, and after an extremely busy, chaotic (and somewhat unhealthy) two years, I am happy to report that I’ve graduated. I’ve also left my full time job after 10 years to take a bit of a “sabbatical” for myself, and so I’m fortunate to find myself with more time on my hands as I figure out where I’m headed in this next stage in life.

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Meeting Frog

Meeting Frog, 5.25.17

Meeting Frog, 6.5.17

Well, well, well! Look who’s back! Yes, it is I. My goal to update every week fell by the wayside, but in my defense, I’m now a full-time student in addition to working full-time+, so it was hard to stick to that goal during the spring semester. However, I should have some time this summer and hope to update the blog a bit more over the next few months. In fact, I should have a series of posts coming out over the next 5-6 days to showcase some stuff that I have recently been working on while on vacation.

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Clownfish watercolor

Clownfish watercolor, 1.29.17

Clownfish watercolor, 1.29.17

I’m not always the best at talking about issues that matter to me – I suppose that’s why it’s generally easier for me to express myself through music or art. However! There has been a lot in the news that’s been concerning me lately, & a lot of that is related to climate change. In about a week, the Trump administration has instituted a media blackout/gag order for the EPA and brought back the pipelines, among other things. While I’m not a scientist myself, I love science & believe that the scientific process is key to understanding our world. When the vast majority of scientists believe that climate change is happening & that humans have an impact on it, who am I to disagree?

With that being said, if you live in the US & want to try & do something, please consider signing a petition to ungag the EPA and call your senators to oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA.

Also check out some of the rogue/alt accounts that have been popping up surrounding the EPA gag order – I’m not a social media person & do not use Twitter, so it’s saying something when I recommend checking them out!:

https://twitter.com/ungaggedEPA

https://twitter.com/ALTUSNPS

https://twitter.com/altnatparkser

https://twitter.com/RogueNASA

https://twitter.com/badhombrenps

https://twitter.com/AltForestServ

And a lot more: https://twitter.com/ariherzog/lists/alt-and-rogue/members

Also, please support the ACLU because they kicked ass this weekend: https://www.aclu.org/

And, now on to some commentary about the painting!

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