To draw or not to draw, another silly question?

Posted in illustrations, Uncategorized with tags , on March 16, 2015 by thecaptainnemo

Fabric, charcoal drawing

Fabric, charcoal drawing

Last semester at Bakersfield College I was told a class in the arts was necessary before transferring to Cal State. I happily enrolled in Drawing 101 and enjoyed it immensely. The teacher chose to have us work almost exclusively with charcoal, a medium I had not previously used. I found the shades, tonal range and ease of use to be pretty good.

 

My rendition of plate 5 by Charles Bargue

My rendition of plate 5 by Charles Bargue

One of the most carefully studied bits of Styrofoam ever :)

One of the most carefully studied bits of Styrofoam ever :)

Ears are deceptively difficult to draw!

Ears are deceptively difficult to draw!

Crosshatching techniques

Crosshatching techniques

Skull and Cross bone?

Skull and Cross bone?

Architectural

Architectural perspective

Portrait of a caver

Portrait of a caver

At last a little bit of color!

At last a little bit of color!

My final project- Game over man!

My final project- Game over man!

I really enjoyed the course and intend to continue drawing with charcoal- I’ve got a new project on my desk right now :)

 

Night in the City of Angels

Posted in outdoors, Photography, Travel, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , on March 4, 2015 by thecaptainnemo

L.A at night

L.A at night

Since I was driving down to the airport at LAX to drop off my parents I decided to make an evening of it  and drive around taking some pictures.

Venice at night

Venice at night

My first stop was Venice beach. It certainly has a different vibe at night. I especially enjoyed taking pictures of bicyclists going by with led’s in their spokes as the long exposures made for some interesting shots.

Bicyclist at Venice beach

Bicyclist at Venice beach

Even the Murals and graffiti take on a different appearance at night.

Mural with graffiti

Mural with graffiti

St. Mark Mural, Venice Beach

St. Mark Mural, Venice Beach

Touch of Venice Mural

Touch of Venice Mural

Next I headed down towards an inlet.

Waterway inlet

Waterway inlet

Here I spotted this Pelican.

Pelican

Pelican

and while taking the pelicans picture I was lucky enough to spot a night Heron.

Night Heron

Night Heron

I then headed towards downtown Los Angeles, hoping to get a skyline shot.

I worked my way through the garment district and wound up in some sketchy neighborhood.

Right after I took the picture at the top of the post several police cars came speeding past and then were questioning someone just up ahead. I also became aware of huge numbers of homeless people sleeping on the sidewalk on the numerous side streets,  so that was enough for one night, I made my way back to the freeway and headed home.

Big Bird

Posted in family, outdoors, Photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on March 2, 2015 by thecaptainnemo

Got an eye on you?

Got an eye on you?

My Aunt suggested a trip out of town to check out an Ostrich farm. This turned out to be a marvelous idea.

While it was chilly in Tehachapi, it was a beautiful sunny day making for some great scenery on our way there.

We started out with feeding the ostriches and that was fun for the kids, especially when the greedy birds tried to snatch the bowls away.

 

Feed the birds

Feed the birds

After a short walk around the farm we stopped at a pen to meet the ostrich celebrities.

Ostrich Celebrity

Ostrich Celebrity

This bird has starred in music videos!

Getting acquainted

Getting acquainted

After our tour we visited the gift shop where they had loads of ostrich related products, feathers, eggs, even ostrich oil which is described as having all sorts of benefits when used on your skin.

finally we headed into town for lunch at the ‘Burger spot’. A great wind up to a fun outing!

 

Keep CALM and enjoy the lights

Posted in Events, family, outdoors, Photography, Travel with tags , , , , on January 22, 2015 by thecaptainnemo

Christmas lights

Christmas lights

Still playing catch-up on my posts. So this is from Christmas. A bunch of the family headed out to C.A.L.M – California Living Museum for their annual fundraiser/ Christmas light show. I think C.A.L.M is great here’s a quick quote from their website-

Founded in 1980 and opened to the public in 1983, CALM displays and interprets native California animals, plants, fossils, and artifacts to teach a respect for all living things through education, recreation, conservation, and research.

And I love going out there to see the animals but the Christmas lights are fun too and make for some interesting photos.

Bright lights in the woods!

Bright lights in the woods!

CALM

CALM

Calm Lagoon

Calm Lagoon

There was plenty of hot cocoa and kettle-corn and the kids really enjoyed the train and merry go round. It made for a very fun outing.

Michael on merry go round

Michael on merry go round

 

Here Comes the Parade

Posted in Events, Photography, Travel with tags , , , on January 10, 2015 by thecaptainnemo

Marching Band

Marching Band

My apologies- this is a belated post, I was hoping to catch up on my posting during the winter school break, but since the switch from Bakersfield College to Cal State only left me with a week and a half off things piled up quickly. I’m back in school, fighting off a cold and hoping to get some posts done before the homework assignments pile up. Going back to November I managed to make my way downtown for Bakersfield s Veterans day parade and take a few pictures. In fact I got carried away and took more then a few which is why it took me so long to edit them all.

Between the various military organizations and their impressive floats and vehicles, most of the areas middle schools and high schools marching bands turned up which made for a very entertaining morning. There were also car clubs, horse riders and of course since this is Bakersfield an off road club that entertained everyone by driving up each others tires as they went.

Hot rod

Hot rod

 

Beardsley marching band

Beardsley marching band

I hear these guys practicing down the street from my home all the time- nice to see them in performance :)

Hmmm-get a lot of naked folks leaning on your truck do you?

Hmmm-get a lot of naked folks leaning on your truck do you?

Parade Float

Parade Float At least they seem to be enjoying themselves!

Climbing tires

Climbing tires

Eventually it was time for me to depart as I’d agreed to join my parents for Lunch at Milts diner (celebrating the 50th anniversary of the diner) So I made my way out of downtown but it was quite a parade.

Toy Run

Posted in Events, motorcycle, Photography, Travel with tags , , , , , on December 14, 2014 by thecaptainnemo

Early morning motorcycles, Toy run

Early morning motorcycles, Bakersfield Toy run

I dragged myself out of bed this cold foggy morning to join in with (what one tv station reported at least) 6000 other bikers for the ride over to the fairgrounds to deliver toys and donations to the Salvation army.

Did I mention it was foggy?

Did I mention it was foggy?

I was glad I got up early as I got a nice spot up near the front of the lineup and enjoyed a cup of coffee provided by wonderful volunteers while I checked out some of the bikes.

 

Santa!

Santa!

 

 

Snowman in Bakersfield?

Snowman in Bakersfield?

People went all out and there were all sorts of decorations and everything from huge cruisers to little trail bikes. Even some very cool custom cars. Cruising through town while folks cheered and police held the intersections was fun. The food and festivities at the fair were great too. Look forward to next year, hope to do it again.

Arriving at the fairgrounds

Arriving at the fairgrounds

Bikes

Bikes

Lots more pictures at http://captnemo.smugmug.com/Events/Cars-shows-and-events/2014-Toy-Run/

FOXY

Posted in outdoors, Photography, wildlife with tags , , , , , , on December 2, 2014 by thecaptainnemo

 Santa Cruz Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis ssp. santacruzae)

Channel Island Fox – Santa Cruz Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis ssp. santacruzae)

My apology for the lack of posts lately- it’s been a busy semester at school- homework takes precedence but I should have plenty to post about once schools out. In the meanwhile I was pleasantly surprised to receive this e-mail :

Thanks for agreeing to share your photo! Your photo will be highlighted as National Geographic’s Great Nature Project Pic of the Day on December 3rd. You will be able to view your picture on the Great Nature Project website (http://greatnature.education.nationalgeographic.com), as well as on the NG Education Facebook page.

Afterwards, you’ll be able to see your photo for about a month in the Pic of the Day Collection (http://greatnature.education.nationalgeographic.com/collections/12). We are excited to share your beautiful work! Thanks again for contributing to The Great Nature Project!

 

This in regards to the pictures of a Channel Island Fox I had posted on Inaturalist.org. You can see the posting on inaturalist at http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/766586 or view all my photos of the trip here http://captnemo.smugmug.com/Places/California/Channel-Islands/

 

 

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