This is Houston artist, Gail Siptakg's art studio. I am a huge admirer of her art, so when Gail posted a photo of her latest painting in the studio, I had to sketch it. Her spaces and belongings seem to meld into the art and I love that! Go here to see more of Gail's wonderful art. http://www.flickr.com/photos/siptak/
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I know we're not supposed to feed the wildlife, but with the drought and extreme heat, the deer have little natural food to forage. Everyone in town is feeding them, including me. In the mornings they stand in my yard, endlessly gazing at me while at my desk. It's alittle unsettling to be constantly watched, with their thin craning necks and big, watery unblinking eyes . How could I not feed them? They love bananas, apples, carrots, iceberg lettuce and corn tortillas. Oddly enough, they don't care for celery.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Juncus effusus. I came across this plant at the local nursery and had to get it. The plant's wildy twisted and
intertwined stems make it look cartoonish. The tag that came with it says its a bog plant that needs plenty of water. I'm keeping it on my shady porch as an oasis from the hot parched land.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Yesterday, rainclouds blew through Wimberley but left hardly a drop of rain. I was 9 miles north visiting a friend while it poured down rain for over an hour. Driving home, I could see where the rain stopped, just a mile or 2 north of where I live. It was strange to step out of my truck with rain soaked shoes into the dry, dusty soil at home. Please rain soon!
The Blanco River runs through my town of Wimberley, Texas. This river is usually a beautiful emerald green with fast moving water. These days it hardly flows. Central Texas has been going through a terrible drought the past 2 years. This summer has felt the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the Austin area. It's difficult to have such heat with nowhere to swim. Bacteria levels in the water are higher than most people dare to risk. This part of the globe is very warm these days.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
More drawings from the post office. It is blazing hot outside and this is one of the coolest buildings in town. It's usually the women that stop and go through their mail, but lately, even the guys are lingering longer.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
The pickings are slim for August because of the extreme temperatures and drought in central Texas. According to the Austin news weatherman, this is day 47 of temperatures over 100 degrees (with plenty of humidity). This is the worst drought in 60 years.
Peppers, onions, cucumbers, jalepenos, squashes, eggplant, tomatillos.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
I had a day off while recently working in Salt Lake City. According to my pedometer, I walked twelve and a half miles that day. This is a house on North State Street, which is on a very steep incline. The grand state capital of Utah is at the top of the hill. I recommend the hike (or drive) to the top for the view of the city below.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Willie Nelson's truckstop is open once again, now selling bio diesel fuel. This motor fuel is made from recycled vegetable oil and animal fat. Willie Nelson is a huge advocate promoting the indepence from fossil fuels. Sketched somewhere around Hillsboro, Texas while riding the Greyhound.