Sunday, October 28, 2007

Country Fall

I produced this during one of my last watercolor classes. We are looking down the hill on some structures and some fall trees and color. Turned out OK and everyone in class seemed to like it including the instructor. 11" x 14" ink and watercolor on Strathmore.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Escondido Fire Images

These photos were sent to us by our ex-neighbors Kim and Tony Ditty in Escondido which is about 25 miles north of downtown San Diego. The fire came up into their property but the fire fighters saved their home. In this small development, only a few homes were lost and several damaged as far as we can tell.This is where we lived five years ago. I never dreamed this would ever happen. This location is just one of the many areas hit by the Witch Fire and is located west of I-15 on the north edge of Lake Hodges. Across the lake many homes were lost in Rancho Bernardo. SignOn San has very good coverage of the fires as well as maps to view areas close up (with street names).

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tragic Fires

We have been monitoring the horrible fires in southern California and in particular the San Diego area. Five years ago, we moved from the Escondido area to northern California. The fires are near our previous home which is located on the north side of Lake Hodges at the southwestern edge of Escondido. At this point 4 or 5 homes have burned in that development which is called Lomas Serenas. Our relatives have left Escondido not knowing if their home will remain.

We have many friends in the San Diego area and many are in harms way--from Escondido to Rancho Santa Fe to Chula Vista. We have made contact with many and have offered to have them come here to stay. We can find homes for people if we need to. Most have found other places to live.

Unless you are from southern California, you have no idea of the force of Santa Ana winds. They are strong and hot when they blow into the area. In September, October and November the temperatures are still very warm and the land is tinder dry. These appear to be some of the worst winds that I can recall. The winds must die down for the fire fighters to get a chance to halt the charging fires.

Last night I saw news reporter Larry Himmel reporting in front of his home that was aflame and destroyed. I probably could not have done what he was able to do. Larry is not just a reporter. We grew up watching him on the news for many years. That makes it much more personal. We also believe our former church (RBBC) in Rancho Bernardo may be partially destroyed.

All for now. We will watch and pray that the winds subside and cooler weather will arrive.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Extreme Environment

This healthy tree has survived the heat, cold, wind, rain, snow and altitude and somehow still seems to live forever. This drawing shows the extreme environments in which living things survive. I drew this several years ago and gave the original away as a gift. I kept one print which I have framed in my home. This was done using Rapidograph pens on illustration board and is my Illustration Friday entry for Extremes.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Misty Hills

Small, loose, wet painting of the open-ness of distant misty hills for Illustration Friday. This is an early morning painting showing mist and fog remaining low to the ground before the sun heats the day. Ink and watercolor, 5" x 7".

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

San Francisco Apartment

Sketch of a very neat apartment building near Japantown in San Francisco. These are lots of fun to draw because there is so much to draw. This building was very well kept and newly painted. I used Micron pens with Faber Castell "Shades of Grey" brush pens, 8" x 10".


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