A Quick Trip to Colorado!

Hi Loyal Readers,

I just got back from a very quick trip to central Colorado to deal with some family matters.  I haven’t been to Denver since I was born there (my parents left Denver when I was just one year old).    I must say, Colorado is a beautiful state.  Denver is sort of like Seattle, only with not quite so many wacko drivers, and much drier.  I visited Boulder and Estes Park (the Santa Barbara of the hills) before driving through Rocky Mountain National Park.  I am still amazed at the stunning scenery, both the rolling hills and meadow of Denver to the peaks and rock of the Rocky Mountains!

The wildlife was very lively as well (maybe that’s why they call it wildLIFE?) Above the tree line on the open tundra along the ridge, three elks made a showing as they grazed on the flowers.  I really think the elks came toward the road to laugh at the traffic jam they would create.  Tourists will do anything to get a picture, including stopping in the middle of the road suddenly without warning because the woman screamed Elk!  Anyway, I actually parked, changed lenses and walked to where the elk was to get the below picture. Yes, I am a nice obedient tourist that is considerate of others.

Cheers!

More pictures to come as I process them!

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Meeting Art: Sketching at Work

As of late, work has been rather unexciting to me.  Pretty much all I do is sit at my computer and code reports using a combination of SQL, VBA, Mondrian, and Java.  It is very solitary and I just don’t find it exciting any more.  To make matters worse, I find myself in long meetings, listening to my co-workers duke it out for who is right, wrong or the strongest.  Ugh, after 45 minutes or so my butt starts to hurt, my mind wanders, and I start thinking about why I accepted the meeting invitation.

For a long time I would doodle during the meetings.  I would occupy myself  by drawing boxes, chasing lines with other lines, or even drawing the most lines across the top of a piece of paper.  But then I thought that I could really put some effort into these doodles and create something that I could be proud if I ever got caught.  So, I did.  They started with post-it notes. Post-it notes are the ultimate media for killing time in meetings.  I always have a stack of the small ones in my organizer as they are great for jotting down thoughts and decorating the side of my monitor.

So one day I saw the post-it note as a blank canvas, waiting for my talented fingers to guide a pencil along and make a masterpiece so incredible that Da Vinci would roll in his grave. Liking to sketch landscapes, I took inspiration from a photo I took at Crater Lake on the Cleetwood Cove Trail, I did a really quick artistic impression of what I could remember.  Wizard Island, the steep slope from the rim to the water level, the trees, the jagged rocks, and the strange wooden “wall” holding up the switchbacks.  It is an amazing doodle that highlights the features of the dramatic scene.

Crater Lake Sketch

A second Post-It note I found while cleaning out my organizer is a very simple landscape scene.  This must have been sketched while sitting on the john at work, since it is so simple.  If I had a full meeting for this one, it would have been more complete.  I started with the river and added the mountains.  Since I usually draw houses, I think this time I took a chance with a road paralleling the river.  Overall, I don’t think this is going to impress anyone, especially not Da Vinci.

My most recent meeting art is below, inspired from a photo I found on a homesteading site.  There was something timeless, but motivating about the structure of the picture.  I ended drawing it on the back of one of my organizer sheets that I use to plan my day.  Anyway, I think it came out quite nicely, although I might go back and add some color to it with color pencils.   I did find out that three people at my end of the table watched me sketch it out.  I was a little embarrassed that they caught me, but they thought it looked great and was certainly more interesting than whatever the boss was talking about!

Landscape 1001

Happy Sketching!

Cheers!