The Martian Calla

NASA’s projects never fail to fascinate me. I’d hazard a guess I’m not the only one who was sad to see the era of the Shuttle come to a close. But now we have the Curiosity! Sweet! The pictures sent back by Curiosity are wonderful, and for some reason I keep going back to take another peek and the panoramic shot of Mount Sharp.

I was in the garden (again) taking a close up look at some of the blooms around the yard, and the seed pods from the fading bloom of the calla plant looked like they would be right at home in the foreground of that picture.

It wouldn’t do too bad in the possible 70 degrees (F) at noon in summer, but the -225 degrees (F) might be a small issue. Pesky reality…keeps getting in the way.

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Semi-Finished Ink Lizard

My work day is split up into short bits of intense concentration when we are at the height of production. It is simply the nature of the beast…not a good thing and not a bad thing…just the way it is. There is a bleed-over into my off hours that I find a little exasperating—particularly because of all the resulting semi-finished drawings, projects and chores.

This guy is one kinda cute example. I didn’t even take the time to find a pencil (my preferred drawing tool) and went with the pen in hand. I could already feel my attention wandering…sneaky little thoughts of the mail box that hadn’t been checked yet, the load of laundry that needed shifting to the drier…the list is endless and ever-morphing.

Can’t tell from this, but his tongue is blue…really.

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Mr. O’Neal…Kinda

My apologies to Mr. O’Neal for making him look not quite himself. Still it was a relaxing bit o’ ballpoint-pen-in-moleskine scribbling this afternoon.

The scribble is based on a Chris Walters photo appearing in an ad for The Flag Art Foundation’s “Size Does Matter” show, curated by…you guessed it…Shaquille O’Neal.

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