These times we’re living in

At the light rail station on the way to downtown Sacramento
At the light rail station on the way to downtown Sacramento

January 21, 2017. The Women’s March on Sacramento. Part of a world-wide event. What an amazing day. The rain cleared up, the sun came out. Thousands of women, men, and children showed up to march in solidarity.

View from the Capitol window towards the Tower Bridge
View from the Capitol window towards the Tower Bridge

I took my friends on a tour of the Capitol, since they had never been inside before (!!!),  and showed them the wonderful portrait of Jerry Brown by Don Bachardy and the recently installed portrait of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

with christopher and queen isabella at the rotunda

I posed with Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella in the Rotunda.

The signs were collected for a display at the State Library
The signs were collected for a display at the State Library

I donated a few of my signs for this effort.

Many millions went toward this Koons sculpture
Many millions went toward this Koons sculpture

We went to see the Jeff Koons sculpture in front of the new arena on K Street after the march. I like how it seems transparent and is colored and reflective at the same time.

The Dark Side of the sculpture. Photo by Kate Morris.
The Dark Side of the sculpture. Photo by Kate Morris.

This view makes it seem a lot smaller than the previous photo, though it really isn’t that gigantic.

Crocker Kingsley exhibition at the Blue Line Gallery in Roseville
Crocker Kingsley exhibition at the Blue Line Gallery in Roseville

That evening, we went to the reception for the Crocker Kingsley Exhibition. Awards were given out, and pieces were chosen to be shown at the Crocker (only five). Unfortunately, none of mine were chosen for those special distinctions. I find at this stage in my life, I really don’t care about that too much.

Someone looking at my work in the Crocker Kingsley Exhibition
Someone looking at my work in the Crocker Kingsley Exhibition

I’m happy to have my work in the show. Tony Natsoulas and helpers did a great job of installing the show. My pieces look really good where they were placed. The show runs through February 25th.

One more try at more intense coloring
One more try at more intense coloring

This piece kept bothering me. The eyes were not convincing. I fired it again and I think I’m happy with it now. I’ll probably drag it to the park for its public showing in early March.

Sacramento turkey
Sacramento turkey

My daughter lives near the American River Parkway, so sometimes the turkeys venture from the river area to eat grass.

Heron on winter pond
Heron on winter pond

I love to watch the herons. They are shy, secretive, and improbably tall. I doubt this one found much to eat in the flooded pond.

Many mallards visit
Many mallards visit

After a marked deficit of mallards, sixteen were on the pond yesterday.

James' first call to action
James’ first call to action

I was so happy to hear Jerry Brown’s wonderful State of the State address. We all need to remain vigilant and active so the creep of fascism doesn’t take us by surprise. Some people thought the Nazis were wonderful, and just the strong, authoritative direction a struggling Germany needed (some probably still do). Let’s not go that way.

 

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