Merced Art Hop

Almost two weeks ago I participated in – as an artist – my first Merced Art Hop (MAH). I was stationed at Binary Systems Computer Repair on the corner of Main St. and M St. in downtown Merced, CA.. About 20 people stopped in to chat and see prints on canvas and paper of my digital, iPad drawings. I learned a lot, sold a piece, and got an order for a larger canvas print of one of the images. As folks strolled by, I sketched these two drawings of my view shed in Procreate (with final touches in iColorama).

corner of main & m

click on image to enlarge to full size: 4096 x 1714

Public (Utility) Art

I see this bank of gas meters when I walk out into the alley behind the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, and each time I wonder, is it a mural? Is it public art?
Public (Utility) Art

One courageous barn owner volunteered her barn for a pilot study of sorts.

pilot study



Celebrating Soil Chemistry and More: Professor Samuel J. Traina

What a unique, April 9, 2016 event! A combination 60th birthday celebration, soil chemistry symposium, and dinner…all in one! A couple of Professor Traina’s former graduate students, along with a handful of local helpers, organized the surprise event to celebrate his academic career (to date). Currently, Sam is Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development at U.C. Merced. Additional former graduate students, a former professor, and several colleagues from around the country and beyond traveled in and joined a small cohort of Sam’s administrative colleagues at U.C. Merced along with a few family members and friends for preprandials, prepared talks, poster presentations, and, of course, ample roasting in the California Room on the campus of U.C. Merced.

I wasn’t carrying my iPad, but I did have with me what I call my Whiteberry, a leather index card and ink pen holder, which I used to produce this:

When I got home, I inserted a photo of that image into Procreate on my iPad Pro, and with the help of another photo import, my Apple Pencil, and iColorama, I generated this graphic record of such a heart warming event:
soil conservation & 60 year