Thursday, October 20, 2016

Drumpfian Pouts

I've noticed lots of drawings that feature Drumpf' holding forth with his mouth shaped like Edvard Munch's 'Scream' minus the hands (😱).  But during last night's debate I was unbearably annoyed by his pouts.
I drew these from replays that I was happily able to pause from time to time.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Moonset and a Surprise Scattering

Yesterday morning's moonset --
Actually more of a moonfade.
And just now I noticed the now-limp and drying clump of violets from three days ago, which is  now surrounded by probably a hundred tiny black and white seeds.  A very close inspection showed the still-green cleistogamous pods in emergency scattering mode.  Every pod has rapidly matured, and almost all have split open.  I could hear seeds hitting the table as I drew.  Afterwards I carried the spent plants and all seeds outside and scattered them in the yard.  We will have lots of violets next spring!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Cleistogamy (Closed Marriages) of Violets

Thanks to Susan Sawyer who commented on this blog yesterday, we can now all understand the fascinating adaptive mechanism that some plants have that enables them to propagate in unfavorable conditions, such as this summer's dry weather.
Cleistogamous plants, such as violets, are able to produce flowers that self-pollinate using non- opening flowers.  This mode of reproduction is biologically less expensive than chasmoganous (opening flowers) reproduction, and it allows the plant to scatter many seeds in less-than-optimal conditions.  It's true that self-pollination results in a kind of in-breeding and is not best over a long time;  but it gets the job done when water is scarce or pollinators are not present or a plant is in an otherwise compromised environment.  It makes me think of what my Smart car manual calls driving in "limp home mode."  

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Exciting Non-Political Post

Have you ever pulled a violet plant up at this time of year and noticed what look like little buds clustered near the crown of the root?  When I was cleaning out my square foot garden this morning I pulled out a violet plant and saw the cluster shown in 8387.  Then I saw an opened pod (8390) with no seeds, and I thought it might be a dried flower sepal.  Finally I cracked open one of the bud/pod-like structures and saw rows of tiny yellow seeds.  I love drawing as research.  

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Badly Drawn Cars

I am really bad at drawing cars.  I sound to myself like a beginner student who says 'I can't draw faces/people/cylinders, ' and so I tell myself 'Draw a hundred cars and you'll be good at drawing them.'
The thought of two weeks of drawing cars makes me feel hopeless and dismal, but it might be an interesting practice within The Practice.  Nate came home from forst grade one day while I was visiting and told me the way to draw things is to look for basic shapes. Excellent advice.  So above are three wedges, a rectangle, and a truncated wedge.  The top drawings I did in the car line while we were all moving.  I actually like the top left wedge (8372), done in about thirty seconds while it was moving and my car was also rolling a bit.