This next series will be of ten minute sketches done while watching my toddler. Starting with the anemones (Ranunculaceae) and narcissus (Amaryllidoideae) on my dinner table.

This blog started off as travel writing. Despite me not posting a lot of sketches, I’ve been traveling a ton over the last year. My kiddo flew with me on eight airplanes before his first birthday. This is a drawing of some elderly passengers on a Southwest flight waiting for boarding. I liked the series of strong colors of them all sitting in a row in the airline-provided wheelchairs.

On the same hike, I started scoping out some local blooming flowers for a mural for my downstairs bathroom. For a little context, the bathroom is small, under the stairs and ugly. When we bought our house last January, there was even a mirror covering the ceiling (so you can watch yourself pee, I guess?) Anyways, I’ve done what I could with the space. I doubt I’ll ever really consider the mural done but at least its colorful now, and painted to look like a meadow.

poison oak

Hiking around Santa Cruz with a friend both our kids and a dog, we stopped by a stream to sketch. The first visible plant next to our picnic blanket to draw was this poison oak. Amazingly, no one (not even the babies or the dog) touched it.

At the Science Writers party at the AAAS meeting, last week, Melissae and I made small creatures. There was a ‘Make a Robot’ station at the San Jose Museum of Art ( where the party was held. You could choose a little packet of random supplies and then were challenged to make some sort of creature with only those materials. I made a little robot, she made a little bug. It was fun.