It's , so here's another drawing from my series of sketches of Diego Cat. Drawn with a calligraphy brush and Higgins Eternal ink.

I've been doing an extended series of drawings of my black kitty Diego, and have lately been using a calligraphy brush with Higgins Eternal ink. The calligraphy brush is wonderfully expressive , though a tool with a long learning curve. Here's a recent drawing.

Antique farm mechanics collection, University of California, Davis.

M45 - The Pleiades. Some more . I took this with my 70mm aperture refractor; this is a stacked set of 39 60" exposures. Processed with and .

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Conjunction of Jupiter and Mars on 7 Jan 2018 at 1629 UTC. I got up before dawn today to take some . There was a halo around the moon at the time, and it quickly clouded over completely. Lots of rain expected tomorrow.

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M33 - the Triangulum Galaxy. I am now on an kick, and have hauled out my small equatorial mount accordingly. Camera is a Panasonic GX85 with a 40-150mm telephoto lens set at 150mm and f/5.6. This is a stacked set of 30 60" exposures processed in and .

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It's been very windy today which frustrated my plans to go sketching in the morning. By the late afternoon I had to get out to do a sketch despite it still being breezy. Here's a view of our creek and the fields to the south.

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Missed my train connection coming home but this gave me time and I had art materials to do a couple of sketches while waiting for the next one .

In general there are two ways to do drawings. Draw in ink first, and paint over that, or paint in first, and add ink linework after that. I usually do the former, but I did these sketches with the latter approach. I want to try more this way.

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Two photos from the garden this afternoon. Lovely to see the hummingbird sage (Salvia spathacea) coming into bloom.

Not so many pomegranates left any more; it's a treat to have them around.

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