The biography of Leonardo DaVinci that I am reading, has a passage that tells about his revelation that there are no lines in nature. Leonardo explained that there is an “infinite gradation of shades and blending of them, which does not allow precise borders.”*  Apparently, Leonardo studied and wrote quite a bit about shadows and […]

Hand Shadow on Hand

This abstract began as a free-form pencil sketch. A shape with three protrusions reminded me of a hand. I masked out a hand shape in front of the three-fingered one. Then I sketched in the missing two fingers of the partially hidden hand. This was difficult. The thumb and first two fingers face the viewer; […]

Phone Booth

There was a time when people would have to find a telephone, attached by wires to Ma Bell’s network, if they wished to talk with someone far away. In fact, utility poles were called ‘telephone poles’, once upon a time, because they carried the wires, upon which telephone conversations were conducted. During my wanderings today, […]

Light Pole

I was on break, yet again today. I wandered to the warehouse wall that is a palette for the afternoon sun. This time the light pole shadow (from the same pole that wanted to be a tree, from the other day) barely reached the wall. The diagonal slats are framed by the construction elements of the […]

Square Format and Shadows

I like the walk-your-bike sign below, but can’t imagine that a bike rider would see it. The ergonomics are just not there. However, someone walking a dog would be aware of signs on the ground, as their eyes would be focused at that level, anxiously awaiting the business of their wards. I cropped this photography […]


It was very sunny today in LA.  The early-morning or late-afternoon sun frequently commands my attention, but I couldn’t resist the scenario I found outside on the porch at noon today. Everything was in alignment below: The picture below gives one an idea of the scale of the striped environment in which I found myself. […]