Day 255 8/26/16


Day 256 8/26/16

Weedy Seadragon

Day 257 8/26/16

This weeks post is all about testing out new ideas with my artwork.


These first three images were test for turning my artwork into digital images.  With the pointillism, Illustrator was not picking up the small details.  I tested these images to see if I could create better digital images.


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With the octopus, I was testing out how my artwork looked by interacting with the background.

Octopus A

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Pufferfish O

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Hammerhead Z

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The letters A, O, and Z Testing to see what my sea creatures looked like if they were modeled into letters.


My idea about making playing cards with Golden buildings, has hit a stumbling block.  Some buildings cannot be drawn without paying the owner of the building a fee.  The margins of profit would dwindle away if I had to split the money with a building owner.  I am still checking into loopholes and other options.


Recently we have experienced some wet weather.  To keep the girls active I have come up with a fun games which has become a success.  The girls and I go on safari’s throughout the house looking for mythical creatures.

It is amazing how many big foots, loch ness monsters, and harper eagles there are in our house.

Elsa has set up imaginary cages in our living room to store the different mythical creatures we have captured.

This game has been so fun for Elsa and Anna that they constantly ask to play…. I may have made a mistake in creating this little adventure game.

Day (252, 253, and 254) Magnolia, Hawthorn, Blue Whale, Pokemon Go Craze


Day 252 8/17/16


The Magnolia is the state flower for both Louisiana and Mississippi.  Charles Plumier was credited with naming the Magnolia tree.  He named it after French botanist, Pierre Mongol who died in 1715.


Day 253 8/18/16


In 1923 the Hawthorn was recognized as Missouri’s official state flower.  The plant can grow to 20 feet in height and belongs to the rose family.  The tiny fruit that is produced by the Hawthorn can be collected to make jams.

Blue Whale

Day 254 8/19/16


The blue whale is the largest creature ever known to exist on earth.  I created the background by randomly tossing some of our forks on the table and drawing the handles.


Now when we head for our bike rides, we not only have to deal with tubers, we also have to watch our for Pokemon trainers.  Pokemon have invaded Golden  and trainers are flocking to our paths to catch the digital creatures.

This morning, when I took Elsa and Anna to the park, there was a father with his four year old daughter.  His daughter, Molly, and my girls quickly became friends and started running around the park.  The other father just sat down on a bench and continuously played on his phone.

Judging by the yellow Pikachu shirt, I could tell what the man was probably playing.  I still tried to get a conversation started so, I asked , “ Are you playing Pokemon Go?”


“Is it a lot of fun?  I have seen hundreds of people playing it.”

“It is a great game, I just got into to.  I am a math tutor and one of my students, who plays Pokemon, told me that I was his only friend.  I could not believe it!  I am 40 and this kid is a high school student.  To try to connect more with the kid, I decided to give this Pokemon game a try.”
“Also, I just had a botched foot surgery and I have not been able to walk around for a few months.  I just had a temporary treatment that has helped me to be able to walk again.  This game has given me some motivation to get up and walk as much as I can.”

I eventually found out the man’s name was Mike.  After a little more small talk about the game and trying to figure out what was great about it, the man zoned back in on his phone.

Enjoying the nice cool breeze, I followed the girls around as they played on the large jungle gym.  At one point, Molly got herself stuck on top of a slide.  She called for her dad, but he seemed to be busy with his phone and did not even glance up.  I gave Molly a hand.

Soon a woman showed up and Mike, Molly, and the woman headed to the Clear Creek path.  Elsa and Molly gave each other a quick hug before Molly left.

Day (248, 249, 250, 251) Louisiana Iris, Pink and White lady slippers, white pine cone and tassel, Taos

Louisiana Iris

Day 248 8/16/16


The official Louisiana state wild flower is the Louisiana Iris.  These flower can be seen flourishing in the southeastern states.  They are heavy feeding flowers which require a lot of water or they will go dormant.

Lady Slippers

Day 249 8/16/16


Belonging to the orchid family, the Lady Slipper is a showy wildflower.  The flower is found only in the eastern United States.

In the 1800s and 1900s the roots of the Lady Slippers were used as a remedy for nervousness, tooth pain, and muscle spasms.

White Pine Cone

Day 250 8/16/16


Although the White Pine Cone and tassel is not a flower, it is the official state flower for Main.   The white pine is considered to be the largest conifer in the northeastern United States.

Dwarf Lake Iris

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Being Michigan’s state wild flower, the dwarf lake iris, grows no where else in the world except for the Great Lakes Region.  The are only found on the northern Great Lakes shoreline of Lakes Michigan and Huron.


Even though hotel rooms are the highlight for Elsa and Anna, they were not our only reason for going to Taos last week.  One of the main stops we made was to tour the Taos Pueblo.

The Taos Pueblo houses the oldest continuously inhabited community in the USA.  Archaeologist have found ruins and artifacts that indicated the Indians of Taos have lived in the area for nearly 1000 years.

The main portions of the building at the Taos Pueblo were most likely constructed between 1000 and 1450 A.D.  When Spanish explorers first arrived in Northern New Mexico in 1540, they believed that the pueblo was one of the fabled golden cities of Cibola.

150 people still live in this ancient city.

Even thought the girls wanted to do everything the signs told them not to do i.e. (Don’t Touch The Dogs, Stay Out of the Stream, and Stay on The Path).  Elsa and Anna still managed to enjoy themselves as we walked around the ancient city.


Day (245, 246, and 247) Geology Museum, Guy Hill School House, South Table Mountain G, and Taos

Golden Geology Museum

Day 245 8/12/16


The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum was started in 1874.  The museum has two floors full of minerals, fossils, gemstones, meteorites, and historic mining artifacts.  It also houses the Mrs. Colorado Crown and two Goodwill moon rocks collected during the Apollo 17 mission.

Guy Hill School House

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Built in 1876, the same year Colorado became a state, the Guy Hill School House served the needs of Golden Gate Canyon locals until 1951.

Along with being a school house, the building was also used as a community center where dances and church services were held.

The School house was relocated to the Clear Creek History Park in 1974.

South Table Mountain G

Day 247 8/12/16


Unless you enter Golden via South Golden Road, the G on South Table Mountain is not easily seen.  The M on Mt. Zion, representing the Colorado School of the Mine,  is much more noticeable especially since it lights up at night.

Since the G does represent Golden, I decided to include it in my collection.


Earlier this week we took a short trip to Taos, New Mexico.  As soon as we let Elsa know what we were planning, her excitement grew.

“We get to stay in a hotel?” Elsa asked.


“YEA A HOTEL!  I cannot wait!” Elsa shouted with joy.

Even though we did tell Elsa and Anna that the trip would take 5 hours, Elsa did not fully comprehend the time until we began our journey.

By the time we made it to Colorado Springs, which was 1.5 hours into the trip, Elsa and Anna began asking if we were at the hotel yet.  These questions continued for the remainder of the trip.

By the time we arrived in Taos, the sun had set.  We quickly found our hotel and got settled into our room.  Elsa and Anna were very excited to be out of the car.  They ran around the room and jumped on beds and crawled all over the place.

It did not take long for the girls to wear themselves out.


Day (241, 242, 243, 244) Wild Prairie Rose, Sunflower, Goldenrod, Magnolia, and Molly Brown

Wild Prairie Rose

Day 241 8/9/16


The Wild Prairie Rose become North Dakotas official state flower in 1907.  While this flower is native to a large area of North America, it grows like wildfire across all of North Dakota.


Day 242 8/9/16


The Sunflower is the only flower with flower in its name.  The oil in a sunflower is rich in calcium, iron, and contains vitamin A and D.

Sunflowers are one of the fastest growing plants.  They can grow 8 to 12 feet within six months.  The tallest sunflower was 25 feet 5-1/2 inches and was grown by M Heijims in Oirschot, Netherlands in 1986.


Day 243 8/7/16


Goldenrod is the state flower of Alabama, Kentucky, and Nebraska.

Goldenrod produces a latexy sap which was once considered a possible source of rubber.  In the early 1900s Thomas Edison developed a goldenrod plant that grew 12 feet tall and had up to 12% rubber content.  However, other sources for rubber won out the day.

Henry Ford even presented Edison with a Model T which had tires made from goldenrod rubber.


Day 244 8/9/16


The Magnolia Flower has been Mississippi’s State Flower since 1952.

Magnolia flowers do not produce true nectar.  Instead, they produce large quantities of pollen.  The flower is typically pollinated by beetles.  The pollen is high in protein and the beetles use it for food.


On Saturday, we checked out the Molly Brown House cultural pass from our local library.  The cultural passes are a new item carried by our library and this was the first time we have been able to use it.

Molly Brown is famous for surviving the Titanic.  Her and her husband J.J. Brown made it big in the Leadville Colorado mines.  Eventually they moved to Denver and Molly enjoyed the society life, but also was a very generous and charitable person.  She even raised money for the widows who survived the Titanic (husbands lost, they had no income and didn’t speak English).

I thought early morning Saturday would be a good time to visit a museum in order to  avoid the crowds in Denver….. I was wrong.  By the time the Molly brown house was open, there was a long line of patrons.  Luckily, we had to circle the block a few times to find a parking spot.  By the time we found one, the first group of museum attendees had entered into the house.

Tours at the house are given every 30 minutes.  We made it to the 11am tour.

Our tour guide opened the tour by saying, “I am not sure where Molly Brown came from.  Margaret never went by Molly in her entire life.  She just went by Margaret Brown.”

The house was built in 1880 and purchased by the Browns in 1894 for $30,000 (equivalent to $900,000 today).  At the time the house was considered an upper middle class home.

From the outside, the house seemed large.  Once inside, the house began to shrink.  It has been separated into so many room that each individual room feels small.

After Molly’s death in 1932, the house had several more owners.  It continued to deteriorate until it was scheduled for demolition in 1970.  A group of concerned citizens formed Historic Denver, Inc.  They raised funds for the house to be restored to its former glory.  Historic Denver, Inc was able to purchase the house for $8,000 and restore it using architectural research, paint chip analysis, and photos taken from 1910 as a guideline.