Sandhills, a Beach in the Mountains

Sandhills, a Beach in the Mountains

The rare sandhills ecosystem of Santa Cruz county is like no other place. High in the coastal range, with no ocean in sight, I have white sand between my toes. The sandy floor and a dry, warm coastal mountain climate support a unique community of plants and animals...
Homegrown

Homegrown

The more curious my home-grown vegetables look, the quicker I run for my sketchbook. Pulling up carrots is a joy, another rite of spring. Below, a bunch of Scarlet Nantes planted last fall. Daucus carota subsp. sativus,  Tasty, nutritious… much more flavor in a...
Time flies (don’t blink)

Time flies (don’t blink)

Before I am buried in spring sketches (then summer!),  I have to look back at pages from a memorable fall and winter. Here, some of the small stuff underfoot in our garden, a briefly glorious old neighborhood tree, a sampling of spring vegetables… Soon, a...
My Process on Display

My Process on Display

I placed my sketchbooks, found objects, drawing materials and trail maps under glass for a few months at the beautiful Doyle Library at Santa Rosa Junior College. I call the display “My Process,” since someone who looks closely can find both rough field...
Coastal Sketchbook

Coastal Sketchbook

Perched near the edge of a cliff over the Pacific Ocean… my favorite place to sit with a sketchbook. Colored pencil and graphite Sonoma Coast, CA locations: Cliff near Gleason Beach (left)- note the house and fence at the top, for scale Bodega Head (below)...

Strawberry, Strawberry, Pea

Sketchbook, Krista Anandakuttan Spring 2015 A spring to remember: strawberry, strawberry, (strawberry, strawberry), pea. Of note: Fragaria x ananassa: not a berry, a strawberry is really an aggregate accessory fruit… Enjoyed (wild) since the stone age,...