Farewell Professor Ernesto Adorio

Farewell Professor Ernesto P. Adorio. Pen and Ink Drawing on 22"x19" Bristol Board.

Three days after I published my last post, my brother Ernesto passed away on February 29th, 2016. He died on the Leap Day of the Leap Year. It's been a sad spring since he left. My brother was an electrical engineer, mathematician, code developer, a much beloved mathematics professor, who loved photography, plants and trees. His Python programs and recipes are used in research and several university curricula in the US, South Korea, Sweden and Australia as well as his works in Physics. His thesis in crystallography have been cited by NASA, MIT and Stanford University. He loved to travel to record the many species of plants, flowers and trees of the Philippines. He was a gentleman, good and kind, a loyal friend and most loving brother. He was my childhood playmate. I miss him terribly. I think of him every day.

I started this drawing a week before he passed away. We visited each other's Facebook pages and exchanged comments while I drew this picture. It took me a long time to finish this drawing, perhaps because I did not want to let go. I finally illustrated him doing his favorite pastime - photographing plants and then waving goodbye. Rest in peace Toto Ernesto. I love you.


On To Bigger Things

The Lost Ladybug, Coccinella Novemnotata. Pen and ink on 19"x22" Bristol Board
Read more about the sad story of New York state's threatened and endangered insect and how you can help its resurgence.

I am posting today because I promised my dearest sisterfriend Bella Sinclair that I would post if she did. Remember when blogging was popular? However, one had to have something interesting or worthwhile to blog about. These days everyone is on Facebook where people post photos of their breakfast or dinner and sometimes a selfie in a bathroom. Have you ever taken a photo of yourself in a bathroom? I don't see a virtue in that act. In fact, I find it rather sad and forlorn that one has to take of photo of oneself because nobody else cares or bothers to take the photo for that person. Some Facebook users are extreme sharers. What they share and how often they share provide an interesting human study. I have a Facebook profile. My friends are mostly family and relatives, childhood friends and classmates from elementary, high school and university and several blog friends. These days I post my art mostly on Instagram and Behance.

As you can see I don't have much to say except sharing another drawing. On to bigger things, I have decided that I will use up all the 19"x22" Bristol Board pads I have in my possession. With the number of pads and the rate at which I am drawing, I would probably be drawing for the rest of my life. I hope my wrist and eyes could hold up to the task. Afterwards, I still have oil paints and canvases to use. That is why I seem to be everywhere but hardly there.


Diggers, Borers, Suckers, Biters and Parasites

The Empire Eukaryota: Diggers, Borers, Suckers, Biters and Parasites. Pigment and India ink on 19" x 22" Bristol Board.


Varanus komodoensis

Varanus komodoensis. Pigment and India ink drawing on 19"x22" Bristol Board. It took me a year to complete this drawing. I started it last summer at my husband's request. I wanted to give it to him as a birthday present. His birthday came and went, I decided to finish it for Christmas. That too came and went. A few months ago I decided to dust off the drawing and complete it. It was a struggle to draw and enhance each scale. Finally it is done, just in time for his birthday. Happy Birthday to my Viking.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Varanidae
Genus: Varanus
Subgenus: Varanus
Species: Varanus komodoensis
Binomial Name: Varanus komodoensis

Drawing Materials: Pigment, India ink, Bristol Board and extreme patience.


Dead Man's Fingers

Empire: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Ascomycota
Class: Sordariomycetes
Family: Xylariaceae
Genus: Xylaria
Species: X. polymorpha
Binomial Name: Xylaria polymorpha (Pers.) Grev., (1824)
Common Name: Dead Man's Fingers