Sketching & Writing in Monterey

Here’s some of the creative output during my visit to Monterey Bay (July 24 to Aug 1, 2012)

WRITING EXERCISE with Jaci and Miki at The Clement in Monterey. | 10 minutes of free writing on THINGS I KNOW on July 27th

The knowledge I’ve acquired since last I wrote about this has certainly grown. I know Monterey will always be home tho I currently live several thousand miles away. But that is not the learning-kind of knowledge, that is the wisdom-style that comes with years of experience of life, people and places. I know that my passion of wanting to make a difference on the planet is still super strong and that I’m pretty darn sure it involves sharing my stories. I know that Butt-in-Chair is the process that helps me produce things. I know it’s hard to write while the guy in the next room expounds, “He’s got style, man!” and clinks his silverware. I know that we are limited by a lifetime on this planet—each of us on our own timeline that we need follow/listen/be guided by our muse—that muse will guide us—hopefully smoothly to new heights. Things I know, and I know things. Ich kenne Dinge. I know some German, some people. some math, something about marine biology and Antarctica, seals and whales and spiny little invertebrates. I know, without a doubt, I am super grateful to be here where I am, knowing the things I know, with these people, right here, right now.

Sketching and recording what I hear from visitors while at Monterey Bay Aquarium, July 27th, 2012.

Sketching and recording what I hear from visitors while at Monterey Bay Aquarium, July 27th, 2012.

THIS POEM came out while staying on a friend’s boat. It was like camping at an RV park but much better. [date unknown]

SENSES OF THE OCEAN

Sea lions barking

Seagulls squawking

Tight formation of brown pelicans fying overhead

The breath of a sea lion as it surfaces by the boat

Slap of flipflops

The wetness of fog on my skin

Tourists crowding the rec-trail

Sand on the feet

Cold, wet & salty

Kayaks

Dolphins outside the kelp forest

The smell of the sea which is moist and pure and ionic

Waves rushing up the beach

Noticing the different tides are doing their thing

The rock of a boat

The slap of mast wires

Looking thru the sea surface at a seal swimming by underwater

Cold water on hands

The temperature differential between sun and fog

Blue of sky and sea

 

More sketching of the views around the aquarium. July 27th, 2012

More sketching of the views around the aquarium. July 27th, 2012

Me, Jon and Cecilia (Rosemary and Stacey not pictured) doing a little sketch crawl at Cannery Row Brewing Company, July 27, 2012

Me, Jon and Cecilia (Rosemary and Stacey not pictured) doing a little sketch crawl at Cannery Row Brewing Company, July 27, 2012