Emerita analoga"Sand or Mole Crab" - pencil sketch
This week's topic is "Remember". When I read it in my email, I immediately remembered a time when I had the opportunity to draw frequently, whenever the mood struck. In the summer of 1997, I was taking classes at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology... a full load of graduate level courses: BI 551 Invertebrate Zoology, BI 507 Marine Biology Seminar, and BI 574 Marine Ecology. I loved the experience of being surrounded by serious students of the sciences & research biologists. It was so fascinating to me. As I listened to the lectures, participated in discussions, and worked on my lab report or a paper, I continually wondered why I hadn't been as 'intrigued and focused' when I was an undergrad.
"Scallop" - colored pencil
Back then, I didn't push myself to achieve high marks. I seldom actually read the reading assignments. I did what I needed to in order to simply pass the course. I suppose it had something to do with the fact that I had to work 30+ hours a week on top of my courseload of 18-20 credits (back then, my determination was more focused upon earning a dual Bachelor degree AND graduating on time - 4 years).
"Scallop" - stippled ink
The following summer, I again immersed myself in the marine science world taking additional graduate level courses: BI 508 Lab-Biological Illustration, BI 508 Lab-Drawing Natural Forms in Color, BI 508 Lab-Biology of Toxic Tides, and BI 557 Biology of Estuaries.
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