Flower Power: A New Alternative Energy

Flower Power: A New Alternative Energy

I paused between harvesting berries and thinning carrots this morning to admire the progress of this volunteer Sunflower’s growth. We plant the beauties along the fence line as a decorative heat deflecting measure and partial shade for our lettuce.
The errant seeds that germinate in random places in our yard are welcomed surprises.

© 2014 Theresa Funk, all rights reserved.

Something To Write Home About: A New Series of Original Works of Art on Paper

Something To Write Home About: A New Series of Original Works of Art on Paper

The American River is the subject for my ten piece Something To Write Home About art card series. Each card is its own certificate of authenticity, and has been painted with California rain water that I’ve collected this year.
Six of the ten cards already have designated addresses, and the other four will be sent to unsuspecting recipients as a Thank You note for their inspiration and continued support of my artistic endeavors.

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Breaking it Down: Backyard Composting and Hip Hop Dogs

Breaking it Down: Backyard Composting and Hip Hop Dogs

UC Davis’ legacy of environmental sustainability is an inspiration to me. In celebration of Earth Day, the University, in collaboration with Sacramento-based CleanWorld, designed and built a 50-ton-per-day anaerobic digester at the University’s old landfill. Bacterial microbes in oxygen-deprived tanks feast on campus and community food and yard waste to help generate renewable electricity. The project is a keen demonstration of what can be achieved when research universities and private industry partner to solve today’s pressing global challenges.

Our 82 gallon black compost bin sits where the fence corners meet. You can see it just above the curve of Stella’s tail.

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Passing Shot: El Dorado County Wine in the Making

Passing Shot: El Dorado County Wine in the Making

El Dorado County has more than 2,000 acres of grape vines growing at the highest elevations across California. I managed to capture a few rows of one vineyard’s crop growing in yesterday’s late afternoon sunlight. With more than seventy wineries in operation throughout the county, there is no shortage of visual inspiration for my art.

© 2014, Theresa Funk. All rights reserved

Passing Shots: Lower American River Watershed

Passing Shots:  Lower American River Watershed

American River water is generally characterized as high quality surface water that is low in alkalinity, mineral content, and organic contamination. It is also a source of artistic inspiration for many Sacramento area artists. This moment was captured on my mobile device during a post-rain storm walk along the river, and continues to be reinterpreted as part of my Conservation Art series works on paper.

© 2014, Theresa Funk, all rights reserved.