The Preston Castle Gargoyle

I love gargoyles. Period. So I was all a’giddy when I looked up at the bell tower of the Preston Castle and saw one surviving gargoyle (i.e.: still had his head attached). One other fact. I love crows and ravens…beautiful birds with great sense of humor. :) Guess who had a nest up there with the gargoyles?

Can you see him way up there on the back right?

Can you see him way up there on the back right?

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Beautiful wings.

Beautiful wings.

Close up of his scales.

Close up of his scales.

Lovelies!

Lovelies!

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Nesting up with the gargoyle with no head.

Nesting up with the gargoyle with no head.

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Preston Castle ~ Preston School of Industry ~ 1st Paracon benefit

Last weekend I joined my sister and two other members of the Northern Nevada Ghost Hunters on my very first Paracon hosted by the Castle Spirits Paranormal group. It was held at the Preston School of Industry (i.e. Reform School for boys) which had the cornerstone laid in 1890 and opened in 1894. All the proceeds from the paracon went towards the preservation and rehabilitation of the Preston Castle. IT WAS AWESOME! While the speakers and the hosts were wonderful (YAY SALLY and CREW!!), I absolutely loved the building. Since I took an ungodly amount of photographs, I’m going to divide them up into at least four different posts. The first being the outside of the building. Then I’ll post about the one gargoyle that’s left up on the tower (LOVE HIM!), the inside and some of the people.

For the history of the building and grounds (and if you’d like to donate to this beautiful building) please check out PRESTON CASTLE FOUNDATION

First glimpse taken from a cemetery in Ione, CA.

First glimpse taken from a cemetery in Ione, CA.

Taken from below Preston near some newer buildings.

Taken from below Preston near some newer buildings.

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The boys carved their names into the sandstone.

The boys carved their names into the sandstone.

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Absolutely beautiful carvings in the sandstone.

Absolutely beautiful carvings in the sandstone.

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Carved sandstone bricks.

Carved sandstone bricks.

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That tube is a fire escape with a slide inside.

That tube is a fire escape with a slide inside.

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STOLEN ART ALERT – LISA KURT’S YETI PAINTING Virginia City, NV

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From a friend who had her painting stolen up in Virginia City!!!!
LISA KURT, ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AT ST. MARY’S ART CENTER.

STOLEN PAINTING ALERT- Please Share!! I’m stunned and shaken to report that I’ve had yet another painting stolen in Northern Nevada. This time one of my paintings from my picture book project show at St. Mary’s St Marys Art Center in Virginia City, NV was taken sometime this last week between 4/25/2015 -4/30/2015. I wasn’t selling these pieces because they are part of my picture book artwork that I’ve been working on to get published. This is the second theft of my work in less than 4 months in Nevada. The Cosmonaut 64 painting has yet to be returned. **Please refrain from telling me this is a compliment or that I should be flattered- this is theft of my livelihood and personal property and it is unacceptable.
Please share this widely and help me get it returned. I just want the painting back- no questions asked.

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It’s going to be a beautiful day for geocaching!

Sunrise from Sparks, NV

Sunrise from Sparks, NV

Sunrise from Sparks, NV…cool clouds.

Sunrise from Sparks, NV…cool clouds.

Same sunrise, only from UNR and about 20 minutes later.

Same sunrise, only from UNR and about 20 minutes later.

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Another Day at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno, Nevada

Robin

Robin


Flutterby

Flutterby


Another robin. :)

Another robin. :)


Japanese Kerria

Japanese Kerria


Flutterby chowing down.

Flutterby chowing down.

Apple blossoms almost spent out.

Apple blossoms almost spent out.

Feral kitty basking in the sun.

Feral kitty basking in the sun.

Don't come any closer, lady!

Don’t come any closer, lady!


Bee!

Bee!


Of course I have to add the bee's butt!

Of course I have to add the bee’s butt!

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My Hobonichi Techo Art Journal ~ Mountain Chickadee Progression

Back in March I bought a wee Hobonichi Techo (A6 in size) that I decided to use as an art journal. I haven’t sketched or painted in a long time and thought small would be good to get back in the swing of things. For the Mountain Chickadee I used a pencil, Zig & Micron pigment pens, Akashiya Sai watercolor pen brushes, and liquid frisket…and the photograph I took of a Mountain Chickadee.

The chickadee doesn’t have a halo, parts of the Stargate, from the other side, bled through the paper…guess I got a little heavy handed with the paint.

Sketching with frisket down.

Sketch with frisket down.

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More layers on the brink and bird.

More layers on the branch and bird.

Rubbed the frisket off and added grey, more black, and sky.

Rubbed the frisket off and added grey, more black, and sky.

Still rusty at painting, but I think he’s cute. :)

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Wordless Wednesday ~ 8 April 2015

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