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1. Perspective

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This place is just up the street from me, so I wondered why I hadn’t gone more often. I thought I’d have to take a breather a couple of times when I was walking uphill, I’m no spring chicken. When I started I realized I’d guessed right. When I arrived I saw I didn’t remember it this way. I didn’t remember this view here too. It was much better. I’m glad I came and glad I walked this time instead of driving. I guess working to get there gave me some perspective to appreciate it more.

Tagged: About Me, Allen Capoferri, Beach, California, International, Nature, Ocean

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2. high chaparral


HC1 Anytime I can find a moment to draw is a good one. Here I had a moment to draw the houses perched on the overlooking California hills before my class. As I was drawing, the title of this post came to mind, albeit misspelled on the top image here. Funny how this terminology, here from a TV western remembered from childhood, comes back with a little more significance.

Tagged: Allen Capoferri, America, Art, California, chaparral, Illustration, International, sketchbook, sketchbook drawing, USA

9 Comments on high chaparral, last added: 3/23/2014
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3. 496 Million Women

496 million. That’s how many women in the world can’t read or write even the most simple sentence. Many women never have the opportunity to reach 6th grade, and some don’t get to go to school at all.

Today, we join citizens around the world in celebrating International Women’s Day, and I want to share the stories of Dinah Mwangi and Katie Hendricks, two special women whose lives exemplify the theme of this year’s celebration, “Equality for Women is Progress for All.”

Dinah MwangiDinah makes progress for all in Nairobi, Kenya. While waiting in line at a carwash, Dinah noticed two young boys straining to see what she was reading – a children’s book she had purchased for her niece. When she asked if they would like to join her, the boys lit up.

They read, and laughed and shared stories with Dinah. Then they told her they had no books of their own.

Dinah started buying books with her own salary and recruited volunteers to read and distribute them to kids each Saturday. In less than three months, she had over 500 kids participating. Now she’s pursuing relationships with Kenyan publishers, corporations and funders in order to expand her reach and deepen her impact.

On the other side of the world, Katie makes progress for all by helping girls from low-income families in California’s East Bay bridge the gap between school and home.

Photo from girlsinc-alameda.orgAs a young teacher, Katie yearned to improve all aspects of her students’ lives, inside and outside the classroom. Her holistic approach led her to create Girls Inc. of Alameda County, a program that inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold. Katie and her team reinforce what their girls learn at school, help them become fluent English speakers, provide them with healthy meals and expose them to subjects girls aren’t always encouraged to study, like science, technology and athletics.

By improving the lives of girls in California’s East Bay, Katie also improves the lives of their family members, teachers, friends and classmates.

Dinah and Katie represent what’s possible when women have the education, resources and motivation to make progress for all. Their immediate impact on the kids they serve is immense. Equally powerful, however, is how their spirit and service ripple through entire communities, transform lives and change the future.

In addition to celebrating heroic women like Dinah and Katie, I invite you to join me in recommitting ourselves to becoming a powerful force for equality.

The gender gap has closed significantly over the past few decades, but we still have a long way to go. In some countries, less than a quarter of women finish primary school; 496 million women around the world cannot read or write a simple sentence; and globally, women only reach 93 percent of men’s educational attainment.

I believe the path to equality is through access to quality education. That’s why First Book is equipping educators like Dinah and Katie with brand-new books and resources for the kids they serve, expanding our network to reach women and girls around the globe and lifting up the voices of an unprecedented community of individuals serving children at the base of the economic pyramid.

Please consider a gift to First Book today. Together, we can support the work of heroic women like Dinah and Katie around the world.

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4. Water from the Moon


Tagged: Allen Capoferri, Beach, California, dreamy landscape, Ocean, Photography, USA

10 Comments on Water from the Moon, last added: 2/18/2014
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5. At the Market


Tagged: Art, Beach, California, character design, Humor, Illustration, quick sketch, sketchbook

11 Comments on At the Market, last added: 9/8/2013
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6. My Pretty Excellent Adventure




Tagged: About Me, America, Beach, California, Fatherhood, International, Nature, Ocean, USA

11 Comments on My Pretty Excellent Adventure, last added: 9/16/2013
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7. Haloween


I was in town watching people and drawing in my sketchbook. I realized I needed spellcheck.

Tagged: About Me, America, Art, California, Humor, Illustration, people sketches, quick sketch, sketchbook, sketchbook drawing

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8. Haloween


I was in town watching people and drawing in my sketchbook. I realized I needed spellcheck.

Tagged: About Me, Allen Capoferri, America, Art, California, Humor, Illustration, people sketches, quick sketch, sketchbook, sketchbook drawing

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9. 21

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21, a photo by 9567 on Flickr.

Tagged: America, California, California Landscape Painting, Nature, Ocean, Photography, USA

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10. The Seven Caves & Other Spine-tingling Short Stories




The Seven Caves

Lucia is a small seaside town perched on the cliffs of central California. Discovered by Don Gaspar de Portola and his soldiers late in the 18th century, the town is named after the day of its discovery––December 14, Santa Lucia Day.

On a day not too long ago, a local caretaker of an estate just to the south of Lucia, known only as Point 16, received a visitor. The stranger said he was from The Vatican and inquired as to seven caves that The Vatican had listed in its archives from the manifest of the town’s discovery centuries ago. As he further stated that the caves were sure to be located off the coast of Point 16, the caretaker dismissed the man’s strange way of talking but became obsessed by his manner of dress which included a spectacular sword with rubies inlaid in its handle.

The caretaker scratched his head. He’d kayaked up to the caves a time or two and had paddled inside a little ways. The only person the caretaker knew that ever sailed inside the caves any distance at all, and at that only a quarter of a mile, was long dead. Rumor was that the seven caves all met up in the very center of The Santa Lucia Mountains. The mysterious visitor surprised the caretaker when he knew that the caves were the color of blood and shocked him when he spoke of a great temple with treasure inside.

The caretaker told the stranger that the caves were real enough, but that no one he knew had ever been able to sail deep into the caves to discover any temples or treasure.

The stranger thanked the caretaker and went on his way. The caretaker, uneasy about the stranger, decided to follow. The stranger rode his horse to the beach beside the caves and climbed into a simple dugout canoe. Primitive by any standards. Its oars like branches.

The stranger paddled and paddled. The caretaker could only watch from shore. As the surf drew out to sea more of the cave entrances became exposed. When the great swells crashed into the cliffs the waves churned powerfully in the caves and splashed back out to the open sea. Yet, the stranger didn’t veer from his course, one that would soon place him inside the nearest cave.

The caretaker began to sweat. The stranger had paddled his small canoe in an angry sea yet his navigation, indeed the boat itself, seemed unaffected by it. The caretaker searched the coast close by for a kayak sometimes hidden in the brush by the owner of Point 16.

He longed to paddle into the caves. Make that discovery. For, he knew the sea better than most around these parts. Certainly, he would be able to keep up with the stranger. As luck would have it, he found an abandoned canoe. And so he too paddled out to sea.

The sun disappeared behind a cloud and the chill of the fog invaded the caretaker’s bones. A great cloud river of fog moved from north to south over the Pacific, inching to shore. Upon a great break of an early evening wave the stranger disappeared into the first cave.

The caretaker followed.

The next thing the caretaker remembered was fading in and out of consciousness as Search and Rescue revived him. The caretaker asked about the stranger but was told no other body and no other boat was found, not unusual in the rugged depths of the central coast.

The caretaker’s dreams were filled with the stranger and endless trips into the caves, alive with treasure.


When the caretaker came to he was quite inconsolable. Gone mad with a fear of the sea. He tossed back and forth in the sandy soil trying to get away from those that had saved him when he spotted the stranger’s sword, stuck in the sagebrush. The caretaker wrapped his hands around the rubies and pulled the sword out of the brush. Don Gaspar de Portola was engraved in the silver blade, dripping with blood.


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11. Home by the Sea

beachrentalTook a moment from my class to sketch. Hope you like the title…it’s one of my favorites from Genesis.

Tagged: About Me, Allen Capoferri, America, Art, Beach, California, Genesis, Illustration, International, Ocean, sketchbook, sketchbook drawing

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12. Motel California

motelDone in my car after having my brown-bagged lunch. I couldn’t resist the view, it seemed it was from another time in America.

Tagged: About Me, Allen Capoferri, Art, California, Commentary, Eagles, Hotel, Illustration, Motel, sketchbook, sketchbook drawing

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13. Outbound

Taken yesterday while walking with my daughter.

Tagged: Allen Capoferri, America, Art, Beach, California, Nature, Ocean, Photography, Travel, USA

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14. My Walking View

Taken about a week ago at my evening walk. Happy Valentines Day everyone.

Tagged: Allen Capoferri, America, Beach, California, Nature, Ocean, Photography, USA

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15. New Views on Old

Taken about a week ago I thought this photo had a look of Biblical proportions.


Many of you already know I’m a cinephile possibly from mentioning it on previous posts. I’ve only recently become a fan of the late Yashujiro Ozu. Two of his films resonate with me, Late Spring 1949, the first of his later films and An Autumn Afternoon 1963 his last film. These films have made such an impression on me I’ve watched them at least a half a dozen times each, finding the commentary on the DVD very informative and helpful to understand and appreciate these films. I’m not usually an old film buff, and often find many films of the similar time too dated for me to appreciate. These two films however seem to transcend that and reveal the essence of what it is to be human and that’s art.

Tagged: Allen Capoferri, Beach, California, Cinema, Commentary, Culture, Nature, Ocean, Photography, USA

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16. Interface

Pictured above for those of you who don’t know, the zookeeper of Allen’s Zoo exploring at one of my favorite places.

I saw something while exploring the intertidal zone today I’m not likely to see for a while again if at all. While looking at the usually seen inhabitants, (hermit crabs, sea stars) I rounded a rock and saw what I initially thought was the largest sea star I’d ever seen. It was about two and a half feet long (.7 meters). My mind making sense of something I’d never seen in the wild. Then realized then it wasn’t a sea star. It was a Pacific Octopus. I recognized the coloration from images in books I’ve used as reference. Although I know they happen around these ocean zones I didn’t know if it was still alive. It was not in water. I reached for my camera then remembered took the batteries out yesterday as they needed to be replaced. I then thought it probably wasn’t alive and waiting for the tide like the other things in the intertidal zone. It’d be sad to take a photograph of it then.

Also……Happy Mothers Day mom and all moms.

Tagged: About Me, Allen Capoferri, Beach, California, International, Nature, Ocean, Photography, USA

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17. A Birdseye View

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birdseye, a photo by 9567 on Flickr.

Tagged: Allen Capoferri, America, Animals, Beach, California, International, Nature, Ocean, Photography, USA

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18. The Winetaster

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winetaster, a photo by 9567 on Flickr.

Tagged: Allen Capoferri, Art, California, character design, Commentary, Funny, Humor, people sketches, sketchbook, sketchbook drawing, USA, Wine

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19. Success Stories: Fairy Tales & the Crack Epidemic

Today’s guest blog post is by Teneasha Pierson. Teneasha is a proud alum of Howard University and has recently accepted an invitation to serve as a Health Education volunteer with the Peace Corps in Kenya. Find out more at www.teneashapierson.com.

At six years old, I was the princess of a magic kingdom eponymously named “Teneashaland”. I started my day greeting animals while skipping through the glittery, hot pink paths of the forest. I feasted on cotton candy plucked from the sky, and after a full day of presiding over my kingdom, I slept on a super-sized pillow made of the super soft fluff that fills teddy bears.

Teneasha Pierson

I loved fairy tales. Fairy tales taught me that I could overcome. They taught me that strength of character was a critical factor in my success. Most importantly, they gave me hope that my potential was not limited by my environment or my lack of possessions.

This lesson was priceless and changed the trajectory of my life.

I grew up in Oakland, CA in the eighties when Oakland transitioned from the progressive home of the Black Panthers to a major hub of the crack epidemic. My neighborhood unraveled quickly.

Despite my circumstances, education was always presented as a way to avoid the pitfalls of my community. In my home and in my neighborhood my love of reading was nurtured. I wore wire-framed glasses very similar to Simon the Chipmunk and was equipped with a backpack filled with the greats: Dr. Seuss and a selection of the Disney classics, among others. I was a princess in my mind and in my community I was considered a scholar.

As I grew older, I hung up my tiara but I held tightly to the contents of my backpack.

Education and reading has made good on every promise it made. I was the first college graduate from my family and my community. I have had the opportunity to work in the fields of public policy, public health, intellectual property law and I will soon have the opportunity to serve in Kenya with the Peace Corps.

Books can change lives and inspire hope. I am proof of that.

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20. A Visual Tour of beautiful Los Feliz and Silverlake.

A couple of months ago, Diego Vivanco asked me via a lovely friend we have in common, Leo Sanchez, if he could come over to L.A all the way from Spain, to film me sketching around Los Feliz and Silverlake for few days.
'Oui!' ('Yes!') I replied. He jumped in the first plane available, with only his camera and a toothbrush in his bag, and the adventure started as soon as he landed in L.A.
Here's what Diego and Ian clark at Kauri Multimedia, along with a great musician in London, made out of all the material gathered over a couple of days in this lovely neighborhood.
I truly enjoyed working with Diego, he did a brilliant job, and so did Ian and the musician (I do not know his name, yet, unfortunately).
You can watch it in HD here, or embedded below.

Sketch! A Visual Tour of Silver Lake and Los Feliz from Kauri Multimedia on Vimeo.

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21. Big Sky Country and Beautiful Blogger Award Nomination

This photograph taken some time ago I felt deserved a second look.

Also..I’d like to acknowledge a nomination for the Beautiful Blogger Award. I’m deeply honored by the nomination because it comes from someone who’s photography and intelligently sensitive writings about photography and art set him way above the pack. Here’s a link to Munchow’s Creative Photo Blog. It’s well worth checking out.

Tagged: America, California, Photography, USA

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22. Moby Dick

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Surreal, a photo by 9567 on Flickr.

Taken during my morning walk.

Yesterday I had 50 minutes to kill so I went to the nearest beach. I looked out to the ocean and saw a whale leaping out of the ocean, blowing it’s spout, flipping it’s tail and flippers alternately. It’s flipper was nearly all white, brought to mind Moby Dick. I noticed people had gathered on balconies and at the far end of the pier to watch. Someone who’d been watching too stopped to talk to me. He said he’s been living here all his life and had never seen one so close before.

Tagged: America, Aquatic Life, California, Ocean, USA, Whale

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23. At the Art Sale…It’s Crowded

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At the Art Sale…It’s Crowded, a photo by 9567 on Flickr.

I realized I haven’t posted for some time. I wanted to let people know I’m alright despite the necessity of my energy being directed to less than positive things.

Anyway above is a moment I was able to get away and do what I love to do.

Tagged: America, Art, California, character design, Illustration, people sketches, quick sketch, sketchbook, sketchbook drawing, USA

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24. Q&A with Kathleen Rietz, illustrator of Desert Baths

……………………… Kathleen Rietz Illustrator, Desert Baths with author Darcy Pattison ……………….. Please welcome to Kid Lit Reviews a prolific children’s book illustrator and fine artist Kathleen Rietz. She is here to chat with us about herself and her new book with Darcy Pattison titled Desert Baths. Hi, Kathleen, let’s start off with what first interested [...]

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25. New Morning






Tagged: America, California, Ocean, Photography, USA

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