Geneva Varga

∆ The documentation of my life work as an artist & naturalist ∆

Sunset — 22 August 2016


Sunset — 22 August 2016

Watercolor + India Ink

Based on a sunset seen in Coos Bay, Oregon

The Piano Guys + Crater Lake

We traveled to see The Piano Guys in concert at The Brit Festival in Jacksonville and then camped near Crater Lake for the rest of the weekend. Going to Crater Lake and in-turn Wizard Island was on each of our Bucket Lists since forever and it finally happened. I took more than necessary amount of pictures and filled a couple of pages in my sketchbook.

We were lucky enough to obtain front row tickets to The Piano Guys concert. We had seen them perform once before and we were fully aware that it would be a blast. The very last song they played was an exclusive of their new song titled “It’s Gonna Be Okay”. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the song, but it immediately became my favorite song by them after only hearing a few beats.



By far the most shocking was when we got that first look at Crater Lake. The pigmentation of the water was unbelievable, if I was going to name the color “True Blue” would still not express how blue it was.

It was very hot and after hiking down the water, to the summit of Wizard Island, and back down to the water, I was parched. I wasted no time jumping into the lake – it was very cold but so refreshing.



我的爱好 — My Hobbies


我常常练习艺术,我最喜欢画画。 我经常一边画画, 一边听音乐。上个月我上了七个小时水彩课。水彩课后,我很高兴,因为我觉得水彩课和老师的水彩很好。

我最喜欢学外语。我五岁的时候说:“我想学说中文。”今年我十三岁, 我说:“我爱学中文。如果我没有上中文课, 我不高兴。” 将来我也想学意大利文和挪威文.

我爱读书,我最喜欢看漫画书,dystopia书,和fantasy书。我最喜欢两本书叫“Ender’s Game”和“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”。我想写一本书,我想书里的一个人住在意大利, 一个人住在中国, 可以是西安或者是阳朔。

每天我练习一个半小时的游泳,我去了North Bend Muncipal游泳池游来游去。下个月我可能参加游泳比赛。我很擅长游泳,但是获得好成绩很难,因为有很多13,14岁的女孩子参加比赛。我最喜欢参加一千五百米游泳比赛。去年我发挥得很好,获得了好成绩, 二十二分钟,我很满意。我也喜欢跑步,但是我更喜欢游泳。

我有时候做晚饭。我家人喜欢吃我的食物,他们说:“很好吃!” 我经常做中餐和甜点,另外我也做意大利面,三明治,沙拉,和很多别的食物。我经常去外面,因为我有菜园,菜园里有胡萝卜,土豆,各种各样的莓,青葱,和很多蔬菜。

我也喜欢上网和看日本电视。我妈妈常常说:“看很多日本电视以后,学习日语会不难。”, 那我说:“可以,但是我先学中文和拉丁文,然后我可以学日语。”

—  26 July 2016

Bergen, Norway – Watercolor

Bergen, Norway

Bergen, Norway — 19 July 2016


Based on a photograph found on the internet

Jesse Reno Art Class

It was the 17th of June and I along with my Mum were volunteering like usual at the Coos Art Museum. There was a break in customers coming into the museum so Mum decided to take a peak at the exhibits that were upstairs. When she came down she simply said, “You must check out the art in the atrium gallery.” I was confused as the statement was vague, but my curiosity had been peaked so I complied.

What I saw forced me to stand still in awe. I lost track of time, but Mum reported that I was up there for a significantly long time. This was the day that I discovered Jesse Reno’s artistic style and fell in love with it.


Lighting Reaching From the Sun to Touch the Sea

“if something is true you should feel it

without feeling there is emptiness that cant be ignored

roots from the sky to prove its all connected

you asked a scholar instead of a wiseman

same information different source, this changes everything

two halves with equal variables

rabbit and the whale meet where the lightning touches the sea

searching for whale stones”

~ Jesse Reno

I immediately purchased one of his books filled with images of the masterpieces that he had created. When I came home, I went to my Dad to discuss the possibilities of taking an art class that Jesse would be teaching the very next day. It looks some convincing, but in the end I won. The following day, I was entranced in this genre of art during the entirety of the class and for many days afterwards. IMG_2717

I came home with two pieces that I would continue to work on long after the class. This has opened up this new aspect of myself that I am now able to present through my art. Truly worth the money.



Cock-a-Doodle-Doo Project

Every month our teacher has a goal of sharing with us a story in Mandarin. This time, it was “Cock-a-Doodle-Doo”. Initially, I was required to practice reading and listening to the story while also learning any new vocabulary.

The original story was told entirely via third-person narrative. Shawn then assigned me the task of writing a script and creating a dialogue for the characters. After the script had been reviewed, he gave me the final assignment of creating a ‘play’ whereupon my brother and I could act out the different characters. I was in love with the notion and the project quickly grew into an iStop-Motion video.

I created the background, gathered different toys or printed out clipart for all of the characters, and recorded the audio for each voice-over. Finally, I was ready to start filming. I set up the camera right away and moved each character millimeter by millimeter to add motion to the characters.

It was around this time that we started to run into problems, our memory disk was too full, we were unable to see what we were working on within the editing program (we had to convert each clip),  but we kept at it. For a total of three weeks, my  brother and I worked diligently towards completing this project. Now it is finished, and I could not be happier with the final product.

When I first started learning Mandarin, creating something like this seemed impossible. I thought I would never be able to make a video based on a story, let alone record the entire thing in my second language. I find that when we set our mind to something, we often surprise ourselves and others.


Discovering Seaweed Art

Early Saturday morning, my mother and I drove down to Charleston, Oregon to attend a class at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB). The class we were taking? Seaweed Art, which is the process of pressing seaweed or algae. With a diverse selection, the options are endless. There are three main colors that appear in algae: green, brown, and red.
Coos Bay

The instructors started out by distributing plastic bags that we could use to collect our own specimens. We had two options from where we would collect, either from the dock or, for a greater diversity, along the pier, a short walk down the road.

Mom and I chose to take the walk down to the pier. We were lucky to be out during low tide, abling us to go down closer to where larger specimens would be discovered. We found several baby Bull Kelp, which our teacher later informed us was a great find as they look lovely after being pressed.

Picking Green Algae/Seaweed

We returned to the lab shortly after collecting our algae specimens. We placed our collections in an aluminum container with salt water so that they may spread out, allowing us to see what we had found. This is when one of the instructors gave us a short talk, What is Algae?

One of our greater misconceptions about the world is that all Oxygen is produced by plants, but actually 35% is created by Algae. The other 65%? 35% from Cyanobacteria and 30% from Land Plants. Interesting enough, Algae is not actually a plant as they lack vascular tissue, roots, flowers, and seeds. The way they reproduce is more similar to ferns – via spores.

Arranging Seaweed/Algae

Algae are Incredible 

Algae is the fastest growing organism on the planet; Bull Kelp can grow up to two feet daily. They have great symbiotic relationships between fungi and sloths. Who knew?

Fungi and Algae can live separately but can survive together in a much more diverse range of climate. Have you ever gone up to where snow is and seen a red substance on the snow? Most think that it was rust run-off (I did!) yet actually, it is Lichen. A clever phrase that always helps you remember this symbiotic relationship is, Freddie Fungi and Alex Algae took a Lichen to each other.

Sloths actually encourage algae to grow in their hair. This is helpful towards the sloths in that Algae provide camouflage and are more nutrient rich than the plants that sloths otherwise consume.

Algae is a great food source. Japan has long known this. Nori, a type of seaweed, is used in Sushi. On the Oregon Coast, we have a relative to Nori that grows. While Western Culture is still getting used to the idea of Seaweed being a great food source, Japan and China are still the largest consumers. On the Oregon Coast, there are no poisonous species so give it a try.


After the short lecture, the instructors showed us how to press the seaweed samples we’d brought back to the lab. Essentially, you layer a series of different materials in this order: cardboard, blotting paper, herbarium paper, your algae specimen, cotton fabric, blotting paper, and cardboard. We were also informed that you could use any thick type of paper, such as watercolor paper if you are unable to obtain herbarium paper.

Mom and I both did three of them each, yet we had enough algae to do several more only the class ran out of cardboard. The only tricky part that I found, was selecting how you wanted the algae to be arranged in the final product.

When we had completed all of the pressings, one of the instructors wrote down everyone’s contact information to inform all the participants the time final products could be picked up after drying. The drying process should take about two weeks, but some of the works might be held back longer as they wished to put some up on display at the South Slough Visitor Center.

第二十七课 - Weekly Schedule

星期一到星期四:早饭以后我做数学,读新课文和回答问题。做完数学以后,我先拉小提琴三十分钟,然后我做中文课作业。“除了作业以外”, 老师说:“你还要花一些时间练听和说。” 我每个月两次去和Smile练习说中文和读中文,有时候我们一起读故事。星期二和星期四,妈妈弟弟和我一起读历史和化学课文。 星期三和星期日,我和弟弟上中文课。 除了星期三, 我和弟弟每天去游泳。 我去年的游泳课老师叫 “Chris”,但是今年我们会有一个新老师。我和妈妈每个星期三早上九点到下午一点会去博物馆(bòwùguǎn)做义务工作(yìwùgōngzuò)。星期三下午,妈妈,弟弟和我要去图书馆(túshūguǎn)上语法和写作课。星期五,我们一家人一起走路的时候,我们做艺术,画动物。

第二十七课 – Writing Challenge

今天学校开学!我的计划跟我好朋友一样。我好朋友叫 “小红”,她很聪明。以前我去上课,我妈妈告诉我:“别忘了把手机关掉!选一些外语课。我听说今年中文课会比去年简单,因为今年很多新学生选了中文课。” 当小红和我到历史教室的时候,小红说:“因为下星期我的家人要去Portland,所以我们不可以一起学习。” 我的作业里有一些新课文,老师告诉同学们:“除了作业以外,同学们还要多花一些时间练听和说。” 这个学期,很多学生担心他们的成绩,但是我觉得只要我认真听课,成绩就没问题了。

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