Live Oak #5 revisited

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I wasn’t happy with the painting yesterday and went back into it. Still not so sure about it.
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Live Oak #5

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Back at the live oak again (in oil).
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Dan Revisisted

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I didn’t like the previous attempts at this painting of my buddy Dan. This is better but still not there. I did an oil painting yesterday but forgot to photograph it, will update tomorrow.
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Gloria with Her Present

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I gave Gloria some pillows that are big scrabble tiles, you can see what they spell... she has been napping quite a bit since receiving them. They are very powerful, even for low scoring tiles.
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12 Drawings a Day

12 Drawings a Day - 12 Dessins par Jour from Denis Chapon on Vimeo.



The 23rd of June 2008, Denis went to the copy room. He found a hole lot of paper printed one side and blank on the other side, he thought he would do something with it. The same day he drew 12 drawings of animation. Since that day he has made 12 drawings every day. This project has no script, no storyboard, they are all drawn with none erasable pen, and I have not changed the rhythm of the animation afterwards.

This was posted on laughingsquid. And a tip of the hat to my brother Joel for sending the link.
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Mason and His Longboard

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The kid sitting on his new longboard, with his new obey sweatshirt on. Nice. It has been fun to hang out with the family.
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Mason in Hall

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The kid has grown into a young man, filling the hallway door into the living room.
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Gloria and I

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We went for some family portraits at Bill studio the other day. My father-in-law snapped a photo of Gloria and I on his iphone, hence this daily painting.
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Mason Tames the Zombie Kitty

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The love power of the Mason overwhelms the Zombie Kitty.
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Gloria and Lewis Revised

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Sam and Gloria were giving me a hard time saying that in the previous version Gloria looked bald. Sam even suggested that I rename it Matt & Lewis. Frankly, I was aghast. I don’t think I was all that far off, but maybe this is better.
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Nifty Reuseable Wrapping Tips

Furoshiki gift wrapping from RecycleNow on Vimeo.


This is a great video showing how to wrap up gifts in fabric that you can then re-use for other things (including wrapping gifts again next year).

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Cat Work

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On our dining room table with have a water jar that we call the perfect object because it the simplest of forms and so very functional. Our cats cannot get into or tip over the perfect object. But they can, and will tip over our water glasses. Todays painting illustrates.
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Gloria Knitting

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Gloria sitting and knitting in the bedroom, by the heater, listening to Planet Money. She’s so sweet...
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A Very Calvin & Hobbes Christmas

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Gloria, Lewis and Sam

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Gloria reading, Lewis sleeping, and Sam looking off in the distance envisioning worlds unknown. Nothing beats being snuggled up with loved ones.
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Pecan Porter at the Whip-In

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I had a nice time hanging at the Whip-in with friends. Enjoyed a 512 Pecan Porter. Yum.
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Lewis in the Bowl

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He actually has a collar on in this. Which he lost the next day, again. We must be pushing one hundred dollars in collars on this guy... does he go some hidden spot and pry his collar off and laugh all the way home?
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Gloria and Lewis

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Lewis pretty much has his way at our house. He gets attention when he demands it, gets a new resting spot even if his sister is already there. You know the drill. His favorite spot is probably Gloria, when she is reading or just dozing off. The additional weight he has put on can be somewhat surprising when he gets into position (as in knock the wind out of you).
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Before the Drop

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I tried to pick up a tree today when I was at Home Depot, but they were out of Nobel Furs, and frankly all the trees looked pretty sad. So after dropping Sam off at archery, I ran to Costco for some quick food purchases (if there is such a thing) and figured I would get the tree there (they had a truckload of them last time I was in). No luck. Truck gone. Crud. Off to another Home Depot (on Brodie) where the past few years Sam and I have had a great time picking out a tree. But alas, I was Han Soloing this time, it was dark, and wet, and lonely. After fumbling around trying to size up trees from arms length I decided to roll the dice. I found a 5-6 foot Nobel, all bound up. I put it on the cart, sight unseen, paid for it, had them fresh cut it, brought it home, lined it up, screwed in place and let Sam unclip the cord. We rolled the die and won. It is a beautiful tree. This painting is just before Sam unclipped the cord holding all the branches up.
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Our Boys

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I was working from a pretty crudy photo, but I really wanted to do my daily painting of our boys. They are pretty awesome young men. Not that this painting reveals any of that :)
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Apple on the Counter

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A really large fuji apple just before I sliced it up to eat. In the background is a lovely old blue heaven sugar bowl.
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No. 2 Mr. Adams

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Gloria and Izze

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The cats adore Gloria. Rightly so :)
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Shoes on the Back Porch

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Things accumulate.
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Maybe a Series?

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I was thinking of doing a series of ipad paintings of all the U.S. presidents in sequential order. Using primarily red, white and blue as the palette. Above is the first one. I also think it would be fun is to collect all references needed and just do them all in one setting.
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Plant on the Windowsill

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It’s actually cold enough here in Austin that we needed to pull the plants in. Some of the freshly repotted succulents have made onto the studio windows and they look right at home. And for all you kickstarters visiting this was painted with the sensu brush :) I am smitten!
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Izzy on Patrol

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Izzy was up to no good yesterday patrolling around looking for something to knock down. And if you found me via the sensu brush on kickstarter, “Hi!” You are going to love the brush! I wish I could have you all over for a beer and ipad painting session.
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SRCC Neighborhood Meeting

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The view from my chair of our SRCC neighborhood meeting last night. Lots of talk about STRs, RPPs closing some on-ramps and fixing windows. Whew.
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Winter Tomatoes

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Tomatoes on the windowsill.
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Lewis Prepares to Work

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Ok, I have been hooked with painting on the ipad. This is my third painting using the new Sensu brush, which is awesome. I am going to be making a video of it in use later today so Artist Hardware can it show at work.
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Sam Gains on Gloria

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The kid keeps on growing, it must be all those breakfast taco’s I make him in the morning.
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Rose Bloom & Bud

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Our rose bush out front has some lovely blooms on it right now, with more to come as we are finally getting some rain here in Texas.
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Christmas Card

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Our dear friends the Strickers asked me if I would paint them a Christmas card. Everybody wants a bacon hoodie for Christmas!
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Salt Container by the Stove

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Some fancy salt by the stove. Put it on potatoes, put it veggies, put it in your soup, put it in your belly.
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Austin Skyline from Academy & Ravine

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A view we often see of Austin walking back from our neighbors house. The old Terrace parking lot fell into shadow and it looks much better that way. Oh to have a park instead of a parking lot.
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Lewis Sleeping in a Box

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Another painting of Lewis sleeping. Those cats do that a lot. Something like 18 hours daily. Here he is in a box.
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Another Lewis

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I think I like this one best. Kind of moody, kind of like a cat.
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Lewis

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Lewis sitting on our bed. Below is another version, Blue Lew

Blue Lew
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Birds on a Wire

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I snapped a photo of the phone lines out front of the house the other day. The birds were working hard.
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Lucy

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Lucy is actually alot nicer than she looks here. But I really like this.
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Lewis Sleeping 2

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Lewis curled up by my feet last night and I worked quickly to try and capture it because i was sure he would move, those cats always do.
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Penni

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My buddy Brett in Seattle sent a photo the family dog. Penni. One cute pup!
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Studio Stairwell

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View down the stairs at the studio with the door open, letting in some lovely Texas air.
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Mason Practicing Piano

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At Mason’s piano lesson.
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Lewis and Gloria

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Lewis nuzzling Gloria. I think this needs more refining.
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Izzy on the Stump

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Another ipad painting of our cute little Izzy.
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Oh Well

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Oh well.
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Dusty Signs

Dusty Signs from Hunter Johnson on Vimeo.

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Revisiting

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When I was looking for a panel to paint over for todays painting these two were selected (beer glass #4 and eggplant #1), looking at them I thought I would try reworking rather than completely painting over them. I think they were improved upon, but they may still get painted over.
Eggplant #1 Revisted
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Bottle and Cotton Ball 2

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I forgot to send over yesterdays painting. I will do that later, but here is a better version of it for todays painting.
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Self Portrait 11.10.11

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Another stab at the self portrait with magnifier. Better than the last one, I like the hot colors.
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VW Bus

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This VW bus was parked next door at the Hotel St. Cecilia the other day. It was mint. I am approaching 250 paintings!
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Meal in a Can

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We enjoyed a really nice meal and visiting with friends the other night. Discussion about some particular food items tasting as good out a can as compared to homemade came up several times. So I made a little thank you painting for them.
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Tomatillo vs. Tomatillo

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Today is a little compare and contrast between painting in oil vs. painting digitally.
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Sam

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Hmmm, this doesn’t seem quite right, but parts of it are nice.
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Stanley

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Our friend Patches has a very nice dog, Stanley, was is todays subject.
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Maredsous Bruin Beer Bottle

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Another fine brew with an equally lovely bottle. Maredsous Bruin, they make a Triple as well but my buddy Scott and I prefer the Bruin.
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White Salmon River Flowing Again



October 28, 2011 — The White Salmon River in Washington state is flowing again as the nearly 100-year-old Condit Dam was disabled with explosives Wednesday. The reservoir draining took about 2 hours. Further demolition is scheduled in 2012. The event is a significant milestone for river restoration and dam removal nationwide.
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Road to Somewhere

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I used to do watercolor paintings like this frequently. I would make a loose sketch in my sketchbook then after work make a bigger version with ink and watercolor/gouache.
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President Taft

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Our friend Josh dressed up as President Taft and went to school exuding executive power and wisdom. And no doubt, thoughtful prose regarding bacon.
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Lewis

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Lewis actually sat long enough in one place that I could draw him.
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Eggplants and Live Oaks

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Late morning painting of the live oak next door.

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A lovely eggplant from our farmer. Looks a bit like a jelly bean with a stem... I really like the idea that jelly beans would grow on a vine :)

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The first eggplant painting.
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Beer Glass #8

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Yum.
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Coffee Cup #2

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Another coffee cup. I really love coffee, and a nice solid mug.
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Doodly

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Doodley painty thingy
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Self Portrait in Magnifier

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Try to find me in here.
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Fall Asters

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The fall asters are starting to bloom.
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Beer Glass #7

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I liked beer glass #6 and wanted to try painting another version of that.
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Bad Cat

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Halloween is coming...
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Painting in Bed

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I painted over a sketch from 9/28.
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Coffee Cup

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My favorite coffee cup. My buddy Rick gave this to us years and years ago. It is one of those heavy ceramic mugs that the great old stainless diners use.
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Bad Robot Guy

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Another painting from our toy collection. I have forgotten the characters name. Not a good painting though and very likely will be painted over tonight.
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Behind O'henry MS

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Sitting in the van sketching and painting while Sam and Ginger are at rehearsal.
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Manchana (near Stassney)

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I liked the sketchy quality of this one. So I stopped. And admired a lovely Sunday morning.
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Self Portrait with Big Ears

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I found my old giant ears (just in time for halloween) and showed them off to Gloria and Ellen.
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Critter

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I’m not really sure what this is. But I am calling it Critter #2. Actually, I was surprised that there was a Critter already...
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Another Dan

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Mason and I rushed out to his lesson today and that meant an ipad painting. I took another shot at Dan (using the photo we took when he was over last). Kind of creepy.
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Tin Tin (not approved) Trailer

The Adventures of Tintin from James Curran on Vimeo.



We love Tin Tin. I’m not really sure how I feel about a movie being made, but I love this trailer.
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Beer Glass #6

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Back to the oil paints. A couple of little challenges with this painting. Use one size brush, and finish the painting before being able to drink the beer (a St. Arnold’s Amber).
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One Eyed Cat on Red

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Cheating. That’s what Gloria and Sam think in regards to doing my daily painting with the ipad. Hmmm, well maybe they are right, maybe not. It sure is faster. Once I am done with the painting it is a quick export to photos than import into rapidweaver and post. They whole picture taking component is removed and frankly the color is fantastic. That said, the resolution is limited, and there no physical artifact (which has its pros and cons). And, oil paint smells good.
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Dan in the Courtyard

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It was a beautiful evening to hang in the courtyard and visit with Dan.
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Sam Shooting Them Arrows

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He has some good form that Sam. He shoot a personal best today.
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Mason with Headphones

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The young lad listening to some tunes.
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Clouds

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Please rain.
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Outside Patches

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Visiting on the phone with my buddy Rick, painting on my ipad while Mason has his lesson with the fabulous Patches King. A nice Thursday evening.
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Beer Glass #5

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I painted this before, from a photo, and now on the ipad. Speaking of which, I am really enjoying painting and drawing on the ipad but Gloria feels like I am cheating. I don’t know myself, there are many things in common with these two mediums (and the clean up is really easy with the ipad). I think I need to try some oil paintings using the ipads paintings as a sketch/guide. Yeah. This weekend look for that. Anyway, back to this painting, I really like the quality of light in it. It’s beer-thirty!
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Izze on Red and the Front Yard

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Above: I had to try this in red. Also, gave Izze some eyes this time.
Below: is the view off our front porch. I just kept building up blocks of color on this, going from larger to smaller blocks.

Front Yard
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Orchestra Rehearsal

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Sam’s Austin Youth Orchestra during rehearsal, I was sitting behind the cello section.
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Mason Catching Up

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I was trying to catch some of the light morning light into our bedroom. Mason had appropriated our bed to catch up on our Lost watching (we are into the fourth season now).
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Bathroom Window

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I have been meaning to paint this for some time. I love how the foliage gets all blown out and the interior is completely silhouetted, and then there is just a little blast of orange from the shampoo bottle.
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Cat and Lemon

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Painting and drawing on this here ipad is fun! Primary colors, sing it with me!
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Gloria Cooking #2

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I am trying to learn more about this painting app, artrage, so here is another version of Gloria Cooking. I used yesterdays ipad painting as a tracing template. This was really fun because it was grabbing colors from the template image automatically. I need to do more of these! If you scroll down to yesterdays painting you can compare, not really much of a difference.
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Gloria Cooking

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Another painting from the ipad. This was fun to do, snapped a photo, put a layer on top and selectively picked colors to paint. There is another neat thing about working directly on the ipad (having found some apps that really work when sketching), I don’t have to scan the sketch.
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Self Portrait with Safety Glasses and Ideas

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Back to oil on panel. This is me thinking... with safety glasses on. I painted over the Still Life with Clementines for this one.
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Sam Playing xbox

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Another sketch/painting done on the ipad. This one using the watercolor brushes. The effect is really similar to actual watercolor. Kind of amazing.
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Using the iPad

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Instead of oil paintings today I did several paintings on the ipad using an app called artrage. It has an extensive tool set including oil paints. I did the same process as if I was doing an physical painting: underpainting, block out a mass in umber, than add the colors. It was really fun, and while different, both processes had a lot in common.circle-boy-2_9.25_webcircle-boy_web

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Sam's Turkey

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I love these little guys.
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OctoMan

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Busy night with dinner, piano lessons, neighborhood meeting, stuff and I almost forgot about the painting. So, I did a quick sketch on Masons ipad (ok, it is not oil). Fun. I may alter my project parameters to include ipad art. Happy birthday Josh!
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Sensu brush



Update: This project got funded in less than three days!
I can proudly say that I was the first backer for this kickstarter project. I’m really looking forward to trying the brush out on Mason’s iPad. Click over to kickstarter and check it out. I should add a disclaimer here: I used to work as art director for Artist Hardware (the company that is making the Sensu).
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Hombre

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I grabbed an old sketchbook and picked out a little doodle from it to paint tonight. The underpainting for this is the Stassney Lane painting from the 18th. I guess I’m having a line thing going on these past few days :)
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Put a Smile On

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I may not be able to paint today as we are celebrating my son’s birthday. I was helping my studio mate Ellen with a project for folks who have a narcissist in their life. The book is going to be called Sweet Relief, so I was brainstorming with Ellen on it. I liked the idea of swapping out a frown with a smile. Removing the eyes from the face really helped move the viewers eyes to the idea. Well, at least I thought so. :-)
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Sketch 9.19.11

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I just had my sketchbook this evening while Sam was at his orchestra practice. I don’t know what this is, maybe tombstone land? lumpy forest land?
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Stassney Lane

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Hmmmm. / Painted over
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Circle Boy #2

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Another Circle Boy. He’s happy.
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Circle Boy

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I have been drawing circle boy for a long time (me and every other person who picks up a pencil). Here is my first one in oil.
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Sam's Turkey #2

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These little turkey’s that Sam drew when he was little are so cute, I just want to keep painting them.
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Beer Glass #4

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Liked the composition from yesterday and trying another version working from that painting.
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Beer Glass #3

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One can never tire of painting beer (IMHO). I had a difficult time getting the color of the beer right (Agave Wheat), but liked the composition enough.
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Dan

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My buddy Dan came over for a visit and I made sit for me in the courtyard to do a portrait. I had left a bunch of the background in place (it was pink) but decided this morning to extend the white all way off the panel.
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Riddle Road #2

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A second painting from Riddle Road, where Sam is taking archery. I painted over the Can Opener painting for this one. A rather large dead oak tree, I wondered if any owls are living in it?
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Thanks Bacon

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Flipping through one of my many sketchbooks was a sketch of this. / In private collection
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Beer Bottle #3

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I decided to go back into Beer Bottle #2.
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At the Opera

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Another painting from the sketchbook. A patron sits in his chair watching an opera performance.
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Skull with Wheat

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This painting is inspired by the skull on a label of Agave Wheat by Brackenridge Brewery. A yummy brew that my buddy Bill brought by. Thanks Bill. Please come over again. With beer. Seriously.
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Beer Bottle #2

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Todays subject is a bottle of St. Arnold’s beer. Trying out a new photo, what do you think? / Painted over
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Live Oak #3

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A very impressionistic painting of the live oak tree next door to us. Lots of little dabs of paint... / In private collection
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Sam Sits

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Sam kindly sat on the couch in the courtyard for me so I could do my painting today.
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Can Opener

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A can opener propped up next to can of white gamblin paint. On top (though you cannot see it) is a Bart Simpson head that has been spray painted gray. / Painted over
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Weird Guy with Ray Gun

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I must admit I did not really feel like painting today. Does it show? This is another toy that may or may not exit our collection. I thought I would paint the ray gun but kept going to include the nutso doctor holding it. The Doc actually looks like me... the face turned out kind of scary and cool (not that I am scary or cool). / Painted over
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Sam

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Today I thought to myself, heck I can just draw on this here panel with a pencil and fill it in. So I did.
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Red Means All Parked Up

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I have been part of a committee trying resolve some very bad parking issues in our neighborhood. The City did a really informative study that has been helpful in seeing when and where the parking gets a bit out of hand. If an area is in red, it is 100% parked. That is where we live, the red zone. Our house would been in the top right of the topgraphic painting. / Painted over.
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Back to School Night #2

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High school tonight. Mason looks to have some great teachers and we hope a great year to match.
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Back to School Night

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Just back from Sam’s back to school night at Fulmore Middle School (he looks to have a good schedule this semester). I love me a #2 pencil, had to crank this out so we could watch Lost. There are six seasons of Lost. Can they really take a story that long?
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The Temps Are Up There

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We just don’t really talk about the heat anymore (or at least we try not to), but I have to say when they announced on the news this morning that it was 112 degrees at Bergstrom Air Force Base yesterday I was a bit taken aback.
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Bulb #6

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When I was last at Uncommon Objects I saw a beautiful vintage package for a westinghouse bulb. Having painted several bulbs before I wanted to paint the package I saw (sans type). They really did a great job reducing the elements of the bulb, while still retaining its ‘bulbness’. They didn’t even paint the filament inside for crying out loud.
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Riddle Pole

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I painted this while Sam was at archery today (which is off Riddle Road in South Austin). I had forgot to put white paint in my bag so I had to wait until we got home to finish the sky. Very contrasty, kind of like it.
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Critter

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Back on the ninth I did a painting from an old worksheet of Sam’s. Here is another from that same page. It’s sort like collaborating with my kids. Makes me happy. / In private collection
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Pearl Snap Can

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Back to painting beer. Ahhhh. Stopped by the Whip-In to restock and picked up some Peacemaker and Left Hands Milk Stout. I had set aside a Pearl Snap can to paint so today was the day.
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Church

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Hmmm... I’m helping my friend Andrew with a CD for the Bells of Joy and I thought I would take a stab at a painting for it. Not so sure.
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Sam Reading

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I did a sketch of Sam reading on his ipod. He got a bit stretched out and looking at this I see the adult he is soon to be. I really love this sketch.
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Sam the Archer

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Still behind on paintings. So, here is another sketch that may find its way to a painting. Sam practicing archery. The diagram thought bubbly thing is my interpretation of the internal calculus going on before the arrow flies.
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Not a Painting

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I didn’t get a painting done today but was drawing (a bit). I was helping a friend with a illustration for his tennis team, an Angry Birds kind of thing. It will look different from this but decided to post this version because I thought it would be fun to do a painting with process colors and dots (aka pop art) for one of the daily paintings.
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Bull

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I had visited Uncommon Objects Recently (a very cool store down the street from us) and saw a neat feed sack with a bull on it. Using the photo I snapped as reference it was todays subject.
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Beer Bottle

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Here is another attempt to do a painting from one of the sketches I have done. This the Peachy Beer from our trip this summer. I like how it turned out. The viscosity of the paint was right and maybe that is the trick for me, that the paint flows a bit more easily and kind of feels like drawing with the pen.
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Lemon Bars

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I had to paint some of the amazing lemon bars that my sister-in-law Elizabeth baked for us. They are soooo good. The heat of Texas has been temporarily blown away by lemony goodness...
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Blockhead

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I had a little ‘blockhead’ sketch that I like and have been thinking about painting. So, not really liking the painting from yesterday I painted over it and created the blockhead. It was late when I worked on it and had very little light. It is kind of neat though...
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Danbury Square

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This painting makes me 0 for 2 this week. But I will be coming up to the plate again soon. This painting got started while Mason was at his cello lesson, not so good, not so finished. Sam likes the trees though. / Painted over.
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Toy Tow Truck

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I painted this toy truck a while back with much better results. The subject is a neat old cast metal toy that is really lacking in detail. This painting just never really came together. Oh well, I will just paint over it tonight. I mixed up a new bottle of medium last night, slightly different from before, I wonder if that had anything to do with this? / Painted over
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Aaron Drinks a Black Thunder

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I snapped a photo of Aaron sampling Austin Beerworks Black Thunder yesterday. Very nice beer, I wish I had one right now! / In private collection
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Austin Beerworks Glass

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Michael and Adam of Austin Beerworks were kind enough to take Gloria, and friends Griselda and Aaron on a tour of their brewery in North Austin today. It was a very flavorful time. We saw the Works and sampled all their beers. In a word, awesome. I hope to return and do some drawings soon. If you haven’t had any of their beers you really must try them, they are all delicious. You can pick them up at my local favorite beer stop, the Whip-In (among others). I am going to take another shot at this glass today...
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Little Tomy Robot

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Gosh, we have a lot of these little robots. This one is by Tomy, stands 2.125” tall, and winds up by cracking its arms around. Very cute little guy.
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Giraffe In Landscape

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I was asked last night to paint a sad giraffe, with little trees, stars and a crescent moon. Not something you are asked to paint (or draw for that matter) very often. The giraffe is really more sick than sad. They have really long tongues so I painted a long angular tongue. Hmmm, I don’t know. Hopefully, it will get a passing grade. There is something very dog like about the giraffe as well... the tongue, upright tail, expectant look, “...are you gonna throw me a tree...wag, wag...” / In private collection
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Robot B9

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I guess one of the good things about doing a painting a day is that there is always the next painting, the next day. This one is not so good, I just never got a feel for B9 robot doing this. This may get painted over very soon and I am looking forward to the next one which is going to have a giraffe and little trees in it.
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Sam's Turkey

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I repainted/redecorated a room and found quite a few items stuck in a drawer. One of which was a great math worksheet of Sams from elementary school. He had drawn a bunch of turkeys (it was just before Thanksgiving) and one of them was this funny marching turkey. It reminds of the Pixar short, One for the Birds. Before doing this I met up with Dan, Scott and Ron at the fabulous Whip-In for a few brews. Ron was in Slacker and when Scotts wife Sheila found out she made sure that he brought her Slacker book to have Ron sign. I thought the book was going to be full of signatures but it turns out Ron was the first. We decided that each time we meet up we have to try to get another cast or crew member to join us so they can sign the book. I think we will have to lean heavily on Ron for this :) Here is a sketch of Ron drinking a Live Oak Pils.

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Sam Thinks

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I wanted to do a portrait of one of my boys. Sam was reluctant to ‘sit’ for me so I took a photo on my iphone and painted from that. It really is different painting from a photo, not bad, just different. This was looking really pretty cool after about five minutes and I almost stopped (Mason told me I should) but I decided to keep going. The black outline happened at the last minute, probably could have done without it, but too late. I tried using a sable brush, which really seems to smooth things out, quite different from the impasto method I have been working in. Anyway, done, and the kid really does think!
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2 inch Toy Robot

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Another little plastic toy from the shelves (which are slowly being sold off on ebay). This cute little robot is two inches tall and articulates in several spots. S/he needs a name.
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Beer Can

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My friend Aaron has been telling me to try Peacemaker, Extra Pale Ale, from Austin Beer Works (here in Austin). I picked some up today at my fav beer stop, The Whip In. Delicious! So much so, it was worthy of a painting. / In collection of artist
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Astronaut

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Another painting from one of the many little plastic toys we have around the studio. We love the space program here. A couple of years ago we went to the Johnson Space Center in Houston. It was great. I don’t really know if this little guy is coming or going, I would like to think he is heading out on another exciting mission.
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Cat Tail

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One of two paintings from Friday, August 5. The inspiration for this is an old game made of cardboard. The cat tail is cut out and you try to catch little metal rings on it. I made the cat a bit more gnarly, like it might be a suitable pet for Lord Voldemort.
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A Glass of Magic Hat #9

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106 degrees requires a nice beer to paint. Magic Hat #9 does the trick, at least temporarily!
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Cap

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A very quick painting before heading to the tennis courts on our 106 degree day. The label on the cap says, beer nuts, but I didn’t make it legible.
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Homer

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The toy painting odyssey continues. We had three sets of Simpson plush dolls, I decided to remove the heads and add them to the gathering ghost horde in the studio.
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The Ghost of Elroy Jetson

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Still happy after all these years. Way to go Elroy.
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The Ghost of Rosie the Robot

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Another one of the Jetson ghosts haunts my studio...
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George Jetsons Ghost

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Jane? Astro? Where are you?
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My Right Boot

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You need a pair of boots, so todays painting is my right boot. When working on the left boot I went past a point where the boot was mostly a silhouette, kind of wished I had stopped there. So, when working on this painting I remained conscience of that ‘point’ and stopped.
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My Left Boot

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I have a great old pair of cowboy boots that I bought from our friend Evan Voyles twenty years ago. I think I like this one. May be the subject matter, or may be the simplicity. When I was trying them out I recall Evan saying that a good pair of boots give you some attitude. So, I don’t wear them too much :)
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Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Mason brought home some delicious chocolate chip cookies this afternoon that he and his friend Anna baked. I thought how hard than this be to paint a cookie. Turns out, pretty hard. Firstly, they are blob like, so capturing the essence of blob is difficult (I have yet to succeed in this), secondly, like painting a beer, you keep thinking, “gee, that looks good.” I would have tried revising the painting the following morning but I ate the cookie even though it was not an S-day (Saturday, Sunday, Special Event Day). I limit sweets to S-days, I decided that since Anna wanted me to try their homemade cookies that it qualified. The cookie was soooo good I ate two:-)
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Seedless Watermelon Slice

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Hot weather, bring out the watermelon. It’s weird not having seeds to spit. This sort of looks like pie. The slice was towards the end so it would not stand up on the rind.
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Bowl of Peppers

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Another in the CSA series. Our box is getting thin, I’m sure due to this nasty drought we are having. But these peppers look good and hot. / In private collection
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Bow Tie

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Another in the series of paint things you like (like beer glasses, toy trucks, my fam), a bow tie, that is pre-tied (thank you), and always looks good. Sam wore at his last concert and he was very handsome. I have always had trouble getting a bow tied put together properly. Franklin, my bro-in-law made it look so easy. Maybe that is a simple summer project, learn to tie a bow tie. / In private collection
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The Happy Frog

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The happy pig now has a playmate, the happy frog. Feels pretty tadpole-y. It is another plastic toy turned model.
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The Day My Hair Fell

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I don’t think a painted version of this would be an improvement, so I am posting the drawing. Personally, I love being bald, but I know some are dismayed by the loss of their hair. I do recall the passage of time while the hair receded but I also remember thinking, “geez, that was quick.”
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Uncle

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I’ll be a...
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My Palette Today

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When I went to the gym today I couldn’t help but notice the satisfying palette that I was wearing. Gray shirt, black shorts, buff legs (pun intended), black socks, red sneakers with black trim. Seriously, I looked good. Here is the painting to prove it.
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Leaf Disguised As a Turd

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I think the title says it all. I had set-up in the courtyard to enjoy the mild 99 degrees and paint this pretty leaf that had been sitting in the workshop. In the end it looked like it came from one. Or maybe it is John Newcombe’s mustache and it has broken free from his face and is flying home to Australia.
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Cement Mixer #2

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Still trying to catch up from vacation. Love this truck, it is really fun to paint, and who doesn’t love orange?
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Big Bulb

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This is a huge bulb that Gloria brought home from a yard sale today. She is always looking out for me. Awesome, that is her name.
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Tow Truck (Front and Back)

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Gloria left this old metal toy tow truck on the table for me to paint. The yellow band at the top was a last minute addition.
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Tape Dispenser #2

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Another attempt at the tape dispenser. Office supplies are almost as seductive as tech items. Though, I guess there is a lot of cross-pollination between the two, kind like humans and cylons :-) I like these last two paintings, and I think one of the reasons they are better is because I did not wear my reading glasses while painting them (no glasses=simplification, wear glasses=add detail).
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Cement Mixer

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Another item off the shelves. A lovely old toy cement mixer. At about 8:30 I was ready to pack it in and grumbled to Gloria, “I don’t really want to paint tonight’” but off I went and I have to say, I think it turned out nice. This time I pre-mixed my colors, also back on my gessoboard panels. I misplaced the tape dispenser (in a fit of packing up ebay items), so I will try painting that again soon.
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Tape Dispenser

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This is a favorite object in the studio. A rock solid, fairly old tape dispenser. I think I will try painting it again today because I was in a hurry and did not premix my paints and it just sort of missed the mark. Using one of the canvas panels that Dan gave me. It’s nice. Mason likes how I did not paint out the underpainting.
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Cellist

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It’s raining outside, just started! We are dying for rain here in Austin (well, all of Texas really). Today’s painting is an attempt to work from my sketchbook again. So, translating a pen sketch to paint is challenging (painting volume vs. line to define volume), but I think this is kind of working. I like the lack of detail but you are still able to tell what is going on. After finishing the cellist on the left the composition was screaming, I stink, so I tried to paint like i was sketching with a pen. It sort works.
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Tigger

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My Aunt Joan has a lovely cat named Tigger. Deserving of a portrait she is. She is known as Lucky Tigger because she was saved from the dividing line of a crazy busy highway in Philly when she was a little tiny kitten (someone had cast her litter on the side of the road, humans often do not use their brain).
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Abstract [BO]

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I am trying to catch up on my paintings. Feels good to be pushing the stuff across the panels again! We are a bit addicted to the Battlestar Galactia series and have been watching two or three episodes a night. One of the main characters, Starbuck, did some paintings on her apartment wall. These paintings tie into her... wait for it... *destiny*. Anyway, they are nice abstract images. This is not that image, but I did think about it while painting this. I also thought about two tall glasses of beer, viewed from overhead, on two tables abutted to each other. So, maybe I should call it BO (beer overhead).
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Homage to Leo

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Ahh, finally, back to painting. We have been clearing out stuff lately which has left a stack of wonderful old magazines and catalogs up in the studio. Flipping through them I came across a copy of Fortune Magazine, March 1952, with a beautiful cover painting by Leo Leonni (fab designer and illustrator). So I tried painting it. It is a bunch of cans that relates to a story about the future of orange juice (I think). The abstraction is wonderful and I just wanted to feel that with the paint brush (ok, the sounded weird but you know what I mean, right?).
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Self Portrait

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Really I will start painting again. Maybe even in a few minutes. Until then, a self portrait with beer.
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The Outpatient

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Gloria had a procedure this morning (that went really well) so I did a sketch of her resting comfortably afterwards. I hope to get a painting done today, I have really slipped, but I have been managing to get some sketching done daily. Vacations can really mess with the daily routines. Going to be 103 here today.
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Leaning White Pine

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The leaning white pine and a barn near my Aunts home. Trying to get back to painting and might to do a painting or two from some of these sketches.

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Peachy Beer

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A sketch of a yummy dogfishhead peach beer.
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Zombie cat


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Yes, a zombie cat. They lurk under porch furniture on your Auntie’s porch. Beware.
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Wedding

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Some quick sketches of Melissa and Henk exchanging vows. What a beautiful day... the sketches are not quite as nice :-)
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Sketchbook 6.25

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We traveled to the east coast for a wedding and visit with family. So, I left the paints behind and tried to get some sketches in.
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Pizza Pac Man

Untitled from christoph niemann on Vimeo.


Christoph Niemann is a genius. You can check out his website here
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Coffee in Lisbon

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Ok, so I am breaking some of my rules here. It was a pretty busy day which included doing a couple of illustrations for the fabulous Artist Hardware. Above is one of the them (that was not used). So today, it is line art instead of paint!
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Bluebird

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Another painting from objects around the house. Above our kitchen counter we have a bluebird made of wood. I painted over a panel and left parts remaining... I’m considering taking some sandpaper to it. / Painted Over
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Blackberries

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Sam and I promptly ate these after the painting was done.
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Live Oak

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I really enjoyed doing the painting yesterday (Blunn Creek #3) and thought I would try doing another tree today from a previous painting (Live Oak at St. Cecilia).
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Blunn Creek #3

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Using Blunn Creek #2 and a sketch to work from I did this painting. Hot and melting, that is how we are feeling in Texas right now. It is going to be 105 degrees here today. Ouch.
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Cherry

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Cherries are back in season!
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Little Metal Car

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We have collected many things over the years and occasionally we find these things by tripping over them. This is a tiny metal car, maybe 1.5” in length, its shape is not really well defined, but it is very cool. No windshield, a rumble seat. Sweet ride. The paint was getting a bit soupy. Maybe I need to go back into this tomorrow.
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Digging the Groove



from somewhere in Ann Arbor, MI.
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Courtyard Facing South

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I had a nice time yesterday evening hanging and painting in the courtyard with my buddy Dan. We sat out there for 2 hours or so and the temperature dropped from 96 to 92. Downright chilly.
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Happier Pig

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Looking at the other pig paintings, which were supposed to be happy, I felt that they did not seem happy. So today I used Happy Pig #2 to work from and created a happier pig, but maybe I need to rename it psycho pig. At least this pig is smiling. Baby steps...
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Happy Pig #2

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How did bacon get it’s name? I know I could just google this question but I would rather let it rattle around in my head for a while (and maybe yours as well). Bacon. Bacon. Bacon. What if pigs where the dominant species at the top of the food chain? Would they look at us in our pens and think, hmmm, breakfast is gonna be good tomorrow! Would the word bacon have been invented for some delectable part of us? No, maybe it would be niblets... Yeah, pancakes and niblets tomorrow for breakfast, that’s what this piggy is thinking!
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Cat in His Bowl

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Another attempt to paint our wonderful cat Lewis. This is from a photo, which unlike cats, does not move. It is diffucult to tell from the painting that he is in a big bread bowl. But he is, the cool ceramic pressing against his tabby fur. The look on his face is classic Lew, what I call the ‘flat eye’, not mad (yet), not annoyed (yet) but thinking about becoming one or the other. I painted over the Lewis Sleeping painting from 6/08/11.
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Purple Cone Flower

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I found a nice shady spot in the garden this afternoon and some purple cone flower which started coming up a couple of weeks ago.
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Lewis Sleeping

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Gloria has really been hoping I would paint Lewis (who is a very special cat). So there he was, sleeping, and I thought I would give it a go. I got him roughed in and no surprise here, he turns, and then some more, and I am really messed up and well, that is what this painting looks like. Messed up. I’ll try again. But this is really, really bad. Painted over.
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The Happy Pig

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I missed yesterdays painting. Darn. I will have to do a double soon to catch up. But today I painted the Happy Pig (using plastic animals as subjects is not as easy as it might sound). / In private collection
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Tennis Ball (Hooray for Rafa!)

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Hooray for Rafa Nadal! I painted a tennis ball on a clay court while watching Rafa beat Roger for his sixth French Open title this morning. I may go back into this and add a white line, or paint Rafa on the ball.
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Watering Can

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This was my Mother’s watering can. i vividly remember her watering her violets and ferns with it. The can is an absolutely perfect design, really functional, your hand slides into the most comfortable spot for use. I used to know a bit of history about it, I will update as soon as I remember.
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G Stencil

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A still life using a stencil, pieces of paper and a mirror.
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Love This Song



These people, this place sure looks like upstate New York to me.
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Box of Paints

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Is enough info there that you see the tubes of paint?
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X-Eye Guy

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I missed a couple of days and am trying to catch up. This sketch/painting is a character from an old sketchbook. Kinda cute.
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Carrots Revisited

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I decided to paint a 5 x 7” version of the carrots painting from Saturday. Not bad.
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Live Oak at St. Cecilia

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Our neighbors have some lovely live oak trees on their property. Every morning I get to look up into the canopy outside our bedroom window as the sun rises. We are told that these trees are well over two hundred years old.
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Carrots #101

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Appropriately this is titled 101. It feels a bit like an entry level class in painting to me. I broke some rules here and painted on 9x12 panel, I should have adjusted the composition but didn’t. I thought I could work it. I think I will work it out by painting over it :) The underpainting was the Courtyard and Roof painting from long ago. Below is a cropping of the image. If I had stuck with my parameters it would have looked more like this. Which, could have been keeper...

Carrots #101 cropped
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Iron Giant #3

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The IG seems on the verge of being cross-eyed here. Hmmm. It looks like this is painting number 100. I need to decide if I am going to continue on or not. Go to 200, a year? Not sure. I like how IG doesn’t have a nose, the fin that split the middle of his head extend down there, but being a big bomb wouldn’t really require a nose would it.
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Deadeye

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This is a painting from one of my sketchbooks. We went to a show of Martin Puryear’s work in Fort Worth. Really amazing sculptures. I had done a sketch of Deadeye in 2009. I did not recall the color of the sculpture so I just used paints left over from yesterday.
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Piggy Gets a New Hat

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Piggy is forever concerned about UV protection for his sensitive head. After all, early onset of baconitis is no laughing matter. His new hat should help though. Stay lean, not crispy, that is piggy’s motto.
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For Mommy by Sam (the robot)

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Another painting of one of the homemade robots we made years ago. This one is by Sam, entitled, For Mommy by Sam. If we were really the enginner types we would call it FMBS. Wall anchors make really cool eyes btw. As I worked on this I liked the unfinished feel, and decided keep it that way (I have done several paintings where I think that have continued to long on them).
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GooGoo the Robot

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Doing the two portraits of Iron Giant got me thinking about how much I love robots. On the shelfs near my desk are several homemade robots that Mason and I built when he was little. What great memories, we would cobble together scrap wood and plastic bits that I had set aside in a bin. We could spend an afternoon doing this. Screws became antennas for detecting various aliens, screws were also excellent eyes, zip ties could be anything. GooGoo is one of our favs. My thought was to try and render it more like a robot, but I will have to try again, I just kind of painted it.
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Beets

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I never ate beets as a kid. I love them now (I really like the right side of this painting). / In Cooper/Wilson collection
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Iron Giant #2

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Mason told me that the Iron Giant painting was my best yet, I glowed... So, I return to the big fella, the big IG, for another smiling metal portrait.
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Iron Giant

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I almost forgot to paint today! I had put underpainting on six panels yesterday, grabbed one, saw the awesome Iron Giant coin bank next to the workbench and did a portrait of him. I really wanted to keep this loose and suggestive. / In private collection
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Dead Bird #2

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Our cat Izze got another warbler this morning. A beautiful little bird, with ferocious claws I might add. I sat in the courtyard with the bird on a piece of cardboard and painted. There was quite a bit of bird song going on around me, and I thought, that may not be song but ticked off birdies planning a full on assault on me, the human with their dead buddy next to him. I’m still alive.
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Flying Cat

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It’s a flying cat? No, I guess a leaping cat. I’m not sure... A gravity defying cat! / In private collection
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Chips Clipped

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I need to try this one again and spend a bit more time with the color chip selection.
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More Clementines

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Returning home late from a meeting meant, either skip the daily painting *gasp*, or grab something quick, open a beer, and paint. Gloria had brought home some clementines so there you go, subject solved. A couple of weeks ago I made up a little jar of medium (a 50/50 mix of OMS and linseed oil) and I am really enjoying it. It seems to give me the viscosity I like while not getting to muddy.
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Lentil Jar #2

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A busy Sunday. Another painting of the lentil jar. I was trying to find just a bit of sharpness and detail and let the rest of the painting go soft.
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Onions

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Some onions from our weekly box of veggies from Hairston Creek Farm.
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Watermelon Radish

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Gloria brought me a watermelon radish the other day to paint. Very alien looking, like the tendril might reach out and pull the radish along, creeping toward you, in the middle of the night...
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Carrot Stubs #2

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These carrot stubs are so cute. I think the Gathers (of the Hunter Gathers) of days gone by must have discovered the wheel when cutting apart little veggies and chasing them on the dirt. I have done over eighty paintings!
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Carrot Stubs

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It’s raining! Which is really exciting for us in Austin. We had some carrots last night and the tops (minus the greens which we ate previously) were trimmed off and became the subject of Wednesdays daily painting. note the background is more yellow than green.
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Jar of Lentils

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President Obama is in town, which prevented Mason and I from getting to his cello lesson. So, we returned home and I painted lentils. Huh. I painted over Thunderhead #2 for this one.
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Light Bulb #5

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I like getting to know a subject, which is probably why I keep returning to the light bulb. Thinking about that reminded me that while I lived in NYC, I made myself do two drawings a day (mostly pastels and mostly work gloves that I would find on the street). I quite like this painting (I painted over the Beer Glass #2).
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Blue Heaven Teacup

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We have some lovely blue heaven teacups. I used two blues, one yellow and white for this painting. Happy Mothers Day :)
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Clementines Revisited

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I finally made a rack to organize all these little paintings. In doing so, I looked at this painting and liked its composition but not the color. It felt muddy. So todays painting was reworking this panel. I like the brightened fruit, but things still feel a bit muddy. / Painted over

Maybe I can paint Gloria today to mark Mother’s Day. Below is the rack I made this morning. It’s a piece of scrap wood with two rows of finish nails set 5/8” apart. I needed a longer piece of wood. It’s already full.

The Rack
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Izze's Gift

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One of our cat’s is quite a hunter (sadly). She brought a lovely little bird this morning. Gloria suggested I paint, she said it is called, Memento mori–a common classical theme in painting. So, I tried and frankly, felt sad the whole darn time. I mean, if your gonna kill it, eat it.
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Dig This



Love this groove Man. George Shearing and his Quintet
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Beer Glass #2

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I really did not like the portrait of Mason from the previous day so I turned it into a glass of beer. Old Chub to be exact. It’s a scotch ale. Good, but I doubt I will buy it again. Below is a in progress shot that is fun. I almost wish I had stopped here, Mason as a beer glass... / Painted over

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Mason

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I tried doing another painting from a photo (on my iphone), like the chicken painting. I had found a couple of scratchboard panels (that are painted black) and used one of those. It is a pretty slick surface to use, not so sure I would do this again. There are a couple of nice moments (I like the eyes, and the cheek under his right eye) in the painting but Mason and i concur, it is not so good. Destined to be painted over. / Painted over
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Thunderhead #2

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I wanted to take another shot at painting the thunderhead cloud we saw last week. I had taken a photo and used that for reference. I used three colors, cad red, cad blue, cad orange (and of course white). This took around an hour, maybe less. I had forgotten that Mason had a cello lesson... I’m curious to look at this in the morning. / Painted over
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Sketches from the SRCC meeting

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I needed to attend our SRCC neighborhood meeting last night and it was a lengthy one. So, I sketched instead of painting (I thought it might make some folks uncomfortable to have me sitting there painting during the meeting). I gave an update on the two committees I am participating on regarding parking related issues in our area (the paper I was drawing on was terrible, massive bleed through). I like the sketch of Jean on the lower right.
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Landscape in a Glass, Part 2

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I was about to dig through todays box of veggies in search of a subject for a painting when I looked at yesterdays results. Hmmm, It did not seem bright enough. So todays painting is a re-working of yesterdays. An improvement I think.
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Landscape in a Glass

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I opened an old sketchbook and saw this. Looked like a fun sketch to try turning into a painting . I think I will try this again or re-work this one a bit tomorrow.
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Tree & Sprinkler (on Peachtree Street)

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I did a quick painting while Mason was at his piano lesson. A nice Crepe Myrtle and a sprinkler, which you could not see at all (but you could see it’s spray and a sharp shadow line going through it).
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Lots-o-Paintings

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My studio mate Ellen said I needed to take a photo of the growing pile of paintings that have amassed since I stated this on-going project. So here it is. A lot of these are waiting to be sent out to folks (they have to dry and get varnished). I need a system for storing/stacking, keeping my eye out for an old 45 rpm record holder of maybe a dish drying rack.
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Thunderstorm

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An amazing thunderhead rolled by last night. We did not get any rain from it, but I did manage a quick sketch that I then worked over this evening. I haven’t been able to really capture how incredibly beautiful this event was, but I was exhilarated by the attempt!
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Anderson Lane from Blackerby Parking Lot

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Burnt umber and white study of Anderson Lane from the Blackerby parking lot while Mason was in his cello lesson. I roughed the car in and then the owner came out and drove away, against my pleas and offers of hard, cold cash. Even beer would not sway him... /In Private Collection
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Still Life with Clementines

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More yummy clementines. I decided to make a still life with objects close at hand on my workbench, clementines on a paperback book, a blue sticky note pad propped up by a jar of solvent. This painting got a bit soupy but I kind of like it. / Painted over
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Courtyard and Turnips

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Sitting on the couch in our courtyard is a favorite place of mine. So, to me, it makes sense to keep coming back to it and paint. This time I really limited the info and moved quickly. I think it is the best one so far. I also painted another bunch of turnips. No underpainting, lots of medium and it was pretty soupy. I think it was the first time I was wishing for a bigger panel to paint on.

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Veterans Field, College Station, TX

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I drove Mason to an Ultimate Tournament at Veterans Field. It was fun to see the boy throwing the disc. It was SO windy it was hard to paint. I managed one painting. Sunday I will need to do two paintings to make up for Friday. The underpainting was the dumb bell painting from Thursday.
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8 lb Dumbbell

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Took a shot at really limiting my palette. Burnt umber to do the underpainting on a white panel and then used blue, white, and a touch of yellow. This is so blue I’m sad. / Painted over
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Project #2

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I have been reading a book by Charles Sovak, about the direct painting method. Essentially it is a classroom in a book (and I am taking the classes!). This is the second project. Using burnt umber and white begin by massing (no line work like in drawing) the subject in burnt umber. Once satisfied with that, start working from light to dark. But what is different here is it is not supposed to be a, “paint what you see” approach. Instead, it is paint the object that is closest to you the lightest and work darker as you move back (or away from you). In this case it did require me to look differently at the subject because the objects in front were not the lightest, but the darkest. Enjoyed it. And doing this I reminded myself to “dude, limit your palette.” / In the Pasch Family Collection
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Can of Brushes (revised)

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Gloria took a peek at the painting from last night and commented that she liked it, but the the background wasn’t really working with it (not that you could tell from the photo that was posted last night). I take what Gloria says seriously so I went out this morning and looked at it again with her comments in mind and she was right on. So my painting today is really a reworking of yesterdays. I added some warmth in a couple spots around the can next to some cooler shadows. I also added some additional highlights in the brushes. I think it is much improved. / In private collection
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Can of Brushes

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I painted over the Back Lot, Blackerby painting here. This one was going quite poorly, but aided with a nice Fullers London Pride it improved to OK. Beer makes everything, just a littttle bit better. This is a really lousy photo btw.
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Light Bulb #4

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It’s the little bulb back for another painting session.
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Purple-Top Turnips

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Another in the CSA veggie box series. I didn’t have any underpainting on this panel (yesterdays as well). I blocked in the subject first (avoiding the shadows). Added some color, brought the background in and then the shadows and more color to the subject.
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Old Johnson Wax Bottle

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I decided to take another stab at the Johnson Wax bottle. I painted it previously on 2/6/11 (and painted over it soon after). I definitely think I am improving, which, you know, feels good.
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Dan's Shoe (with legs attached)

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The subject was our friend Dan, hanging in the courtyard, visiting with Gloria and I. I did not premix my paints and used left-overs from the other day. That was a mistake. I like the shoe. Loafers. / I painted over the Sunflower #1 here / In the Pasch Family Collection
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Reading Night

No painting yesterday because I got a great book, Oil Painting by Charles Sovek. So I spent my painting time reading and so I will start the ‘lessons’ in the book.
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Gameboy color

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Hmmm, maybe a series is beginning. A series of old electronics that once were the focus of attention. I used a 5x7 canvas panel for this. At first I really liked it, but after a while I began missing my gessobord panel. / In private collection
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Xbox Controller #2

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I have had several folks comment on how much they liked the other xbox controller (which has been painted over) so I i did another last night. Mason and I both think it is better than the previous version. I need to look around for some other controllers to paint and do a little series. / I painted over Three Jeans to the Wind
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Clementine #3

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I premixed three colors and just used those (and white).
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Studio View

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There were a lot of distractions on Saturday and I wound up stopping before this got done. So I guess you would call this a work in progress (or not, maybe it is done, rules are rules). We have a very urban view of downtown Austin from our studio.
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Violin

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That was a busy Friday. I had a great visit with our friend Rowan who has been beguiled by paints as well. Later, after my homemade pizza was satisfactorily placed into our bellies, Gloria suggested I try to paint a violin. They are as hard to paint as to play. If you see those strings sparkling a bit, it is because I used metallic silver paint. Sweet. / In private collection
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Clementines (x2)

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Clementines are back in the store. Quite tasty, and lovely to look at. I set up in the courtyard and painted while the sun ducked in and out the clouds. This painting went quickly so I decided to do another (below). On the second painting I left more mineral spirits on my brush and tried to work in a quick, ‘blocky’ way. I think most painters would consider this an underpainting. I really like the fast lines and suggestion of space.

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Lightbulb #3

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Two light bulbs now. I may go back into this one later today.
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Back Lot, Blackerby

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I took Mason up to his cello lesson at Blackerby violin shop and painted a wall in the back lot. Some buildings behind it had nice shadows on them. It all felt abstract and turned out that way. As we were getting ready to go I saw another spot on the corner of the wall that been tagged by surveyors and thought that it might be a neat series of paintings, to do locations where I find the oranges survey tags had been placed. / Painted over
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Lightbulb #2

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Same lightbulb (clear 4 watt sign bulb), different angle. Think dynamic, think... lavender? Its spring!
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Ivy and the Wicker Suitcase

Our friends and neighbors Brian and Valerie have created a wonderful musical. If inclined please take a look and contribute to this beautiful project. And, as a bonus Mason plays cello, and Sam plays violin on it!

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Three Jeans to the Wind

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I never nap. But today I did after the family and I went and saw the movie, Source Code (which we enjoyed immensely). Waking up I thought I better work on a painting and saw three pairs of jeans on the laundry line. My subject for the day. But I was too sleepy. The mosquitos are back in Texas. I need to remember to put some bug juice in my paint kit. Looking forward to tomorrows painting. / Painted over
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Light Bulb

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I didn’t think that revising the sunflower #2 should count as my daily painting so I looked for another subject. Earlier in the afternoon I visited with my buddy Scott about led lights (which really are good now, a tad expensive, but worth it). So, in Scott’s honor, I painted a clear, 4 watt sign bulb. Did you know that folks are now selling incandescent bulbs under the aptly appropriate name of heat bulbs? Funny. / In private collection
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Sunflower #2 revised

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I wasn’t liking the background in the top right of this painting, so I decided change it completely. The darker color really helps the yellows and oranges to pop out. I need to look at this again tomorrow, no so sure that I am happy with the changes, but feel ok about the painting. / In private collection
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Sunflower #2

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Taking another stab at the sunflowers. Better than yesterdays attempt for sure. I need to work on the background some more than it is done. But, right now it is too wet. I really like some parts of this. Excited to finish it off tomorrow and try another. I grabbed one of my sable brushes and it really acts differently than the stiffer brushes that fit into my paintbox. I am going to keep one in there from now on, it is very smooth.
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Sam Playing Minecraft

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This doesn’t count as my painting of the day. It’s a sketch of Sam from 3.19.11. A position that we often see our kids in, frozen, eyes focused, fingers moving in decisive motions as their virtual world is being built, modified, or plundered. Sam told me it doesn’t look like him. Uh huh, right.
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Sunflower. Urgh.

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Painted during my lunch break today. I had bought some sunflowers for Gloria, so they became the subject. This really needs more time, but I doubt I will be able to get back to it today. Here is something I have learned. Every time you think, “I’m getting the hang of this!”, the oil painting gods come down and slap you silly. / Painted over
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Short on Time Tonight

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Yikes. Painting fast last night as it was 11:30 p.m. when I started. Dinner, my tennis league, and then I had to finish Gloria’s annual birthday book. This was complicated by a printer that was inoperative for a while. So, I opened the sketchbook and thought I would try a quick painting from it. I used the paint that was left over from yesterday and moved quickly. I guess that would be oil sketching. Neat.
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Asparagus

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Another vegetable painting from our weekly box of veggies from Hairston Creek Farm. These will get sauteed tonight with some ‘taters and grass feed beef. Yum. Again I used a pink underpainting that I let through in many spots. I love using the blue compliment in the shadows. / In private collection
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O'Henry Middle School #3

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Here is another from O’Henry. Done while Sam is at his orchestra rehearsal. I got a bit lazy here and should have picked a better subject. It was completely dark out when I finished and looking at the painting under a light in the camper, I thought it was pretty bad. When I looked at this morning it had improved to bad. I do like the top left portion though. I mess with this again today, or paint over it.
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Basil

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Love working with the pink underpainting. I am so excited to have fresh basil again. My homemade pizza will sing!
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Green Garlic

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Every Saturday we get a nice box of veggies from our CSA. Found some good subjects to paint before cooking. / In private collection
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Sam san

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Sam and cats. They go together like breakfast and tacos.
The underpainting for this is the beer bottle and glass from yesterday. / In private collection
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Good Beer, Bad Painting

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Enjoyed a really nice Kona stout with my buddy Bill. Actually, Bill brought the beer, which is even better. The beer was a lot better than the painting. Hey, not attached, there will be more painting tomorrow. / Painted over
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Tennis Balls

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My buddy Robby celebrates his 64th birthday today, so I thought I would paint him some tennis balls. He is after all a master of these furry ovid creatures. The it in a parking lot, with balls on the dash of the car with my sketchbox on my lap, while Mason has his cello lesson. NPR on the radio, sunshine and painting... I had to work really fast on this on and am quite happy with how it turned out. Robby likes it too. His granddaughter can now read and now knows that he is 64. She also approved of the painting. / In private collection
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Courtyard and Arrow Sign

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In the courtyard again trying to get in the painting before dinner. Liked painting but not so thrilled with the result. / In private collection
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Pathway

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It was a nice warm Texas day today. I set up near one of the Mountain Laurels and looked down the pathway towards the street. The blooms of the Laurels filled the air. I love this spot in our yard. It makes such a nice transition between the front yard and the courtyard. South by Southwest ends soon :)
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Mary Pat's Chicken

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Our friend Mary Pat sent me a link to some great photos of her chickens. So while I sat in the courtyard and listened to Ben Kweller’s new cd playing next door (at a sxsw party), I painted one from a photo on my iphone. I used some mineral spirits on this painting and really liked how viscous the paint became. A bit watercolor-like. I might try some more paintings from photos soon. / In private collection
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Blunn Creek #2

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A painting on St. Patty’s day should use a lot of green no? This did not even occur to me until posting this. I returned to the same spot as Blunn Creek #1. I like the idea of trying to get to know a place. This time I really limited my palette and worked hard to isolated colors and info.
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Scruffy

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Returning to one of my sketch-books again. On the lower right you can see a black blob. That is one of our cats, Izze, cleaning herself and then promptly leaving after she realized I was looking at her. She was a subject for about five seconds. I told Gloria that would happen :) I painted over Courtyard #1 for this one. Have I mentioned how much fun oil painting is?
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Beer Glass

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I love a nice beer. Painting beer, really painting glasses, is so much fun. If I get lucky, I sort zone out and just start seeing blocks of color. I’m very happy with how this turned out. The underpainting on this one is the former xbox controller.
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xbox controller

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Spring break means serious video game playing at our house. The boys left a controller unattended and thought I would try painting it. You know, symmetrical black on black is not the most exciting subject. I worked on this one a couple days in a row and plan on painting over it. / painted over
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Blunn Creek #1

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After one of our clean-up and restoration days at Blunn Creek Reserve, I decided that I need to start going there and try some painting some landscapes. Wow. Painting in the woods is really hard. Tons of information to filter through. That said, I loved it and plan to go back.
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Sam Reading

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A domestic scene. Sam reading on the couch. I had about thirty minutes and then Sam needed to go. I hope to get back to this one and finish it. / In private collection
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Marissa and I paint each other

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Mason’s friend Marissa came by today and decided to try to paint each other. It was really lovely out so we set up on the front deck. / In private collection
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Living in West Texas

Here is a link to nice story about John Wells and his ‘lab’ out in West Texas. His washing machine is great, and the flame thrower, well...
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Courtyard #3

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I thought I should try this scene again, to see if I had improved at all. This so. Of course it may have helped that we did a serious garden clean-up as well.
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Double Apple

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You see two apples right? I had tried three days in a row to paint and apple, and did, but it just sat there bored to death. So, I played with some of the oil mediums and got the smaller apple looking good and then decided to sketch another one over the top. Kinda neat. It was fun to do.
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Gloria Sleeping

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I haven’t really tried painting someone yet, so I thought I would paint the lovely Gloria. In her favorite mode... sleep.
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Grapefruits #3

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A quick morning painting before heading off to the studio. I tell ya, Texas grapefruits are sooo good.
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Gopher Plant Flower

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Gopher plants are very interesting, long, almost architectural plants. They are getting busy about now blooming and growing. I sat near the fountain and tried to paint one of the flowers. The color is not right, to warm, it should be bluer. But I the quality of some of the brush strokes.
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Aliens #3

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Back to the sketch-book and more aliens. We all know why they are here. Bacon and french fries. And belly aches. This is a bigger 9x12, and on canvas. Almost all other the other paintings I am doing are 5x7 on panel. I love me the Ampersand panels.
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Nighttime Drivers Seat

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Another painting outside O’Henry Middle School, while Sam is at his orchestra practice. I sat in the passenger seat of the camper and painted across the road. At first I thought, there is nothing there, which sort of felt like a challenge so I painted it. More there than initially thought, but not a lot more.

This is on 6x9 canvas panel. Thought I would give it a try. I like the Ampersand Gessobord more.
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Courtyard and Roof

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I can’t quite remember the right day for the this painting. Bold, graphic, and destined to be painted over. Bad photo, sorry. It really is almost this bright.
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Water Glass

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This one was done down at Valerie’s studio. The light was beautiful, lots of colored pencils in the background making fields of color (that I simplified). I finished this and thought, you know what, I think I can paint. / In private collection
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Apple over Canandaigua Lake

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I had done some underpainting on some panels and got slightly carried away with this one. Using a palette knife I started painting Canandaigua Lake from memory. The intent was to still paint over it, but just as I started to do an apple my son Mason walked in and said he loved it. Really? Yes. It’s yours, thats the rule dude. / In private collection
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Green Door

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See that reflection and glass door knob? Sweet. I painted that!
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Alien Resist

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More from the combined sketchbook of Matt and Mason. Though, certainly this has something to do with the upraising in Egypt. I worked over this a couple of days. It is 9x12 on canvas.
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Missing Cream

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Another from the sketch-book. How would you feel Mr. Coffee without your Cream? Sad, uh huh. Sad.
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Nighttime Road

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I drove Sam and Ginger to their orchestra rehearsal and thought, “here’s a challenge, paint at night.” I was right. It is challenging.
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Travis High #1 and #2

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I hung out at Travis High while Mason played ultimate. I loved trying to paint the urban environment. I’m really happy with the painting of the basketball court. / In private collection

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Travis High Chiller Unit.
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alien (in progess)

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From our sketch-book. This is going to take more work than a single sitting will allow.
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Tube of Paint

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Trying to get the impasto going, thinking about the mark I am going to make.... / In private collection
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Funnel

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I know. It looks a little weird but it has some nice qualities.
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Alien #1

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Mason and I found this great sketch-book that we had drawn in many years ago. In it were some fun doodles of these aliens and pigs (pre-angry birds fyi). The aliens were attacking the pigs and trying to conquer the earth. The painting reveals the anatomy of the aliens. So scary.
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So Long Schools?

Our school district, Austin Independent School District, is in a complete state of flux right now. We are worried about what will happen to our schools. This is a very interesting and entertaining video of Sir Ken Robinson talking about education today.


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Grapefruit #2

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More grapefruits. Fun to eat. Fun to paint. The underpainting is the Johnson wax bottle painting.
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Grapefruit #1

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Using my little sketchbox and trying to get used to painting in oil. I love this little set-up and the parameters of using small panels to paint on and doing a daily painting. I revised this painting a couple of times (don’t have a photo it here), the background color were a bit overwhelming. I think I am going to challenge myself to do a painting a day (if at all possible). / In private collection
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ABC logo comps

Ahhh, all those old comps from days gone by.

Vintage ABC Television Logo Treatments from Musk Ox on Vimeo.

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The Good, The Bad and the Ukes

This is great! I love this song and seeing this uke orchestra perform it is wonderful.

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Wax bottle

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We have a beautiful old Johnson’s Wax bottle. I thought I would try an impasto painting of it. Geez, this oil painting is hard. I will paint over this for sure. Not going to get real precious about this paintings. / Painted over
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Courtyard #2

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After working on the courtyard painting with Valerie, I thought I would try it again from life. Better results, but I really have to learn how to resist putting everything in there.
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Courtyard #1

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Started another canvas in painting class today. Using a sketch of our courtyard. Canvas is really springy. I like panels better. I think there are some good moments in here, I’m just still looking for them.
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Rhett and Link

The boys, Rhett and Link, are really funny. Check out their real commercial....

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Our Neighborhood Sign Man

Our friend and neighbor Evan Voyles makes the best signs around (for a long way around). He was written up on the UT Daily Texan today, they also had this video to go with the story.

Five Seconds from The Daily Texan on Vimeo.

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Ocean part 2

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This painting took a real turn today. I decided before class that I would wrap it up, but also wanted to loosen up a bit.
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Ocean part 1, my first painting class

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My lovely wife Gloria gave me an awesome gift for Christmas. Oil painting classes with our neighbor and fabulous painter, Valerie Fowler. Working from a sketch this is the result from class one. Oil is sooo, different from watercolor!
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