Why should the cats have all the fun? Following up on yesterdays drawing. Painted in Procreate app on iPad with Sensu brush.
I was sitting on the edge our bed and looking down at the rug... there was this guy staring back at me from a little spot on the rug.
Doodling around with my Sensu Brush in the app Procreate. I have been quite busy and the blog has been neglected. Sorry about that!
Wow. I had some problems with rapidweaver (the app I use for my website) and just got them sorted out. It is possible it was five months ago? Time really does fly. I will try to add in the drawings that I have done since then. In the meantime below is a one of several drawings I did of my cowboy hat last month.
I was playing with the app ArtRage yesterday and went back to try their watercolor brush. The latest app update has this tool working better.
Work has been pretty intense for the last month but I think I can really get back to painting again. I would like to start a new series of paintings… thus far I am grabbing my iPad and painting whatever, however. So now the search for a new series to do, which leads to this post. Maybe doing portraits that are stripped down to minimal elements and limited color.
Waiting for Sam to finish his lesson and just wrapped up a call. Quick sketch of a dumpster.
A sketch of my son Sam. Done on my iPhone with the SketchTime app and Sensu Brush.
This is really only the beginning of a drawing but I was trying to capture some of the light coming in on Gloria while she slept this morning. She is so beautiful...
A yummy beer from one of our fab local craft brewers, Hops and Grains.
I was hanging out waiting for Sam to finish his violin lesson and started drawing some cars in the parking lot. I used to do this a lot.
This feels into that not sure what I am making but just enjoying making. You know, right?
A quick sketch of a glass with pens and pencils in it. Sketchtime app.
I have been having a hard time getting around to drawing and painting this week. So I dabbed this out while eating lunch. Liked the colors of the balls in the light… used my Sensu Brush with ArtRage for iPhone.
Went to the gym this afternoon. Here is what was on my bed before leaving.
I went back in to the original design and added another layer than played with after importing into the app Repix.
I found this from my trip to Canandaigua, NY. I painted it while sitting in the back of a boat while rain approached. The sky was changing from blue to gray. See the buoy in the lower right?
We been have been having a lot of great tomatoes at our house. They always look so beautiful on our kitchen counter.
The kid needed some game-time before heading back to his CIT duties at Camp Halfblood. So he had some quality time with Civ V. Both boys have told me I need to get my empire building cap back on and try this version.
My friend Byron and I walked over to the Long Center and did some urban sketching. Our skyline in Austin keeps changing… a friendly pigeon kept us company and became a good subject.
I bet you noticed. This is photo that have manipulated with my new fav photo editor app, Repix. This is app is awesome! Mason sent some photos from his trip over in France and so I was playing with them. Can’t wait to see the bugger back here at home.
The big guy barely fits on the little windowsill but that is just how he likes it. And two stories up he gets to look down on the neighbors dogs.
I was playing with a new app, repix, that a customer had recommended. It is a blast to use. I grabbed this recent photo of Sam on his first day of work at the gym, he was throwing up the, “Dad go away” hand.
Here is another painting of tomatoes from our kitchen window sill. Something about veggies in the kitchen. It is comforting.
Sitting in the living room. Not feeling so much like drawing but wanted to non the less, if that makes any sense. The is the stool that the whole family uses when practicing (not all at the same time of course).
I have been trying to get a portrait of my buddy Rick that I am satisfied with, this one is getting somewhere...
A couple of heirloom tomatoes hanging out on thew windowsill waiting for dinner. Drawn while hanging out with my lovely wife in the kitchen. Makes me happy.
Reading a great book called ‘Insectopedia’, hence the praying manis…. it is on the cover.
This is some sort of critter dog that is slobbering. I think it is sad. Maybe a little kitty snack got away. Poor doggie.
I was testing some brushes today and painted a coffee cup while doing so. Coffee. Good.
Missing my buddy Rick. This is a sketch from his wedding… great memories.
Trying out the new app Pen & Ink by sketching in Stacey Park, Austin.
This is a wonderful pale lager by our local craft brewer, Hops and Grains.
It is nice to be home again… Mason was practicing on his cello so I took the opportunity to draw.
I don’t spend enough time using Sketchbook Pro. It is a really powerful app that crosses all the platforms and even is available on all the desktop machines. This is basically sitting down with a beer and making marks to see where they lead.
I wanted to try another version of this sketch using some retro colors. Used the Procreate app.
Waiting for Sam to finish his lesson so thought I would draw what was in front of me. Using Paper by 53 and my Sensu.
I site I see often. Lewis sleeping on Gloria. Yes. His pillow... my wife.
This was drawn from life, after dinner, watching Gloria tipping and tapping on her laptop. I was just trying to capture some volumes of color and not really worrying about anything else. I used Sketch Club and my Sensu Brush.
Long day and falling asleep. So I am just going to explore making marks in the app Sketch Club.
Don’t know if this really counts as a self portrait or not. But here it is.
I was trying out other brushes in the wonderful app Procreate. Such a powerful app.
We have some dear friends who are about to send their oldest child off to college and they asked if I would do a little sketch for a party.
Another drawing of the Arrow. Actually did this on the 13th but am posting it today. My blog. My rules. This was drawn in Sketch Club and the marks feel sort of like pointillism.
The kid is happy that he has a phone that can send text messages. Welcome to this modern day and age kid.
I was sitting in the doctors office and thought, “what if I had some google glasses to use, where would all the other stuff go that is on my head?”. Sunglasses, reading glasses (can the google glass help with that?). I feel pretty goofy as it is contacts, reading glasses and sunglasses! Getting old stinks kids!
I got to hang out these past two weekends with the fabulous painter Valerie Fowler. She was a willing subject for a portrait yesterday as the West Studio Tour came to a close.
Two chairs on our neighbor Valeries deck. Procreate and Sensu brush.
Doodling on the plane home from Chicago. Doodle, doodle, doodle.
Kind of slow at the moment so I sketched some flowers in Valerie’s studio while we waited for the crush of people to arrive.
Not feeling at all well today. Flat on my back staring at the windows. I know what to draw….
Playing with the app Zenbrush. Just started noodling around until a face appeared.
I was trying out the app Brushes, which was one of the first drawing apps on the iPad and started playing with it again.
This is a combo painting using Aura Marker and Procreate of one of my favorite beers at the moment.
We got some artichokes in our box of veggies this week. Pretty. Here is one sitting on the blanket next to me. Procreate and Sensu Brush. Actually this was done on the 13th but I am sneaking it in here.
I think I missed a couple of days of sketches… busy weekend and the heat is starting to arrive here in Texas. It is going to 90 today. Ouch. SketchTime and Sensu brush.
Mason and I went to a college fair at the convention center. Wow. Lots of schools and lots of people. This college stuff is big business.
Getting sort of lazy. Not really just had some meetings get in the way of sketching. This is a doodle using an app called, Eastern Painting. Sort of a Sumi style paint program. Did this on my iPhone and the resolution is lousy...
I keep going back this photo reference of Mason and trying to make something good out it. Missed again. Oh well.
A simple head. Drawn in SketchTime on my iPhone. I made a slight revision to the version on the right. But it sure feels different.
Lewis was mad at me because our other cat Izze was on my lap and I refused to let him knock her off of there. So he sat and ‘loafed’ about four feet away. Now I know how to get him to pose for me :)
Drawing of the yummy Ridgeback Ale by No Label Brewery.
I was re-visiting a card that I made for Gloria last year. Trying to simplify the image a bit and add a better facial expression to the kitten.
Izze asleep on Gloria’s leg while she kicks back with her laptop. Drawn in Sketcthtime with my Sensu Brush.
It really is a sort of therapy to just sit and look around. Maybe do a sketch or two. Or twenty.
Very nice to sit in the courtyard and sketch after a crazy day. This is done in Zen Brush with my Sensu Brush.
This doesn’t really look like Mason, but it was fun getting him in a cowboy hat.
I am getting the opportunity to try out a Nexus 7 for an extended period of time and am pretty excited about it. It feels really nice. This sketch is done with the app Zen Brush (mac and android).
I got the chance to play with a Nexus 7 yesterday (and look forward to using it in-depth for a while) and opened up Sketchbook to draw in. Really nice experience.
A sketch of Izze assisting Gloria with her daily crossword puzzle.
I was finishing my coffee this morning an had an idea that I thought I could do in the app Procreate. Turns out I was wrong but this is what the result was.
This is one of those random drawings that starts with just making lines and see if anything takes shape. Rabbit Head Guy? I don’t really know. Did this one in ArtRage and with my Sensu Brush. ArtRage has a lot of great tools in it. I was using the palette knife quite a bit here. Love that tool!
Everything is budding out here in Austin and soon the bugs will be back. Todays sketch was a little buggy dude… I was using the SketchTime app and my Sensu Brush.
Izze was loafing on the mantel looking out into the front yard. I painted this one in Procreate with the Sensu Brush.
A quick sketch of Mason after finishing his first regatta (which he loved). He is now about 3 inches taller than me, yikes!
This is a really delicious beer. Had it for the first time while sketching with my friend Byron at the Whip-In.
Quick sketch of Gloria while we sit and talk about our day with each other. Ok, it’s sort of a scary portrait but she is pretty tired.
We were contacted a by developer in China who has released a neat new app focused at kids called Aura Marker. It has some really nice qualities about it. And yes, that is a beach ball.
I was enjoying a quiet night at home with a fire and a beer and decided to try and draw our courtyard path at night. There was some moonlight and a couple of landscape lights to light the scene. Frankly this won’t be recognizable to anyone but me but I did find it challenging and enjoyable.
Sitting in the courtyard doodling, sipping a beer, feeling the cold air blowing in...
This really should be called, “Self Portrait: Recovering from the Flu.”
It’s a little Valentine’s Kitty getting it’s smile on for next week. This was inspired by the beautiful quilt that my sister-in-law made for me. Which is awesome!
Another from the Creative World floor while showing the Sensu Brush to thousands of visitors to the show in Frankfurt, Germany.
Another from the Creative World floor while showing the Sensu Brush to thousands of visitors to the show in Frankfurt, Germany. I like this one.
Another from the Creative World floor while showing the Sensu Brush to thousands of visitors to the show in Frankfurt, Germany.
Doing a quick sketch with SketchTime and my Sensu Brush on my iPad before settling to read. A cup of lemon chamomile tea will taste great on this chilly night in Austin.
A different version of Izze with some glasses on. She looks sort of studious doesn’t she.
The wonderful app, ArtRage, has released a version for the iPhone. This is a first quick sketch with it. Looking forward to trying it for an extended period.
Trying another version of this one. Gloria looks cute and happier, Izze looks kind of odd. But, she is wearing glasses after all.
I was playing around tonight in Sketchbook Ink, using a photo of Izze (cat) and Gloria (wife) as reference. So there were some fun things I liked about it and on another version that is more simplified.
This is just doodles in the app Sketchbook Ink. Really nothing to much to look at here.
I started this while waiting for my sons recital to start. Didn’t get a chance to finish. And Sam sounded great.
Quick sketch of the counter while waiting for a morning meeting to get underway.
I was working on dinner and saw this little bird just outside the window and sketched in SketchTime on my iPhone.
My nephew Alex holding his cat Sol. I drew this from a photo I took of them. Used Procreate and my Sensu Brush.
It has been pretty crazy round here. And Christmas is right around the corner. Yikes! This was drawn with Sketchbook Ink which recently got an update. It is a nice sketching app.
I was up in Chicago to meet with the rest of our crew. Rick had Zen brush installed so I got to play with that a bit and liked. It is another app that has minimal features and a very nice brush.
We are getting some fabulous veggies from Hairston Creek Farm.
Our cat Lewis has a favorite sleeping spot. On Gloria :)
Yikes it has been busy and I have not been keeping up with the daily painting. Is it the end? Hmmmm.
Gloria commented to me the other day that if one were to assess her life through my blog they would summize that she slept a lot and usually with a cat on her.
I was looking at an old sketchbook and saw a nice kitty sketch. I used it to try out the new version of Sketchbook Pro. Very nice app.
This was done on my iPhone using the Eastern Painting apps. It was one of the first apps I bought for my phone a couple of years ago. Very is very fluid and inky.
A fine beer all the way from Alaska. I think I can taste the fir trees and the grizzly….
I used the painting from the previous day and redid it in ArtRage with their fab oil brush. I like the looseness and limited colors.
Gloria had torn out a page from somewhere of an James Audubon painting. I used that as reference for todays painting.
I was walking around while Sam was at this violin lesson and saw this flag at rest.
This was drawn with an app called ASketch. Kind of cool texture filling in effect.
A Shiner Cheer sitting on the table, half way gone… one of my fav holiday beers. Why does it always feel like the holidays sneak up on me?
I kicked backed by the fire last night and listened to election results come in while enjoying some lovely beers. Also, had my iPad handy to paint a bit but I used it mostly for watching the amazing election map that the New York Times had on their homepage.
Using SketchTime on my iPhone again. Doodling and started thinking about the F1 race coming in two weeks to Austin. So this dude wound up getting a steering wheel… not a very good drawing I might add.
more doodles of cats. Izze is the two on the left, Lewis on the right.
My son Mason mentioned that it is ‘No Shave November’. I wonder if this applies to men and women? Anyway, a quick sketch announcing this event.
The Two Headed Sammy Creature is always smiling because it is always thinking about potatoes.
Sam and I went out shopping for a vest or waistcoat (which Sam found at New Bohemia). Found a tie, now he is ready to bust some moves at the homecoming dance.
I attended the homecoming football game of my boys high school last night and did some sketches on my iPhone. Here is one of the coach. I kind of get a kick out of the headsets that all coaches wear now-a-days. In the old days (where I come from) they used to wear stylish hats. LBJ lost 26-17.
Our son Sam met up with the scissor wizardry of our friend Rory the other day and came home as a clone of Joseph Gorden-Levitt!
Just drawing away trying to make something happen. It turned into a battle scene!
I was out with a friend drawing on South Congress while the ACL crowd was buzzing around.
It has been a while since I used Brushes, an iPad app of some note (New Yorker covers have been drawn by Joe Colombo using it). Newly updated I was giving it a spin yesterday. ACL has commenced here in Austin. Lots of little birds singing…
Playing around with a different version of the image for Mason from October seventh. Decided to make myself use two colors only.
I am not sure that this qualifies as a daily painting but here it is anyway (because it is photo that I smudged). Our cat Lewis perched above Gloria while she sleeps. Ruler of the world, his world.
When our cats get all tucked up we call it ‘loafing’. It was kind of cool yesterday and Izze was in loaf position.
Here is another portrait using the import feature that I used yesterday. This time using a photo that Masons buddy Abe took.
I was having fun with a feature in the app Procreate that allows you to import a photo and then smudge those pixels around. It resulted in turning our neighbor and friend Brian Beattie into a a multi-armed Demon.
In doing some research on an up coming blog post over at sensubrush I realized that you can import an image into Procreate and have it be converted into live pixels (not sure if that is the correct term for this). Basically, you can start working the colors not as reference but as paint. So I thought I would try one attempt with Ed since the portrait was fresh in my mind. I brought the photo into Procreate and ‘smudged’ it around creating a loose pastel like image. I then imported that into ArtRage where yesterdays painting was and layered it in. Adjusted opacity and worked over the top of both images a bit. And while the end result it is less painting and more photograph, I like how it turned out and the process has a lot of potential.
My friends (rightly so) commented that they just weren’t feeling ‘Ed’ in the yesterdays portrait. So they sent me another photo to work from and it sounds like his spirit is showing through in this one. I have to admit making a portrait that is meant to be part of a memorial adds a bit of pressure.
My buddy Brett asked if I would do a painting of a friend who passed away last year.
Cats are constantly around us at our house. Well, at least when they want to be around us. Fading light in the courtyard, Lewis on the stump stool.
A few years back I gave a graphic novel to Mason called, Rocketo, by Frank Espinosa. The drawings are wonderful… above is a lame sketch (by comparison) of the main character. You may have noticed I updated my website as well. Let me know what you think. I see a few things to adjust still, but the motivation was to make it ‘responsive’ so that it detects and adjusts to the myriad mobile devices out there in the world.
Since I had the oil out working on Mason’s magic cards I thought I would do a daily painting in oil as well. Felt nice. One of my fav subjects, our cat Lewis.
The boys enjoy the card game Magic the Gathering (MoG). Mason asked if we could customize some of the cards because it is pretty cool to play with custom cards and could be a fun father & son activity. Sweet, here are the first couple cards. Using oil but may need to switch to acrylic.
Just kicking back drawing in our courtyard before dinner.
Using my Sensu and Artrage, working over a photo of Lewis, and just blocking in color.
I downloaded the Sketchbook Pro app and was playing around in it in preparation to do a video of it with my Sensu. It is a very powerful app, though the user interface takes some get used too (and I have not).
I stopped by a happy hour that 37 signals had for customers in Austin. Popped off a couple sketches while enjoying a nice beer.
It is sort of my zen thing to sit in the courtyard with a beer and just draw something.
Sitting in the courtyard on a lovely night in Texas. Watching a little tea candle flicker away while drawing the newly updated Paper app.
Gloria has hurt her leg. Poor thing. She seems to be on a bit of tear here racking up injuries.
At dinner my son Sam joked that we should be cooking with crude oil.
This was in a great store down the street from us, Uncommon Objects, which is like walking into museum. This was a little taxidermy guy hanging out by the door.
Sitting on the couch in the courtyard waiting for a cold front to blow in and drop the temps into the 90s. I know that sounds off but it really will feel cool.
Not sure what I think of this app. As you draw it starts fill in (shading) in relation to other marks made. Kind of cool, the interface is not quite clear to me.
Sitting and talking with Gloria late in the evening and thought I could get a sketch of her. She dozed off and kept moving around. Oh well.
Here are a couple of portraits from what turned out to be a fun afternoon and evening of hanging out, talking about sketching, building and drinking beer.
A glass of Alteration from the Hops & Grain Brewery in Austin. Quite a delicious glass of beer.
I cut up and sautéed a bunch of peppers to go with dinner. I had no idea what kind they were. I can say now that they were of the ‘hot’ variety. I made the mistake of putting a finger in my nose… burning…
It is so cute when cats are hanging with you and the their tongue is sort of stuck out. Lewis was like that for quite a while last night. This wound up being sort of a menacing portrait but maybe that its a good counterpoint with the tongue out.
I was working in the app Adobe Ideas today trying to get a better feel for it. It is a really nice vector drawing app that I will do a video of next week. Kitty head ballon. It would be funny to see a giant one of these coming down the street at you.
I thought the other day that if I opened a pub in Austin it should be called the Duck and Cover… The idea is ok but I might to try refine the drawing and type more, it could be more fun. The date is not correct on the top one, should of been today.
Studies show that teenagers needs a lot of sleep. Sam is trying desperately to get as much as he can. Here he is shown on my bed, seemingly incapable of getting up and moving.
While I like the quality of the sketch here, Gloria looks a bit like Jabba the Hut using an iPhone in this drawing (I mentioned this to Gloria and, well, wished I hadn’t :). Of course, in reality she looks nothing like the Hut….
Our fine boy Mason would like to do everything clad only in his boxers. Here, he is shown practicing on his cello.
Staring at the different fields of color in our room as the light fades.
Just laying down resting the dogs. And the sore finger. And the brain (not shown).
Gloria has been a bit distracted lately. She has had a couple of ‘whoops’ with a knife in the kitchen. We enjoyed the Olympic closing ceremony while sitting in the ER.
Just messing around in the procreate app and wound up doing a self-portrait with my iPad, Sensu and beer.
Gloria is back from her trip and I found her sound asleep in the darkness of our bedroom. I thought I would try doing a painting in the dark of her.
Yuck. Almost did not post this one it is so bad. But, you have to take the bad with the good right?
A portrait of a friends kids, it is a surprise for their dad so, shhhhhh….
Sitting in a chair in the bedroom sketching while Sunday slips past...
This is based off of a card I made for Gloria that I stumbled upon. But this time when repainting it turned into a zombie cat.
Actually, this should be titled, ‘Mason at the Doctor’s office thinking about the Dark Knight Rises, non-stop…’ His rash is now under control.
This is actually based on a little space ship clock that my sister-in-law gave a long time ago. It sets near my workbench along with an assortment of matchbox and hot wheels, space ships and home made things.
My phone drawn in Procreate with my Sensu. I really don’t think I need the case, and the phone is so beautiful with out it, but I got the black one and gave the white phone to Gloria. And it is so much easier to find an orange phone than a black one. So it has remained on.
Hanging out with my buddy Dan at the Whip In (which has Pecan Porter back on tap.)
Another drawing from an old sketchbook (same one as yesterdays.) Seemed an appropriate subject given it is summertime.
I cracked open a sketchbook from many years ago and found a sketch of this here longhorn. So I worked from that sketch and drew this using my Sensu brush and Procreate. I kinda like it.
When the kids were younger we used to draw together quite a bit. Making robots, monsters and of course cats. There was a sketch of a warrior cat that Sam and I did on the fridge and it was todays subject (continuing to have fun using the app Procreate with my Sensu brush).
Another ‘whats laying around in front of me’ drawings. Added a little landscape for a change of pace.
Happy 4th. This drawing is based on a painting from a few years ago that was our son Sam portrayed as a cat. We are excited to pick him up today from his overseas adventure.
My old fountain pen. Companion for many a drawing and note over the years.
Flipping through an old sketchbook I found a page of doodles with this guy on it. Worked it up in color using Procreate.
We were cleaning out some old albums and I was inspired to try drawing this retro drummer in honor of the upcoming holiday.
Still having fun with Procreate using it’s layers and blending.
Another drawing of what is in front of me. These are a pair of scissors that my beloved brother in law used use (created with my Sensu brush with Procreate for this one.)
Playing around with the new app, Sketchbook Ink. Another app that is focused on sketching and foregoes the additional stuff like layers, effects, etc. I’m sure they will keep improving it, autodesk makes great stuff.
Gloria and I started doing a bit of summer clearing out. It usually leaves us feeling a bit overwhelmed and amazed at how much can accumulate. She was feeling a bit stunned...
Still messing with Procreate. My son was talking about another case of some guy in Florida going crazy and trying to eat some other dude. Under the influence of a substance that, you know, makes them go zombie. Geez. I don’t think the guy in this image is quite ready to chow down yet… he might just be looking for stray pets...
I have been using the app Procreate quite a bit. Experimenting with the brush options and layers.
Dan hard at work in the studio learning some new fangled thing.
A couple of more images playing around with procreate (using trying different brushes, layers and blending modes.)
Having fun with Procreate and my Sensu brush. I kept adding layer on top of layer and playing with the filters and brushes.
I did a quick painting of my neighbor Alton while visiting at the Whip-In.
Hanging outside at the pool where Sam’s violin lessons are held. I would have drawn the two people in the pool but they were *cough* very interested in each other and I thought it polite to be looking in different direction.
This sort of describes summer. Laying on your parents bed, listening to your iPod and did I mention laying on your parents bed in the middle of the afternoon?
Another doodle in Procreate with my Sensu brush. Not really sure what this is, I did it was a doodle right!?
This guy kind of has that Magnum P.I. stash. I was using Procreate and kept layering up line art. Changing some of the filter effect. This is a great app.
Using Paper, making faces. Did a version with color but liked the line art better.
Gloria’s water glass and iPhone sitting on the dining room table. This was done in ArtRage with my Sensu brush.
With all the neat sketching apps out there now, I wanted to jump back and use SketchTime again to compare. I love this app! Fast and fluid. You can zoom in and a nice selection of colors.
I downloaded Sketchbook Ink yesterday. It is a new app by Autodesk (who make a lot great applications.) It still feels a little hiccuppy but overall I liked it and would compare it to Paper (by 53) and SketchTime. I will try to do an overview of it soon and post it to www.sensubrush.com.
Dan and I had some quality hanging out time in the courtyard after work today.
I have been trying to get to know Procreate better. It is a really rich app and I have been blown away by some of the drawings/paintings I have seen other do in it. So, I drew what was near me last night as I watched a M•A•S•H with Sam. I am far from feeling comfortable in it but I really like it.
I read the Procreate manual on my flight home from Chicago and really enjoyed it. The Savage team did a great job on it. Procreate is a very rich environment to work in. I definitely need to spend more time using this app.
While I was showing the Sensu to a visitor to our show this past weekend she asked what apps I would recommend. So I showed her Paper, Sketchtime, Artrage and when she said that she was a UI designer I opened up Procreate for her to try. As she was playing around I noticed that she was painting with the Sensu in one hand and sliding the line width control with the other. Duh! Awesome! Thank you Shannon!
I got to spend a lot of time with our wonderful neighbors Valerie and Brian during the West Studio Tour this weekend.
At the show this weekend there was lots of scribbling going on with my iPad as I showed people the Sensu brush.
Not much time to draw after a crazy day at work and going to see Sam in a play. He was awesome!
Thats me. Bald, wearing reading glasses. Waiting for Mason to get off from work. He has a drivers license (wasn’t I just changing his diaper last week?)
We have been working towards this day for quite a while and I am happy to report that our website is updated and the web store is LIVE! Go buy your very own Sensu brush at www.sensubrush.com. We are currently only taking US orders.
It has been hectic. And this is how I’m feeling. Though I don’t smoke. Yet.
Some times you just sit and draw and it really doesn’t have to make any sense. But I do think there are a couple faces with big chins in here...
I took our friend Jane (who is visiting from England) to my favorite pub, the Whip In, last night. Good food, some Milk Stout and fabulous music by Vana Mazi.
This is a little bird ornament that Gloria found somewhere (she is always finding wonderful little things.)
I’m not really sure what this is but I like it. Part lizard, part toad, part calligraphy.
My wife makes delicious dressing. Here are two jars on the dining room table.
I was having fun with the app Paper and my Sensu brush. Changing the speed with which you move the brush changes the line width.
Sam made a really cool re-curve bow out of pvc the other day. He went and bought himself some good arrows and practiced out in the courtyard. No passer-bys or small animal were injured ;-)
This sort looks like Thomas Jefferson as a zombie. Sorry about that TJ.
Our black cat Izze laying on the sidewalk, probably collecting fleas. Using the app Paper for this drawing.
Just another beer glass. This was a New Belgium Belgo IPA. Not so crazy about the beer but like the drawing. Using the app Paper.
I snapped a photo on route to Curra’s for breakfast taco’s on Saturday. Yesterday I used that image for my daily painting. I liked just breaking the painting into color fields.
I’m sure it is not an original idea for an illustration, but it is todays daily painting. Using the Sensu brush with app Paper.
This is what happens when you are really sleepy and about to close your eyes on the day, and remember that your daily painting was not done. Grab a photo from earlier in the day and paint over it. Yuck. Well at least you can see the lizard eye, right? They really do camouflage themselves well.
Sam and I toured the UPenn campus last weekend. We ate lunch at the White Dog Cafe, quite tasty.
We spent a long weekend at my Aunt Joan’s home outside Philly this past weekend. Near her driveway is this cool (and messy, as Joan points out) black walnut tree. I love the branch that looks like an arm and elbow.
I was using the app Paper (by 53) for this funny looking guy.
Another botanical using Sensu and Procreate. This was an old rose that has sat in the dining room for a LONG time.
Yesterdays painting was of a Cross Vine growing in our garden. I used some old drawings by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) as inspiration. Painting with the Sensu with ArtRage again. Though this time I used the watercolor brush option for the colors (and it is very slow).
Sam is soooo close to passing Gloria in height!
My nephew Ben is a willing subject for portraits. I have these funny jumbo paper ears that fit on your head and he put them on (I used the Sensu and ArtRage for this).
Below is a quick sketch of Gloria (using the Sensu brush and SketchTime app).
My sister-in-law and nephew are visiting. It is great to see them, and did a quick portrait of Ben on the front porch (using Sensu and ArtRage).
Here are a couple more sketches with the Paper app. It has a nice quality line to it.
A couple drawings from some sketchy (in a good way) apps. The cactus was done in SketchTime and the portrait below was done in Paper. Both are very nice apps with nice thought (and restraint) in regards to the user experience. And variable line width, which is fantastic in my opinion.
The title of the post is more exciting than the actual post :) I did go to an interesting presentation today by Dr. Donald Shoup (the prophet of parking). He was brought to town by Council member Chris Riley who has been very active in trying to resolve Austin’s parking woes. Shoup has written a book, The Real Cost of Free Parking, in it he suggests that all this parking that is required of developers and merchants should be removed and instead use metered parking (priced as to what the market will bear-and in such a way that you always have a few empty spots) is a better model for solving the issues in problem areas. Revenue collected by the meters is then given back to the areas that support (less maintenance costs). Those dollars can then be used for improvements (sidewalks, trees, law enforcement etc.). People who don’t want to pay will find alternative methods of getting to and fro (bike, bus, walk)… I am oversimplifying this, but is interesting.
Izze is constantly on the prowl. We do feed, plenty, but none the less her little kitty brain only wants to hunt.
The pizza this weekend was really good. The crust was crispy, an ongoing issue for me as our oven tops out at 500 degrees.
My wonderful and lovely wife Gloria celebrates her birthday tomorrow (which explains the dazed look on her face in this painting). Happy Birthday! (she looks like she is 30 ;)
Another glass of beer… some may find it boring, not I…. a glass of beer is bliss.
Some carrots, beets, garlic, and asparagus (in a glass container) on the kitchen counter. Daylight fading fast.
While at our friend Gail’s birthday party yesterday we met Haven, who proudly showed Gloria and I a photo of her cat Marshmellow. Photo forwarded and used it for todays painting.
Bare feet, blue jeans, the dappled light of a Sunday morning… it is so nice to hang out and visit, and look at your sweet heart’s feet :)
I worked on this painting at the Whip-In, my favorite pub in Austin. Using the iPad and Sensu brush in public is a sure way to meet new friends. I had a great time talking to Melissa and Jackie about the joys of making images on the iPad. And the Bonnevill County Pine Box had a raucous couple of sets! Did a sketch of Dan (banjo), Harvey (mando) and Jimmy (guito).
This still life is a bit complicated. I do like the blast of blue on the right though.
I was waiting for the kettle to boil and sketched the toaster. Oh trusted toaster, where would be without thy...
Above are a couple drawings using sketchtime and my sensu brush. The subject is the superb Brackenridge Vanilla Porter.
Lewis (our cat) moved while I was doing a little video test of me painting with the Sensu brush. The result is, well, not so good, or is a really good portrait of a a RatCat.
A couple of doodles while sitting on the front porch. I was using the procreate app… thinking about ordering a the new improved iPad.
I just finished a great book, Rats by Robert Sullivan. A history of rats in NYC. Not really crazy about rats myself but the book was great.
Don’t know that this really captures the lovely Mia, in fact the painting makes her look like she might be beginning to scowl, which I know she never does :)
Gloria had a stack of fixings for dinner tonight. Some sort of thai yummy thingy. Birthday dinner for Sam!
I got to hang out for a while yesterday over at our neighbors, the St. Cecilia Hotel. The Soul sign by the pool was made by another neighbor and friend, Evan Voyles. It is a lovely spot … and painting on an iPad is quite an ice-breaker, I met some really nice folks.
Back from my business trip to Chicago. Hanging outside while Mason takes his cello lesson. We had lots of rain here in Texas so the spring should be very springy.
Just playing with drawing a glass using sketchtime. I’m up in Chicago on business and having a really good trip.
Here is what they look like in the morning before whisking and pouring them into the skillet with some scallions. Can you say breakfast tacos?
The oranges in Texas are really good right now, as is the grapefruit (which frankly is the best anywhere). Some leftover peels on the table were the subject for todays painting.
Another of Sam, our handsome young man. Ready to perform with the Austin Youth Orchestra.
Still getting used to SketchTime. Like the loose line quality a lot and it is fast.
Well, this was meant be a cat with a mask on its face, but Gloria pointed out-while laughing-it looked like a plug receptacle. Oh, well.
My luxo lamp. Years of service, never fails. This was drawn with SketchTime, a really nice app.
Caught a photo of Sam standing in the kitchen and used it as the subject for todays daily painting. They grow up fast, he is almost fourteen.
The bread keeps on going. This dough turned into a very large loaf of sourdough.
I did two paintings while Mason was at his piano lesson. The sun was setting and I was working to capture a bit of that. The second painting (below) was cut short as I was called him to Mason play. He sounded great. The painting is a bit blobby.
Sitting in the parking lot of Eastside Memorial High School waiting for Mason to be dropped off from his job.
The french press sits on the our kitchen counter, washed and ready for business. Really, it is our favorite way to brew coffee.
Having a brew at my favorite pub with my buddy Dan.
Just continuing to play with the ability to lock down an alpha channel in Procreate and paint inside it. Quite fun. Limiting myself to three colors and seeing what happens. Simpler seems better to me, so the top one is kind nice. But, overall I like the energy I can get with a certain brush (it does not have a name so I don’t know how to refer to it).
Playing with some of the different brushes in Procreate and my Sensu brush.
Our boxes of veggies from Hairston Creek Farm have been plentiful lately. Lots of roasted veggies in our future :-)
I dipped some strawberries for a little tasty V-day treat. The family loved them.
Izze sitting on the table watching whatever it is that a cat likes to watch.
Two versions of the same image. The top was painted with art rage and the lower with procreate.
A cute little figure sitting in the kitchen window. It looks like I am just about to hit the year mark on Feb 13th of doing the daily paintings.
I downloaded a new painting app yesterday called, procreate. It is very nice and I am excited to use it. This painting was done using the stylus end of the Sensu brush. The app is very responsive and fast, the apple was pretty tasty as well.
Another view of the highway near the intersection of Casear Chavez Street and 183 in Austin. I like this views where the manmade and natural world cut into each other and divide space (wow, that was almost… deep).
I have driven by this spot countless times and always think, “I need to paint this”. So, this morning I did.
This is our friends Ron and Leslie’s dog, Louis. He is a really cute dog. This painting is from a photo that Leslie snapped as Louis was waking up. I was working in this during Sam’s orchestra rehearsal and wound up meeting another parent, Dan, who was utterly blown away by the Sensu brush I was using.
Our winter shares of veggies are pretty amazing. We unload our box and the counter is filled with veggie goodness.
Navel oranges are on sale at HEB. Five for a dollar.
I spent the last week doing iPad paintings with new capacitive Sensu brush at the Messe Frankfurt show, in Germany. It was very exciting to show people from all over the world this exciting brush and how I use it. So below are some of the paintings I that I did (actually there are probably a dozen or more that I never saved).
Rick visiting at the Princeton booth at the Messa Frankfurt fair.
Love me some Darth.
I kind of got into painting peoples feet in the booth. Astroturf carpet. I think I have seen enough of that for a while.
I had taken a photo of some of Princeton’s brushes. They made an excellent subject to demo with.
Trinedy gave up on wearing heels and made the smart decision to wear sneakers.
Sampled some German brew. This is a glass of Binding beer.
Putting up a trade show can be exhausting. Just ask Rick. Tired Rick.
Can you tell that I was tired painting this. Crazy day with a sick kid. I won’t be posting for a week (but will be painting) as I am going to Frankfurt to demo the sensu brush using my ipad. Should be fun.
I didn’t have my sensu brush with me as I did this one. Missed it. I’m off tomorrow for Frankfurt, Germany to demo the sensu brush at a big trade show. Fun.
Some peeled radishes in a lovely fire king mixing bowl.
Go Giants. Those were great games this weekend.
What a lovely night out it was. Clear skies, had a nice fire going, and I almost forgot to do my daily painting. So after crawling into bed I started scribbling with my eyes closed, when I opened them the shape of a puppy was there.
Got in late from playing tennis and was tired. The wind was crazy as the cold front blew in. Fun tennis though. A quick painting of this evenings loaf of bread. My bread keeps improving as my wild yeast ages. Not a great painting though. Some days they are good, others, not so much :)
Gloria snapped a photo of Izze on Masons shoulders. Bonded they are...
Our good friend Abe, the lad who loves wheels, with his blue helmet on in our kitchen.
A friend sent us a card that had a cute cat on it standing on its hind legs so I painted the cat (via my finger today because I forgot my sensu brush) while waiting at Sam’s lesson.
Large Marge. We met her while making tamales and brewing beer over the holiday. She’s sweet and large :)
The other day I snapped a photo of this dog, sitting in the drivers seat at HEB. It seemed so at home in the seat that it made me wonder if its partner dog was in the store getting some Alpo.
Winter break. Sweet. Sam crawled into our bed and slept late.
I have been somewhat determined to get this image to work. Using layers on the ipad, I wound up turning off a couple of layers and it left me with this mosaic like portrait. Like it. Done.
I wasn’t happy with the painting yesterday and went back into it. Still not so sure about it.
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.
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.
The kid has grown into a young man, filling the hallway door into the living room.
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.
The love power of the Mason overwhelms the Zombie Kitty.
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.
Gloria sitting and knitting in the bedroom, by the heater, listening to Planet Money. She’s so sweet...
Gloria reading, Lewis sleeping, and Sam looking off in the distance envisioning worlds unknown. Nothing beats being snuggled up with loved ones.
I had a nice time hanging at the Whip-in with friends. Enjoyed a 512 Pecan Porter. Yum.
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?
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).
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.
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 :)
A really large fuji apple just before I sliced it up to eat. In the background is a lovely old blue heaven sugar bowl.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The kid keeps on growing, it must be all those breakfast taco’s I make him in the morning.
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.
Our dear friends the Strickers asked me if I would paint them a Christmas card. Everybody wants a bacon hoodie for Christmas!
Some fancy salt by the stove. Put it on potatoes, put it veggies, put it in your soup, put it in your belly.
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.
Another painting of Lewis sleeping. Those cats do that a lot. Something like 18 hours daily. Here he is in a box.
I think I like this one best. Kind of moody, kind of like a cat.
I snapped a photo of the phone lines out front of the house the other day. The birds were working hard.
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.
My buddy Brett in Seattle sent a photo the family dog. Penni. One cute pup!
View down the stairs at the studio with the door open, letting in some lovely Texas air.
I forgot to send over yesterdays painting. I will do that later, but here is a better version of it for todays painting.
Another stab at the self portrait with magnifier. Better than the last one, I like the hot colors.
This VW bus was parked next door at the Hotel St. Cecilia the other day. It was mint. I am approaching 250 paintings!
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.
Today is a little compare and contrast between painting in oil vs. painting digitally.
Our friend Patches has a very nice dog, Stanley, was is todays subject.
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.
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.
Our friend Josh dressed up as President Taft and went to school exuding executive power and wisdom. And no doubt, thoughtful prose regarding bacon.
Late morning painting of the live oak next door.
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 :)
The first eggplant painting.
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.
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.
Sitting in the van sketching and painting while Sam and Ginger are at rehearsal.
I liked the sketchy quality of this one. So I stopped. And admired a lovely Sunday morning.
I found my old giant ears (just in time for halloween) and showed them off to Gloria and Ellen.
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...
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.
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).
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.
It was a beautiful evening to hang in the courtyard and visit with Dan.
He has some good form that Sam. He shoot a personal best today.
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.
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!
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.
Sam’s Austin Youth Orchestra during rehearsal, I was sitting behind the cello section.
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).
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.
Painting and drawing on this here ipad is fun! Primary colors, sing it with me!
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.
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.
Another sketch/painting done on the ipad. This one using the watercolor brushes. The effect is really similar to actual watercolor. Kind of amazing.
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.
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!
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?
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.
These little turkey’s that Sam drew when he was little are so cute, I just want to keep painting them.
Liked the composition from yesterday and trying another version working from that painting.
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.
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.
Flipping through one of my many sketchbooks was a sketch of this. / In private collection
Another painting from the sketchbook. A patron sits in his chair watching an opera performance.
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.
Todays subject is a bottle of St. Arnold’s beer. Trying out a new photo, what do you think? / Painted over
Sam kindly sat on the couch in the courtyard for me so I could do my painting today.
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
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
Today I thought to myself, heck I can just draw on this here panel with a pencil and fill it in. So I did.
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.
High school tonight. Mason looks to have some great teachers and we hope a great year to match.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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
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
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...
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
106 degrees requires a nice beer to paint. Magic Hat #9 does the trick, at least temporarily!
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.
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.
Another one of the Jetson ghosts haunts my studio...
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.
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 :)
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:-)
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.
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
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
The happy pig now has a playmate, the happy frog. Feels pretty tadpole-y. It is another plastic toy turned model.
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.”
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.
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.
Still trying to catch up from vacation. Love this truck, it is really fun to paint, and who doesn’t love orange?
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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?).
Really I will start painting again. Maybe even in a few minutes. Until then, a self portrait with beer.
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.
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.
Yes, a zombie cat. They lurk under porch furniture on your Auntie’s porch. Beware.
Some quick sketches of Melissa and Henk exchanging vows. What a beautiful day... the sketches are not quite as nice :-)
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.
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!
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
I missed a couple of days and am trying to catch up. This sketch/painting is a character from an old sketchbook. Kinda cute.
I decided to paint a 5 x 7” version of the carrots painting from Saturday. Not bad.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
I never ate beets as a kid. I love them now (I really like the right side of this painting). / In Cooper/Wilson collection
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.
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
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.
It’s a flying cat? No, I guess a leaping cat. I’m not sure... A gravity defying cat! / In private collection
I need to try this one again and spend a bit more time with the color chip selection.
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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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).
We have some lovely blue heaven teacups. I used two blues, one yellow and white for this painting. Happy Mothers Day :)
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Same lightbulb (clear 4 watt sign bulb), different angle. Think dynamic, think... lavender? Its spring!
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Love working with the pink underpainting. I am so excited to have fresh basil again. My homemade pizza will sing!
Every Saturday we get a nice box of veggies from our CSA. Found some good subjects to paint before cooking. / In private collection
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
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
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
In the courtyard again trying to get in the painting before dinner. Liked painting but not so thrilled with the result. / In private collection
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 :)
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
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
I haven’t really tried painting someone yet, so I thought I would paint the lovely Gloria. In her favorite mode... sleep.
A quick morning painting before heading off to the studio. I tell ya, Texas grapefruits are sooo good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Another from the sketch-book. How would you feel Mr. Coffee without your Cream? Sad, uh huh. Sad.
I drove Sam and Ginger to their orchestra rehearsal and thought, “here’s a challenge, paint at night.” I was right. It is challenging.
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
Travis High Chiller Unit.
From our sketch-book. This is going to take more work than a single sitting will allow.
Trying to get the impasto going, thinking about the mark I am going to make.... / In private collection
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.
More grapefruits. Fun to eat. Fun to paint. The underpainting is the Johnson wax bottle painting.
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
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
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.