Watercolor Test 111313

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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.
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Five Ball in a Bag

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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.
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Abstract 09022013

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Having fun making shapes.
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Rain Approaching on Canandaigua Lake

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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?
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Coffee Test

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I was testing some brushes today and painted a coffee cup while doing so. Coffee. Good.
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Hops and Grains Zoe

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This is a wonderful pale lager by our local craft brewer, Hops and Grains.
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Portrait of Valerie Fowler

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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.
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Sick in Bed, My Bedroom Windows

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Not feeling at all well today. Flat on my back staring at the windows. I know what to draw….
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Asparagus in Glass

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Mason Again

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I keep going back this photo reference of Mason and trying to make something good out it. Missed again. Oh well.
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Man on Slope

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Happenstance.
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Rabbit Head Guy?

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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!
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Beer Glass 1.13.13

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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.
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Izze & Gloria Redo

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Trying another version of this one. Gloria looks cute and happier, Izze looks kind of odd. But, she is wearing glasses after all.
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Izze and J.C.

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Izze and John. Siblings. Great kids from a great family.
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Titmouse Revisited

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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.
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Kitty Head

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A kitty head. Looking at me.
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Sam. Ready for Homecoming

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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.
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The Boys Legs

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The boys legs.
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Out on Congress

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I was out with a friend drawing on South Congress while the ACL crowd was buzzing around.
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Mason in Red

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Playing around with a different version of the image for Mason from October seventh. Decided to make myself use two colors only.
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Ed part 3

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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.
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More Ed

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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.
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Ed

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My buddy Brett asked if I would do a painting of a friend who passed away last year.
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1 Week, 2 Cuts

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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.
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Will

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Wil. Sitting still.
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Noble Pilz

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A nice hot day and a nice cool pilz.
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Izze and John

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A portrait of a friends kids, it is a surprise for their dad so, shhhhhh….
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Gloria Sleeps

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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.
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Sam at Laptop

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Kids do this. Sit at laptops. With headphones on.
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Cat Zombie (kinda)

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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.
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Waiting for Sam

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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.
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Mason Napping

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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?
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Water Glass and iPhone 4

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Gloria’s water glass and iPhone sitting on the dining room table. This was done in ArtRage with my Sensu brush.
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Cucumbers

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These were on the counter awaiting instructions.
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Brian Hanging on the Porch

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I got to spend a lot of time with our wonderful neighbors Valerie and Brian during the West Studio Tour this weekend.
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Me

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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?)
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Bird in Hand

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This is a little bird ornament that Gloria found somewhere (she is always finding wonderful little things.)
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Two Jars of Dressing

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My wife makes delicious dressing. Here are two jars on the dining room table.
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5/02/12

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Tired… a very quick sketch and it is lights out for me.
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Sam Shooting 4.30.12

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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 ;-)
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Jefferson

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This sort looks like Thomas Jefferson as a zombie. Sorry about that TJ.
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Stacy Park Color Fields

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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.
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Eating Lunch at UPenn

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Sam and I toured the UPenn campus last weekend. We ate lunch at the White Dog Cafe, quite tasty.
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Black Walnut Tree

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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.
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Camper Compass

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The compass in our camper. A nice sunny day in Austin.
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Cross Vine

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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).
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Sam Trying to Catch Up to Gloria

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Sam is soooo close to passing Gloria in height!
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Ben with Big Ears & a sketch of Gloria

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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).
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Portrait of Benjamin

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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).
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Painting a Portrait with Sensu & ArtRage

Matt paints a portrait with the Sensu brush and ArtRage using its oil brush, an imported photo, and layers.

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Izze on Garden Path (with Lizard)

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Izze is constantly on the prowl. We do feed, plenty, but none the less her little kitty brain only wants to hunt.
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Pizza

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The pizza this weekend was really good. The crust was crispy, an ongoing issue for me as our oven tops out at 500 degrees.
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Birthday Girl (with New Haircut)

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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 ;)
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Austin Beerworks Glass

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Another glass of beer… some may find it boring, not I…. a glass of beer is bliss.
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Veggies on the Counter

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Some carrots, beets, garlic, and asparagus (in a glass container) on the kitchen counter. Daylight fading fast.
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Marshmellow

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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.
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Gloria's Legs

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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 :)
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Carrots

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Fav Cookin' Tools

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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).
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Still Life and Toast

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This still life is a bit complicated. I do like the blast of blue on the right though.
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I was waiting for the kettle to boil and sketched the toaster. Oh trusted toaster, where would be without thy...
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Sam 3.17.12

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Sam is 14, I am 52. He is looking good though!
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Mia at sxsw

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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 :)
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Dinner Fixings

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Gloria had a stack of fixings for dinner tonight. Some sort of thai yummy thingy. Birthday dinner for Sam!
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Grapefruit

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I never get tired of painting food (or fruit).
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Basketball Court

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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.
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Eggs in Bowl

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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?
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Orange Peels

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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.
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Sam with Tie

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Another of Sam, our handsome young man. Ready to perform with the Austin Youth Orchestra.
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Sam in Kitchen

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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.
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Bread Bowl

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The bread keeps on going. This dough turned into a very large loaf of sourdough.
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Mason with Paycheck

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Flashing the money, well, paycheck. Nicely done kid.
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More from Peachtree Street

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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.

Peachtree Street 2
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Self Portrait

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Sitting in the parking lot of Eastside Memorial High School waiting for Mason to be dropped off from his job.
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French Press

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The french press sits on the our kitchen counter, washed and ready for business. Really, it is our favorite way to brew coffee.
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Franconia Kolsch at The Whip-In

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Having a brew at my favorite pub with my buddy Dan.
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Veggie Prep

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Our boxes of veggies from Hairston Creek Farm have been plentiful lately. Lots of roasted veggies in our future :-)
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Benz Sedan

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The back of a Mercedes Benz.
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Gloria and Cat PIllow

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Two versions of the same image. The top was painted with art rage and the lower with procreate.
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Highway

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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).
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Overpass

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I have driven by this spot countless times and always think, “I need to paint this”. So, this morning I did.
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Louis

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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.
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Turnips

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Our winter shares of veggies are pretty amazing. We unload our box and the counter is filled with veggie goodness.
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Sam

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Our Sam.
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Mason, the Lad

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The young man at home (actually he was doing dishes).
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Two Oranges & Three Limes

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Navel oranges are on sale at HEB. Five for a dollar.
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Tired Rick

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Putting up a trade show can be exhausting. Just ask Rick. Tired Rick.
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Glass of Binding Beer

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Sampled some German brew. This is a glass of Binding beer.
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Feet & Brushes

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I kind of got into painting peoples feet in the booth. Astroturf carpet. I think I have seen enough of that for a while. More Brushes
I had taken a photo of some of Princeton’s brushes. They made an excellent subject to demo with.
Trinedy's Feet
Trinedy gave up on wearing heels and made the smart decision to wear sneakers.
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Rick, Darin & Max

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Rick visiting at the Princeton booth at the Messa Frankfurt fair.
Darth Vader
Love me some Darth.
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Portrait

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Using the crayon tool for this one.
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bedtime

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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.
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Radishes On Counter

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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.
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Radish Giants

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Some peeled radishes in a lovely fire king mixing bowl.
NY Giants Win
Go Giants. Those were great games this weekend.
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Lewis (again)

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Using my Sensu and Artrage, working over a photo of Lewis, and just blocking in color.
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Bottle (hold me)

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Just sketching before laying my head down for the night.
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