Happy Hump Day!

I just want to go for a walk.


well, not much I can do on this now.

My netbook screen is broken.

I just wanted to edit ONE picture so I can post it with my blog.

I have to wait for Picassa on the desktop to load ALL the freaking photos so I can edit ONE!

*grumble* *grumble* *grumble*

its a race to see if Photoshop or Picassa will get done first.


Photoshop won!


I sharpened this one up in Photoshop. the picture was really bad.


Forest with a brook, in green


Eyes to See

On my way home a quote came to mind.  Something about having eyes to see, ears to hear, hands to touch, a heart to feel and a mind to think.  Then a mouth to give voice to your experiences.

Now that I am at home I cannot find the quote. I have a feeling it is probably a religious quote of some sort.  While doing a quick search I found another quote that I really like and think about a few times a week.  Maybe not in the exact words, but pretty darn close.

“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have eyes to see them.” 

~John Ruskin

I like this quote much better.

Every day, when I start to take things for granted, I go for a walk and see the awesome pictures nature is painting.  The walk puts my mind in a better place and I can continue on with my day.  When things get rough, I know I can go outside and see a new painting, a new wonder.

Today I drew “eyes to see.”  I have three variations.  I like the purple ones, but the gradient ones are all dark and broody, which is interesting.  Enjoy.


“Eyes to see” with a bit of a gradient on top. I think it makes the eyes a bit broody.


“Eyes to see” with a bit of a gradient on top. I think it makes the eyes a bit broody.


“Eyes to see” no gradient, I only adjusted the black/white to remove the weird lighting that happens with cellphone pictures

It is a Tree

A personal best, 10 miles in one day (walking.)  That translates to “I am to tired to draw anything complicated.”
I actually had something started and I ruined it. To tired to focus on what to draw.
We are left with a 15 minute tree.
Have a good week. I am going to rest up, that is a lot of walking for one day.


Well, That Did Not Go As Planned

I had a lovely post planned for tonight. It was about my dislike of Tuesday. I even had a little cartoon planned for it. I even had a backup post planned!

I got home, finished  the coulrophobia ( clown phobia) drawing. I did a few quick sketches  for my arachnophobia (spiders) drawing.
I had a bright idea to go for a walk before I started my blog post and comic. Even better, I asked my spouse and a friend  if they wanted to go.  Two and a half hours, four miles and a cheese burger later, we got home.  I had 30 minutes to finish of a spider sketch and start winding down for the night.

That is the story of why there is no new material for you awesome people tonight.

On a plus side, I have two illustrations to scan (three if I work hard tomorrow.) I will be able to post them this week. Yaaaay!

Here is something I drew for just such a situation.


Actually, I may have shared this before. I am on a tablet and I do not want to risk losing my work to check the gallery.


I should be resting…

I should still be resting after ECCC, taking it easy and going to bed early.  As my Doctor points out “Your not 20 anymore.”



Old firebox on the exterior of an old building I walked past today. I love the small amount of the red left. The emblem for the maker is still very clear.

Today I walked 7 miles total.  It felt really good to walk around at my own pace.  Not the half steps of the packed convention hall or the rushed strides I do at work.  I even took a few nice cellphone pics.

Tonight’s drawing is practice for an idea I have for a painting.  I need to work out some of the background details before I get started.  There should be 2 paintings coming up in the next quarter.  I am excited!


I like drawing nature. It just comes easier for me than people. People are hard, the stuff under the skin makes a difference. Sneaky


I walk a lot.  I have posted this fact many times.

Today I walked down by a very scenic part of Tacoma, Wa,  Ruston Way.

I took a bunch of photos and since I was tired after the walk, I drew “me” walking.

The proportions are off, but I do not think it is to bad.  The first full body person I have drawn in a very long time.


Walk it off. Walk off your problems, walk away your worries, walk your way to a solution.

Walking is very therapeutic, in my opinion.  You can walk as fast or as slow as your mind allows.  You can solve problems, create ideas, or just empty your head.  Walking is also pretty good for exercise (why I went today.)

My body is invigorated, yet tired, and my mind has relaxed and not stuck on one problem.  All because I got off my butt and went for a walk.

In addition you get some of my cellphone pictures.  Hope you enjoy them.  I enjoyed taking them. 🙂


Mt. Rainier from Ruston Way in Tacoma, Wa


Picnic table in a field of flowers. Cute little place to eat a picnic. Ruston Way, Tacoma Wa.  I really like how this one turned out.


Ruins of a mill or dock along Ruston Way. I think sunset photos will give a much more interesting lighting to these decrepit buildings.

Different Strokes

This year I set up some pretty good goals for myself. One of the goals was to do 12 pieces of “fine art.” A sub-goal, that I did not post, was to try different styles so I could learn. This post is the result of reaching that goal.

On dark and foggy morning... I took a photo with my cell phone.

On dark and foggy morning… I took a photo with my cell phone.

In the foggy depths of my morning commute to work (walking,) I took several photos. One was a view of a street on the other side of an over pass. It had this ethereal quality to it, like the lights might wink out at any moment, or maybe start moving, like some sort of foxfire torches in a parade. There was very little color and the trees made a very nice dark screen to complete the mood.

Once I had a good moment to look at the photo I took I decided I would paint it. Not just paint it, but try a different style. I had just been reading about Van Gough and thought that a “Starry Night” treatment could work. I did a teeny bit of research on Van Gough’s brush strokes. I wanted the feel but not the look. It still needed to be mine.

The second painting would be in my normal style, with a color treatment to the lights. Streetlight yellow is to boring for me. Blue would be a neat color and I have an awesome blue that looks great when blended with black or white.

Let’s do this!

I really wanted to do both on 2 panels, but I only had 2 that were the same size. I chose to do the Van Gough version on the two panels and mine on the single panel (probably would have been easier to do it the other way around honestly.)

Street Lights.  Lots of motion and vibrancy for such a foggy morning.

Street Lights. Lots of motion and vibrancy for such a foggy morning.

I started with the Van Gough version. I did not expect the intensity that came with the shorter strokes. “More, MoRe, MORE!” was all my brain and body kept shouting at me. I had such a hard time focusing on the strokes. “Faster, FAstER, FASTER!” My heart was racing and my arms were shaking. I had to stop every 10 – 15 minutes to get control of my mind and body. I have a new respect for anyone who paints with short strokes or in pointillism. It is challenging.

In the end it I think the piece looks like Van Gough ran into Seurat. Globs of paint that slide a bit and stop, then jump to the next. I have not officially named it, I am calling it ‘Street Lights’ for now. I am not sure I even like it. It was very challenging to do, and I learned while doing it. I doubt I will do it again though. I did not like the way I felt while I was painting. Frenzied is the best word I can think of to describe the actions. (It affects me even now, as I type. Frenzied words come from my fingers and my heart is racing. Strong stuff.)

Now my style! I like things calm and smooth. I like to relax and meditate over the strokes. I like to have through blends (where appropriate) and things should flow from one area to the next with little interruption and as few bumps as possible. It really reflects my personality and is probably why I had such an extreme reaction to the other style.

Eldritch Lights Nice and clam, a wee bit creepy, and much more like a foggy morning.

Eldritch Lights
Nice and clam, a wee bit creepy, and much more like a foggy morning.

I ended up doing this version (officially named’ Eldritch Lights’) three times. The first time the matte varnish was clumpy and very streaky. Something I have had issues with in the past, but I was hoping a new bottle would resolve the problems. Nope! I painted over it and tried again. I used a semi-gloss varnish on the second one and it cracked around the spots the other varnish streaked and pulled much of the paint away from the thick areas.

Third times a charm!

I stretched a new canvas and started from a clean slate. It may not look like it, but the trees are full of “fiddly bits” that are time consuming to paint. They require lots of concentration and control. 10-15 minutes of work and I had to walk away to relax my arm and mind. I got it done and I will not varnish it until I can find one that will not mess it up.

In the end I learned while on this project and I got 2 paintings out of one photo (and a LONG blog post.)

Thank you for reading and enjoying my work.