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Finished a Mandala Drawing

on Feb 19, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  After my last drawing I wanted to do something a little different. Mandalas are one of those neat things that fascinate me. Clearly I’m not the only one because I see them everywhere sold as adult coloring books. I tried one about a year ago that I just freehanded to varying success so I thought I’d try to plan this one out a little better.     Recently I’ve decided to embrace the things that I can do well and focus on them. I really want to draw in a specific way so I’ve been trying to get better at that when I should be building off what I can do well. I recently tweeted, “I never fancied myself a stippler yet here we are.”     I’ve been reading about Mandalas too. As I started reading I quickly found that my drawing isn’t actually a Mandala. The fact I’m only doing a quarter of a circle somewhat...

Persuasive Advertising

on Feb 14, 2019 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

I picked my eldest daughter up from school last week and as soon as I saw her I could tell something was wrong. I tried to ask her what was wrong but she just shook her head and refused to make eye contact. I was instantly worried. Horrible scenarios started playing themselves out in my mind. I pulled her close and we went to the car. As soon as her butt hit the seat she started bawling. She was straight-up ugly crying. Between sobs and gasps for air I was able to make out something about a dog. We haven’t gotten a new dog yet and she didn’t have any visible injuries so I was no longer on “high alert” but I was still curious to know what happened. When we got home I was able to calm her down with a glass of water and a small snack and eventually she calmed to the point where she could tell me what happened. She was still upset so her story included alot of,...

Cabin Fever

on Feb 1, 2019 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

I didn’t shave until 2:00pm today. The kids are off school because of the cold, so I’m working from home. I actually get more accomplished. Normally, I have to take alot of breaks but we are so sick of being closed up in this house together that we are just doing our own things today. My girls both woke up, ate breakfast and then immediately headed to their rooms. I checked on them a couple times but they didn’t bug me, or each other, until we regrouped for lunch.   I bought some new body wash. It was on sale and I needed some so I grabbed it. It wasn’t until today that I noticed the label. Charcoal and clay. That’s right. I am SO manly I clean myself with dirt. I use burnt wood and fine dirt to wash away my other dirt. On that note, when I’m feeling glassy I like to give myself a good sandblasting… Ugh. Apparently I’m starting to...

My Favorite Headphones

on Jan 23, 2019 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

I found my favorite pair of headphones. Well, they aren’t really mine. I kind of…appropriated them. I took a lithography class while in college. If you are not familiar with lithography it requires drawing on a big rock, applying a bunch of chemicals and then ink which transfers to paper. I might be a little fuzzy on the details. Regardless, the rock was heavy and my arms are uncannily weak so I had to go to the printmaking studio at night to draw. After spending the day with my then girlfriend, I was at her house gathering my things to go when I realized I had forgotten my headphones. The girl I was dating was a painter. For whatever reason it seemed like painters always listened to little boomboxes or radios in the studio. Some days you’d walk into the studio and 3 or 4 people would have their radios blasting, filling the room with chaotic noise. I didn’t hold...

Karate Parties

on Jan 15, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I think I’ve mentioned my youngest is a bit of a bruiser. This last weekend she was invited to a boy’s birthday party. She wasn’t really interested in going. She is friends with the boy but she wasn’t sure if any other girls would be there. In an effort to persuade her my wife said, “You do know it’s a karate party right?” She was sitting on the floor playing with some toys and without looking up she said, “I do like kicking people.” Of course as responsible parents we had to respond with how it is wrong to kick people but as we launched into our little spiel she interrupted us with… “If they steal something…” Neither my wife nor I knew how to follow that one, so we just did our best not to laugh. She attended the party and had an awesome time. It turned out she was the only girl he invited. When I dropped...