Digging Up Old Memories

on Sep 20, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  I’ve been doing some Fall cleaning and organizing. I ran across some old paintings that made me laugh and cringe a little. I tried to do some political paintings, which is something that I really hate. I should walk that statement back a little. I hate when a controversial figure is elected to office. It often results in poor art. When political art focuses on a specific person it becomes rooted in time. It is often knee-jerk or at least comes off that way. These paintings exemplify that. Years later most people don’t even know who are in these portraits. My father-in-law saw these sitting on my workbench and asked who they were. He watches Fox News every night and is very opinionated, but he still didn’t recognize Dick Cheney. I don’t think the likeness is that bad. I did 4 of these total. The first was George W Bush in Gene Simmon’s KISS makeup. I...

Sick of Being Sick

on Sep 13, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I am sick. Sick of being sick. I have have been busy getting the house ready for visitors, hosting, cooking, cleaning up after guests and then repeating the cycle. Seems like everyone wants to visit before the snow falls. It is nice to see everyone but all the work has been wreaking havoc on my immune system. Twice now I’ve started feeling better only to feel crappy the next day. Between work and naps I’ve been working on a painting but it has been discouraging. I will post some pictures soon but now is not the time. I’m trying to keep working through the rough patch which has been hard with everything else going on. The upside is that school is back in session and the transition has been wonderful. I tried to plan things out a little better this year. The girls are loving their classes. My oldest was worried about her teacher being too strict but those concerns...

Frustrating Couple of Weeks

on Sep 6, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It has been a rough couple of weeks. The kids are in school now, which is always a busy time, but so many other things seem to keep popping up too. Little things. What is weird is how full of rage I’ve been. I’m normally fairly laid back. I don’t hold grudges because I run out of the passion to sustain them. There has only been one person who really raised my ire and the fact that he did actually disturbed me. I spent many nights trying to figure out why that person made me so angry and it mostly came down to how he treated others. I saw alot of myself in that person but where I “try,” he doesn’t, but I digress. I don’t know if I wrote about it in the past but I bought a new dishwasher last year. I bought a really nice one. It cost more than our refrigerator. When people walk into my kitchen they say, “Wow that is a nice...

New Sketchbook

on Aug 22, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Just got a new sketchbook. A new sketchbook is a beautiful yet intimidating thing. This last year or two I’ve been trying to refocus and work art back into my life. After I bought it, it sat with my art stuff untouched for a few days. I never know how to start a new sketchbook. After mulling it over for a while I decided to just start drawing…    ...

Another Totoro Lunchbag

on Aug 22, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

My Life as a Zucchini

on Aug 16, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  I am a fan of animation. I am not one of those parents that thinks if it is animated it’s ok for kids. As a parent of younger children I struggle to find movies and TV shows for my kids to watch. They don’t watch alot of TV but we do have Saturday night movie night and occasionally Friday night movie night. My oldest has decided she doesn’t like “talking animal” movies so our choices have started to dwindle. I did some minor digging and found a strange little feature called My Life as a Zucchini. I got the movie and we decided to watch it…together…without knowing what the plot was. The movie is about a young boy named Zucchini. His mother “really likes beer.” She sits in front of the television screaming at it while drinking. While off playing by himself he does something that upsets her and she leaves her television to give him a...

A Pokémon GO gathering and skating with Dad

on Aug 8, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  I did a special Pokémon GO thing last weekend. I’m going to assume most readers don’t play Pokémon GO so I’ll leave the wonky stuff out and focus on what I found most fascinating. Pokémon GO has a special event that requires an invitation. If you don’t have an invitation then you can’t participate. A couple weeks ago I received an invitation with a time and a location where the event would take place. The location was a park, not too far from my work, so I took a long lunch to check it out. The meeting place was in the middle of a soccer field. The park is fairly large so you could access to the field from all sides. As I walked up I immediately noticed the diverse group of people standing around and more were approaching from all directions. I could not believe how many people were there. The group topped out at somewhere between 60 or 70 people. The...

Triumph…a little bragging

on Jul 31, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  I finally did it. Actually, I finally did a couple things. I have been trying to do things that I haven’t in the past. This has mostly been in regards to drawings or paintings but it has applied to other areas in my life too. This last week I accomplished two things that I hadn’t done because I was intimidated by them. First off, I built a frame. I’ve had a painting hanging in our house for a few years now. It was the first painting I finished after we moved in. Now it has been quite a few years and our other decorations and furniture have been replaced with nicer decorations and furniture but it is still hanging without a frame. For the last few years my wife has been subtly hinting that it needs a frame but I was intimidated. I learned how to build frames in college but the guy who ran the shop was a little too hands on. If you asked for help or advice he would...