Tomatoes 081913

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We been have been having a lot of great tomatoes at our house. They always look so beautiful on our kitchen counter.
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071913

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Here is another painting of tomatoes from our kitchen window sill. Something about veggies in the kitchen. It is comforting.
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Teacup

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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.
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Soy Bottle

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Doodling. Soy. Good.
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Peppers and Picking

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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…
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Cherry

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Cherries are back in season. Yum. This was done with Sketchtime.
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BBQ

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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.
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Free Range Chips

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Cucumbers

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These were on the counter awaiting instructions.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Grapefruit

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Nothing beats Texas grapefruit.
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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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Valentine's Day Treat

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I dipped some strawberries for a little tasty V-day treat. The family loved them.
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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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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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Greens

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Mason picked out some greens from our box of veggies for me to paint. Ahh, the old oil on panel. I painted over Izze for this one.
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Loaf of Bread

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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 :)
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Apple on the Counter

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A really large fuji apple just before I sliced it up to eat. In the background is a lovely old blue heaven sugar bowl.
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Winter Tomatoes

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Tomatoes on the windowsill.
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Salt Container by the Stove

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Some fancy salt by the stove. Put it on potatoes, put it veggies, put it in your soup, put it in your belly.
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Meal in a Can

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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.
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Tomatillo vs. Tomatillo

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Today is a little compare and contrast between painting in oil vs. painting digitally.
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Eggplants and Live Oaks

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Late morning painting of the live oak next door.

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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 :)

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The first eggplant painting.
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Cat and Lemon

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Painting and drawing on this here ipad is fun! Primary colors, sing it with me!
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Thanks Bacon

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Flipping through one of my many sketchbooks was a sketch of this. / In private collection
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Beer Bottle

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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.
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Lemon Bars

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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...
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Aaron Drinks a Black Thunder

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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
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A Glass of Magic Hat #9

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106 degrees requires a nice beer to paint. Magic Hat #9 does the trick, at least temporarily!
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Chocolate Chip Cookie

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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:-)
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Seedless Watermelon Slice

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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.
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Bowl of Peppers

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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
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Blackberries

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Sam and I promptly ate these after the painting was done.
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Cherry

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Cherries are back in season!
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Happier Pig

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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...
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Happy Pig #2

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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!
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The Happy Pig

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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
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Carrots Revisited

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I decided to paint a 5 x 7” version of the carrots painting from Saturday. Not bad.
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Carrots #101

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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...

Carrots #101 cropped
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Piggy Gets a New Hat

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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.
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Beets

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I never ate beets as a kid. I love them now (I really like the right side of this painting). / In Cooper/Wilson collection
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More Clementines

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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.
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Lentil Jar #2

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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.
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Onions

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Some onions from our weekly box of veggies from Hairston Creek Farm.
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Watermelon Radish

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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...
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Carrot Stubs #2

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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!
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Carrot Stubs

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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.
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Jar of Lentils

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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.
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Clementines Revisited

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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.

The Rack
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Still Life with Clementines

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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
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Courtyard and Turnips

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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.

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Purple-Top Turnips

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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.
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Clementine #3

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I premixed three colors and just used those (and white).
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Clementines (x2)

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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.

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Asparagus

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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
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Grapefruit #1

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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
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Grapefruit #2

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More grapefruits. Fun to eat. Fun to paint. The underpainting is the Johnson wax bottle painting.
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Grapefruits #3

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A quick morning painting before heading off to the studio. I tell ya, Texas grapefruits are sooo good.
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Double Apple

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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.
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Beer Glass

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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.
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Mary Pat's Chicken

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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
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Good Beer, Bad Painting

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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
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Green Garlic

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Every Saturday we get a nice box of veggies from our CSA. Found some good subjects to paint before cooking. / In private collection
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Basil

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Love working with the pink underpainting. I am so excited to have fresh basil again. My homemade pizza will sing!
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Going Mobile Illustration for Edible Austin

I was happy to be asked to do another illustration for Edible Austin. The story was about the food trailers that are popping up around town. Torchy’s is one of our favorites and I kind of had it in mind while working on this.


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Edible Drawing

I was happy to do some illustrations for Edible Austin recently. We are big supporters of local food suppliers. Good for the tummy, neighborhood and planet.  flexible
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