Cat Attack

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What if those domestic lovelies were bigger? A lot bigger. Painted this one in the wonderful Procreate app on my iPad using my Sensu Brush.
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Gloves on the Line

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It really is a sort of therapy to just sit and look around. Maybe do a sketch or two. Or twenty.
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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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Falling Asleep

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Sitting and talking with Gloria late in the evening and thought I could get a sketch of her. She dozed off and kept moving around. Oh well.
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Self Potrait with Sensu and Brew

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Just messing around in the procreate app and wound up doing a self-portrait with my iPad, Sensu and beer.
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Izze on Sidewalk

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Our black cat Izze laying on the sidewalk, probably collecting fleas. Using the app Paper for this drawing.
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Mason with Paycheck

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Flashing the money, well, paycheck. Nicely done kid.
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Gloria Knitting

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Gloria sitting and knitting in the bedroom, by the heater, listening to Planet Money. She’s so sweet...
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Lewis in the Bowl

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He actually has a collar on in this. Which he lost the next day, again. We must be pushing one hundred dollars in collars on this guy... does he go some hidden spot and pry his collar off and laugh all the way home?
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Gloria and Lewis

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Lewis pretty much has his way at our house. He gets attention when he demands it, gets a new resting spot even if his sister is already there. You know the drill. His favorite spot is probably Gloria, when she is reading or just dozing off. The additional weight he has put on can be somewhat surprising when he gets into position (as in knock the wind out of you).
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Maybe a Series?

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I was thinking of doing a series of ipad paintings of all the U.S. presidents in sequential order. Using primarily red, white and blue as the palette. Above is the first one. I also think it would be fun is to collect all references needed and just do them all in one setting.
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Plant on the Windowsill

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It’s actually cold enough here in Austin that we needed to pull the plants in. Some of the freshly repotted succulents have made onto the studio windows and they look right at home. And for all you kickstarters visiting this was painted with the sensu brush :) I am smitten!
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Izzy on Patrol

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Izzy was up to no good yesterday patrolling around looking for something to knock down. And if you found me via the sensu brush on kickstarter, “Hi!” You are going to love the brush! I wish I could have you all over for a beer and ipad painting session.
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Lewis Prepares to Work

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Ok, I have been hooked with painting on the ipad. This is my third painting using the new Sensu brush, which is awesome. I am going to be making a video of it in use later today so Artist Hardware can it show at work.
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Christmas Card

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Our dear friends the Strickers asked me if I would paint them a Christmas card. Everybody wants a bacon hoodie for Christmas!
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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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Austin Skyline from Academy & Ravine

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A view we often see of Austin walking back from our neighbors house. The old Terrace parking lot fell into shadow and it looks much better that way. Oh to have a park instead of a parking lot.
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Lewis Sleeping in a Box

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Another painting of Lewis sleeping. Those cats do that a lot. Something like 18 hours daily. Here he is in a box.
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Another Lewis

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I think I like this one best. Kind of moody, kind of like a cat.
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Lewis

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Lewis sitting on our bed. Below is another version, Blue Lew

Blue Lew
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Birds on a Wire

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I snapped a photo of the phone lines out front of the house the other day. The birds were working hard.
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Lucy

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Lucy is actually alot nicer than she looks here. But I really like this.
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Lewis Sleeping 2

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Lewis curled up by my feet last night and I worked quickly to try and capture it because i was sure he would move, those cats always do.
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Penni

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My buddy Brett in Seattle sent a photo the family dog. Penni. One cute pup!
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Studio Stairwell

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View down the stairs at the studio with the door open, letting in some lovely Texas air.
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Mason Practicing Piano

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At Mason’s piano lesson.
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Lewis and Gloria

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Lewis nuzzling Gloria. I think this needs more refining.
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Izzy on the Stump

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Another ipad painting of our cute little Izzy.
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Oh Well

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Oh well.
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Bottle and Cotton Ball 2

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I forgot to send over yesterdays painting. I will do that later, but here is a better version of it for todays painting.
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Self Portrait 11.10.11

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Another stab at the self portrait with magnifier. Better than the last one, I like the hot colors.
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VW Bus

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This VW bus was parked next door at the Hotel St. Cecilia the other day. It was mint. I am approaching 250 paintings!
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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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Sam

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Hmmm, this doesn’t seem quite right, but parts of it are nice.
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Stanley

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Our friend Patches has a very nice dog, Stanley, was is todays subject.
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Maredsous Bruin Beer Bottle

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Another fine brew with an equally lovely bottle. Maredsous Bruin, they make a Triple as well but my buddy Scott and I prefer the Bruin.
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Road to Somewhere

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I used to do watercolor paintings like this frequently. I would make a loose sketch in my sketchbook then after work make a bigger version with ink and watercolor/gouache.
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President Taft

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Our friend Josh dressed up as President Taft and went to school exuding executive power and wisdom. And no doubt, thoughtful prose regarding bacon.
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Lewis

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Lewis actually sat long enough in one place that I could draw him.
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Beer Glass #8

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Yum.
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Coffee Cup #2

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Another coffee cup. I really love coffee, and a nice solid mug.
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Doodly

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Doodley painty thingy
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Self Portrait in Magnifier

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Try to find me in here.
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Fall Asters

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The fall asters are starting to bloom.
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Bad Cat

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Halloween is coming...
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Painting in Bed

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I painted over a sketch from 9/28.
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Coffee Cup

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My favorite coffee cup. My buddy Rick gave this to us years and years ago. It is one of those heavy ceramic mugs that the great old stainless diners use.
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Behind O'henry MS

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Sitting in the van sketching and painting while Sam and Ginger are at rehearsal.
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Manchana (near Stassney)

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I liked the sketchy quality of this one. So I stopped. And admired a lovely Sunday morning.
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Self Portrait with Big Ears

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I found my old giant ears (just in time for halloween) and showed them off to Gloria and Ellen.
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Critter

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I’m not really sure what this is. But I am calling it Critter #2. Actually, I was surprised that there was a Critter already...
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Another Dan

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Mason and I rushed out to his lesson today and that meant an ipad painting. I took another shot at Dan (using the photo we took when he was over last). Kind of creepy.
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Dan in the Courtyard

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It was a beautiful evening to hang in the courtyard and visit with Dan.
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Sam Shooting Them Arrows

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He has some good form that Sam. He shoot a personal best today.
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Clouds

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Please rain.
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Mason with Headphones

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The young lad listening to some tunes.
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Outside Patches

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Visiting on the phone with my buddy Rick, painting on my ipad while Mason has his lesson with the fabulous Patches King. A nice Thursday evening.
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Beer Glass #5

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I painted this before, from a photo, and now on the ipad. Speaking of which, I am really enjoying painting and drawing on the ipad but Gloria feels like I am cheating. I don’t know myself, there are many things in common with these two mediums (and the clean up is really easy with the ipad). I think I need to try some oil paintings using the ipads paintings as a sketch/guide. Yeah. This weekend look for that. Anyway, back to this painting, I really like the quality of light in it. It’s beer-thirty!
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Izze on Red and the Front Yard

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Above: I had to try this in red. Also, gave Izze some eyes this time.
Below: is the view off our front porch. I just kept building up blocks of color on this, going from larger to smaller blocks.

Front Yard
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Orchestra Rehearsal

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Sam’s Austin Youth Orchestra during rehearsal, I was sitting behind the cello section.
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Mason Catching Up

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I was trying to catch some of the light morning light into our bedroom. Mason had appropriated our bed to catch up on our Lost watching (we are into the fourth season now).
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Bathroom Window

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I have been meaning to paint this for some time. I love how the foliage gets all blown out and the interior is completely silhouetted, and then there is just a little blast of orange from the shampoo bottle.
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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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Gloria Cooking #2

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I am trying to learn more about this painting app, artrage, so here is another version of Gloria Cooking. I used yesterdays ipad painting as a tracing template. This was really fun because it was grabbing colors from the template image automatically. I need to do more of these! If you scroll down to yesterdays painting you can compare, not really much of a difference.
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Gloria Cooking

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Another painting from the ipad. This was fun to do, snapped a photo, put a layer on top and selectively picked colors to paint. There is another neat thing about working directly on the ipad (having found some apps that really work when sketching), I don’t have to scan the sketch.
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Sam Playing xbox

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Another sketch/painting done on the ipad. This one using the watercolor brushes. The effect is really similar to actual watercolor. Kind of amazing.
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Using the iPad

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Instead of oil paintings today I did several paintings on the ipad using an app called artrage. It has an extensive tool set including oil paints. I did the same process as if I was doing an physical painting: underpainting, block out a mass in umber, than add the colors. It was really fun, and while different, both processes had a lot in common.circle-boy-2_9.25_webcircle-boy_web

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OctoMan

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Busy night with dinner, piano lessons, neighborhood meeting, stuff and I almost forgot about the painting. So, I did a quick sketch on Masons ipad (ok, it is not oil). Fun. I may alter my project parameters to include ipad art. Happy birthday Josh!
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Sensu brush



Update: This project got funded in less than three days!
I can proudly say that I was the first backer for this kickstarter project. I’m really looking forward to trying the brush out on Mason’s iPad. Click over to kickstarter and check it out. I should add a disclaimer here: I used to work as art director for Artist Hardware (the company that is making the Sensu).
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