Sunday, February 18, 2018

Watercolor Diorama / Shadow Box - Finished Art

Boom! Done!

Brown bear watercolor diorama

The next one, I plan to be a little more intricately layered. This proves I had the right idea on how to make one, though.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Watercolor Diorama / Shadow Box

Last night, I decided to try my hand at making a shadow box diorama in watercolor. I repainted a bear illustration that I painted flat last year sometime and planned it out to do in layered stages. It's a simple diorama with only three layers, but it gave me a chance to think outside the box, but inside this box. The box being an old toolbox drawer that I had laying around in the garage with random nails and screws filling it.

I plan to do some more of these in the near future. I like the medium and want to do some more intricate designs. I certainly have plenty of old drawers and cigar boxes laying around, just waiting to be upcycled.

Brown Bear Diorama

This weekend, I'll be headed to the hardware store to see about putting a thin plexiglass front on the box.

Monday, February 12, 2018

A few random sketches.

Honestly, I haven't drawn or painted much, lately. Just too busy and I've also been fiddling with music more in my free time, such as it is. I completely suck at playing music, but building instruments and seeing how they sound is pretty damn fun. Kinda like all the other stuff I cobble together in my tiny one-car garage.

Sketching at Ritter Springs Park

Schoolhouse

A quick watercolor self portrait. Trying to make myself do more artwork. Kinda lost my momentum in fall.

I may make a push in March to do a shitload of pencil sketching. Much like I did a couple of Februarys ago. I think I knocked out 54 sketches in 28 days that month. Lots of fun and I improved greatly over the course of the exercise. Depends on if I start the full-size banjo build I want to attempt. So, no breath holding.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Banjolele Progress

Coffee and banjolele

Fumbling my way along with this instrument thing. It's really a lot of fun. Hoping to build up a good repertoire of campfire and backyard fire pit tunes and ditties.

Wandering Flower

Boil the Cabbage Down

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

White Rock Mountain, Arkansas

White Rock Mountain, Arkansas

Over the weekend, my friends Brian and Darren and I, we drove south about 3.5 hours to White Rock Mountain Recreation Area, in deepest, darkest Arkansas. It was quite a drive down, with our GPS dropping out periodically and very nearly hitting a large owl that flew across the road in front of us. We got down there just after dark. We set up camp and I went about smoking a tri tip in camp, while Brian cooked up potatoes and black bean corn salsa.

White Rock Mountain, Arkansas

White Rock Mountain, Arkansas

Saturday morning, up cold and hungry. Breakfast of some nice Papua New Guinea coffee from Dancing Mule Coffee Co. and bacon pepper jack sausage in potatoes via the cooking hands of Brian D. We farted around camp for a bit before lazily tackling the short, but exceedingly scenic White Rock Rim Trail around the mountain.

White Rock Mountain, Arkansas

White Rock Mountain, Arkansas

White Rock Mountain, Arkansas

White Rock Mountain, Arkansas

White Rock Mountain, Arkansas

We saw a few pileated woodpeckers, as well as this primitive little guy (nine-banded armadillo).

White Rock Mountain, Arkansas

White Rock Mountain, Arkansas

White Rock Mountain, Arkansas

White Rock Mountain, Arkansas

White Rock Mountain, Arkansas

Sunset Saturday was pretty awesome. See the vid below for a time-lapse.

White Rock Mountain, Arkansas

White Rock Mountain, Arkansas

Brian knocked out a beef stew around dinner time. Good stuff! Overnight, coyotes yipped and howled in the valley around us. In the morning, we woke to mist and rain and a hearty breakfast by yours truly.

White Rock Mountain, Arkansas

White Rock Mountain, Arkansas

We hung out in the cold and rain for a while, before calling it and heading homeward. Well, Brian and I. Darren, at the time of post, is still down there. He's on a solo week of vacation, hiking, mountain biking and camping. Great weekend getaway. We ate more then we hiked, but still fun. Good to just hang out and shoot the sh!t around the campfire.

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Little Snow on the Ground

Nathanael Greene Park in the snow

With Climate Change, we don't get the snow we used to. So, if and when we do, I tend to want to be out in it. Yesterday, I made a point to find someplace pretty and just walk around for a while. Here's what Nathanael Greene Park in Springfield, Missouri looks like with a dusting of snow.

Nathanael Greene Park in the snow

Nathanael Greene Park in the snow

Nathanael Greene Park in the snow

Nathanael Greene Park in the snow

Nathanael Greene Park in the snow

Nathanael Greene Park in the snow

Nathanael Greene Park in the snow

Nathanael Greene Park in the snow

Nathanael Greene Park in the snow

Nathanael Greene Park in the snow

And just for good measure, the kiddo and I went sledding.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Clawhammer Ukulele

Clawhammer Ukulele book in the mail, today!

I received Aaron Keim's "Clawhammer Ukulele" book in the mail, today. Ordered from Elderly Instruments, online. So, in theory, I can now expand my playing past roughly plinking out "Cluck Ol' Hen".