Sunday, February 27, 2011

Science Fairs, Birthdays, and Visual Journals

Part of my wife's job is to take pictures for school events and I go along with her sometimes. On Saturday we went to a Science Fair and I doodled while she took pictures. The drawing below is a combination of a couple judges rolled into one.

We had planned beforehand that we would eat at BD's Mongolian Grill afterward because my wife had a birthday coupon for a free meal. I was starving and couldn't wait till we got there, so I drew about it.

I've been holding onto the drawing below for a while. I finished it at the end of January, but it was a gift for my dad. I finally saw him today, a month later, and was able to give it to him, so now I can post about it. Below is the finished piece and some of the old pictures I used for reference.

I'm the kid in the red jacket and that's my dad with the beard. In the background is a coup my dad built for homing pigeons that he raised. I don't have many memories of it, but I always enjoy hearing him talk about it.

Next, is my second visual journal for the week. When my parents visited today they gave us this thing called, "Zoom Groom" for brushing our cats.

My wife brushed Chin with it and the amount of cat hair that came off was insane! If you have a cat, buy a Zoom Groom.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Negative space...

I tried playing around with negative space last night. With the UFC coming up TONIGHT I figured I'd try painting a fighter.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Throwing colors...

I've been thinking about my latest running goals and figured I write it down and throw some colors on it. It was a lot of fun and very relaxing. Maybe I'll start running next week...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Black eye...

My black eye has become much more significant since the last picture I posted. Not quite sure why, but it has turned all kinds of black and blue. I'll post another picture soon. It's awesome!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Dangerous buttons...

 I ended up getting a bit of a black eye. Everybody's going to think I got in a fight at the protests!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Madison Rotunda...

This blog is not meant to be a political forum, but being a teacher in Wisconsin, it's hard not to think about anything else.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Monday Artday

I posted this over at Monday Artday. Wasn't feeling very inspired these past few days, but Monday Artday saved the day. One of their themes was, "Horse with hands riding a bike." This is what came to mind for me.

Monday, February 14, 2011


I got my wife flowers for V-Day, but I also said I would get our buffalo painting, that we bought while on our honeymoon two years ago, framed. It is a big painting so we had been putting it off for a while. I gave her this card, along with a note written at the bottom, as a way of telling her.

Here is my second visual journal from last week that I finished late today. If you haven't gone to Red Robin before you have to go. We had a ten dollar gift card, but then they were out of the garden burgers we both wanted, so the manager gave us a $15 gift card. We didn't even put up a stink to try and get it, she just gave it to us. It was awesome!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Curious Cats...

Finally got the Internet fixed today. My wife and I didn't know what to do with ourselves for those two days. We were lost.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Scholastic Art Awards

Second visual journal of the week complete. 

UFC fights tonight! My predictions...

Anderson Silva beats Vitor Belfort by first round KO
Rich Franklin beats Forest Griffin by second round KO
Jon Jones beats Ryan Bader by decision
Ben Vaughn beats veggie pizza by complete domination.

It's going to be a great night!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Snow Day

No school today, so Chin and I watched out the window for a while as everyone tried to clear their driveways and sidewalks.

Time for a new banner. Not my favorite, but I think I'm going to try and change it once a month to work on my graphic design skills.


Just wasting time, patiently, as my wife finished up her phone call.