Friday, May 5, 2017

Boring Man

"Boring Man" will not be confused with "Burning Man". 

Boring Man goes to quiet places with few people. Boring Man does not attract attention to himself. Boring Man reads books, even history books and theology. Boring Man likes his desk and still writes letters on paper and sends them to people with stamps. Boring Man likes to wear suits and ties and is appalled that adults wear pajamas when they travel by plane or train. Boring Man likes black and white photographs.

Boring Man collects fountain pens and considers the best paper options to use for writing and doodling. Boring Man keeps a journal - several, in fact. Boring Man loves to write and watch documentaries.

Boring Man would rather sit at home with a strong cup of coffee than go to a festival; or to sit at home in the evening with a dry deep red wine or fragrant bourbon than go to a movie. Boring Man loves sharp cheese and crackers.

Boring Man loves the smell of wood and sawdust piled up next to the table saw.

Boring Man likes sitting on the deck with his family by the fire listening to bard owls at night. Boring Man is fascinated by hummingbirds and fireflies

Boring Man likes reading his Bible and going to Church. Boring Man likes visiting art museums and historical museums - he even likes reading the little placards next to the exhibits.

Boring Man loves to see his family and friends smile.

Boring Man doesn't say much, and he likes it that way.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Goliath Beetle

Preview: Goliath Beetle is an acrylic painting on canvas board (11x14).  The "model" is a Goliath Beetle exhibited at the Field Museum in Chicago. 

This is the first of a series of beetles and other insect paintings that will be offered for sale. 

More information and photos on this series will follow at a later date.

Thursday, March 26, 2015


"Spudnik" is a first shot at a digital doodle, which does not come as easily for me as sketching on paper. I used a Bamboo tablet and Sketchbook Pro. Having been an avid follower of Mercury, Sputnik and Apollo as a child, I thought the idea of Spudnik the astronaut who claims the moon for Idaho was funny. Yeah, it does not take much to amuse me.

Ok, the real Sputnik is . . .

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Graphics Tablet Review

Recently, I have been looking to purchase an active graphics tablet - the kind where you can actually see what you are drawing on the tablet.  I have a Wacom Bamboo Create Pen & Touch, which has a lot of nice features, but I find it really difficult to draw on the tablet surface while looking up at the monitor.  It works OK for rough sketches but is difficult for more detailed drawings or paintings.  So, I started looking at the Wacom Cintiq ($2,400), but it was much too expensive for me.  Then I looked at the Yiynova Tablet-Monitor ($450), which was much more affordable but got mixed reviews.  I also considered getting an iPad because I saw some impressive You Tube videos of artists using the iPad Retina ($500) for artwork.

But yesterday I was surprised to find this amazing tablet (pictured) at Krogers grocery store of all places, for $2.50!  The pen-stylus didn't come with it and I had to buy that separately, but since the tablet was so affordable, I really didn't mind.  I chose the upgraded Sharpie with fine and ultrafine points built in one.  It doesn't require batteries either!

+ Absolutely perfect WYSWYG display.
+ saves drawing instantly and flawlessly
+ sizes drawing at 100% every time.
+ wireless
+ zero charge time
+ zero start-up time
+ no batteries, ever!
+ never needs charging.
+ very affordable
+ fully rotational
+ no software to load
+ does not require a computer to operate
+ it can be used anywhere
+ synchronization between the tablet and Sharpie are instant and flawless.

- No layering
- does not include any software
- limited to 50 drawings
- you must supply your own pen, pencil or marker
- requires a scanner to digitize
- this tablet is not designed for painting

In spite of the "CONS", I would gladly buy this tablet again.  I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Electric Motor Shop - Fresno, California

Bekins Building - Fresno, California

Lightroom is an amazingly powerful photo "developing" program.  I am continuously impressed by how much you can increase the visual value of even the least interesting photographs. That isn't to say that I find the Bekins Storage building uninteresting; just the opposite is so. I love interesting architecture, abandoned buildings, and the contrast between eras. Actually, this building is so much more interesting than modern warehouses and storage facilities. My point about the power of Lightroom to convert "least interesting" photos was because the original photo was not taken in particularly good light, but I was able to save the shot by running it through Lightroom.