Friday, November 26, 2021

Warm Places When My Feet Are Cold

Desert sun and cactus

I am not a fan of cold weather. When I'm cold, I like to think of warm things. Like maybe the desert. (Although I think it can get pretty cold at night in the desert.)

The desert is a place where you can learn about interesting wild things, like cactus. You may notice I have included some words in this picture that have to do with cactus. I found them when I looked up cactus in a dictionary. For example, you can see the word Cacti, which is the plural form of cactus. Cacti are from the cactus family of plants, called Cactaceae. The big cactus in the picture is called a Saguaro, with an official name of Carnegiea gigantea... case you were interested, or needed something warm to think about.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Doing a Little Thinking

I spend a lot of time every day thinking about things. How about you?

Sometimes I think about my work. Sometimes I think about the people around me. Sometimes I think about the craziness in the world.

Sometimes I think about what I could be doing if I wasn't just sitting here thinking.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Onion Anyone?

I drew this! With a marker on newsprint. After that, I scanned it, then painted the background with an Affinity application, either Designer or Photo. (The original is on a different computer, otherwise I would check.)

I planted onion seeds in our little garden this year. They are growing very well, but no purple skin, like this one. Still not very big, but I'm patient, I can wait.

We have a rule in our house, if one of us eats an onion, the other can too. The idea is one onion breath will cancel out the other.

Monday, July 26, 2021

The Doctor Isn't Really In

A drawing of a doctor

Long ago, while a grade-schooler in Kokomo, Indiana, I recall drawing a picture of a doctor, possibly a surgeon, operating on someone. At the time, I thought it would be fun to be a doctor. Later I realized I didn't want to be a doctor, I just liked to draw doctors operating on people! (I grew out of that.)  I also went through a phase where I thought it would be cool to be a botanist. But no, I just liked drawing plants.

Being an artist and designer has given me many opportunities to meet amazing people, doing cool things. I have been able to temporarily work alongside smart, accomplished people, without the hassle of actually learning what they learned. 

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Shoe House: A Seller's Market

A shoe house for sale 

If you really wanted to live in a shoe, several questions come to mind.

  • Where would you get one to fit?
  • Are they available in new and used?
  • Are they available in various widths?
  • How do you prevent dampness, odor, and athlete's foot?
  • Do they come in pairs? Or are they randomly available like mystery shoes on the side of the road?

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

(A)pple (b)ird: A Little Bit of Nonsense, All in One Drawing

Black bird sitting on an apple

A good definition of creativity is the combining of unrelated things to make something new. Sometimes those combinations can lead to amazing inventions, like airplanes, space ships, the internet, or heart transplants. Other times they can result in a picture of a blackbird sitting on an apple. (Some inventions are not as amazing as others.)

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Multilingual Chicken

A chicken and three eggs

In high school I took two years of French. You may not be surprised to know that I don't remember any of it. I'm not sure if the class was too difficult, I was slacker, or my friend Eric was making me laugh (I think he was there).

I do recall the French word for egg: oeuf. It was easy to remember, because I imagine that's the sound a chicken makes when laying an egg. Apparently chickens speak French.