Apr 10th 2014

Drawing the neighbor’s house with my iPad. 30 minute sketch.

Drawing the neighbor’s house with my iPad. 30 minute sketch.

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Apr 10th 2014

Brontosaurus! A quick iPad sketch.

Brontosaurus!
A quick iPad sketch.

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Apr 7th 2014

Last Christmas I received an iPad mini. It sat mostly unused, only used for web testing. This week I decided to try some illustration apps, and see where it takes me.

Last Christmas I received an iPad mini. It sat mostly unused, only used for web testing. This week I decided to try some illustration apps, and see where it takes me.

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Mar 31st 2014

Old Building. Gouache study. #nofilter #latergram #illustration

Old Building. Gouache study. #nofilter #latergram #illustration

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Jan 26th 2014

Summer 2013

As another line of winter weather rapidly approaches, I thought it may be worth a look back at some warmer days from the last year. All photos were taken with an iPhone 4S and processed with either Instagram or VSCOCam.

Quarter Horses
My uncle’s horses, greeted me at the fence, very curious.
Morning Corn Field
Light changes so quickly in the morning.
National Balloon Classic
Indianola, Iowa.
Dreamy
Clouds moving overhead.
Newly Tilled Field
Highway 330 between Des Moines and Highway 30.
Wall Cloud
A little hope, during a very dry summer.

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Dec 18th 2013

Painting is a secretive business anyway. Someone who’s not suited for the public, who’s rather quiet, who’s a bit cowardly out there. Someone who wouldn’t speak up in public but then goes for it here in secret.

I remember how I used to worry, being afraid when I showed something that people wouldn’t notice. It’s a nice feeling between being caught and being seen. For the quality to be recognized and the mistakes perhaps overlooked. It’s a complex thing: something you do in secret and then reveal in public.

Gerhard Richter
Gerhard Richter Painting
2011

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Dec 8th 2013

His prayer, addressed neither to God nor saint, began with a shiver, as the chilly morning breeze crept through the chink of the carriage door to his feet, and ended in a trail of foolish words which he made to fit the insistent rhythm of the train; and silently, at intervals of four seconds, the telegraph-poles held the galloping notes of the music between punctual bars. This furious music allayed his dread and, leaning against the windowledge, he let his eyelids close again.
James Joyce
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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Dec 8th 2013

… to see as the artist sees is an accomplishment to which there is no short cut, which cannot be acquired by any magic formula or trick.
Albert C. Barnes
The Art in Painting
1925

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Mar 22nd 2013

"The best work in literature is always done by those who do not depend on it for their daily bread and the highest form of literature, Poetry, brings no wealth to the singer."

"Make some sacrifice for your art and you will be repaid but ask of art to sacrifice herself for you and a bitter disappointment may come to you."

Oscar Wilde
In a letter to “Mr. Morgan”

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Mar 13th 2013

Optimize Legibility, Part 2

Back in August I wrote about an issue I had experienced with Safari 6’s ability to render text with the CSS declaration: {text-rendering: optimizelegibility;}. It appeared to be a bug, since I had no previous issue. The bug, from what I could tell, was only limited to Helvetica Neue; so the more time that passed the more I began to suspect the issue was on my side—not the browser.

This morning I confirmed that suspicion with a restore of standard fonts in Font Book. Somewhere along the way I must have added an old postscript version of Helvetica Neue to my system fonts and the new version of Safari didn’t like this.

The remedy was actually quite simple. Font Book gives you the ability to Restore Standard Fonts, which is accessible from the File menu.

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