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Drawing Nekid People: Jonah

February 27th, 2018

On Tuesday night, I like to go to my buddy Rix’s house and draw nekid people. He has a garage apartment in the back that he has converted into a drawing lab. In the garage itself there’s all manner of wood working, paper making, pastel and charcoal making supplies, and there is almost always some kind of Himalayan Yak Yodelling music playing to expand your mind. Exactly what I would do with a man cave sans Yak Singing.

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Adventure Time: At Home (the store, not my home)

February 25th, 2018

This week’s adventure happened MOSTLY without Girl 2. She was off doing some cool Girl STEM stuff for school. She came home with a homemade circuit, a fossil footprint of a skunk, some other cool things I can’t remember because I’m too jealous to think about it. There’s a big push to get girls interested in the STEM subjects and she’s a perfect candidate for it. I still argue it should be STEAM. Anyway, while she was busy being cool with the sciences, Boy 2, my beautiful, young bride and I ventured off into the At Home store where they have ACRES AND ACRES of home decorating crap.

Chairs, throw rugs, patio furniture, mass produced art, baskets galore, this place has TONS of crap you NEED! Well… need probably wasn’t the best word. You didn’t know you needed it until you saw it on the shelf. We managed to pick up a few things to make cleaning and organizing around the house easier. Then the wife decided to start decorating the beach house. WE DON’T OWN A BEACH HOUSE. Everything she touched she would describe exactly where in the beach house it would be on display and how it would be used. Telling her we don’t own a beach house somehow did not dissuade her.

We picked up Girl 2 and finished off the day in a Starbucks. I usually detest Startbucks, but this was a nice one and I got my sissified coffee sans rum.

The look when she figure out I was attempting to maneuver her toward the registers…

This will go on the table by the picture window…

The sea shells we collect will go in here…


Adventure Day: Houston Zoo

February 3rd, 2018

On the first Saturday of each month, the Houston Zoo hosts a Keepers’ Talk. That’s when they let the Zoo Members in an hour early to learn about different animals. Continue reading »

Art Breaks

January 30th, 2018

My day job as a superhero/predatory capitalist often has a mid-afternoon lull. I’ve decided to use that time for a quick beer and some sketches. Plus the scenery is Awesome!

Whatever you do, don’t tell my beautiful, young bride. She gets violent when she drinks. :)

The TWO-STORY Bookstore!

January 28th, 2018

We are easily entertained. After Boy2 and my beautiful, young bride returned from his first reconciliation Saturday, we went to lunch instead of a wicked early breakfast. Then we decided to load up and go to a Barnes & Noble we heard was HUGE. YUUUUUUUUGE!

We spent about three hours milling around this two-story bookstore, and then another hour reading, sketching, and drinking our hippy coffees.