New Years Thoughts

I’ve been doing a couple weeks of reflection on my use of social media. Should I keep blogging? Should I start a YouTube channel?

For now I plan to focus on my own practice and not to focus on sharing unless I have time. What this looks like for 2018 is:

  • Return to my Whole Foods plant based (WFPB) diet.
  • Return to daily walking exercise habit.
  • Return to daily Bible reading and prayer time.
  • New daily art goal (draw and/or paint).
  • New poetry goals; read/write/post haiku or other poetry.
  • New weekly urban sketch journal trip or fine art painting.
  • Renew my passport…

September Update

The past three months have been the busiest in my life. I am seeing major success at school with my updates in the science classroom. I’m pushing the envelope with technology integration and piloting a bunch of new technologies in preparation for a one to one initiative the next school year. Next week should see a new chromebook cart arriving with five different convertible models to choose from and put their their paces for the selection process this December. Fun times, but super draining on my mental energy.

I have definitely cemented watercolor painting in the mixed media urban sketching style as a new hobby. I have a large collection of paints and have developed what you might call a passion for color and pigments and I think the watercolor medium is excellent for showcasing these pigments due to their transparency as opposed to most other media which are generally opaque in nature. I think I’ll start putting some watercolor content up on this blog soon.

That reminds me… I’ve been thinking about blogging every week for months now but have hit a time issue and energy issue. Also, as far as content, I was really hoping to focus on poetry and bible study when I deleted my old biblioblog and created this one. Due to my varied interests I think I’ll need to just post whatever is on my mind. I don’t think I’ll be writing my own poetry any time soon but I can go back to posting poetry that I find and that I enjoy. Same with scriptures; I can post things that stand out to me.

However, I think I’ll add in art content and technology and other things I find interesting. I definitely am learning a lot of new things in the fields of psychology, mental health, as well as in the education technology areas. So, I’m hoping to just start creating here again. I’m also hoping to get more active in Instagram, which is a great art format. I’ve been seriously thinking about upgrading to an iPhone SE to get a better camera but keep the small form factor of my 5S which I love.

Speaking of Apple products. I am also using an iMac for the first time. I have some high flyer students who I really pushed earlier this week to try some new things in class. They came back with a request for a video camera, lapel mic, green screen and computer with iMovie so they could write and film some video content for our current lesson. I’ve spent the past week assembling such from misc. resources in our school and they filmed their footage Thursday. Monday starts the editing process. I have one of the two iMacs updating to High Sierra, and the other is already in use. More soon on that front.

Finally, I’ve been back to game mastering table top role playing games, mostly D&D 5e right now. I am running two campaigns, a Tuesday/Thursday after school group is running through Tomb of Annihilation. I have a former student playing four PCs in Curse of Strahd on Friday nights, who is also thinking about taking up the DM wand for the first time; and I would switch roles and play a different party of four PCs. Anyways, lots going on and I anticipate becoming more active in October as I settle back into a routine now that school is back into full swing.

Memorial Day Park and Gardens Family Picnic

Our family went to a park for a picnic yesterday. I took the opportunity to sketch a bit. Besides the park is a garden with a center that has art displayed. This time it was some oil paintings. 

There is also a butterfly house which provided my final sketches for this journal. Have filled my first one and starting on another.  The practice of daily sketching and painting is already surprising me at how quickly I am able to refine my skills. 

California Sky 

My sister sent me a picture of California and I did a speed painting in less than ten minutes. In the future I think I will do the background wash first and let it completely dry before doing a final layer. Still it was a fun experiment. 

Watercolor using Daniel Smith paints on cropped 5×7 Canson 140lb. paper. Ink is sigma micron.

Source image. Thanks Amber!

Sepia Additions

The urban watercolor sketching book has a few example drawings where there appears robbed red or pink or sepia colored inks used in addition to black. Also there are some grey brushes used for shadow on occasion. 

I’ve been doing a lot of sketching without watercolors added. Mostly it is to increase my ink skills. So since I have a micron pen in sepia I thought I would give it a shot. Experimenting with shading and mixing use of the two hues. 

Very fast sketches to test shadows.

Some negative space ideas plus sepia.

Using sepia from photo to add depth.

Shadows a bit over done. You can see my book.

I ended up sticking to black only here.