Thursday, April 09, 2015

Life and Creative Integrity by Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes)

Great post from the people at Brain Pickings:

May 20, 1990: Advice on Life and Creative Integrity from Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson

"Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential — as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.
You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.
To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble."

Friday, February 27, 2015

How We See Color - the case of the blue/white/gold/black dress

This is a great article on how we perceive color:

When I paint something white that has shadows, say a folds in a cloth, I often use a very pale blue.  When I first saw this image, I thought it was a white and gold.  I read the light blue as white in shadow.  What do you see?

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Charlotte Meck Senior Center Roses

Current WIP - Vase with roses.  This will be donated to the Char-Meck Senior Center (If I don't mess it up and the cat doesn't walk on it.  Knock on wood!

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Watercolor -Spinel Crystals

Done!  16 x 20 Watercolor on Arches cold press mainly transparent watercolor.