30 September 2009

Texas Doodle Drawing

Texas doodle drawing done on a 4"x 6" notecard with black and red sharpies. I'm digging the overlapping bullseyes in this one.

29 September 2009

Lone Star Bottle and Washers

This is a sketchbook entry from last year. A mystery drink and a favorite game.

27 September 2009

My Green Chile Cheeseburger

So this evening I finally made some green chile cheeseburgers like I mentioned that I was going to give a try a few weeks back. They turned out pretty swell. My next food fixation is shrimp and grits. I've got a couple of recipes I'm looking over before my attempt. I'll let you know how it goes. We had some in Birmingham, Alabama during spring break and they were incredible!

25 September 2009

Cousin Eddie Arrested in Marfa, Texas

Breaking News! Randy Quaid (Cousin Eddie) was arrested in Marfa, Texas. I find it funny that one of my favorite comedic actors was arrested in my favorite west Texas town. Coincidence? I think not.

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22 September 2009

New Commission

Here is a current work in progress that I am doing for a friend of mine. It is an 11 x 14 Ebony pencil drawing of his father. He will be giving this to his dad as a birthday gift. I still have some work to do on this one as far as some of the value ranges go. I'll post the finished product when its complete.

17 September 2009

Contour Line - Chuck Taylor

Here is a contour line drawing I did as an example for my classes today. My students are each drawing their own shoes for a little project. This style of Chuck Taylors were issued to our basketball team in 8th grade. That was 1985. Nothing beats a nice pair of Chucks.....although they are not the most comfortable shoes in the world nor do they have any ankle support....I still like em. Search Amazon.com for converse chuck taylors

14 September 2009

New Painting Possibilities???

Between Del Norte and Salida.

Crazy signage outside of Happy, Texas. My picture doesn't quite do it justice.

I've now kind of gotten back into the swing of actually working again after that 3 month summer break. I'm getting the itch to start some new paintings and I'm thinking I might want to do another large scale landscape of some sort. I took tons of pictures while I was in Colorado that I thought would be good to go off of as references. Above are some of my favorite possibilities. Who knows, maybe one of these will be on a canvas soon.

12 September 2009

Ryan Bingham and Johnny Burke in Denton

Bingham busting out on the mandolin.

Bingham setting up for his next song wearing his usual hat, blazer, and Chucks.

Johnny Burke...this guy tore it up too!

Last night I had the opportunity to see Ryan Bingham play at the Rockin' Rodeo in Denton, Texas. Wow! is all I can say. Johnny Burke opened the show. I had never heard of Johnny Burke before last night, and I must say, he was dang good. He had some great songs and a lot of energy. My buddy and I worked our way to the front row on the left side of the stage and had a perfect view of the show. It was a rowdy crowd....just the way I like it. It was hot and it was loud. I may have dropped a couple of pounds or at least sweated off the nachos and fried pickles I had at Sweetwater Grill beforehand. Ryan came on stage about 11:20 and played a solid set until 12:50. He absolutely tore it up! I know that I have posted a few times about the greatness of Ryan Bingham, but he is truly the hottest thing going in the Texas music scene. There is no other show right now in Texas that rocks as hard as he does. He is the real deal. Check out the pics above and the video below.
Hey Hey Hurray!

09 September 2009

Texas Tech Football Schedule on a Homemade Chalkboard

Take an old frame.

Paint it white.

Buy a piece of masonite board to fit.

Spray paint it with black chalkboard paint.

Write your favorite team's schedule with chalk (neatly of course).

Display for all to see.

Hope your team wins some games.

08 September 2009

I got me a Holga

Last weekend I was visiting with a friend of mine at a cross country meet and I asked him if he had taken any good pictures lately. He said that he taken some nice pictures with his Holga camera. A what? a Holga. Cool. What is it? He told me about how it is a cheap little plastic toy camera that takes some really cool lomo style photos. My interest was sparked so I went home and researched them online and bought one a few hours later off of Amazon. It was $27.00. I finally got it last Friday and took it with me to New Braunfels to snap some shots....one problem though...no film. Saturday morning I went down to the local camera shop....Landa Foto, to see what they had. The guy looked at me and kind of laughed when I asked him if they had any 120 film. He said, "we don't even develop 35mm here anymore, its all gone digital" Then he said, "let me check in the back just in case". He reappears with 5 rolls of expired 220 film. I told him I would take it. It cost me $5. I loaded the film after I read some articles about riggin' my Holga to take the 220 film.....it's supposed to take the 120. I got it all set up and went out to Gruene Hall to take some photos. I took about 15 shots. The Holga is a old school camera, you have to hand roll the film. Since I used the 220 film I had to count clicks in between shots since 220 film doesn't have a paper backing with numbers. I haven't been this excited about a new toy in a long time. From what I have seen on the Internet the effects that you get from these cameras are really great. The only trick may be finding a place to get my rolls developed. I will surely post my first few Holga images as I get them back. My mind is spinning with ideas for this camera. Please let me know if you have any experience with one of these and any pointers that you might want to share. The Internet is full of groups, blogs, and websites about the Holga. Who knew? not me....now I do. Hopefully I'll be able to get some great pics from my new toy camera.

03 September 2009

Johnny Unitas Watercolor

Here is a Johnny Unitas watercolor painting I did a little while back. I really like the nostalgic feel of this one.

01 September 2009

Old School Football Player - Pencil

Here is a sketch I did two years ago of an old Frisco High football player. It is 5 x 7 and done in pencil.


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