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1. Baby Beaver

Instagram Photo

I am just learning how to connect images from my Instagram account into my blog.

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2. Digital Painting experiment


Aboriginal Pointillism | I don’t know where this will go but it is really fun to do. Let me know if you like it.

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3. A-doodle-a-day (#111)


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4. A-doodle-a-day (#110)


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5. Module 003


Module 003 | It takes 12 modules to make a sphere. The sphere is very light and is about the size of a softball. The module has 5 arms. I created one arm and then rotated it 72° around a center point to create the module shown below.


Module 003 | All 12 modules are cut from one letter size (text weight) piece of paper. The hooks are too little small. I need to make them larger next time.

note | I am beginning this exploration building with modules. If you have some interest in the subject, please contact me and share what you are doing.

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6. Module | 002


Module 002 | This is a variation of module 001 with a leaf shape cut out of the center of the module. The image above shows the top view.


Module 002


M002 | Vase


Bottom Closed | I left the vase in the living room over night and when I saw it in the morning my daughter had made a new variation by closing the vase and turning it over.

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7. Paper Module | 001


Module 001 | I have made paper spheres using square modules, but I wondered what would happen if the modules were rectangular. I was able to make a sphere with a rectangular module as shown in the image above. It takes 30 modules to create a sphere as shown above.


Module 01 | the proportion of a small playing card (1.25 in x 1.75 inches).

What if? | This is my favorite question and so I began building with the modules to see what else besides a sphere could be created and came up with a paper vase.


M001 | Side View


M001 | Top View

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8. Wood Block Painting


Updated version of my modular wood-block-painting in the BYU-Idaho Faculty Art Show in the Spori Gallery.

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9. BYU-Idaho Art Department Faculty Show 2015


The Faculty Art Show opened tonight in the Spori Gallery on the campus of Brigham Young University–Idaho. It was wonderful to see so many people turn out. It was fun to see many good friends and students.

This is one of the pieces that I entered. It is a modular painting on wood cubes. It is bright but my wife thinks that everything I do is kind of gray. So I brightened it up compared to my usual standard.

Each block is the same and the can be combined in unique and different ways.

It was well received and has been worth the effort to get it finished.

If you are in Rexburg, come and see the show. There is some very good work from the faculty. It will be up through 5 March 2015. If you do come to the show let me know what you think.

I am going to change the pattern while the show is hanging. You can follow it on Instagram at #woodblockpainting.

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10. Digital Painting | Golden


Golden | It appears that I like orange.

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11. Digital Painting | Strata


Strata | Sea-air-land

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12. NASA Wannabe


Asteroid | Can you build a sandcastle on an asteroid? Are Asteroids hollow? Would you want to be the first present to set foot on an asteroid? The deep questions of a NASA wannabe.

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13. Seeds


Seeds | Digital Painting Sept 24, 2014

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14. Salt


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15. Digital Painting | Misty



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16. Simple Pattern


A simple pattern today | I am trying to find a use for the loose rough way I draw. I want to add content. I feel more like a passenger in a car enjoying a ride that the driver of the car controlling the destination. I guess the hard part is deciding where to go in the first place.

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17. The Value of being Incompetent

The 4 Stages of Competence | My wife read a magazine while we were waiting in the doctors’ office and found a learning model that has changed my perspective on learning.

The core of the idea is that in order to gain a competence in a skill it is necessary first to recognize that there is more to learn. I personally find the point of view refreshing because it gives me permission not to be perfect yet. It is expected, in fact necessary, for mistakes to be made in order for me to get better.

Before I can achieve competence I must recognize that I am incompetent.

All skill development goes through this stage. It is the stage in the process where most of us quit. If we do however wish to gain the skill a conscious effort must be made. This is a stage of faith. A willingness to invest consistent effort over time to become competent. It is not immediate gratification.


The following is a condensed version from Wikipedia.

Unconscious incompetence

The individual does not understand or know how to do something and does not necessarily recognize the deficit.

Conscious incompetence

Though the individual does not understand or know how to do something, he or she does recognize the deficit, as well as the value of a new skill in addressing the deficit.

Conscious competence

The individual understands or knows how to do something. However, demonstrating the skill or knowledge requires concentration.

Unconscious competence

The individual has had so much practice with a skill that it has become “second nature” and can be performed easily.


As children we enjoy a stage where ignorance is bliss. We draw, dance, and sing, because we like it without worrying that it is “good enough”. Then one day when we realize that there is long way to go before we can really draw, sing, and dance, well. We say things like “I can’t draw a straight line”. What gave us pleasure a few days ago now seems unattainable.

All learning requires a recognition of incompetency. So today I give you permission to be incompetent so that you might become competent.

What skill are you trying to gain competency ?


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18. Knittin’ Purl


This is Purl | I am beginning to explore what she will look like.

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19. Mixing with Primary colors

Mixing with 3 Primaries | In a subtractive color system, Red, Yellow, & Blue are the primary colors. Conventional wisdom teaches that you can create all of the other colors from these three. That isn’t exactly true. Color mixes in a straight line.


Color mixing using the three primary colors, Red, Yellow, & Blue | Notice the green in this example. It is neutral and low in saturation.

Choosing 6 Primaries


Identifying 6 primary colors. Choose a set for each primary that lean toward the other primary.

Mixing with 6 Primaries


Mixing with 6 primaries produces tertiary colors with more intensity

Mixed up Primaries


Don’t get the primaries mixed up. (Unless that is what you want.) Notice how Blue (+R) and Yellow (+R) does not make green. The red in the blue and yellow add complementary color to the green and it becomes neutral.

Ah Ha Moment | In college I always bought the list of colors that the teacher put on the supply list but I had no idea why the specific colors were picked.

One day in my watercolor class we were on location and I was running out of yellow paint. I rummaged through my paint box looking for yellow and found 2 yellows. I didn’t know which one to choose and so I chose both of them and mixed them together in my palette so that I wouldn’t need to decide again. It was years later until I understood why I needed 2 yellows, 2 blues, and 2 reds.

To get an intense green choose primaries that don’t contain red. Red is the complement to green and it will lower the intensity when mixed together.

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20. Enjoy the Little Things


Butterfly | I think she is kind of cute.

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21. Headache


Headache | Does anyone else have a headache right now?

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22. Selfie



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23. Organic Cello


100% Organically grown Cello | Made of real wood.

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24. White Elephant


With my eyes closed | I really want to be more free from worry with my drawing. This is a white elephant. The line drawing is done with my eyes closed. It isn’t even ink on paper but it still makes me nervous to share. learning to let go of the fear.

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25. Seedlings


In the beginning | All ideas start small.

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