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1. Digital Painting | Strata

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Strata | Sea-air-land

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2. NASA Wannabe

2014-09-25

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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3. Seeds

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Seeds | Digital Painting Sept 24, 2014

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4. Salt

2014-09-24

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5. Digital Painting | Misty

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6. Simple Pattern

2014-09-22

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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7. 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.

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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.

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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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8. Knittin’ Purl

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

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9. Seedlings

2014-09-18

In the beginning | All ideas start small.

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10. White Elephant

2014-09-17

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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11. Organic Cello

2014-09-16

100% Organically grown Cello | Made of real wood.

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12. Selfie

2014-09-14

Selfie

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13. Headache

2014-09-13

Headache | Does anyone else have a headache right now?

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14. Enjoy the Little Things

2014-09-11

Butterfly | I think she is kind of cute.

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15. 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.

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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

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

Mixing with 6 Primaries

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Mixing with 6 primaries produces tertiary colors with more intensity

Mixed up Primaries

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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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16. Seahorse

2014-09-10

Seahorse | That is it for today.

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17. Octo-Mac-plumbing

2014-09-09

Maybe even a little Japanese | This drawing was completely unexpected but I kind of like it. I have been working on an octopus character and it looks nothing like this. I like when sketching opens up options.

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18. From the past: August’s Caterpillar

August’s Caterpillar | One of my favorite home movies

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19. Dead End

2014-09-03

Do you ever find yourself suddenly in the middle of nowhere? | I received a good thoughtful critique about the picture book I am working on this morning. There is still more work to do but for the moment I am feeling a bit stuck. I know that if I dig in that the new ideas will start coming.

At age four, my youngest daughter once said:

“Ya know. If you are ever standing on the edge of a cliff with a broken leg and there is a stampede coming, you just jump, you just go with it.”

I need to listen to Art & Fear. That usually gives me some perspective.

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20. Rain

2014-09-04

Rain | It has been a creative rainy day. I made changes to my picture book. It feels like it is going in a good direction but I can’t quite see where it will end up. So the process goes on and I am looking forward to a creative sunny day.

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21. Family Reunion

2014-09-05

Family Reunion | It started with the lady in the beehive and then I added more faces and a rabbit. It doesn’t really mean anything more than that. I like it and for today that is enough. Have a great day!

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22. Yarn

2014-09-06

Balls of Yarn | Repetition, Rhythm, and Overlapping

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23. Self Portrait

2014-09-07

Self Portrait | Blind contour drawings are fun, painless and kind of cool.

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24. India Fabric Block Printing

So beautiful | This is defiantly worth watching. It is jaw dropping.

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25. Flax

2014-09-08

Blue Flax | Blue flax has long been my favorite wildflower. I first noticed it on our honeymoon when I picked a small bouquet of it for my new wife. So whenever I see it I think of her. It blooms for a long time. There was a patch of flax near where we once lived. Each morning new blue flowers appeared in the early sunlight. By the end of the day the flowers were gone. But the next morning they were back as fresh and beautiful as the day before.

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