Have reached the point where I could upgrade from my more-than-a-couple-years-old iPhone SE to … well, something else. But am I impressed or excited about the iPhone whatever? No. The Samsung or Pixel options? Also no. What’s a guy to do?

Weeknotes #3

It has been two whole weeks since I stopped smoking weed. Is that a milestone worth celebrating? All I know is that I don’t have any desire to start up again. New year, new me, or something. I have been feeling a bit uninspired lately, …

I quit smoking weed two weeks ago — which means 90% of what I see on instagram has become videos from stoners talking about how great smoking is. Thanks, algorithm!

Weeknotes #2

Updating to the latest version of Kirby caused one of the plugins I use to help create custom post types to fail — rendering me entirely unable to create a new post as long as the plugin was installed. That was a fun little head-scratcher, …

Going to the movies on Christmas Day is something of a tradition in my family. I couldn’t be with them this year, but my partner and I stuck to the tradition and went to see Avatar: The Way of Water tonight. The movie is pretty, obviously, and it’s perfectly fine, as movies go, but we absolutely need to stop pretending like 3+ hours is an acceptable runtime for a movie.

A black and white oil painting of a girl wearing a pearl necklace lifting a bowl up to her head

Painted Dec 19, 2022. 8x10 oil on primed paper.

I'm still trying out different approaches for these sketchbook pieces — this one started with a grid drawing, then I basically painted from darkest to lightest. Working in just black and white helps me focus on value, which can be difficult for me. I did run into some trouble with overworking, especially around the eyes, and kept ending up with too much paint in areas that needed to be adjusted further, but I think I got close enough in the end.

Meant to be travelling in a couple of days, but still waiting to make sure the flight isn’t cancelled due to weather. This is not a fun waiting game.

Snow covers the ground leading up to the edge of a sea wall, and benches along the path. The ocean beyond is dark and the sky is grey, making the entire image seem to be monochromatic

A view from my morning walk with Zeus. I don’t like this weather, but it can make for a decent photograph, I suppose.