McGilchrist documentary on The Divided Brain

Words I can’t think of right now.

Easy to taste Art History with Waldemar

I am intensely enjoying Waldemar Januszczak‘s art history episodes on YouTube. I started with , his Dark Ages: An Age of Light, and YouTube rounded up Baroque: From St Peter’s to St Paul’s. There seem to be quite few. more.

Having completed a binge watch of Tony Robinsons’s Time Team, Wladimir is a delightful find.

The Wikipedia piece sums it up pretty well:

Januszczak has been described as “a passionate art lover, art critic and writer. His presentation style is casual but informed, enthusiastic, evocative and humorous. He bumbles about on our TV screens, doing for art what David Attenborough has done for the natural world,” and someone who acts out of “a refusal to present art as elitist in any way. He makes it utterly accessible and understandable.”[5]

Paper periodically posts personal profiles

Paper by 53 periodically posts profiles of users:  today, I am honoured:

Screen Shot 2017-07-22 at 10.16.42 AM

Happy #Caturday!

Doug Rogers has created some of our favorite #madewithpaper cats and we thought today would be the perfect (purrrfect) day to share his #PaperProfile.

Doug hails from London, Ontario (Canada) and has been the stay-at-home dad in his family. He’s “always made art, cartoons, illustrations, signs, advertising art, caricatures, and comic strips.”

We asked Doug how he uses Paper and he said, “For fun, work, personal journaling images. Used Paper for final art images, and preliminary sketching. As others say, it’s the go to beginning. Fast to load, quick easy tools. And if you’re careful and meticulous, rare for me, capable of producing finishing art.”

When asked about Paper-specific projects Doug told us, “Paper was perfect for iPad drawing in museums where cameras and wet mediums are reasonably forbidden. It was a whole pocket paintbox. So I used it throughout a visit to Europe. And I was using it to redraw photos from a road trip where passing landscapes were photographed out a moving car window.”

Thanks Doug!

Four of Doug’s favorite drawings are below and you can see more of his work here:


Books for Tingest are built

Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 1.56.46 PM

Well…. Books for Tingfest are built and sent off and ordered. They will each be a limited edition of twenty. One of those has to go to Library and Archives Canada. I wouldn’t mind keeping one for myself, if that’s alright with you. As to any of the other books I’ve printed and distributed, well… I was supposed to send one copy of those to Library and Archives, too. My bad.

Spots and splats all Mixed.

It’s not my usual habit to post a Mix from Paper by 53 here. Doodlinby posted the frames. Someone posted some watercolour spots in the frames. This seemed the next obvious choice.

Be alert!

Retromatic photo filter app was free yesterday. I had just drawn the cat and dropped it in. It’s an old jokey pun I heard as a kid that thought was funny. Still think it’s funny. That just shows you.

Where can I find your free ebooks and stuff? Hmmm?

I can haz free cat books?
I can haz free cat books?

I’m switching out stuff from Dropbox to Google Drive. The eight wallpapers I posted earlier have a new home, and all the free ebooks, cats and landscapes are also there.

The 100 cats (nearly 150 cats only $0.99!) ebook is still at iTunes, along with the also free ebook, 20 Monsters.

more 22 cats tiny book: the PDF

more 22 cats front cover
A tiny delightful book of cat art

It’s available at this dropbox link:

Looking back 1 v.2

I think I fixed the composition problems from the first version. Looking back on Vernazza in the Parco Nazionalle de Cinque Terre, Italy.

Blown through

Sometimes, it’s not clear what its about. Pen & Ink app has come out with an update and some new brushes.

Blue cat

There were a number of variations of this image. I keep coming back to this one. Otherwise, been busy stripping woodwork, moulding, and spindles on some old stairs.


Impress is a new, free drawing app. I think the developer decided to take some very few elements from Paper and write the code. Sometimes things show up like they are ‘proof of concept’, or like they are an end of coding school project. Either the choices made here are deliberately restrictive and made by a designer, or fetishistically driven to oversimplification for interface clarity.

What I said in my G+ post:

Always a sucker for a new art app, I downloaded Impress, which I think is a coding school year end project. Extremely limited in terms of tools, insanely restrained interface. It’s worth a look, if you want a challenging drawing environment, and I mean that in a good way.

What I said in my iTunes store review:

This gets an A as a beginning, as a proof-of-concept, as an exercise in code and interface, as a senior class project, as an application to a coding job. As a drawing app, you immediately expect more, because there are so many other drawing apps that do more with more brushes and more choices. And actually one of the strengths here is this almost fetishistic restraint to oversimplify. If you’re looking for an app that makes your drawing decisions challenging, as in – how can I do this? – then this is a great app for adding discipline and challenge to your choices. The tools are simple and easy to understand. My only complaint is the decision to make the transparency slider so small. I need stylus to hit it.