First drawing in a few weeks.

purry lump cat purrs

April 23, 2015

Rather than keeping this boy on my chest and face, where he prefers to sleep, we’ve come to an arrangement where he stretches out along my chest, on my arm against the wall of the couch. He makes this long strange sausage shape.


April 2, 2015

Little lost cat

March 28, 2015

Passed a 2 or 3 year old black Tom on the walk home. He seemed quite uncertain about where he was, but responded to a quick sit down talk about how he’d better get away from that busy street and find his way back home.

Sleeping Cat

March 12, 2015

Steve was right. The main problem with styluses is that you are always looking for them. This one wasn’t under the cat, however, but merely misplaced – somewhat – beside the place where I usually put it, and so could not be found for a day.

Where can i get warm again?

February 16, 2015

Volcano cat!

February 2, 2015


Oh, here, my tale

December 19, 2014

the cat tale

Cat considers landscape

December 11, 2014


It's been a long quiet bit of time here. Been working out. Feeling a lot better, but that amongst other things takes up some time. All the testing after the stroke/seizure has been inconclusive really about any direct causes, but with lots of interesting peripheral findings.

The usual autumn tidying and winter prep for has kept me somewhat busy.

I will get back to more drawings from the Uffizi catalog. Banging into my clumsy “oh, no, I'm not not-Botticelli” drawing ability has kept me frustrated I'll get back to Flora, and make a decent drawing. I will.

So with this huge pause in mind, retrospectively, this drawing has much more meaning. I went back to my method, draw, make a mark, zone out and no criticism, only yes, only accepting what comes out. Shape it.



The digitizer on this iPad has some brain dead spots, it seems, where Pencil in Paper loses its brain. Either it’s Pencil, some sensitive coding in the app or the digitizer, or memory, or processor speed on this 3G iPad. So the black line work was done in Paper with the new fancy stuff turned off, and I dropped the image into Sketches to do the colouring. Easier than fussing with the non responsive digitizer.

I dropped a small! palm sized screwdriver from a very short distance onto the screen this last Spring. Must have hit just right. Cracked the glass. Had it replaced. The screen responds to all the finger based touches expected of it. It’s just very fussy about the centre when you want to generate fine or more specific stylus based interactions in a drawing program.

I might normally have tried Procreate for the colouring work. Wanted to see if I could use Sketches to insert the image. It’s light and quick, and if I wanted to play with filters or some more tricky layering, Procreate would be the choice, or maybe Pixelmator, which I haven’t used much yet.

Don’t yet like the tool and colour selection process in Sketches. Procreate requires a bit of back and forth and some planning. It doesn’t jump up spontaneously like Paper or Sketches. Even that has slowed somewhat on this iPad. Pixelmator’s brushes are a bit jerky on this 3G iPad. Not unexpected. And it seems also to be more menu driven, requiring a bit of stop and start in the process.

The old tuxedo

October 16, 2014

Our 17 or 18 year old tuxedo sleeps a lot. It’s hard to get a pose where he doesn’t look dead.

This is the week that was.

October 10, 2014



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