Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

back from a walk...

26 August 2014
Nigel was in adventure mode this morning, taking me on a rather extended ramble to streets hitherto unseen by us.  He's been gradually mapping out the neighborhood ever since we moved here.

He has a much better sense of direction than me (ok, that doesn't take much, but his is pretty amazing), and an uncanny (or maybe typical dog) ability to locate all the parks and green spaces.  When he's had enough, he leads me unerringly back home.  A few times he's turned me around when I tried leading him in the wrong direction.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Westmoreland Park - 1

10 August 2014 - Westmoreland Park
12"x16", Corel Painter Lite
All my painting things are packed in boxes right now, while we begin what will be an extensive home renovation project.  If we're lucky we'll survive it with our sanity mostly intact, though maybe we already were insane to want to take it on in the first place.  In the meantime, I hope to continue at least virtual painting.

A Yard of One's Own

from 7 August 2014

from 11 August 2014
We bought Nigel a yard! Oh, and a house came along with it.  He seems to really like his new space.  Our new neighborhood is the Land of Big Dogs, so Nigel fits right in.

I finally have internet access again...  Whew.  It was rough for a while, there.

I posted a couple more photos of Nigel in his yard on Facebook <here>.  No doubt there will be more to come.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Turin, Italy - 39

22 July 2014 - Turin, Italy
12" x 16", Corel Painter X3
I'm really enjoying using Corel Painter so far.  I was worried that I'd have difficulty using the pen-and-tablet format, but it's worked out surprisingly well.  Now all I need is a bigger monitor.

I'm finding that using virtual paint is easier  - more precise, more predictable - than real painting.  I guess that shouldn't be surprising.  It's also a lot cleaner :).  It was just a matter of familiarizing myself with the properties of the various painting tools.   I've only experimented with some of them so far, and, really, I've only scratched the surface of the software's versatility.  I'll keep experimenting away...

I did a different version of this view 7 December 2013 (Turin, Italy - 9).