Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club - Downtown

It's been a couple months since I've been on a bike. Had some health stuff that kept me from riding. Today, I rode the 1950s Hercules Churchill DeLuxe 3-speed to coffee on a downtown parking garage rooftop. Not much of a sunrise, but had some ominous looking clouds and a light sprinkling of rain.

Morning ride to coffee with the Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club. Rode the 1950s Hercules 3-speed.

Morning ride to coffee with the Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club. Rode the 1950s Hercules 3-speed.

Morning ride to coffee with the Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club. Rode the 1950s Hercules 3-speed.

Morning ride to coffee with the Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club. Rode the 1950s Hercules 3-speed.

Morning ride to coffee with the Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club. Rode the 1950s Hercules 3-speed.

Morning ride to coffee with the Springfield Sunrise Coffee & Bicycle Club. Rode the 1950s Hercules 3-speed. The three speed needs a lot of work, but is still a blast to ride. Braking is somewhat limited and needs a serious upgrade from the single rear rim brakes, so I slowly single-speeded it 9.5 miles round trip from my house to downtown and back.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Cinco de Appropriation!

Our office does potlocks around holidays or sometimes, just for the heck of it. I work in advertising and marketing, so any excuse to break the day up in a fun way. Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo and in true American tradition, we've appropriated someone else's tradition. Hopefully, not in a completely irresponsible and insensitive way.

I made Enchiladas (not pictured, 'cause they are boring compared to the other stuff that I made), Cafe de Olla (Mexican coffee) and Cochinos/Marranitos (Mexican piggy cookies, kinda like gingerbread).

Cochinos are a cookie made with molasses, vanilla and cinnamon. They have a consistency and similar taste to gingerbread men.

Marranitos/Cochinos

Cafe de Olla is coffee made by making a simple syrup of piloncillo/panela sugar and cinnamon, then adding coffee to it after it's boiled and melted. You turn off the heat and steep for about five minutes with a lid on your pot, strain and drink. Kind of like cowboy coffee, you end up with some grounds in it.

Cafe de Olla

I made these more out of cultural respect and interest, unlike my younger self that would have just gotten stupid drunk on Happy Hour margaritas. I'm still making margaritas this afternoon, but they'll be more traditional, as well. :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Couple of Watercolors from Last Weekend.

I went to Nathanael Greene Park on Saturday to sketch for a few hours. Saw lots of wildlife - blue herons, Canada geese with their chicks, gold finches wallowing in puddles like fluffy little yellow piggies and several trees downed by beavers, oddly enough. That last one confirmed by a news article I read yesterday.

Sketching at Nat. Greene Park.

Sketching at Nat. Greene Park.

Sketching at Nat. Greene Park.

Sketching at Nat. Greene Park.

This guy crept right up on me when I was sketching the lake image. I got to watch him fish for perch a dozen feet away.

This guy crept right up on me when I was sketching Saturday. I got to watch him fish for perch a dozen feet away.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

This Week in Art: Coffee, Lots of Coffee

These are all commissioned works, in a way.

I had a friend pass away a couple of weeks ago. He was an excellent human being and ran one of my favorite coffee shops in Springfield, The Coffee Ethic. There is a memorial fund set up for his family and I told everyone on my Facebook friends list that if they donated $20 or more to the fund, I'd draw or paint them something coffee related for their generosity.

I've done quite a few this week, the Day of the Dead one being the most recent. It went to one of my more peculiar and fun-loving friends.

Mocha

Coffee sketch

cappuccino

Cappuccino

spilled beans

El cafe con crema y azucar.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Busy weekend.

I had a busy weekend. Started things off by babysitting a smoker overnight at Rock'n Ribs BBQ Competition. We had a booth there for a second year. It was fun, ate a lot of samples. Didn't sleep well, though. There's a lot going on through the night.

Rock'n Ribs BBQ Comp

Rock'n Ribs BBQ Comp

Saturday, breakfast with the family at The Aviary after I broke down my camp stuff at Rock'n Ribs. The girls went out to work the office BBQ booth and I stuck around the house working on a couple of commissioned art pieces.

Commissioned sketch of a friend's kid and a kite.

Initial sketch

Cappuccino

Those out of the way, I grilled burgers and corn on the cob and then the wife and kiddo and I hit up a movie, seeing Kung Fu Panda 3. I love those films. Great artwork in them.

Sunday, breakfast of eggs in a basket, toads in a hole, bacon and potatoes O'Brian. Afterwards, the kiddo and I took my hammock to a park and hung out for a bit. I also sketched some maple seed helicopters.

Saturday hammock laziness

Maple seed helicopters.

Then the girls went to the nursing home and I went down to Lake Springfield Park to goof around.

First, I sketched the boathouse down by the lake.

Sketching the boathouse at Lake Springfield Park

Then I busted out my stunt kite that I had rubber banded my GoPro Hero to. This turned out to be an awesome idea!

Kite camera rig

I rubber banded my GoPro to my 6' stunt kite.

I rubber banded my GoPro to my 6' stunt kite.

And finally, I went home and knocked out a dinner of sauerkraut, kielbasa and new potatoes with scratch-made cornbread. A great way to finish out a busy weekend.

I forgot, I made this last night. Sauerkraut, kielbasa with new potatoes and cornbread. :)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Some pics from last Saturday at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range. I really don't do this enough. It was a fun way to spend an afternoon. Something from my childhood that I need to implement more. In the pics, myself, my father-in-law John B. and my buddy Brian D. John left after a few rounds with his new .38.

John

Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Me

Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Brian

Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Me

Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Andy Dalton Shooting Range

Monday, April 11, 2016

Sketching Around Eureka Springs, Arkansas

With my wife and daughter planning a slumber party for Saturday evening, I asked that I be excused to head south a couple of hours to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It's a town with a historic district unlike anything else in our region. The lay of the land, architecture, culture and character down there is flat out peculiar, but in a good way. There was so much I wanted to put to paper that I was literally paralyzed by choice and only got half of the drawing and painting in that I would have liked to have. Oh, well. I did get to hike around and look at a lot of interesting things.

Here are the sketches I did manage to get done.

The "Flatiron Flats" flatiron building at Spring and Center streets.

Sketching in Eureka Springs. The flatiron building.

Grotto Spring

Grotto Spring, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Eureka Springs Courthouse

Eureka Springs courthouse in watercolor wash over ink.

Courthouse, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church

Last one before heading home.  St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

I had a good time down there. Saturday night I camped at the KOA. Rain was forecast, so I just slept in the car instead of pitching a tent in their designated camping areas. From experience, rain and flat, retention-walled off campsites usually end with me sleeping in a puddle. I got a lot of attention sketching on the street, with dozens of people looking over my shoulder or commenting on my work. I even had people taking pictures with me. It was odd, but flattering.

I ran into some friends on Saturday, one took this pic of me sketching the flatiron building.

My friend Cecelia  caught me sketching on the streets of Eureka Springs.