Today’s task is a quick turnaround poster for Farmers’ Markets in So Cal. I clicked through all of the images I have on hand to see if anything ignited a spark. My neighbor has a fruit stand nearby, so I ran over and picked up a good representation of things I know will grow in southern California. Then I grabbed a small basket from the kitchen shelf and threw it all together on the railing of our deck. The weather is not southern California-like right now, but the grey sky makes better lighting. The rain water on the railing + the uber-green grass and foliage behind may have to go. This one is still in process. I’ll post the finished product after some further direction from my client.
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The weather in Oregon cleared just enough to warrant a camping trip. We hedged our bets and fled to north central Oregon, where Mt. Hood kindly parted the clouds enough that we all got some color. Camping junkie that I am, I had enough tents, mattress pads and cooking equipment to outfit our hardy band of pioneers. We know enough to plan our trip around our stomachs. The food was spectacular. I got to show off with two dutch oven desserts. Friday night was “Death by Chocolate” a dump cake derivative that is still not perfected. Saturday was Cherry Cobbler. It was sublime. We brought whipped cream to top it. The cobbler lasted about 15 minutes. Here are the details:
- 2 7.75 oz. pkgs Bisquick Honey Butter Biscuit mix
- 21 oz. can of cherry pie filling
I have a good excuse for not posting anything since April. The need to connect this blog to my website and portfolio meant some changes to the website design. I was getting tired of the blacked out look of the old design. In the spirit of the Weeping Ticonderoga, I have placed the Dixon Ticonderoga #2 in a prominent place in the header of my site design. I also weeded through the artwork and updated with some more recent projects, leaving my perennial favorites intact. The redesign went well until upload time where Dreamweaver did not want to cooperate with the ftp blah blah blah… But it all worked out in the end and it’s up and live. So, if for some reason you stumbled across this blog without accessing it through my website, here is the link to a good cache of my artwork: www.tcheney.com
My friend Mark has been asking for a tattoo design for several years now. He wants a scary tree. Since the original request, he has asked to include some other things including the names of his family to be included in the design. While I don’t mind drawing trees, scary trees with childrens’ names kinda threw me.
I put it off for a long time, claiming to be busy. This went on until he recently caught me goofing off. Mark’s brother, Dave called with a frantic story about a guy hauling a load of scrap metal that reportedly included a vintage Chevy truck. Dave and I are both real suckers for old trucks (as is evidenced by the amount of rusted vehicles that occupy both our places). The thought that one would be going to scrap was too much to bear, so I ran out the door and drove to the highway, positioning my truck at the top of an onramp waiting for the junk to drive by. While I’m sitting there, I’m composing in my mind what I’ll tell the cop that for sure is going to stop, never mind what I’m going to do to flag down some toothless scrapper and convince him to let me have his old truck, before I face certain divorce and public ridicule for bringing another junky truck home. Luckily the scrapper must have broken down or turned off the highway before he got to where I was. When I got home, the accusatory e-mail was waiting, and I had to draw the tree. This may not be the final version of the scary tree tattoo, but it’s the first draft with all the components Mark asked for. Except the Swiss flag and some other weird stuff.
Hello blogworld! Does everyone write an inaugural post like this? Forgive me while I get up to speed with blogging. This blog will evolve as I explore. Thanks for dropping by. I hope I eventually have something to say or show that provokes thought. Good or bad! Comments welcome.