10 Mar 2016, 7:32pm

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Here is the first public art piece I’ve completed on my new iPad!image

I’m loving working on the iPad. I realize some artists will hate the lack of sensory feedback… it’s a very sterile way of drawing and it almost feels like cheating. But I love how much control I have over everything, and I’m enjoying the opportunity to simulate the appearance of a number of different media without having to go through the long process of each. Ok, I suppose it’s not almost like cheating, it flat out is cheating. But you know what? I’m 34, no one is grading me, and this is the deepest I’ve immersed myself in making art in several years. So I guess I’m ok with cheating.image

This drawing was inspired by a visit to the zoo back when Ender was a baby. I looked over at the reindeer on the Northern Trek, and 3 reindeer were lounging in a perfect line from where I stood. Their antlers merged into an indistinguishable tangle. I took a photo, but that was probably 4 phones ago, so it’s long lost, and I had to recreate it. I sort of lost the bloom of antlers from my original vision, but I’m very pleased with the final composition nevertheless.

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  • 9 Mar 2016, 11:27pm

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    It’s Been Nearly 2 Years…

    So here are some photos of the “Baby” Girl, also known as Harlow Call Neely.


    And here are a few of Ender for good measure…


    I’m reviving the blog for two reasons: 1) I’m hoping to go through Facebook and cross post all the kid posts I’ve made backdated, so later our kids can look back at them, and 2) since I’m starting to make art again which I’m eventually hoping to sell, I’ll post it here then link on Facebook since their user agreement makes me wary of posting anything there directly.

    So…watch this space I suppose?

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  • Baby Girl

    This little girl was less cooperitive than Ender, who slept through the whole ultrasound. She did give a lovely profile at the very beginning which is one of the only ultrasound images I can actually easily recognize. CALL2That and the creepy skull shot:

    CALL4Will my daughter haunt your nightmares?

    CALL7I’m counting 6 toes personally, but the doctor and ultrasound tech didn’t say anything so I’m just gunna go ahead and assume I’m wrong there.

    The heart was super cool, but they didn’t save any photos for us- I’m not sure it would have been quite as awesome in a still image anyway. It was like a pulsing clover plant. I also love the look of the spine in ultrasound, but that also is not something they include on the CD. But hey, they gave us a CD this time! The digital images are actually much easier to see than the thermal paper images, much less the thermal images scanned into a digital file.

    So if you hadn’t heard the news yet, I’m pregnant. 😉 Due in early August. Matt and I are both super excited. Ender told me he’s excited to have a little sister and then told me he wanted to hit her, so, you know, we’ll see.

    He watched the first minute or so of the ultrasound, then lost interest. Can’t really blame him since it’s kind of hard to see the baby most of the time. The baby did not sit still for the entire thing which was freaking awesome… she was kicking and squirming all over the place, sucked her fingers, wriggled around. She had her hands in fists and the ultrasound tech kept shaking my belly trying to get her to unclench. At one point the baby popped a single digit up and I told her, “I think she just gave you the finger.” She said, “Yes, but I need all five.”

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