I got am iPad Air for Christmas from Andy, which is very cool to start with. Then I got a case that has an elastic band to put your hand through, making it easy to hold up for a long time. Some of my "Painting with Pixels" students had brush styluses, (styli?) so I got one, and it's even more sensitive than a regular one, and much better to use for painting. Feels very natural. You can brace it against your side like a palette, and it's so light it feels like a little sketchbook.
Very expensive Etch-a-sketch!
I got a red case so I could find it quickly and easily in my generally cluttered studio, but it sure looks like an Etch-a-Sketch!
The NSO (National Symphony Orchestra) has been doing some dandy music events in our neighborhood, so we went to one last night featuring seven members of the symphony (without the white-tie attire) doing an eclectic mix of genres. The front man (Glenn Donnellan) was a violinist playing ...
an electric LOUISVILLE SLUGGER BASEBALL BAT! Although he was bowing the instrument, he could make it sound like a fingered electric guitar or a bluegrass fiddle. We heard Led Zepellin, country fiddling, Chuck Barry, Jimi Hendrix, bluegrass, all superbly done. What a treat!
"Rose fan in Red and Blue" These two cabbage picture were juried into a regional competition at the Hill Center. It takes a long time to get them "just right" as they make the transition from virtual to real world, especially if they are going to be large. I was very pleased with how they turned out, but I still always do some subtle hand work on it.
Nancy Freeman is a native of California who lives now in Washington, DC. A lifelong artist, she paints portraits and other commissions for a living, which keeps her traditional skills tuned and supports her decades-old obsession with computer art, and pastel painting.
She is currently using her 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th computers, but remembers when Dick Tracy had to make do with a two-way wrist radio.