Monday, October 27, 2014

the Walking Fred

A new zombie in Mr. Rogers' neighborhood… #inktober day 27

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ben Franklinstein

Famous Monsters from history… #inktober day 25

Flat Can Paintings!

If you live in the Nashville area you can see some of my flat can paintings at the Art and Invention Gallery in East Nashville. This is a friendly gallery that is fun to visit. I learned that some of the artwork and furniture that you see on the ABC TV series Nashville is from this gallery. Check it out!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


#Frankenstein for day 22 of #inktober and #sketch_dailies

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Doctor Who

Probably my favorite Doctor Who for #Inktober day 20

Sunday, October 19, 2014

fancy cat

A fancy cat for #inktober day 19. I bought a new tip for my Copic brush pen and took it on a test drive...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

flying monkey

I added a bit of photoshop color to my #inktober drawing today.
You just can't have too many flying monkeys, can you? 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

national grouch day

it's the day you have been looking forward to all year!  #inktober  day15

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Border Collie

Border Collie - Micron on Post-it note for #inktober 11

Friday, October 10, 2014

Thursday, October 09, 2014

fast cat

Picked up my Bic pen and whipped this out in seconds. #INKtober 9

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Creature from the Black Lagoon

The Creature from the Black Lagoon taking his pet for a walk.
#inktober 8

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

pesky elephant

I dreamed there was an elephant in my bathroom and I could not get it to leave #inktober 7

Monday, October 06, 2014

Dalai Lama

#INKtober 6 …fun with words

What is #INKtober you ask? It was created by Jake Parker to encourage folks to work on their inking skills by making an ink drawing each day of October. I got behind on posting my drawings here, but now I am all caught up. Woo hoo!

thinking boy

#INKtober 5 …Think about it.


#INKtober 4 ...Catnip with her bow and arrow


#INKtober 3 ...a happy little panda

Good Grief

#INKtober 2 …Peanuts first appeared on Oct 2, 1950 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Monday, August 04, 2014

How to make a Frappuccino… or iced coffee

Several weeks ago I was eating my breakfast of scrambled eggs and having my morning coffee when I noticed I was breaking out in a sweat. It is against my policy to sweat before I even begin work, so I decided it was time to switch to my summertime coffee mode. Iced coffee… or rather my Faux Frappuccino.

Now, for the first time I am sharing my top secret formula and techniques with you. Hang on… here goes.

First, I use Cafe Bustelo coffee. It seems to be available everywhere and is about the least expensive coffee on the shelf. If you use some wimpy coffee, you will fail. This is espresso coffee and here is the deal. When you cold brew coffee you get a nice, smooth, non-bitter brew with minimal acidity. Cafe Bustelo works great for this.

Add 4 oz of coffee to 2 quarts of water. If you don't have a good scale, one and one half cups of coffee will get you really close to 4 oz. Stir this up and get rid of all lumps. It takes a little attention here to get all the grounds in contact with the water. 

Now, put the lid on your container and set it out for 10-12 hours at room temperature. That's it. Go live your life while it brews. I mix it up in the morning and finish the process before bed. 

OK… 10-12 hours later grab a big spoon and scoop out the floating coffee grounds. Then pour the coffee through a fine mesh strainer. I found my coffee filter strainer at the grocery store. Just hanging there. I strain the coffee into my nifty Rubbermaid carafe and set it in the refrigerator overnight. 

The next morning I have 2 quarts of chilled coffee concentrate which will last me about a week... depending on how much I drink. I have to use self control to avoid guzzling down the whole thing in a day it is so good!

So… now you are on your own. Making a coffee drink that you like is a personal taste kind of thing, so you better get busy figuring out what proportions work for you. 

You might try my version of a Frappuccino. I have found that if I pour 1/3 mug (my 16 oz mug) of coffee concentrate and 2/3 mug of milk and add two teaspoons of sugar and stir like mad (to dissolve the sugar) I will come up with something close to the milky Frappuccio that you buy at the store. You can use half and half to make it really good. Of course you can add some chocolate for a Mocha Frappuccino or whatever flavorings you like.

For iced coffee you might try first filling up your glass with ice, then fill it about half way with coffee concentrate and the other half with milk or half and half. Add sugar to your taste. If you like your coffee black just use water instead of milk. This is concentrate so don't try to drink it straight. 

With a little experimentation you will come up with your perfect summertime coffee drink.


Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Lobby Boy

the lobby boy from the Grand Budapest Hotel... just for fun

Thursday, February 27, 2014

ukulele player

It's a bird... it's a plane... no, it's a ukulele playing dude in a bird suit. Go figure.