I gotta work on the shadows, but overall, I'm happy with this one.

Omelette, originally uploaded by flyingroc.

Getting back in the saddle

I think that quantity is the key to getting better at anything. That is, if you want to get better at something, do a lot of it. So I am trying to ramp back up on the art thing by doing a lot of it.

Today, I went to a Plein Air Washington event. It's still a little too cold for many people to paint outdoors, so the guys met indoors instead. I did this little still life there.

Chinese vase, originally uploaded by flyingroc.

Tea and Teapot

I don't actually make myself tea all that much, which means I got a bunch of loose leaf tea that are many years old.

Tea and Teapot, originally uploaded by flyingroc.

Garlic and onion

Stuff from the kitchen are good subjects to draw... they're readily on hand

Garlic and onion

Sketchbook practice

I'm trying to start doing more practice drawing/painting on my sketchbook again.

Cleaning, originally uploaded by flyingroc.

Brief musings on the new year

The great thing about Chinese New Year is that I can post stuff about new year reflections a month late :). 2012 was an awesome year, the highlight of which has to be the trip to Europe with my parents, Martha, Marion, and Emil. It was such a blast; the snooty tour guide notwithstanding. I promise to post pictures... at some point in my life.

2012 also brought a slight change in my job, switching teams at Microsoft doing spoken dialog systems. It's a super crazy fun team; I hope I'll be able to talk more about what specifically I'm doing soon. The other thing I'm obsessed about, drawing and painting, I continue to do. Hopefully I'm improving.

What's new for this year of the snake? Well, I'm not good with new years resolutions... though I have a bet with Emil when we meet up again later this year. One that I think I'm losing, lol. I hope everyone has a great year ahead!