I raided my fridge for this one. I think the onion came out good. I tried really hard to get a more accurate drawing for this one, so if you look closely, you can see brush strokes where the corrections happened. 

Hello from Sedona by the way. I came to do a painting workshop with Michael Chesley Johnson, starting tomorrow. I haven't really explored much yet. But the landscape is already wowing me.


Tulips are in bloom right now in the area, two weeks earlier than ever, and I just came back from painting the tulip fields. I have some plein air paintings that I will post at some point. In the meantime, enjoy these tulips painted a couple of weeks earlier.

Peanut butter

This was a super fun painting to do. It's great when something you look at every day turns out to be a good painting subject.


My struggle with painting lately has been drawing accuracy. In this painting, I see quite a bit of inaccuracy in the drawing. That is, the angles and proportions of things are not quite right. I suspect as with many things in painting, that practice will make it easier to draw with more accuracy. Indeed, that it looks like a jar of peanut butter is better than I could have done even a couple of years ago.

Farewell Microsoft

I am writing this just after getting home from some Friday night drinks with a couple of colleagues. It's hard to imagine that from now on, we aren't colleagues anymore. It's true, after 7.5 years at Microsoft, I've surrendered my blue badge and am no longer a Microsoftie. I've worked on some incredible things at Microsoft over the years, and I'm incredibly proud of what I've done.

I'm both sad for leaving, but excited for what's next as well. What I'm gonna miss most of all are my teammates. My former teammates who were a Lync message away from sharing a laugh, or lending a shoulder to lean on; but especially my current teammates. I still can't believe that I won't come in everyday and see them at the office anymore. I already miss them all terribly.

Change happens though, and I think this one will be good for me. I will be working at Avvo starting April 6. In the meantime, I'm taking some time off to recharge.

Bag of Lemons

This was quite a challenge, the lemons and trying to paint an impression of a mesh bag. I don't know if I was entirely successful, but I'm trying to stretch myself.

Bag of lemons

It's been a mild winter here in the Seattle area, we actually had a few sunny days where I wanted to be painting outside. But between work and training for the STP, I've only been able to paint in the evenings. Still life and portraits are great and I love painting them; but I've been itching to paint outdoors. So, I'm quite excited to go out next week for Plein Air Washington's first paint-out at Nisqually next week.