Halloween Month is here!!!!

October is one of my most favorite months of the year!  My wife has done a wonderful job decorating the house.  We’ve added a few new things to our never ending Halloween decorations this year.  First is a lamp that Jen’s cousin gave to her – it’s really great!  We’ve also got a few new things from Yankee Candle from their “Boney Bunch” series. Unfortunately, for the rest of the family, all of the M&Ms are gone from the dish.  I’ll have to get a few pictures of our new things and post them here.

For now – I have a picture of a little ink/watercolor artwork I did of a Jack-o-lantern.


Carving Pumpkins

YAY!!! Halloween is right around the corner and tonight we carved pumpkins!  Jen went with a very cool fanged creature coming out of the pumpkin and Izzy decided on a classic Jack-O-Lantern.  They look really awesome out on the front stones.  We also got a bowl full of pumpkin seeds to bake and munch on later!

While we were having such a wonderful time, our thoughts were with those on the NE coast bracing for Sandy.  We hope that the damage is minimal and that everyone can get back to normal life very soon.  Godspeed!


Just another shot of the moon with some very faint clouds.  I believe we’re going to be carving up some pumpkins into Jack-O-lanterns tonight.  If so, I’ll have pictures of that as well!  I love Halloween!  I’m not to thrilled that it’s all over in just a few more days.  

Wacom Bamboo

My brother is an incredible artist.  He does some amazing work which you can see at http://rhix72.deviantart.com/ and it inspires me to be more creative.  A few months ago we were talking on the phone and he mentioned that he thought I would be pretty good at coloring some line art.  I have no art experience other than some high school courses and my love for photography, but I did enjoy drawing in Jr. High although it never bloomed into anything worth while.  Fast forward to earlier this week – we were talking about art again and I mentioned that I might take up drawing/painting so I can understand the techniques.  His next text surprised me, “I just sent you a Wacom Bamboo pen tablet.”  I couldn’t believe it!  It showed up the next day (thanks Amazon for building a distro facility so close to Indianapolis).  I got it setup and tried to draw.  Realizing I needed some guidance I turned to Youtube and tpyed in “pumpkin’ head drawing” and a nice tutorial began to play.  I watched it then paused it at the finished product – which was an inked version with no color, and proceeded to give it a try.  Here’s my result:


So here’s to a new start in creativity and art and hopefully I can build on this experience with a goal of drawing, creating, painting, and coloring.