Friday, July 6, 2012

True Dad Stories 2

I wasn’t sure if I should post this one or not. But you know, it’s a “true dad” story if ever there was one and if I can warn you guys about the hazards of potty training, well, at least I will have done something with my life. Also, it seems like I am becoming increasingly blind and useless in the early mornings as the years roll on. Maybe that’s what this comic is really about...

In other news, I’ve started a new painting of Gravagna. This is a personal painting that, if I pull it off, will hang in our house. At 4 feet in length it’s the biggest landscape I’ve ever attempted. I’m excited and a little intimidated. I’ve only managed to do one other painting since I’ve been here. It is this little (maybe 10X6?) landscape here:

This is the second time I’ve painted this little hill. The shape of that tree at the top draws me back. I’m thinking of putting this one up for sale on Etsy to raise funds for a new palette and some brushes. Here’s a little peek at my open air workspace, including my old pallet that I’ve had since I was 12, and belonged to my great aunt:

Finally, remember there’s a Legends of Zita giveaway over at Goodreads! It ends on July 15th.


Mikaela D'Eigh said...

LOL. Oh dear! ;)

The landscape is beautiful ~ can't wait to see more!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Life is colorful with kids and your comic attest to that! :)

That painting is lookin' cool. I did a painting for my mom. A little river scene. She saw it and said, "I want the one you got from Ben." Thanks for coming between me and my mom.

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Anthony! This one doesn't photograph very well, but there are things about it I like.

I'm working on a really big landscape now and I'm going to try to do a process post about it soon. Just the challenge of managing a big canvas on a windy hillside has been adventure.