Sunday creativity

"Drawing" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4.5, 1/60 sec, ISO1000
“Drawing” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!Good evening! How was your Sunday? Mine was great!

Today I woke up early, made some coffee, and started working on a little drawing on the computer while everyone else was still asleep. It was a lot of fun! It brought back so many memories of using my old Wacom Art Z II tablet. The picture I am working on is kind of a funeral scene in the winter snow… a little morose I guess, but it just turned out that way. I am re-learning how to use the tools and trying to improve my drawing skills. And of course, practice is important with everything! I’m not sure how far I will take this particular image, but it’s a start at least. So nice to get back into this kind of art!

"Snow and woman-2016-02-21" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
“Snow and woman-2016-02-21” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

You know, I have been into photography now for a long time and I haven’t really done any other art since my 20s. I guess my interests changed over time, but it’s funny… it can change again. Maybe I will do more computer art! It’s a lot of fun and there is a lot of freedom in it… much more than photography. I wonder as I do more drawing and painting with the computer, what my thoughts will be… how will it be different now that I am in my forties as opposed to when I was in my twenties. I’m excited to find out! (And how will I think about photography in my 60s? and so on…) ❓

Well, it’s time to get some rest so that I can have a good Monday. I hope you have a nice day!

おやすみなさい!

-バロン Barron Fujimoto

Relax

"Baby's Breath" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4.5, 1/60 sec, ISO1000
“Baby’s Breath” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!How’s it going?

Today we bought something pretty cool – a Wacom Intuos Art tablet. Bay has been wanting to use a good tablet stylus to do art on the computer and our current tablets don’t have the hardware necessary to use the good styli. So instead of investing in an iPad Pro or Surface Pro, we got the Wacom. I used to have a massive 12×12″ ArtZ II Wacom tablet a long time ago and enjoyed using it with Painter 5, but I sold that tablet when we moved in 2000. Although I liked it, that size just took up too much deskspace. The new Intuos we got is the small version, and it’s a nice size for drawing, and the price was good as well: $99. I figured we shouldn’t spend a lot for a tablet that may or may not get much use.

Besides Bay, I have wanted to try a tablet out with Lightroom, and Mariko said she’d also like to create some art with a tablet. So, I gave it a go for a few minutes in Lightroom tonight and it was a nice experience! Especially with using the Adjustment Brush. The pressure sensitivity is really precise and it is easy to add subtle effects. I think I am going to enjoy using it!

Today’s photo is of the Baby’s Breath flowers that I used to make the Valentines bouquet last week. I think they look pretty cool in close-up.

It’s getting late, so I will say goodnight! おやすみなさい!

-バロン Barron Fujimoto

A quick week

"Maki" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO6400
“Maki” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!How are you doing?

Can you believe that the week is already over? Although today seemed to drag on a bit long (Friday’s often do that, don’t they?) the week overall went by quickly. I guess since I was so busy! But yes, the weekend is here!

We don’t have too much planned for these couple days except for a baseball practice for Koa, so I might do a little bit of yard-work in preparation for Spring. But there’s a good chance I will be lazy and blow it off. I mean, that sometimes happens!

Today’s photo is of another Pinky:st character that I purchased at the same time as the Reina figurine. This one is named Maki, and she came with two outfits in the package. This one is the one I like better since it is more casual and I think the boots are pretty cool.

I really like these little figurines, and I can see how one could get into collecting these, especially if they are characters from an anime that you are attached too. But I don’t watch much anime so have any attachment so these Pinky:st figures are perfect for me. They aren’t associated with any other kind of story or manga… in fact this line of characters is probably around 10 years old and discontinued. There are still plenty of them on Ebay, however, and the price is very reasonable now! If I remember correctly, when I bought Suu years ago, she cost about $14, but now the regular characters go for about $6 with free shipping. So, why not get a few?

I remember one minimalist saying was something like you should only keep things if they are either useful or beautiful. These figurines certainly aren’t useful, but I think they are cool to look at!

I hope you have a good night’s rest, and have a good Saturday!

おやすみなさい!

-B Barron Fujimoto

A good day

USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/5, 1/20 sec, ISO6400
USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!Hello! How’s it going?

Today was a good day for me. I got so much work done in the morning that the rest of the day just flowed along nicely! I guess this happens quite often, and it’s good that I am a morning person because when I am productive, it sets up the rest of the day to go smoothly. But the day didn’t start out very nicely… I woke up stressed-out about all the things I have to do at work. However, after I went through my morning routine and was fully awake, my workload didn’t seem that crazy and it just got better from there. I notice that a lot of mornings go like this, so when I wake up and am stressed-out, I now realize that it will soon pass and that makes it a lot easier to deal with.

So the day was going well, and then I got a huge boost when Mariko asked what I wanted for dinner, and Oyakodon was one of the choices. So of course I chose that! I think I might have mentioned that Okonomiyaki is my favorite food, but I have to change my mind and say that Oyakodon is my absolute favorite food. It’s what I ask for as my birthday meal, and if I had to choose my last meal on Earth, it would be Oyakodon.

Tonight’s dinner was DELICIOUS!!!

"Oyakodon" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO2000
“Oyakodon” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

Mariko was surprised when I first told her that I wanted to eat Oyakodon for my birthday, but now I think she has grown used to it. Maybe she thought I was joking at first, but after so many years of always choosing Oyakodon, I must be serious! 😜

Related to food, tonight’s photo (14 of my 365 project) at the top of this post is a cool little metal box of shelves. It holds hashi (chopsticks) rests that Mariko made in her pottery class. I think it’s really neat! 👍

I hope you also had a great day. Let’s have a good Friday as well!

おやすみなさい!

-バロン Barron Fujimoto

Wednesday

USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec, ISO250
USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

こんばんは!How are you doing? I am in the middle of a coughing fit, which is something I have been having a lot of lately. Well, not a lot but every few days I get something scratchy in my throat and it causes me to cough for about 10 minutes or so. It’s really annoying! Besides that, I have been feeling a little under-the-weather… I’d say I’m about 85%. Just tired and unmotivated.

But a couple cool things happened today. The first is that Koa went to his first baseball practice of the spring season. ⚾️ This time, the team he is on is probably the highest level he has been on so far. I think Koa likes his new teammates!

"Baseball Practice" USA. Texas. Leander. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/125 sec, ISO1600
“Baseball Practice” USA. Texas. Leander. 2016.

I watched the whole practice today, and after the sun set, it got so cold! I was shivering so badly. I hope I am not going to get sick. 😰

The other thing that happened is that I received the two Pinky:st figurines that I ordered! The one below is the character named Reina, in the summer yukata. It’s a special set that includes the bench, watermelon on a plate, bucket of water and fireworks, fan, and an usagi (rabbit) mask. It’s pretty cool!

"Reina" USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.5, 1/125 sec, ISO2000
“Reina” USA. Texas. Cedar Park. 2016.

The second figurine that I received today is Maki, but I’ll take another photo of her in a different setting at a later date.

Today’s photo (it’s photo #12 of my 365 project) is of some frames of the Studio Ghibli film “Whisper of the Heart”. My parents bought this for me when they visited Japan several years ago. I think it’s a bookmark, but I just keep it on my work desk. I’m afraid that if I use it as a bookmark, it will get lost in a forgotten book!

Well, I should get some rest now… I hope you have a great Thursday!

おやすみなさい!

-B Barron Fujimoto