I have started taking oil painting classes and had my first afternoon session on Sunday. Each class is four and a half hours long but that meant I didn't feel rushed and came away with two new pieces of art.

I have never used oils before at all so was a bit nervous and the teacher showed me some basic painting and glazing techniques. After a test run with charcoal, I tried the same still life subject in oils:

Test Still Life Oil Painting by Squibble - Apple

Then I chose a new subject and applied those same techniques here also, still working with just one colour:

In the News:

Previously Undiscovered Andy Warhol Works Discovered on Floppy Disks from 1985

This article from Studio for Creative Inquiry describes how the images were extracted from a set of Amiga floppy disks in The Andy Warhol Museum.

From the Museum's Press Release:

'Warhol’s Amiga experiments were the result of a commission by Commodore International to demonstrate the computer’s graphic arts capabilities. They vary from doodles and camera shots of a desktop, to experimenting with Warhol’s classic images of a banana, Marilyn Monroe, Campbell’s soup, and portraits. One artwork resulted from the series, a portrait of Debbie Harry. This artwork is in The Warhol’s collection, but the other images on the disks had been inaccessible due to their obsolete format, since entering the collection in 1994.'

The Dig: Uncovering the Atari E.T. Games Buried in New Mexico Desert

Did you know that the worst video game ever made is said to be Atari's E.T. produced in 1982? The game was made as a tie-in to Spielberg's film but was so terrible it was said that thousands of unsold copies of the game were deliberately buried in a landfill in Almagordo, New Mexico. In some versions of the myth the video games were said to have been encased in concrete before they were buried, although this is probably due to the fact that in 1983 the city poured a layer of concrete over the dumping area for safety purposes.

The burial was widely believed to be an urban legend... until now.

A team working in New Mexico have just uncovered what is believed to be the legendary cache of video games, along with what looks like other buried Atari hardware and software.

Read more about the dig on IGN.

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Out and About in Wellington April 2013

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Adventures with film - Experimenting with a Diana F+

Cat Closeup - Diana F+

Cat Closeup with blue filter - Diana F+, double exposure.

Things have been a little quiet here lately, and that's because I have been working hard on making the Teacup LOLcats web comic that ran in 2010 into a book!

It was a grey drizzly day when I visited the Wintergardens and hot-houses at the Auckland Domain.

I didn't get to take many pictures outside, inside however I found lots of colourful flowers and interesting exotic plants!

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Pencil, digital painting.

I made the sketch for this on a lunch break and then decided I would like to turn it into a painting. I would like to re-do the drawing from scratch at some point, but I am happy with aspects of the painting such as the fur and the shine on the kaiju's candy cane tentacles.

More to come in this series!

Candy Kaiju #1 by Squibble