Monthly Archives: March 2016

Canterbury Stained Glass – Acrylic on canvas – 8×10


This is a painting I’ve been wanting to make since I first starting thinking about painting.  I used a mirror technique to help me trace the outlines and to help with some color matching.  I painted this from a photograph I took at Canterbury Cathedral in 2015.

Saosin with Anothony Green – Amos’ Charlotte, NC – 3/13/2016


I saw Saosin (featuring Anthony Green) last night at Amos’ in Charlotte.  I didn’t shoot from the pit at this show, but I was standing at the front, so I was able to get some decent shots.  They played songs from their first EP and their new album which will be released in May, 2016.

To see more photos from this show, see my album on Flickr:

Stack the States 2!


I’m very happy to announce that Stack the States 2 is now available for iOS and Android!  Believe it or not, Stack the States is over five years old and I’m excited to bring it up to date with this new version.  Stack the States 2 embraces everything that made the original special but with additional questions types, new bonus games, voice mode and beautiful 3D graphics.

The main stacking game is even more fun with new question types and 10 brand new 3D scenes depicting different US locations.  The new scenes feature animations, birds, reflective water and realistic sound effects.

One of the biggest improvements is the new interactive map of the United States.  Tap on any state to zoom in for a closer look.

For each state, you can see its major cities, landmarks and even a 3D elevation.  There are over 90 different 3D models of popular US landmarks!

One of the new bonus games, Capital Tap, tests your knowledge of state  capitals including their location.  You get 2 points for choosing the correct capital on the first try and 1 point for the second try.  You can earn 2 more points for tapping the exact location of the capital or 1 point for being close.  You receive 1 strike for any incorrect answer and the game ends when you receive 3 strikes.

The other new bonus game is called Connect 2.  Here you are given two states and you have to move them around so that they connect together as they would on a map.  Your goal is to connect as many states as possible in 60 seconds.

One of the most popular bonus games from the original Stack the States is Map It which has been updated for Stack the States 2.  Now it’s better than ever.

What’s new in Stack the States® 2:
– New question types
– New bonus games: Connect 2 and Capital Tap
– New voice mode that helps non-readers play independently
– Brand new interactive map featuring major cities and a 3D elevation view of each state
– Beautiful 3D graphics
– 10 different 3D scenes depicting various locations in the US
– 3D models of over 90 US landmarks

Plus, all the great features that you loved from the original Stack the States®:
– 50 flash cards — one for each state
– Hundreds of unique questions
– Up to six player profiles
– A personalized map of the US
– Fun sound effects and music
– Works on both iPhone and iPad – a universal app

Stack the States 2 is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the App Store:
iOS App Store

Stack the States 2 is also available for Android phones and tablets in the Amazon Appstore:
Amazon AppStore


Stack the States 2 to be released on March 10th, 2016

Lily’s portrait on her 12th birthday


I painted this for my daughter on her 12th birthday using a mirror technique that I learned about from the documentary Tim’s Vermeer.  Unfortunately, I had to rush to finish it before I picked her up from school.  Overall, I’m happy with my first portrait and look forward to trying this technique more in the future.



This is my first palette knife painting which was inspired by Leonid Afremov’s style.  Definitely a learning experience.