Recently i've really wanted to draw. I find some old things, I look at more recent things and it just really makes me want to sit down for like a month and do nothing but draw. A couple days ago I decided to sit and try to learn how to use a pad made for computers that can simulate working with a pen or pencil. It turned into using layers in photoshop and making marks and shapes and playing with opacities and really just learning how to construct an image in a different way. One of my former students, Matt Reilly is making his work in this manner and when I chat with him about the work its always about the mark-making, the composition and the drawing. I couldn't speak to him at all about the process because he was already far ahead of me on that end of it. My first attempt at this sort of work (below) came from just messing around and then it began to seem like I was working on a self portrait I did this summer and then it seemed like it was referencing work I did years and years ago. I have no idea if this is work I'll continue to do, but it is a tool I supposed to understand a little more what I might be able to do. The combining of drawing and photographed images over the last couple years might become even more layered with this approach. Well see. Its fun to try new things though--that is for sure!