Monday, February 27, 2012

Hopping the Pond!

One of my pieces is finding a new and weird home (hehehe) across the pond...and here it is all wrapped up and ready to go.  It will be departing tomorrow!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Native Woman

Below is a charcoal sketch I did months ago, but I liked the strange, glazed over look in her eye and the way her mouth sits on her face.  I believe the actual photo was done by someone with National Geographic (who I LOVE) and she was part of a tribal ceremony of some sort.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Watercolor and Ink, Gem of the Cosmos

So, I was playing around with colors and ink, and this is what came of it.  I wanted to test out some patterns and colors and see what kind of drippy designs I could create.  I'm not quite sure what it is, or what I want it to be, but here goes.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Umbrella Bunny and Masked Bird

Here is a little illustration I did many months ago that I did in ink and watercolor.  It's of a furry hat and red polka dot shirt wearing bunny being a bit perplexed by his/her masked bird friend.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Desert Scene Painting Process

Tonight I have a new painting in the works to show.  I suppose this is just another thing that I have started and have yet to finish.  I'm working out what details I want to add and the mood as well, although that has already begun to develop.  I first gessoed the fiber board and then sketched out the desert scene.  The main section of desert (almost the entire bottom half) was created through a mixture of ochre and basic red with an occasional touch of a dark, red-undertoned brown.

What I have so far is a very basic painting with very little depth (in the sand anyway)and not any real focus.  As of now this square painting is sitting on my easel waiting to be completed.

^Mixture used to create basic dark desert color.

YES, at that point that weird texture was on purpose.

So, what do you think?  Boring, great, needs more, or just fine as is??? I obviously think it needs to be finished, but part of being an artist is knowing when to stop.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Truck Art.... flat tire, rusted and old

I have something new for everyone today. I've been playing around with charcoal lately and here is something that I'm not quite finished with. This piece of art will be for sale once I have completed all the little details. This truck is rusted and old, and would probably have a lot to say.

I started as always with a light preliminary sketch from reference photos.  I then filled in the darkest shadows which began to give form to the entire piece.  I didn't tape the paper down like I do with my ink art, but instead used a ruler to simply mark out a basic border.  The reason I don't tape it down is because charcoal smears rather easily and I find I can avoid that mess by rotating the paper around as I work.

Original charcoal

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bird and Wine

The inspiration for this painting comes from several things.  The idea is that someone has left his/her belongings behind on a deck by the sea and this is the scene that ensued.

Friday, February 10, 2012


I recently finished a fruit and water painting.  I was trying to achieve the brightest colors possible with the strawberry itself, and I must say that I'm pleased with the results.

So here it is... the name of this painting is Strawberry Drops. It will be up on the originals page soon.

"Strawberry Drops"
Original acrylic on wrapped canvas

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sketch Book

So, I JUST NOW put up a new page that will have all of the work I do in between paintings and serious artwork called "Sketchbook."  The page has sketches, doodles and things that I fancy to draw.  I'll show you some of what's over there now.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Panda Fantasy

Ok, so I know this may seem a bit off from the paintings I have been showing on here, but after you take a look at the ink page, I'm sure you'll realize this is pretty mild.....all things considered.  This new piece that's in the works has a panda, yes I said it, a panda.  Not only a panda, but a person riding a panda.  Let that sink in a bit, and while you're at it, realize you shouldn't get your hopes up about seeing the finished painting.  Why? Well, because I said so.  In the unfortunate event that I find myself hating the painting how it turns out, I'll might consider not posting it.  But, don't worry, cause who knows if that'll even happen...

So here is some of the work in progress, including an initial doodle to get the idea down and some photos of how the painting is coming along.  Enjoy:)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Old and New Paintings!

Hi, everyone!

I know it's been a few days since my last post but I'm back again and with some new art at that.  This first one is one of my first beach-ish landscapes, and I just really enjoy the color of the water in this scene.

 "Summer Breeze"
Original acrylic on canvas board

This next painting took me a bit of time, because I wanted to mix the colors just right. I also didn't want to have two big, perfect, orange circles sitting there staring at me.  I really wanted a bit of a skewed or stretched appearance to the perspective; to give these two some personality.

original acrylic on canvas board