Stepping back

When I went to college in the mid to late 80’s art was very different.  I was also very different. All of my art classes were true hands on – paper, plaster, tubes of paint, pencils, and film cameras were the tools we had.  My last semester of college was the first semester the art department introduced computer graphics.  It was one classroom and there might have been 30 systems.  The only people you could even take the class were seniors and there was a very narrow curriculum that qualified for the class. I loved college art, that was the … Continue reading Stepping back

Capturing the changing garden

Our garden seems to be in a constant state of change right now.  After weeks and weeks of never ending rain we are finally seeing some sunshine.  I think this change has really caused the garden to wake up. We have a pot of Picasso petunias on the deck, we first came across this petunia several years ago and it’s been a staple very year since.  The blooms have a nice deep burgundy center that fades to a bright magenta as it reaches the edge of the flower.  The edge of the bloom has a bright green band, it’s easy … Continue reading Capturing the changing garden

On the rocks and a photo essay

I love rock piles, I really do, whether stacked neatly as a landscape feature or just a pile.  Rock piles are also very challenging to draw, for me they are.  But I love the challenge.  There is so much going on visually, as humans we see the cluster of shapes and we know it’s a lot of rocks.  As an artist when we look at the pile we start seeing all the individual shapes, the shadows, the lines, and the surface texture.  When I look at all the lines and shapes I want to beak it down to the simplest … Continue reading On the rocks and a photo essay

Loose watercolors and focus

I’ve been bouncing around a lot with my art, and my social media usage, I seem to have issues committing to things right now.  But I think it’s time to start narrowing my focus.  I realize we humans need some variety, but I also feel we benefit from less distractions and more focus.  Two things I am really looking forward to actually. On the art front I think a good place for my focus will be the watercolors, the loose watercolors.  And pencil, I love working with pencils.  I’ll utilize both loose sheets and my go to Stillman & Birn … Continue reading Loose watercolors and focus

Honesty and sketchbooks

There are times in our lives when events force us to look at where we are and what led us there.  I am in one of those events, and my art and the direction I want to take my art is an area I have really been looking at. I have been a creative person all my life, I’ve always had a passion for making things, drawing things, or painting things.  Making art is almost a need for me.  It’s similar to how some people view exercise and fitness, it’s a calling that needs to be answered.  It keeps my … Continue reading Honesty and sketchbooks

The watercolors are flowing

I hope everyone is having a nice day today.  We are getting more rain here in NW Ohio, that means happy plants but that also means the exterior house painting must continue to wait. I’m not sure if I have shared this next watercolor out here or not, this was painted last year. As I was going through my boxes of finished art today this piece really jumped out at me.  This was one of my early attempts with loose/abstract watercolors, and to be honest I’m not sure why I haven’t framed this and hung it on the wall.  I … Continue reading The watercolors are flowing

Violets and houses

We have several houseplants scattered around our home, they are frequent subjects for my creative outlets, and our African violet is now starting to bloom.  The blooms vary from pink to almost all white, right now it’s blooming all white with a smidge of pink on the edges.  I originally painted this with the white blooms but it just looked like I forgot to paint the flowers, so I used my creative license and added some color. In the past, I would try to go back into the painting and add some pencil or pen lines, but I have started … Continue reading Violets and houses

Capturing little moments and flowers in watercolor

It’s been a while since I picked up my camera and I’ve really been missing it.  It’s one of those things that I say I want to use, I want to work on, but I just don’t make the time for it.  Well, all of that changed the other day. As I was walking through our living room I noticed morning light hitting the tray of potted plants we keep on our coffee table.  We have two Christmas cactus plants and one very large African violet, the sun was low and creating all kinds of wonderful silhouettes on the Christmas … Continue reading Capturing little moments and flowers in watercolor

A mixed bag of creativity this week

This week has been a real mixed bag of creativity.  I decided to take a commission, something I normally do not do, but I am so glad I did. The person was interested in my version of Frankenstein’s Monster.  The original version was drawn with fountain pen ink, this version was completed using watercolors. I have to admit I had a lot of fun working on this.  I first made a rough drawing in pencil, I then went over the entire drawing with the watercolor washes.  Once the washes dried I went back over everything with a fiber tipped art … Continue reading A mixed bag of creativity this week

Spring cards and flowers everywhere

Greetings my friends, I wanted to put this offer out here for those who may be interested, I am going to be offering two different printed cards for sale.  The cards are 5×7 inches, flat – not folded, and will come with envelopes.  The paper is a nice heavy stock art paper.  These are professionally printed too.  The price per card is $1.50, and shipping averages around $7.00.  Smaller orders will get a reduced shipping charge.  All orders will ship USPS with tracking, I do need to limit this to US addresses only.  Below are the two cards I am … Continue reading Spring cards and flowers everywhere