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

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

Playing with flowers and doing some big drawings

Hey folks…we are still in the thick of an extreme winter season.  Today we are predicated to a reach a record high temperature of 60°F with an inch of rain and thunderstorms followed by a low tonight of 20°F with 20-30 mph winds.  And the cold snap continues for the rest of the weekend.  If anyone finds Spring, please direct her our direction! I’ve been keeping busy painting daisies in my sketchbook.  This two page spread was an experiment in style, keep it loose or heavy with a pen.  I keep liking the pen.  I used a fiber tip art … Continue reading Playing with flowers and doing some big drawings

Challenges

Today’s post is going to be a bit longer than usual, I’ll apologize for that now. When you go through a very challenging time you tend to question things, a lot of things.  That’s what has been happening here.  I’ve spent the last two years going through what has to be the most challenging time of my life.  You could say it’s been life changing.  Now I’m not telling you this because I am looking for sympathy, but more of offering an explanation of why I have been in and out of here.  Posting and not posting.  When you go … Continue reading Challenges

Pencil drawings and a few thoughts

I’ve been feeling a little burnt out with the art lately, I’m actually a bit bored with it.  But after several long conversations with my wife I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve fallen into the Instagram trap.  I’ve been making art based on what gets the most “likes” on Instagram, and Facebook too.  And because of that, my art has started looking like a lot of art that’s out there, not that the art that is out there is bad, but there are a lot of people doing a lot of the same thing.  Not that that’s a bad … Continue reading Pencil drawings and a few thoughts

Mugs and old places

The pencil sketches/value studies continue. The last two days I have been focusing on tea mugs and old buildings. I don’t like to use the word teacup, I always picture a very dainty and small decorative cup detailed in flowers and sitting on an equally small and detailed saucer. I could just say coffee mug, but I am not a coffee drinker. I am a dedicated tea drinker who loves hot tea from a large mug. I never really appreciated the complexity of drawing a mug until these last few days. A cylinder and some lines and a bit of … Continue reading Mugs and old places

Value studies and loose watercolors

I’ve committed myself to really focus on the watercolors. I’ve always enjoyed watercolors, both painting them and looking at them. For years I have worked with watercolors, not really giving them a whole lot of thought, I’ve always just used them as an accent to the pen drawings. I think I just became comfortable, and maybe lazy, with that combination. But going forward the pens will be used for quick sketches and writing. To gain better control of the watercolors I am going back to basics. Lots of value studies and quick sketches. The value studies may never develop into … Continue reading Value studies and loose watercolors