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

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

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

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

Welcoming spring and new beginnings

They say spring is the time for new beginnings, I honestly believe that.  I also believe it’s up to us to take full advantage of the new offerings spring can present us.  That said, let’s get back to some art! Nature has always been an important aspect of my life.  Walks in the wild are nice, but sometimes just walking around the yard can be a joyous experience.  The garden has so many treasures and secrets to share.  My love for nature is going to be a very prominent part of my art going forward.  I think it’s time to … Continue reading Welcoming spring and new beginnings

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

New paints and holiday baking

Hello friends, this weekend has seen new paints and lots of holiday baking, it’s been fantastic! I finally broke down and purchased some Winsor & Newton watercolors.  Da Vinci has been my brand of watercolors for years, and I’ve been happy with Da Vinci, but I thought it was time for a change.  And so far I must say I’m very happy with the Winsor & Newton watercolors.  I am using New Gamboge for the first time, what a great color.  I love how it mixes with blues and sap green.  I’ll be using this color frequently. I made a … Continue reading New paints and holiday baking

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

Lunch bag and flowers

Urban sketching, loose watercolors, flowers…this has been my week so far. While eating my lunch at work yesterday my lunch bag and hat caught my eye. They both hang on a hook next to my desk. It’s something I use everyday at work, but for some reason this was the first time I actually looked at them. I used my new Cognitive Surplus notebook for this bag and hat sketch. The fine nib LAMY Safari fountain pen and a Zebra brush pen provided the line work while I used a handful of Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils for some color. The … Continue reading Lunch bag and flowers