Thursday, 31 December 2009

Oh Hake Brush, I <3 You

This is a prototype of a painting I'm working on for the opening. I had read about an artist who blended oils with Hake brushes, so I went down to the store to grab one (they're like $3) and wouldn't you know it. Better than a fan brush, the lines blur and soften like melted butter. I'm so in love with this technique.

I will definitely play around with this more!

Sunday, 27 December 2009


I'm trying to finish up some of my unfinished projects laying around. I started this as a watercolor almost two years ago, then added gouache and ink to brighten it. It's a combination of Byzantium Mary images and Mayan dress and colors....A picture of what I think the true vision of Guadeloupe must have been like. Sadly, I don't have a picture of the initial painting. It would have been nice to see how it transformed. Anyway, this will leave me some space to work on my new stuff.Oh, and yes there is a small leaf that blew onto the picture while I was taking this outside. I would have taken another one if it wasn't a million degrees below zero right now!!

11" x 14" Gouache & Ink

Saturday, 26 December 2009

New Year - New Goals

I decided I'm going to try to do this opening before I leave this summer. It will be called "One Last Love Affair With Columbus" - a tribute to this amazing city that I'm leaving. I have 17 works on the shelf that need to be completed, matted, and framed. Along with that I have to rent space, get my website up and running, and market this party.

Well, a new year signifies new beginnings so I took the first step to frame my first piece.

(16 more to go...)

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Storm Over Columbus

16" x 36" (oil on canvas)

I think I'm about finished with this piece. I might touch it up later, but for now, I think I'm done....

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Santa is a drunk hippie

Monday, 16 November 2009

Works in Progress..

I worked on two paintings this weekend: the Goodale lillies and an old canvas I'm salvaging to do a cityscape on. I appologize ahead of time for the picture quality since I took this with my cell phone (digital camera wasn't linking to the computer last night for some reason). I'm hoping to get better pictures soon...

New Canvas Rack - now I need something to fill it

I finally was able to clean out the rest of out back bedroom (that ended up being a storage place for the junk we've accmulated these last 7 years). I was able to salvage some old limber that I had made into an impromtu bookshelf at year and converted it to a nice canvas rack. Ideally, I would use wire instead of twine, but it was pretty cheap....and right now, I'm doing things on the cheap.

I basically nailed the sides and interwove the twine in a cross hatch pattern. I was quite pleased with the results. The twine has some give so, I might tighten that up at some point, but it was nice to get something done....

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Figure Studies at Wild Goose

I went out to Wild Goose tonight for their figure study studio. What a great place!

Thursday, 5 November 2009

The TX200

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Friday, 23 October 2009

Le Fou

Le Fou Qui Cherche
(Oil/Acrylic on canvas board)
There is that space between the lingering night and the dawn that is very special to me. It’s a time where anything can happen. You can choose to throw everything to the wind, walk away from it all, or look at life with a new perspective. The ancients used to say this time was sacred to the gods. This was a time where the light is weak and destiny can be influenced. This is a time for those with courage, for those who are driven to take destiny by its very horns…laughing in the face of circumstance.

This is a time for furtive growth...

Wednesday, 21 October 2009


I spent my lunch break in the park today. I love this time of year, the gold, red, and rust colored leaves. These are days I squint my eyes and see more than just the leaves dancing in sunlight. These are days when it seems that the very trees dance for joy...

Monday, 19 October 2009

Fall cleaning

It's been kind of a rough month for illness and business, so in the spirit of Autumn. I cleaned and organized my art desk this evening in preparation for working on some new projects. I'm also planning on doing some more outings to find nice seed pods and stones for inspiration.

Monday, 28 September 2009

Goodale's Lillies

I had recently bought an artpack from Jerry's artaRama. It's this super back-pack with a million and one little pockets for paints and brushes, plus padded slots for canvas and drawing pads. I decided to go out adventuring yesterday and paint a small acrylic piece. This is of the water lillies in Goodale Park. Clumbus, OH.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Congregation of Bone

Congregation of Bone (Oil 36" x 18")

Here are the close ups:

Friday, 4 September 2009

Work In Progress #2

I finally got the main bone piece done.

I finished the bone forest behind it this morning. (YEah, couldn't sleep and got up at 6 am to paint - I must be going crazy!) I've got to let this dry for a couple days and those dark spots will turn into water molecule machines.

Almost done!

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Work In Progress

'm so excited. I finally figured out the texture and shades of bone. I'm working on this painting (48" x 24") It's been kind of a learning project, pushing myself to do something I've never done before. It's been about 2 months of me trying to learn the glazing techniques of the Dutch Masters.

Finally I get some headway today.

Here is some of the steps, I've been doing:

Granted I'm only 10% done(and even after I get this layer done, I might have to go over with some Zinc to really get the edges to pop....I might be on this for the next 60+ hours, but I'm so excited

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

I'm currently working on two paintings:

The first is a 48” x 24” oil painting, traditional method. I’m up to the third layer and will add another three or four layers onto this. It’s starting to take some cohesive shape. I’ve yet to add the colors and highlights to it, but this is kind of what a foundation looks like.

The second is a small 12” x 8” acrylic piece that I started last night. I was inspired by the photography of Christina Garcia Rodera. I don’t think this one is really done yet. I’m going to try to varnish it with oils (much like the technique of the Dutch masters) and see if I can get more luminosity out of it.

Thursday, 13 August 2009


I was thinking about some of my old work that never got on here. Here's some stuff that I have done in the last 2 years:

Mechination of Water - oil (gift for a friend)

This was a design I made for tote bags....concept based on a story told to me from a friend

This was my first piece combining watercolor and ink, a technique that I am falling madly in love with!

This was one of my first acrylic pieces, while I'm not that comfortable with this medium, I do like the boldness of the colors and the fact that you can work quick, do many layers and finish a painting in a day

This is a little piece I did of my friend Heidi - My favorite Parisian vampire :)

Sunday, 9 August 2009


I finally got a set of Rapidiograph pens from koh-i-noor. They are truly amazing! I can totally see why a lot of ink artists swear by these. The lines are so crisp and the nib flies over the paper. I went to the park to try my hand at some free from drawing.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009


graphite 10" x 6"

Friday, 24 July 2009

"Pixie" - graphite

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Storm Born

"First Attempt"




Storm Born

There was a place for daugthers
In the cupbord
A dark place
Mystery-full of stories and storms
Much like the hot nights of August
The prayer for one sweet breeze
Yet all you got was the

Rainless destruction
Thunderous rumbling

A deep plowing of earth

Dark grooves of knowledge left behind.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Value Reduction

This weekend, I took some time to work on some value reduction. The first two are for a series I wanted to do on the moon and the last picture is a botanical study that I did from plants in my garden.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

This weekend I worked on some new projects involving ink.

Sepia Ink, Pastel, Gouache, Acrylic

Sepia Ink, Parchment

Watercolor, India Ink

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Somewhere in the space between the steps of a dancer,
The prayer of a devotee, and the sigh of a lover;
Lies the birthplace of hope.
Each step, each breath, each cry is a constant-
And unyielding desire to-
Climb the mountain of expectations.

In each of us, there is a movement in space,
Much like the humidity of the Troposhere-
That runs to the desert skies.
Whirling clouds of condensing will,
With tempests and tornados of desire-
Carving out love letters in the unsuspecting hills.

Could we cry at calamity when it often comes
From the deepest of desires?
Could we stop the movement of our tectonic hearts
As they shift and bend to the pressure of hope?
Even if we could stop the tides and turning of the globe;
Would we be justified in disdain-
At the movement of space within?