Monday, June 23, 2014

Jurassic Dog

Winnie asked me to do a painting for her office. 
I said "awesome I can paint a robot fighting Mozart..."
She said "no, I want a painting of the dogs."
"The dogs?"
She looks at me, "yeah I want both of them in it."
"Woman you want me to do a dog portrait!? A dog portrait? Shoot I didn't go to school to paint a dog portrait." I said in my head.
She raised her left eyebrow, "Nothing too big"
"Yes, dear"

I sketched a whole bunch of different compositions. Wanted to make it as interesting as possible. This is what I came up with.  

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wide Load

Here are two sketches for my illustrated book. I've done a bunch of thumbnails that only I can decipher. These two need less interpretation. 
It's been fun drawing just for the sake of drawing. I feel such freedom when I can sit and put pencil to paper. I watched an interview of one of my favorite artists - Claire Wendling - today.  Very inspiring, she talked about how she recently overcame a horrible situation that prevented her from drawing. She described it as "something broke inside."  Can you imagine being denied something you love doing?  

If you are curious here is the interview.

pencil on mix media paper

Sunday, June 15, 2014


I will be stepping away from this painting for now. I've learn what I can. Lessons learned? Simplify values and be bold with what you choose (thanks Tim Coman). I was timid, safe and non-committal. My darks were not dark, lights were not light. That left the painting with no focus or an entry point for the viewer. What a great lesson! 
Onto the next one.   

Acrylic on Board, 36 x 24 inches  

Sorry for the horrible pictures. Need to get an actual camera instead on using my phone :)

Friday, June 13, 2014


I have been struggling this week. Why? Been studying Rembrandt and Caravaggio paintings to see how they use light. Wanted to create the same dramatic feel for my painting. The more I studied their work, the more I realize how far away I am. My painting was flat, busy and crappy in comparison.
Ever feel overwhelmed with the prospect of failure? This is normal for me when I try something new. Whatever sickness I have, I keep doing this.
After having some beers in a fetal position, I emailed some friends for help. One of them, Tim Coman, did a paintover of my painting. You can see what he did below. He told me about "Simplifying values." It made totally sense to me -now I know what I had to do. Smart guy!
Now I'm excited for the weekend. I will post what I have on Monday.  

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Painting in Progress

Here is where I am with my latest painting. Don't really have a name for it yet. Any suggestions? 
A lot of steps still but at least I can see the end. Today I've been trying to make the lighting feel believable.  Light and space around the girl is twisted on purpose but  I didn't want that to be a factor distracting the viewer. My paintings are usually narrative driven and I try to eliminate anything that would take away from my story. 
At least I hope the viewer is curious. At the most the viewer is disarmed and puts down their cellphone for a moment to explore.   

Acrylic on board (24x36) WIP

Under Painting

Friday, June 6, 2014

Key Image

Here is a key image for my book. Ever feel like everyone know something you don't?

Graphite on mixed media paper 11x14