There are moments when a painting doesn’t do what you expect it to… and well, that’s what happened this week in the studio.Read More
Friends, I believe I’ve gone off the deep end.
Welcome to my new hobby: dollhouse miniatures!Read More
Artist block and burnout are two sides of the same dreadful coin. The fine line between them is an artist’s paradise, where art gets done smoothly, ideas come together quickly, and we sleep easily when the day is done.Read More
I'm constantly challenging myself with art. I painted on pennies for a show of tiny art in March.Read More
I don't know if it's the light (or lack thereof) but February crawled by. I had no idea how much art I'd made until I looked at my log of finished work. I've been busy!Read More
I love tattoos and body mods. I have a number myself, and I’m literally counting the days until I get my next tattoo. I was ecstatic when Tabitha asked me to do this drawing for her, and if she could get it as a piece of permanent body art.
The main motif she asked for was wildflowers, and boy was that a challenge! I don’t draw too many of those, but I was willing to give it a go. Thankfully for me, she also likes skulls and deer sheds which totally fits with the oddities and curiosities I like to draw anyways! Finding a way to fit them all together was the fun bit, and I went through lots of sketches before I found one I liked.
Challenges only spur creativity, right? Once we decided on a layout we liked, I jumped right into drawing. I went with an old textbook illustration feel, and threw in some falling petals as accents. This was the first big piece I drew with my new Lamy fountain pen *drools over art supplies*
I thought it looked good as a drawing, but I’m stunned at the tattoo! I’m so honored to be a part of Tabitha's creative expression, and hope she looks on it fondly for a long time to come.
Have an artful day!
I find that I have the best day when I go through what’s become my morning ritual and ease into the day. Weekends are the best.Read More
Share the love-- with this downloadable squished mosquito coloring page.Read More
Today, I’m working on a pin-up logo,some stuff for Star Wars in May, and deciding which pieces of art to hang in a show next weekRead More
Winter bitterness aside, I've been keeping myself busy with projects. I made the leap to being a full-time artist a little while ago, and the response has been fantastic. Here's my January 2018 art round-up!Read More
Well, it’s officially official-- I just signed a contract for my next show, and I’m throwing myself into it. Rebels, Imperial Bastards, Ewoks and Jar Jar Binks-- Hang on kid, Fairbanks is going into hyper drive May 4th.Read More
Here's the four art-savvy podcasts I've been listening to. They're varied, and all worth giving a listen, no matter what kind of creative you are. On to the list!Read More
Things have been working out-- but in moving my studio and life into a new home, I realized how many paintings I had around from old shows, and I looked at the state of the cupboards. It struck me that I might do something about both.Read More
Convinced that a world inhabited by fairies and elves would be a much more entertaining place to live, I fashioned my world after Tolkien's Middle Earth and Never Never Land. I envisioned a place where adventures happen, and there are always wonderful things to look at.Read More
Whether it sold for $10,000 or $10, my hope is the same...Read More
While I doodle, and I love drawing and working on my art, I will admit I’m guilty of coming up with all sorts of excuses through the day. Inktober was a game changer.Read More
This month, I set a goal to finally submit to the Fairbanks Arts Association portfolio review, with the hope of landing a show in the 2019 schedule at the Bear Gallery here in Fairbanks. I've meant to do it for years, and this time, I would make it happen.Read More
It’s the beginning of the most magical time of the year. Happy October 1!
Endless coffee, frosty mornings, and my first Inktober.
The drawing challenge has been on my radar for a while, but I always seem to miss the beginning. I end up waiting for the next one. This year I marked my calendar, and, if you would believe it, I’m managing to relaxon vacation in the middle of nowhere (aka Circle, Alaska).
Stepping away from the monotony on occasion makes all the difference for me.
I want so badly to fill my sketchbook today-- I’ve been counting down the days until this drawing challenge, and the fresh air has done me good. Being less busy, I can let my mind wander and appreciate the funny little shapes, tones and colors that inspire me in nature. I’m taking my time and soaking it all in, so that I can bring it back to the studio with me when I get home. In the meantime, I have drawing to do, and Agatha Christie mysteries to read!
Signing off for now,
Last week, I blabbed a bit about my favorite canvases to use-- those lovely deep profile beauties. So what motivates me to use something else?Read More
Warning: This week, I’m going to nerd-tastically gab at you about my absolute favorite canvases, and some of the qualities I look for when I’m out in the world hunting these majestic beasts.Read More