Friday, August 15, 2014

another WIP - Hylonome

..another WIP spawned from making marks and throwing turp. - Hylonome, 24x36" oil on canvas. Looking forward to working on this a bit more after we finish moving!!  The boxes are taking over the studio at the moment...

Monday, August 4, 2014

oil figure sketch

..more making marks and throwing turp spawned this sketch of a figure - oil on board, 18x24"

I could seriously just make marks and throw and drip turp all day.  It's one of my favorite things to do.  Sometimes I get figures, and sometimes I get sort of SciFi/fantasy type landscapes.  Or sometimes they're just marks.  Love doing them.  And I have a ton of these!  I've usually just called them starts or WIPs.  I put them aside with the intention to keep working on them.  But sometimes I think..maybe they are just finished.  There's a life to them this way that might just be best kept in this state.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

had a great time at Comic Con!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at Comic Con!  I had a great time, and enjoyed speaking to so many people about our new studio and getting classes going again.  The enthusiasm and excitement about our new space is much appreciated!  I had a lot of fun sketching and painting with everyone in the booth, seeing friends, meeting new people, and checking out all the cosplay.  I come away inspired by all the amazing talent that surrounded me, and motivated by all the great conversations I had with so many awesome people!

painting alongside Maggie Ivy

Hammin' it up with Ron Lemen and Eddie Holly in cosplay

Friday, July 18, 2014


This is a detail from a painting I did shortly after we moved our studio down to Park Blvd.  It's a portrait from life, and the model is Tori Roze.  Always love painting her.  And I do love using that rake too!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

currently on the easel...

WIP, oil on canvas, 30x40"
..another WIP, oil on canvas, 30x40"
Of the many WIPs I've got, this one is speaking the loudest and wants to be on the easel at the moment.

also, click the Paintings page tab to see more paintings and finishes

Monday, June 16, 2014

a WIP of Sirens

Sirens, oil on board, 22x28"
I decided that I might start posting more WIPs.  This is a WIP of Sirens - oil painting on board, 22x28".  What I'll add to it might not be a whole lot more - or at least, not extremely noticeably different - but still, it's a WIP.  I've got a lot of WIPs at the moment, and I hope by posting some that it puts me that much closer to finishing them.  We'll see if that plan works. 

To see some of my finished paintings, click on the Paintings page tab

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

another Book of Kells sketch

acrylic and graphite on book pages  ~ painting, drawing, sanding and palette knife.

Monday, May 12, 2014

another painting sketch in the Book of Kells

Acrylic on white book pages - painting and palette knife and sanding and scraping - 4x6"

This sketch is on a 2-page spread of white pages.  I made marks with my palette knife, sanded, painted, made marks, sanded, scraped, and found faces in the marks I made, and painted into them a bit more - which is generally how I work and come up with things on a blank surface.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

more in the book of Kells

Another acrylic sketch in the Book of Kells.

The text on the left page is text from what was already on the page, and I just painted over the rest of the paragraph.  I've been discovering and composing new phrases and sentences that really are very different from what the entirety of the paragraph is about, and end up influencing what happens in the sketch as well.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

another sketch in the Book of Kells

..acrylic and graphite on book page, 4x6".  This one went through many stages and was sanded and scraped and scratched at many times until this face emerged.  Not much of the book page shows through as a result, but there are layers of faces and scribbles underneath this one.