Thursday, September 11, 2014

Portrait Painting Demo at the San Diego Portrait Society

I will be doing a portrait painting demonstration Friday September 12th at the San Diego Portrait Society.  Click the image for more info about the demo.

3:00 - 5:00pm
North University Library
8820 Judicial Drive, San Diego 92122
off Nobel Drive near 805
All are welcome!

ps. It's Ron's birthday on the day of the demo, and he will be my model.  Should be fun!

Spectrum Exhibition at the Society of Illustrators

I am very honored to have my painting, Vortex, included in the Society of Illustrators Spectrum Exhibition! Many thanks to curators Irene Gallo, Greg Manchess, Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner!
The show runs from September 2nd to October 18th, 2014, and the opening reception is Friday September 12th - beginning at 6:30pm.
Though I won't be able to attend, I'm very happy that my painting is in great company among so many amazing artworks.  If you're in or near the NYC area, you should definitely go see the exhibition. Visit the Society of Illustrators website for more info.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

and another sketch in the book of kells

..another painting sketch in the book of kells - acrylic on book pages (6x9" 2-page spread), words on left page are text showing through from underneath = "have character and purpose"

Thursday, September 4, 2014

another sketch in the book of kells

..another acrylic/graphite sketch in the Book of Kells sketchbook (6x9") - more painting, drawing, sanding, palette knife, and text from the page underneath showing through again - "be at the head of the curious. allow them to wonder"

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