Friday, June 10, 2016


crayon, oil pastel
ink, watercolor, paint stick
charcoal, watercolor

Friday, May 20, 2016

Revisited, Revised

When is a drawing completed? Here are some recent examples of revised pieces where I saved scans of the earlier states. All: mixed media on sketchbook paper.
Time to move on!

state 1: colored pencil and wash

final: graphite added to get more contrast

first state: interesting concept and details but not unified in any way.

The final: just add more stuff!

state 1: collage, ink, litho crayon
state 2: red added to pink bird, wash added to backgroiund
state 3: an attempt to warm up and mute the red coloring
Final: local color added, more collage, fish.

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Dandelion's Tale

The first major crop of dandelions blankets the fields and byways of my neighborhood. They remind me of a picture book I illustrated a few years ago.

"The Dandelion's Tale" written by Kevin Sheehan and published by Schwartz & Wade (March 2014) is a story about the unique friendship between a fuzzy old dandelion and a youthful sparrow. The dandelion knows that she has a short time to live and she wants to share her memories with her offspring. The sparrow learns these stories by heart and vows to pass them on.
Below are a few watercolor illustrations from the book.
Friendship is timeless.

…the sparrow heard the dandelion crying in the meadow

The dandelion couldn't survive the terrible storm of the previous night.

Later, the sparrow found a happy group of ten new dandelions in the meadow.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Painting the Sun

Every day, in front of an easel, paintbrush in hand, the artist stands before his patient model and paints a picture.

He paints a castle with a bell tower and doors upstairs and down. The bell sounds far off yet the house vibrates like crazy!
Another day, battling traditional modes of pictorial perspective, a weary bird finally finds a rocky resting place.
On a tower built from discarded canvases, the artist inevitably gets closer to the true subject.

Monday, April 11, 2016

To the Moon!

The bright light of the full moon creates deep black shadows
The waterfall flows all day and all night
Sparkling, splashing, silver scales flashing
Let's go all the way!

Fish going to the Moon
mixed media


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