Archive for October, 2013


Check out these beauties. They arrived today and were nicely chilled to boot.

In case you aren’t familiar Burning Tree Cellars licensed my art for one of their wine labels in exchange for a small sum and a few bottles of their liquid nectar. They held off shipping them until the weather cooled.


Perhaps it was for the best I had no way to open one at the gallery today.

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In The Pink – Chilean Flamingos
Watercolor Pencil on Arches watercolor paper
approx size 17×29
It’s that time of year when the birds flock together and head south for winter. But these two paintings are heading to Florida permanently. Thanks to C. Peel for visiting the gallery and making two of my paintings a part of your home.

A Tail Too Long – Scarlet Macaw
Watercolor Pencil on WC Paper
approx. 7×27


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I need a rest to recover from artfair season and gear up for the big holiday push.

I love this song. It’s happy despite the lyrics which seem appropriate for this post.

See you all in a few days.

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This isn’t a real post. It’s more a rambling of nonsensical stuffs that means … well … not much. But sometimes … just sometimes, it’s feels good to let the crazy out. Fell free to skip this one. 🙂

So you’d think being an artist that I would in fact sketch.  It is after all a really important aspect to being an artist, the ability to draw. Or at least it is for someone who’s actual method of creating art is drawing not painting.

But in point of fact I don’t.


I used  to.

But don’t now.

Anywho, I used sketch and doodle a lot. Perhaps it was before I turned this art thing into my living. Or perhaps it’s  because the way I work has changed. When I now have an idea for creating I do the rough sketch and then go in and clean it up to almost a coloring book like look. This is because I now tend to work on surfaces in which I can’t actually erase on. So the drawing must be simplified for tracing and copying over to the delicate substrate.

Another reason is because currently I don’t have loads of free time to spend doing an activity which produces no real results in the short term. Yes long term sketching is very good for the artist’s soul and skill set. I know this. I believe this. But none-the-less when I come up with an idea, then I work on that idea. I don’t randomly do trifling bits of drawing destined for well … nothing.

So why now you ask?

I had planned on taking a piece to demonstrate on at Riverssance since I knew the weather was going to be perfect. And while I had something almost ready it wasn’t close enough. I need to have a piece started. It doesn’t have to be far along. But whenever I begin a piece at an art fair it always ends in the trash. And I’ve already explained why I don’t do non productive or non result oriented things.

So I brought my journal along to the event. I have a hankerin’ to do another giraffe piece (and flamingo and wolf) so I grabbed a few photo and sketched out several heads shots that may be part of the new piece but are not it in it’s entirety. And most likely will not be used at all.

I felt I had better document it. You know like a UFO sighting or something. To have readily available proof that yes indeedy, I do sketch for no real purpose other than it’s enjoyable.

And it was.

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