New Year, Love and Art Books

As we wrap up the year I would like to thank all of you who read this blog. It has been a very eventful year with both ups and downs. No matter what, I still feel blessed and thankful to have the support of so many wonderful people. Over the past few posts I have posted…

New: Sketchbook Paintings 3

Ready for more small paintings?  Here are more of the paintings from my sketchbook. These and more paintings are part of a book I will show later. For now, enjoy!

New: Sketchbook Paintings 2

Can using a limited palette take your painting skills to the next level?  The short answer is yes.  A limited palette forces you out of color-mixing habits. If you don’t have a color “grass green” you’ll have to mix it from scratch, and you’re more likely to get the right green that way. James Gurney I…

Where did Creative Book Review #6 Go?

I’m saying it because debates are taking place in cinema, painting, dance, fiction, poetry and theater on issues where Christians have something to give, and yet they are not even being heard. – Steve Turner Don’t you hate it when you work hard on a project you can’t use? If you follow me on social media,…

New: Sketchbook Paintings

Everyone loves seeing sketchbook work right? Check out these pages from my watercolor moleskin sketchbook. This one is a study of a photo from a trip to the Detroit Zoo several months ago. This sketch is from this is for a personal project I’m working on I will talk more about that later. Later this week…

Unicycle Brand Contest Entry

I had a lot of fun painting this piece, I haven’t entered a contest like this since I was in art school. I did this painting for a contest hosted by Unicycle Brand. To enter the contest artists had to use one of the reference photos provided by the website to do a piece of…

Postcard Illustration: Octo-Samurai

I wanted it to be something epic. I always liked the over the top fights in anime and martial arts movies so I decided to go in that direction when working on the illustration. This piece is an illustration for my promotional postcards I’m sending out to potential editorial clients. The inspiration came from a…

Creative Book Review 1: Make Art Make Money by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens

“It is foolish to think we can’t be both artists and entrepreneurs , especially when Henson was so wildly successful in both categories.” -Elizabeth Hyde Stevens  Originally published in 2013, Make Art Make Money isn’t your typical book with 10 lessons that will set you on the path to greatness. It doesn’t give you a…

Your Art Matters

Your Art Matters 18 x 24 in Acrylic, spray paint, watercolor, ink, gouache and paint marker This is a poster I made for my classroom for my students as a reminder that the art they do matters. The idea sprang from a conversation I had with Bea Jackson about complements people give us (artists); things…