Friday, February 12, 2016

Workshops in Galax, VA

I am pleased to announce that I'll be teaching workshops at the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts in Galax, VA on March 12 and 13. Each day is a separate workshop, so people can sign up for one or two days.

The first workshop on Saturday, March 12, 2016 is Cultivating Creativity from 9AM-4PM. Based on the online workshop I launched in January, this mixed-media workshop is about letting go and opening up to the unpredictable and the accidental as a way to much our creativity.

The second workshop on Sunday, March 13, 2016 is Building Layers from 9AM-4PM. This mixed media workshop is all about creating rich layers with simple materials. So, if you've ever wondered how artists get those rich layered works, don't miss this workshop.

David and I had so much fun last year teaching in Galax. Unfortunately, David can't make it this year, so I'll be going solo. For more information or to register click the links above, or go to the Chestnut Creek website.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Penny Hauffe at Purcellville Town Hall

I was able to spend part of this evening at an art reception for local Northern Virginia artist, Penny Hauffe at the Purcellville Town Hall. Penny is a versatile artist painting pretty much everything, and her exhibit of forty-two works contains everything from abstracts to highly rendered portraits, from whimsical animal paintings to landscapes. One of my favorites was a large painting of colored pencil shavings.

One of my wife's favorites was the Blueberry Snail. If you're in the Leesburg/Purcellville area, make certain to stop by the Purcellville Town Hall to check out Penny's work.

Monday, February 8, 2016

More Watercolor Experiments

Here are a few more scans of the watercolor experiments that I did last week using liquid watercolor paints.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Rocking the Cradles

I've been experimenting with a lot of ideas in my journal and with small artworks on paper, but I haven't made any larger work in a while. So, today I spent time in the studio building cradles from masonite and pine boards for future larger work. I built three cradles and had a fourth lying around the studio, so now I have a 24"x24", an 18"x24", a 10"x10", and a 6"x9" cradle ready to go.

I used to work primarily on canvas and most often would stretch my own, but when I got into mixed media, I began working primarily on paper. Needing a way to display the work, I would mount the artwork onto the cradles. Recently, I began simply priming the cradles and creating directly on top. I'm looking forward to getting some new pieces going.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Watercolor Experiments

Earlier in the week, I began some pieces using some of the techniques from the Cultivating Creativity Online Workshop with liquid watercolor paint. The liquid watercolor is a concentrated dye-based paint that reacts a little differently than the semi-moist pans that I normally use. The liquid watercolor have an intensity that I like.

I'm not sure where these pieces are going, but it was fun layering and experimenting with the paint.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


I work very spontaneously most of the time, and I don't plan many things out or make sketches. I do explore ideas quite a bit in my journal and in smaller works giving me a lot of practice with images and technique. But I always want my work to be about discovering something.

Lately, I have been drawn to imagery that I first explored more than six years ago in my Excavation series. I have been fascinated with the geometric shapes radiating from a central point, and this concept is perfect for exploring as line work using black ink. I might even explore this idea as larger works and paintings.

Over the last two days I have been working on a new radiating piece similar to one that I shared a few days ago in this post. With that first drawing, I draw the entire thing with the pens, and though I like how it turned out overall, there are a few things that feel "off" about it. I wanted to minimize these "off" feeling parts, so for this new piece, I sketched a design in pencil first. I drew it completely freehand, no rulers and no compasses, and I purposefully made some parts a little "off". I've been slowly developing the line quality and the texture, and I'll share more when finished.

Interestingly, several people have mentioned Star Wars in connection to the first line drawing I did a few days ago. My wife and I did recently see The Force Awakens, and I have been a big fan since the original was released when I was a kid. So, maybe there's an unconscious nod to the films.

But beginning a new piece is always filled with such excitement and promise. I can't wait to see where this one goes.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Art and Soul - Portland

Dave and I are gearing up for Art and Soul - Portland, which is just one month away. It will be my first trip to Portland, and I'm looking forward to it. We will be presenting three workshops - one evening and two full-day workshops, and we still have spots available.

So, if you've been looking to come create with us, we would love to have you join us at Art and Soul. Click the links below for information and to register.

Art and Soul, Portland, OR, February 29 - March 6, 2016

We will also be at Art and Soul's other retreats in Minneapolis and Virginia Beach. Registration for those are open now as well.

Monday, February 1, 2016


I've been experimenting a lot lately, jumping from one idea to another. I am very much in the midst of an exploration phase. I haven't settled on one idea or one line of inquiry, so I've been playing and experimenting, trying out different images, different techniques, and different media. It's always good to try on different things, to mix things up, to push outside of my comfort zone.

Sunday, January 31, 2016


I've been slowly adding to this drawing that I started some time last week. I've been using the Faber Castell Pitt Pens again to embellish and embolden the work. Working on my art is a way for me to deal with the recent loss allowing me to keep busy and  focus on the present moment.