Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Rock Island

Oil on linen, 16x20

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Old Delhi

Oil on linen, 16x20

I just recently finished this one. The first in a series of paintings based on my travels to India which I will be painting over the next year or so.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Vine charcoal on Stonehenge vellum paper.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Charcoal on Strathmore 500 paper from life.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Ilya Repin

Here's a study after the great Russian artist, Ilya Repin. The original oil painting is called The Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mahmoud IV and measured 358 × 203 cm (140.93 × 79.91 in). My study is 20 x 30 inches and the materials were charcoal pencil on smooth newsprint, which means in about 20 years it will yellow and probably fall apart. I spent about 100 hours on this over the course of 5 weeks and learned a lot about composition, drawing, values, proportion, pencil handling, observing, and most of all, patience. When I did this, I didn't have a real art studio, so I would set up a large drawing board in the tiny dining room of my apartment each morning and work until I couldn't focus my eyes anymore each evening. For background noise, I played all 10 seasons of Friends on dvd. Every episode. Twice. I think having human voices and a laugh track in the background made me feel like a normal person rather than a pathetic artist slaving away at his craft.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Here's a digital painting from life. Total time was about 2 hours working in Photoshop. Samantha takes great gestures and isn't afraid to try a pose that may seem to difficult. In this particular case, however, she choose a much more relaxed pose than normal so I wanted to capture the mood and the lighting of her at rest.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Workshop Demo

Here's a digital painting demo I did at the Art Institute San Diego. Total painting time was about 2 hours after lecturing and answering questions. It was a packed room and I received a lot of positive feedback. I hope to continue doing these at school every quarter. The next workshop will be a digital landscape workshop. This time i will try to work in layers so that the attendees can see more of my process.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Bum portrait

Bum's have the greatest faces sometimes. This fellow was walking around downtown Seattle when I noticed him and took the photo. My medium for this painting is gouache and watercolor on oatmeal colored scrapbook paper.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

More Venice gondolas

Here is a watercolor and gouache color study for a large painting that I will be painting in oil. The final size for the oil painting will be something close to 20" x 30"

This study of a gondola was also painted in watercolor and gouache. For both studies, I'm interested in the color relationships rather than the specific color that I see when I stare intently. I'm trying to resolve the color harmony and the mixing before I get to the more refined finished oil painting.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Downtown SD

Tivoli bar and grill located on 6th and Market St. in Downtown SD. This was done on location in about an hour or so. This is watercolor and gouache in my sketchbook. The paper is for drawing but it has a roughness and thickness to it much like cold press WC paper (but for about 1/3 the cost).

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tuscany Fence

Here's another quickie somewhere in the Tuscan countryside. I have more stuff to upload but I need some time to actually photograph them.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Cinque Terre

Another from my Italy trip a couple years ago. Has it really been that long? I forget which of the 5 towns this was but I'm guessing it was Vernazza. I was pretty sick this day and had on the wrong pair of shoes to hike the trails connecting the towns.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Gondola anyone?

Another Photoshop quickie. The best thing about digital is I don't have any brushes to clean or dried paint to scrape off my palette!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I like trees...

Trees are so fun to paint. Very organic and chaotic and yet structured at the same time. This was on a hike somewhere in LA.

Saturday, January 31, 2009


Another speedpaint in Photoshop. This location was on a trail in Idyllwild/San Jacinto

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

These were done in Photoshop using one brush but varying the different properties. They were painted from photo and memory of a hike I did in LA with my buddy Pat while training for our Peru/Macchu Picchu Trip.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Something from the old country...

Here's a quick digital speed paint from a photo my parents took on their trip to Vietnam. It took a little over an hour in Photoshop.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Sketchbook fun

Water color and gouache in my sketchbook. These took about 45 minutes and were done on location. They are both about 2x3 inches in dimension.