Don’t mind the mess around here!
You can find my artwork here: Gallery
Don’t mind the mess around here!
You can find my artwork here: Gallery
New paintings just added to the gallery:
Order prints of any of these paintings HERE
To see what’s available, go to my GALLERY.
Prints of almost all of my work will be for sale in time for Christmas!
Glicee printing on canvas (hand-signed). Gallery-wrapped, 2-inch deep. Ready to hang!
(order needs to be placed by 12/15 if needed by 12/25):
Some sizing might not be available for all images.
Glicee prints (hand-signed, matted in white, in protective sleeve)
(order needs to be placed by 12/21 if needed by 12/25. Some time restrictions may apply as holiday approaches):
Ceramic tiles and coasters. Backed with cork, ready to hang or place on table-top
Some sizing might not be available for all images. You can complete your order through the link:
A couple new pieces were just added to my gallery. Soon I’ll be posting more from my sketchbook that were done in the same style. Also a few large pieces will follow (but they tend to be time consuming to complete).
Watercolor tattoos are the newest sensation in body art, and for good reason. As tattoos have entered into the mainstream, there has been an increase in styles for every type of person, and tattoos applied in the style of watercolor paint – with its subtleties, lavish colors, and transparencies – can do more to adorn a body than detract from it. It takes a delicate artist to be able to do this medium justice, and I’ve found just a few pieces that have really captured the look of watercolor and ink.
We’re starting out pretty easy. I had begun the 15-Day Drawing Challenge, courtesy of Amanda Wright (Wit & Whistle), about 5 days ago. So I’m on #6, “A Word.” I posted a page out of my sketchbook from a couple of the first ones below. This one is due on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4th.
#15DayDrawingChallenge – THE CHALLENGE! Draw these things: 1. a pattern 2. an animal 3. your favorite thing to wear 4. something you found on the ground outside 5. recipe instructions 6. a word 7. an insect 8. a cross section 9. an animal doing something only humans can do 10. something in a jar 11. a diagram 12. something you’re afraid of 13. a plant 14. your favorite food 15. something microscopic
I found it on Pinterest, and you can follow my personal Pinterest page HERE. You’ll probably be seeing most of my photo inspiration being pinned before I post them here 😉
Here are a couple of 8×10″ watercolors commissioned through my Etsy shop. Both of them are gifts; one for the commissioner’s friend, another for her sister. Both are of pets that recently passed away. I love the idea of making art to commemorate a lost one…So sweet! They’re in the mail today, and I hope she and their recipients love them 🙂
The portrait special is going GREAT, and I’m having a blast 🙂
Don’t forget that the deal on acrylic and watercolor portraits ends in 5 days! So be sure to reserve your spot before someone else snags it. I have quite a few more paintings to do, so space is also limited by the amount of time I have.
Here are a couple that are done and ready to ship:
Acrylic portrait for grandma. 11×14″ for $60! Order your own HERE.
Watercolor present for husband’s birthday. 5×7″ for $24.99! Order your own HERE.
(Watercolors don’t scan very well – sorry for the quality)
At least three to do this week, so more updates coming soon 🙂
STARTING AT $24.99!
This sale is also more than 50% off of regular price, and will be ending SOON. So hurry up and reserve your commission before someone else does, because supply is quite limited 🙂
One example to show so far, more coming soon!
For more watercolor pieces, check out my Gallery [link].
I currently have a huge sale on custom acrylic commissions going on now (more than 50% off) and through August 16th. It’s definitely a wonderful way to have a piece made especially for you or your loved ones 🙂
Check out the details and more examples here: SUMMER SPECIAL
AND 20% OFF of regular commissions if you order before August 9th! Check it out: here.
Because I always enjoy seeing step-by-step processes of art pieces, I’ve been taking pictures throughout the process of my most recent watercolors.
First up: Blackberries
Supplies: 140 lb. Arches cold-press paper, pencil, watercolors, Q-tips (to lift paint), and probably a bit of Doc Martin’s Bleed-Proof White (for highlights of berries)
1. Wash of background colors and tracing with graphite/carbon paper
2. Complete stems
3. Begin work on berries and leaves; skipping around while each element dries. I’ve also added some branches in the background to add more depth to the image.
4. Continue to slowly build up berries and leaves, being careful not to over-paint any portion while it’s drying.
My work area during the final stages of the painting.
The completed painting:
And now that you’ve scrolled through all of that, here’s a time-lapse video. Ooo, so fancy.
I’m teaming up with Abby Young for new Christmas cards this year, so keep your eye out after Thanksgiving when I plan to be releasing them 🙂
Don’t forget what an awesome gift personalized artwork is. Commissions open, and price list HERE.
In the meantime, here’s an art piece I created this summer:
I have a Behance page now, too, and you can check out some progression shots HERE.
You can view a collection of my artwork in APRIL ONLY at the University Place Forza (click for map).
I hope you can make it!
Something You Haven’t Seen Yet:
Here’s a book cover that I had done as a favor (something I don’t recommend on ANY level, even if the commissioner is your bestest friends in the whole world):
The author of The Veil Wars never got back in touch with me concerning this piece, so I can assume he didn’t care for it and doesn’t want it. So you guys get to see it! I had stopped working on it in anticipation of hearing back from him, so it’s incomplete. But I might as well stick it up here since I don’t see me ever picking it up again. And look! I can do contemporary soldiers, too!
Regardless of its never being used, this was still a valuable experience in trying to meet the expectations of a client that I’ve never met before (who also lives across the country). Hearing his requests, sharing reference images, drawing sketches and getting feedback on them, then diving into creating an illustration that could more than likely be rejected. It was definitely a valuable experience, if not a waste of some stressful days.
This Summer’s New Paintings:
Besides that, I had forgotten to share my latest time-lapse watercolor piece on here:
This is a long one, but it’s also a very detailed painting. You can jump around and skip the areas that get tedious.
Here’s the painting:
This one was FUN to work on. It’s appeared in one show this summer already (won Honorable Mention), and I’m still waiting to see if it makes it into the Beyond Crayons and Fingerpainting show at B2 Gallery (it’s my last year to of being young enough to enter!). It is currently hanging at my studio/workplace gallery, Uncorked Canvas, which is literally right upstairs from B2 since this August.
Here’s another little watercolor I messed around with (my first attempt on 300 lb watercolor paper, which is actually quite a chore to work with!):
Otherwise, I can say that I have been very unproductive this summer. With school being over, I suddenly don’t have the day-to-day lectures that used to give me a huge amount of time to draw during. I realized after sitting through a meeting this last week, wherein I started drawing feverishly in my sketchpad, that my productivity had been entirely dependent on boredom (plus, I concentrate better during boring lectures when I’m absent-mindedly scribbling). My passion for art has not diminished, but I’ve lost the daily habitual time and place to create, and I haven’t formed new habits for creating yet. Which is really the definition of an unprofessional artist.
When I start creating, the passion is enkindled and I can create and imagine new pieces like no one’s business. But, if I put off feeding that passion for too long, that imagination and ability to create diminishes. “Discipline will set you free,” is a quote by a musical artist that has really stuck with me. That, and the knowledge that inspiration begets inspiration. You don’t run out of imagination or exhaust your skill, but instead, the more you create, the more you are capable of creating. Those truths, realized through experience, have really struck me recently.
Professional artists are scheduled, and know that self-discipline is the only way to success. I can’t remember where exactly I read the article that says it, but one of the traits of an unprofessional artist is the habit of waiting for inspiration to strike before sitting down to draw something, which is the endless, unproductive circle that I’m stuck in right now. I can say, after taking a long break from creating any major pieces, that the fear of failure is actually holding me back, too (and the longer I wait, the more I’m sure of failure). I’ve never had that problem, and I didn’t realize what the issue was before now. And fear of any kind is the lamest reason to put off succeeding or growing as a person or professional. So screw that! I welcome failure! If growth must come at the cost of losing a few pieces of paper and a couple of ounces of paint, then bring it on! Because the step that comes directly beyond that failed piece of art is a lesson in how not to fail the next time.
I added a “Chalkboards” tab under my “Gallery” tab. I did enough of them that I figured they should all be in one place 🙂
I recently bought a new adorable little video camera which is capable of creating time-lapse films. So, being inspired by numerous Youtube clips of people actually recording their watercolor work, I thought I’d have a go at it.
My first set up was simple but I didn’t have the angles quite right. I did succeed in getting some of the bugs hammered out of filming and editing. Attempt 1:
Then, in order to try out this setup (directly over my drawing table):
I completed this VERY quick speedpaint: