Tuesday, November 22, 2011

This evening I spent about 30 minutes sketching turkey skeletal structures. This is more an intellectual exercise than a piece of fine art. Watercolor on paper.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Portrait of a Gentle Stranger

Nothing special. I didn't feel like sketching all day and around 10:30 this evening I forced myself to sit down and doodle something. I really enjoy drawing with a brush so after a few minutes I got into the zen of it and started to enjoy the process. This is watercolor on heavy watercolor paper. It took less than 30 min.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

An Unraveling Life

I won't have much time today to do a 30 min. sketch so I dashed off a really fast one instead.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Uma Thurman caricature-001

This was my first attempt at a caricature of Uma Thurman. I'll try a more detailed sketch tomorrow...maybe.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Birth Nightmare

Once again I found myself late at night and still not having done a sketch of the day. One advantage to working in digital, is that there is no prep no mess no clean up afterwords... your work can still smell though hehe. This was a stream of consciousness drawing. I didn't have any set ideas before I started it and this evolved. When working from my head sometimes other artists' paintings that I've seen or grew up with come out. There is a little bit of Bosch here I suppose.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Her Majesty

This was a quick sketch before going to bed tonight. I don't have any oil painting at a stage where it would be interesting to post them yet. So I went digital for today's sketch of the day.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Devil Face-001

Today I went back to painting in oil paints ... but with a twist. I want to paint with oils on paper! To do this safely so it is archival I have been devising a way to prepare the paper so it doesn't actually come into contact with the oil paint. I first blocked out an area with gesso on paper. Then started painting with oils on top of the gesso. This is about 7x9 inches and its on a larger 8.5x11 heavy stock craft paper. It took about 30 minutes to get this sketch together. But the whole painting may take days to complete.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Shark Attack-002b

If I keep this up, I'll never become a successful calendar artist. Oh well. My wife told me I can't hang this in our living room. Oh well. lol This is a 7x10" acrylic painting on heavy card stock paper. I have been working on this for about two days. I'll try to do something more pretty tomorrow. :-)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Shark Attack-002a

I started an acrylic painting of the digital painting I did yesterday. Unfortunately I'm very slow when I paint with real paints and I couldn't finish it today. Here is a teaser of a small detail of the painting. I will try to finish it tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Shark Attack-001

This is a quick digital study for an acrylic painting I plan to start tomorrow. My goal was to make a bucolically beautiful seascape that when you examined it closely was full of bloody violence.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Vincent Price-004

Today for my sketch of the day, I finished a commissioned piece that I did for a person who bid on a similar earlier version I put up for auction but lost the bidding on it. It is done in a similar style but it is far from identical to the first one. This is a 5x7" acrylic painting on an 8.5x11" piece of orange toned paper. I coat the paper with massive amounts of acrylic medium before I start the painting to put a barrier between the painting and the paper. If the paper ever deteriorates, there will be enough acrylic surface that it will still hold together as a piece.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Monkey Eyes

This was a quick sketch before turning in for the night. I love money faces, especially their eyes!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Michael C. Hall as "Dexter"

Today's sketch of the day was digital instead of acrylic. It took about 30 minutes to do.

Friday, November 4, 2011


This was a quick doodle before going to bed tonight. I didn't feel like painting or drawing today. But I forced myself to put in some time doing it anyway. Tomorrow will be better.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Self Portrait in an Anxious Situation

A quick sketch before I run off to get a medical procedure done today. I'm a little anxious about being put under - I've never had general anesthesia before. This sketch is my self therapy. LOL

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Victorian Doggie-001

Today after doing three straight days of making dog portraits, my brain needed a rest...or a primal scream. I call these sorts of sketches "brain pharts". Usually in one of my brain pharts, I'll combine two very different items to make something different. This is acrylic on paper. The size is 5x7 inches. It took me 20 minutes to do.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


This is the last of a set of three doggie portraits that I did for a good friend, Lisa Fox. I have never painted dog portraits before and I wanted something like this in my online portfolio. This was 6x6" acrylic painting on letter sized white paper. It took about an hour 15 min.