DragonCon art show sneak peeks!

Back in the inking groove now that I had a week to recover from my vacation. A few more of the matted pieces with remarques that are bound for the DragonCon art show. “Legato” – unmatted prints –available here– for $16.95 Having a lot of fun with these mandala type designs along the boarders. A touch of lighter white gel pen for contrast against the cream colored mat. “Fermata” – unmatted prints –available here– for $16.95 More rosettes. And of course birds. Because there’s always birds with me. A bit bird-brained.  “Amidst the Brambles” – unmatted prints –available here– for …

>>Read more & see the full images


Promenade Medium: Silverpoint & watercolor on wood panel Size: 5×7 inches This is only my third piece using silverpoint, so I’m still experimenting a bit with surfaces. This time I decided to try using a wooden board. 5×7 inch maple art board. In the photo, you can see the array of tools that I ended up using in the course of creating this piece. Silverpoint drawing ground (which feels a bit like a diluted gesso), a couple of white gel pens, a fine tipped silverpoint pen (like a .7 mechanical pencil), and a wider tipped silverpoint pen (more like a …

>>Read more & see the full images


Vigil Medium: Watercolor, ink, gold leaf on canvas Size: 10×10 inches Detail closeups and prints ($16.95) -available here- Initial inspiration for this one came from an earlier mini 3×3 inch piece I did about 2 weeks ago: It’s not the first time one of my minis has been the springboard for a more fully realized piece. And in fact, I am still tossing around in my head a possible series of windowed-tree pieces. Anyway, I was feeling a bit stuck lately, so I decided to keep this one simple in the pre-planning stages. Meaning, I did almost no sketching, except …

>>Read more & see the full images

Fugato: Two Part Theme in Stillness and Motion

“Fugato: Two Part Theme in Stillness and Motion” Original piece available for purchase during August 14th-18th, Facebook Auction $60.00 minimum bid. -Click here to bid- Size: 4×6 inches Medium: Silverpoint & gesso relief on illustration board I’ve heard about silverpoint for years, though I never really thought to look into what it was until very recently, when I was at an art store in Berkeley, and I came across a silverpoint stylus. It looked like a wooden stick, with a bit of silver metal on the tip. It intrigued me. I was in a rush that day, so I didn’t buy …

>>Read more & see the full images

Wildflower Botanical Illustrations

A week along the shores and woods surrounding Lake Manitou provided me lots of time for sketching and painting some of the wildflowers. These are all done on watercolor paper, with watercolors and watercolor pencils. The milkweed in particular was so fragrant, that even after I had come home from my trip, when I opened my sketchbook to that drawing, I could swear I smelled the ghost of its scent still. I don’t know if it was evoked in my mind by the image, or if some of it clung to the pages of my book!

Gleaming from the Catkins

Gleaming from the Catkins Size: 8×8 inches Medium: Watercolor & gold leaf on birch panel Detail closeups & prints (8.5×11 inch @ $16.95) -available here-  * * * This piece began with a session of brainstorming in my sketchbook. This portrait caught me. He was looking at me and wanting me to paint him. Something about him made me think about the birch tree that grows in front of my house. So I went outside and clipped a few branches (it was in need of a trim anyway!) and brought those in to use as reference and further inspiration. And …

>>Read more & see the full images

Stag Sonata Cycle: Resonance

 Resonance Size: 21×27 inches Medium: Watercolor, ink, metallic pigments, gold leaf Detail closeups & Prints (8.5×11 inch @ $16.95 and 11×17 inch @ $26.75) -here- The process: It started with this ballpoint pen piece I did a few months back. Wanted to develop that into a full painting.   Wasn’t quite sure how I felt about the girl.  Wanted to change her pose. So I tried a few thumbnail sketches to try out different things. In repose. Curiosity? Two equal forces. You can see I flipped things back and forth a lot to get fresh perspective on the composition. In the …

>>Read more & see the full images

Brambles Fae

Brambles Fae Size: 5×7 inches Medium: Watercolor, ink, gold leaf, on wood panel Prints and detailed closeups -here- I went wild blackberry picking with Claire the other day. I think I saw this prickly fae peering at me from between thorny hedgerows. The initial pencil sketch. Initial wash of green in the background, just trying to get some tones established. She didn’t like me taking reference photos.  Camera-shy! Worked on the face. And then further definition of the leaves in the background. And the blossoms. And finally the hair. Final touches of the headdress and gold leaf.

Matted remarques for ArmadilloCon – more!

For previous post of other matted prints for ArmadilloCon, click here Drawn to the Light Unmatted prints -here-   Allegro Unmatted prints -here- Magpies

Matted remarques for ArmadilloCon

Starting to prepare for a few conventions. For prints that I put up at the art shows, I usually try to make them a bit unique by doing remarques on the matting. Here’s a few that will be going up at ArmadilloCon at the end of July, in Austin, TX: Amidst the Brambles Unmatted prints -here- Keeper of Keys Unmatted prints -here- Ripples Unmatted prints -here- Visitation Unmatted prints -here-

Under the Live Oaks

Under the Live Oaks Medium: Watercolor, ink, gold leaf, on birch panel Size: 8×8 inches Prints and detail closeups -available here- About the process: I wanted to do something along the same lines as the piece from last month, “Amidst the Brambles“. I like the intimate feel of that piece, and how the highly detailed foliage would pull the viewer in to glimpse something you might see if you looked carefully enough while out for a walk. Hidden underneath the mundane and the wild tangle of nature.  My daughter attempted to give me some reference photos, but the monkey just …

>>Read more & see the full images

Amidst the Brambles

Amidst the Brambles Size: 8×8 inches Medium: Watercolor, ink, gold leaf, on birch panel Prints ($16.95) & Detail closeups -available here- Companion piece to “Fairy Fossil” from last week: * * * Some of the in-progress photos and scans: Started off with the figure, based mostly on the Fairy Fossil piece, with a few adjustments, like the tilt of her face, and rearranging the legs slightly. I set tracing paper on top of a printout of the original bones sketch to do this. Added clothing and other details. At this point, I wasn’t sure yet how I was going to …

>>Read more & see the full images