August 22, 2011

A Day At The Aquarium...


(Shot on a Nikon D90 with a AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1:1.8 G lens)

In honor of my son getting his first fish tank, we spent a nice Sunday afternoon at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif.  The jellies were the favorite.   The lorikeets were playful.  And even when converted to a fruit smoothie-stand sign, a great white shark can still catch a pigeon (see above).  Not a bad day.

I also saw my buddy Dave Derrick's beautiful children's book, Sid the Squid in the gift shop!

Pretty cool!

Rocket Town Wallpapers!

(Click on an image to see the actual size, then put it on your desktop!)
Do it!  Do it now!

August 20, 2011

Chippin' Away At My Centaurs...

Not quite ready for their guitar solo...

Am I in over my head with this painting?  Yes.
Do I know what I'm doing?  No.
Am I having fun?  Absolutely.

It's not been pretty working on these centaurs.  I have lines on top of lines.  The good news is, you can just paint over everything!

Will post more...

August 12, 2011

Centaur Rock Party!

Rough sketch for Centaur Rock Party

I've been giving my paintings to friends and family whether they want them or not.  My kid was feeling left out so I did something unusual...  I took a request.

He wanted a centaur rock party.

Hopefully, this will be awesome because it's going to be huge!

August 11, 2011

Huntington Library Studies...

Sketches from the North Vista lawn at The Huntington Library
ink and pastel, 12 x 18"

Excerpt from The Huntington Library Website:

The 17th century limestone statues on each side of the North Vista depict characters from classical mythology and folklore. Each statue was originally matched to a stately palm. The baroque fountain at the end of the North Vista was shipped in 48 boxes with a total weight of 42 tons. The boxes filled an entire railway car when shipped from New York.

August 9, 2011

Clark Kent...

"Superman, Where Are You?"
Winsor & Newton Ink & gouache, 8 x 10"

A gift for my brother...

The Sedalia Ragtime Orchestra...

I know I keep saying it, but I LOVE my local public library in Thousand Oaks!  This weekend, the library hosted a free concert with the wonderful Sedalia Ragtime Orchestra. Aside from playing great music, the band leader enlightened a packed house with the interesting (and sometimes sad) history behind the songs they played.

Europa & The Bull...

Winsor & Newton ink & gouache, 8 x 10"

"The White Bull"
Winsor & Newton Ink and gouache, 8 x 10"

I have officially started painting for fun. I have a list of subjects and ideas I want to tackle. First, I need to test some materials. I've been working mainly with brush and ink on paper. I've recently taken a liking to gouache over watercolor for tone. Both will come in handy, but gouache is great for bold, flat color. In working with brushes, I do want to free up a bit. I want to work large! My friend, Aurian Redson suggested working on canvas and so I did these tests on small canvases to see if the ink and and gouache would even adhere to the surface. I think it works due to the canvas being primed with gesso. (Bear in mind, this is all new to me). If I go big-big, I may need to switch to acrylic for color.

Europa's eyes are a little big and buggy, but I still wanted to post it. I'm hoping by working larger, my linework will loosen up a bit. Ultimately, I'm working toward illustrating a tribute to Paul Manship's The Flight of Europa.