Already Gone

“So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key.” -Eagles song, “Already Gone” One of my favorite paintings is perhaps a surprise to some of my followers out there. Yes, I love the ones I have done of my children, of...

Neutrality

Just as in this tumultuous political climate, in art, there is no such thing as neutral. In the commission I just finished I found myself reaching for the same sticks over and over. One that I always had at the ready and used repeatedly in the very lightest-lights in...

Spilled Rice

In the past few weeks I have moved on to painting other things. And sometimes things get knocked around. Last week I was searching around in my “Secondary Covid Pantry.” Once the pandemic hit, (like everyone else) I did a mad dash to stock up on basic...

Book It

A hardbound book is given to the client at the end of a commission. This is one of those things I have been doing for many years. I never show the client photos of their painting while it is in its creation, (I recommend never doing that) but I know they are always...

To Make an Omelette

You know the saying “To make an omelette, you have to break a few eggs?” Well, to make a pastel painting you have to break a few sticks. The commission that I finished required being able to precisely add marks to the faces in tiny strokes. The temptation...