Friday, October 31, 2014


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Blog Hop Around the World

I am honored to have been selected (tagged) by Wendy Barrett for the Blog Hop Around the World . Thank you Wendy!
Check out her recent ink drawings she has been doing for the 30 day Challenge.
The Blog Hop Around the World is a casual way to share blogs with others around the world and generate new visitors to our own.

I am tagging...
1. Katherine Thomas - With Pencil and Pen
Katherine's work is primarily in  the dry media of colored pencil, graphite, pen and ink (wet medium?).
She does meticulous architectural drawing house portraits, drawings on old envelopes (postage), and drawings of often poetic sometimes whimsical fantasy subjects.
In her postage drawings she really takes advantage of the envelope itself , allowing it to become part of the drawing, giving them further vintage quality in addition to her pen and ink style.

2. Suzanne Berry
Suzanne's work is often large photo realistic canvas's of still life's, portraits, dog portraits and insects. She has a strong sense of color and frequently places her subjects against stark white, variations of warm and cool gray or near single color backgrounds singling out the subject and giving them more importance than a mere painted depiction of them. Her pet portraits especially, are imbued with a regal quality that is enhanced by the simple and elegant background treatment.

3. Michael Perchard - art by michael perchard
Michael is the most enthusiastic blogger and artist I know through the blog world. He is passionate about his hometown of Boston and is certainly The Ambassador of Boston and Goodwill.
His art is equally passionate as he fearlessly throws down the paint, unafraid to attack the canvas. His seascapes are always so turbulent and energetic and his heartfelt paintings for friends, causes and tragic events brings out his true nature. He loves his hometown and much of his work is also of his neighborhood and from his past.

I did not hear back from the others so I decided to proceed with my post.
Update: Two of my picks above, 2 and 3, are now added.

1. What am I working on now?
    The short answer is everything. It is normal for me to have many paintings going at once in both watercolor and oils and to be making drawings in between.
    I am one who never works on one project or painting at a time until finished. This is especially true of oils and large watercolors. Part of the reason is I work in layers in oils and need each to dry before proceeding. I also have very thoughtful approach, whether I have done thumbs and studies beforehand or not I carefully consider each step.

I am currently working on a seascape series, continuing on my Catalina Pacific Concrete Series and my favorite, the industrial subjects, as well as a few misc things.
I always have a couple locomotives in progress, and getting ready to work on some cityscape and landscapes.
So my palette is full.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
    I don't know how it differs from others... that might be a question better answered by others... other than it is my own view/thoughts that no one else has so I hope it comes across as unique to me.

3. Why do I create what I do?
    Coming from an artistic family it has always been in my blood and is how I see the world so it is perfectly natural to communicate visually.

4. How does my creating process work?
    It starts with a lot of thinking about a subject or artwork first followed by questions to myself. What struck me about the subject or scene?  How do I say visually what I see? etc.
Then when I identify that I will do thumbnails or studies to work out the mechanics of composition etc.

Sometimes I will dive right into a painting when I have a good visualization in mind already and know what I am going to do with it.

Below are some quick pics of works in progress, my working studio and the gallery room of my studio.
I say quick pics because the color may be off on the WIP's.

Work in progress

Work in progress

Work in progress

Work in progress on my easel