Water Therapy: The Sound of Silence

20 minute watercolor sketch, on site

My mission, should I decide to accept it (and of course I have, because I’m here), is to endeavor to understand the world I live in, which is of course utterly impossible. But through that very selfish view, the ambition is that you, the viewer, see something of the world that is meaningful to you.

Be that through my interpretation of Princess Leia, or a log in the water, or a bridge built centuries before, the idea is that once in a while (hopefully) something I’ve done rings true for you in some tiny way. A face that represents something for you, be it a story or a memory. A texture you’d like to feel one day.

Most of the time I fail, but I’m okay with that, because each failure represents a lesson, and some of those lessons have to be learned, once and again.

Obviously it’s Friday and my brain is mush (lol) but I felt the need to share that. Being a creative type (run, run while you can!), is both devastating and exciting. The first because, cliché as it sounds, some situations and feelings are more intense and disturbing than they should be (took me forever to learn that), and they can very easily derail the mind and just mire one in awfulness. The second because I’m lucky enough to have an outlet for all that, though I’m still learning, whereas some people haven’t found their “thing” to help them figure life out. I’d probably be an alcoholic if I couldn’t sketch and paint. On a practical level, the business end of being an artist balances the “floofy” part nicely. Overwhelming on occasion, it nonetheless presents very valid reasons to get those feet back on the ground and realize that other people are usually pretty darn nice.

Honestly, when life gets to you, drag out some paper. Doodle, write, through some paint down! Journal your way through life with a small sketch book that you can keep only for yourself if you don’t wish to show it. Those drawings and sketches could be amazing or primitive – it doesn’t matter! They will contain something no technology can ever offer – the world through YOUR own eyes. They will trigger emotional memories to share with people you care about, that a photo, while wonderful, might not catch. Something to think about. 🙂

Below are some of my latest pieces:


Pochade Plein Air Painting

Thank you to my Patrons – you encouraged me to try something I hadn’t done before. My attempt is primitive – not meant to be “pretty” – the aim was to see if oils are something I would stick with. Not exclusively but as a learning tool for what I do every work day with illustration and sketch/art cards.

4 x 6 inches, oils with 1 brush, 5 colors, no thinner. This was a trial run. Full post on my Patreon page



June Art Update

Gandalf arrives in Hobbiton. 2.5 x 3.5 inches, acrylic, hand painted

Posts have been few and far between, only because I’ve been pushing the pencil and paintbrush so much lately, and having a very good time with it. Projects for Alien (Upper Deck), Journey to The Last Jedi (Topps), Little Shop of Horrors (Attic Cards), and a few outstanding commissions are now done. Onwards and forwards to begin several new commissioned paintings and cards, as well as do a few PSC (personal sketch/art cards).

Also in progress are a few sketches for Drawn and Divided to be shown publicly – for anyone to see – and will be posting a preview of some of the above-mentioned projects for patrons only. The itch to not only do some watercolors outside, but to try some oil or acrylic painting outside is getting really strong. Now that the nice weather is FINALLY arriving, I’m not sure I can resist the urge much longer… 😁

One last thing, I was asked permission to use a couple of older posts and current images for a pretty amazing site that feature a lot of Lord of the Rings artwork. If you explore that site a little, you’ll see lots of gorgeous art and sketches from many wonderful artists! Check it out over here: LOTR Arts

As always, thanks for visiting and reading, until next time – Allons-y! To summer and beyond! 😊

Topps’ 40th Anniversary artist proof. 2.5 x 3.5 inches, acrylic, hand painted

Chirrut, personal sketch card. 2.5 x 3.5 inches, acrylic.

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