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December 2017

December 25, 2017
Over the course of the last month my art practice has undergone much growth and transformation. I started out a few months ago realizing how talented I am and that I should do something with it...Don't let it go to waste. So I got back into drawing caricatures for parties and events. Here is one I did for a client in Lafayette, California

I also drew caricatures for a client at San Francisco City Hall. It was a spectacular event. We were required to dress up in French attire and use French easels because it was a French theme. But each floor was like visiting a different country; all
different themes.
This is one that started out as a sketchbook drawing. Then I imported it to my phone where I used an application called Brushes on my iPhone 6Plus. (excited about the upgrade to 7plus!) The subject is a fellow caricaturist in an online caricature drawing competition I participated in. What I've learned is that I don't do competitions. They make me feel critical about my work and take me out of my zen space.

At the Art Cottage in Concord, California I had many sessions with instructor Frogard Schmitt. Here are some paintings we worked on.

The one of the left is a relative of my girlfriends. I framed it and gave it to her as a gift. The one on the right are kids somehow related to a college friend. I got permission from the photographers to use photos as references for each painting. The one of the right is not finished yet. I might do it over because sometimes it's nice to start over with a new approach. Sometimes I get caught up with too many thoughts about the end result of my art work, which usually results in depression and failure. My most successful art work comes from a meditative mind state where my mind is totally clear and focused on the experience of the creative process. In zen meditation the focus is the breath. The longer one meditates the more mindful and aware of consciousness one becomes. In long states of focus on an art work there is a deep feeling of peace and joy. If I think too much about what I'm doing I start second guessing and I get overly critical and agitated. I can't concentrate in that mind state. So if I become aware that I've been working that way for a while on a painting, I'll most often start over.

This is a great painting I completed on that back of a chair at Art Cottage.  People walk into the studio gallery and want to touch it because it looks so amazing. I used a photo reference with the photographers permission. These are Frogard's dogs, Keiko (left) Einstein (middle) JJ (right). I captured their likeness perfectly. Here is the photo reference:

One morning in Lafayette, California I was on a break from my day job as a bus driver. Finished using the bathroom at Jack In The Box and on my way back to the bus I saw this Red Hot Poker Succulent Plant with rain drops all over it. It was the most amazing and beautiful sight. Each rain drop captured distorted reflections of the world around it. The color was so vivid. I'm still not done with it, and I might do it over because I have an idea of covering the whole shape of the plant with that bright orange red and then sculpt out the shape of the plant more exactly with the color of the background. This will make the plant pop out more instead of being so flat. I also intend on spending long periods of time focused on what a rain drop looks like with all the distorted reflections that they hold inside...Like little worlds trapped inside I need to explore them all!
One truth about being an artist is there is never enough time to get all the paintings done. There is always more to do..And then life comes in with things like having to eat, shower, give the cats love etc. And these are all blessings that I am grateful to have in my life, but they are a distraction from the isolated focus needed to get the mind state of deep concentration on. I'm going to try to get to bed earlier so I can wake up at 3 am to meditate and create before I start my work day driving the bus. It's a split shift, so I have time to sleep in the afternoon in my car.  It's a long day and by the end of the week I'm totally exhausted, but maybe if I can get to painting every morning the experience of it will be so filled with passion I will be invigorated with supercharged energy and won't feel the exhaustion so much. I guess I'll have to wait and see how it goes.
The cats are all lined up by the window next to my computer as I type these final words lol.  There are 2 of them. Link and Oliver. Oliver is a big bushy black cat and he was a stray. The first week he was here he would get into the garbage can for a chicken bone and lick the water out of the toilet but I've shone him that he doesn't need to do things like that anymore. I got his back and he's got mine. Link is the older cat who was here before Oliver. They get along really well, but Link throws up a lot. He had pancreatitis  and I took him to the vet. I administered medicine through a syringe into his mouth and he got better. Link is very attached to me. Every night he lays on my chest or near by while I sleep. In the morning after I finish breakfast I get ready for work. Link follows me to every room I go, and he perches on the dresser as I leave him for the day as if to solute me a good bye and to have a good day. It really is amazing living with cats.
Okay. I'm going to have lunch now and hopefully have time to get more art going afterwords.


New Artwork 2017 continued..

October 5, 2017
You got one life.
Make it awesome.

Water Color of a sleeping woman.

Feet Acrylic on paper

Kissing Acrylic on the back of an office chair

Caricature from a photo reference ink on paper

caricature of goofy looking faces ink on paper

More work coming soon!

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October 4, 2017
Two years went by where at one point the website went down, but I'm back with some awesome artwork to share with you.

I recently started going to the aRt Cottage in Concord, California where I was taught by Fro Gard to paint this rendition of Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party in Acrylic on canvas. The people in this painting are caricatures of my co workers at my full time job as a bus driver. This painting can been seen on the wall of the aRt Cottage. The R is capitalized because it's a ...
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Tape sculpture

June 15, 2015

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Newly completed artwork

August 11, 2013

Women's Mud Run
Chalk Pastels and Vine Charcoal on 18"X24" charcoal paper
This took about 2 weeks to complete; about 6 hours total.
I enjoy working with the chalk pastels because they are so much easier than paint.
The colors blend so smoothly. Mixing colors to create shades or tints happens right on the paper instead of the laborious, time staking, and expensive process used with mixing paints to get the right colors before applying them on the canvas.
The process of applying the color to the pa...
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August 2013

August 10, 2013
Since January I have successfully completed 12 caricature gigs. I got to work with Zach Trenholm  at Fed X NFL Family Fun Day at the Oakland Colosseum. There were celebrity 49er football players there being interviewed by spectators at the event during the lunch break. I also got to work with Zach and Jon Casey  at the Drop Box Developers Conference in San Francisco Fort Mason. At this event we drew caricatures digitally using an app for iPad called Procreate. It was cool to get my first paid...
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How to Draw Portraits

January 17, 2013
The human head can be one of the most challenging things to draw because there are subtle details of a person's face that we recognize in each other, and if they are not shown in a drawing other people won't know who the person is. Seeing those specific things about people's faces that make them who they are and being able to describe them visually with line in a drawing is a skill that can be honed using a few simple guidelines.

The above illustration shows some ways we can start thinking ab...
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November 2012

November 25, 2012
The past several months have been slow for business. I started going to a painting class at Marcy Wheeler's studio
Here is a portrait painting I finished with the help of Marcy and other students.  Every week we meet and paint for about 2 hours.  Then there is a class critique where students help each other to improve in their painting skills.

I am very pleased with the way this turned out.  It would be great to continue to study portrait painting and really hone this skill with the intention...
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March 2012

March 5, 2012
Last month I joined the Lamorinda Arts Alliance.  I am looking forward to painting with there plein air painting group this week.  It turns out that my instructor Mira White is a member of the LAA too.  I am looking forward to making new creative and artistic friends.  Here is one of my recent drawings that I drew as part of a study in the class I am taking with Mira White:

You can see more of my illustration work by clicking on the illustration link from this website. 
Another new thing that ...
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2012 Resolution

January 24, 2012
In January I started taking a drawing with color pencils class at the local Civic Arts Recreation Center here in Walnut Creek California taught by Mira White.  In this class I have been discovering different ways to use color in my drawings.  Here is a sample of a homework assignment I completed for this week:

A Fugi Apple.

Blue and green over red create the shadow areas.  As the apple turns toward the light source we see a graduation from green to yellow.  I think this class will help me to pr...
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