Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Luminescent is almost done!  And in plenty of time for the fund raiser.  I am still 'tweaking' minor things, but for all intensive purposes it is completed.  There are some works that you struggle with for much longer than you feel that you should, and others that just flow and almost scratch themselves.  I am fortunate that this work fits into the 2nd category.  I will post the web site where the works will be available at the end of July once it is up and running.

"Luminescent" - 24"x24" - scratchboard with a hint of color

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

This Insantiy we call life!

Hi fellow blog followers.  I hope you all are doing well.  I am stuck in a wee bit of insanity called life!  Our scratchboard show is coming together quickly and the opening reception will be July 7 in Glen Ellen, CA.  Join us if you can.  You can also view the exhibit online here.   Here are the details to attend the real deal :):

I went to pick up my unsold work from the Colorado Governor's Show this past Tuesday only to find out that "Mouthing Off" sold on the closing weekend of the show.  Yeah!  I sold three of my four works, which is fantastic :) 

I also dropped off my art for the Greeley Stampede Invitational Western Art Show, which opens on June 20th.  If you are in the Greeley area from then until July 4 please stop in and check out the show.  I have four scratchboards and one oil painting in the exhibit. 

I am off tomorrow to Bennington, Vermont for the opening of Art of the Animal Kingdom.  This is my third year in the exhibit, but first time to attend the opening.  I am looking forward to seeing some good art friends too!

And then in all my free time (LOL) I also committed to creating a new work for a fund raiser raising money for the Wild Animal Sanctuary (big cats, wolves and bears).  20% of all sales will go directly to the sanctuary.  All work will be created of animals that actually reside there at the sanctuary (so it won't be just any tiger or leopard, it will be one that really lives there).  Anyways they are doing some special photo shoots for artists to gather reference photos of the animals, but they are when I am in Vermont.  However, I have been to the sanctuary in the past and taken photos there, so I will be working from those photos.  This youngster is most likely at least 5 years old now (did I mention it was a few years ago that I went there  ;)  The title of this board is "Luminescent" and it is 24"x24".  I have to have it done by July 15.  The eyes and nose will be colored, but the rest will be left black and white.  I am quite pleased with how it is progressing and think it is going to have quite an impact at the event, which will open at the end of July.

"Luminescent" Work In Progress - 24"x24" Scratchboard

Off to go pack for my trip to Vermont!  See you when I get back :)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Small Works

You may be seeing more small works from me, as not only are they faster to create, but cheaper to frame and ship too :)  However I will be doing big ones too... just not enough hours to create!  I also have several paintings on the go, though nothing close to done!

Here are a couple of small boards finished in the past two weeks.  Even small boards take usually 10-20 hours to be created.

"In Repose" I started Two YEARS ago, but I didn't like something about it, so it ended up in a box in my basement where I found it before my last workshop and decided to finish it.  Size is 5"x7".
"In Repose" - 5"x7" - Scratchboard

"Elk Calf" I worked on at my art fair this past weekend.  The art fair was in Estes Park, which is the gateway town into Rocky Mtn. National Park.  Both Estes and RMNP have HUGE elk populations and can often be seen right in the town, so it seemed a fitting subject to work on while there.  The reference photo was taken in RMNP last fall.  Size on this little fella is 5"x5"
"Elk Calf" - 5"x5" - Scratchboard

"Elk Calf" close up with penny for perspective.