The Diptych Is Done!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

My paintings of the hills behind our house are done and framed and up on the wall!

Hills of Gold diptych

Golden Open acrylic on canvas. Really pleased with the gold floater frames from Here's how they look in the room.

Living room with diptych


Day 5: Challenge Completed!

Friday, March 10, 2017

It's a wrap. Started out with sketches after breakfast at the office cafe.

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Continued through the messy commuter hour.

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Ended with the grooves of Open Mic Night at Hub's Cafe.

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Thanks Marc and Liz for this fantastic challenge!


Day 4: The Challenge Continues

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Switched to a Stillman & Birn sketchbook as I ran out of pages in the Bee Pen Sketcher's book I was using before.

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Just 23 to go!


Sharpen Your Pencils: #OneWeek100People2017 Starts Tomorrow!

Sunday, March 05, 2017

M on couch with Chromebook

Move over Inktober. Here comes a mad March challenge from Marc Taro Holmes and Liz Steel: Draw 100 people in one week! That's ~20 people a day, starting ... tomorrow!

I warmed up yesterday by playing with my latest digital toy: the Adonit Pixel stylus on my iPad Air 2, using the app Adobe Sketch. I find Adobe Sketch to be more intuitive than Procreate, possibly because I'm familiar with Photoshop, and the stylus seems to play well with it.

Test portrait with Pixel stylus

Want to join? Find some people. Sketch. Share on social media with the hashtag #OneWeek100People2017. I'll be posting here, on Instagam, and elsewhere.


Mark Your Calendars: Los Gatos Plein Air 2017

Sunday, March 05, 2017

I'm delighted to have been juried into this year's Los Gatos Plein Air event. More than 30 invited artists will be painting in and around Los Gatos, California, from June 13-16, with a public sale and festival on Saturday, June 17. I'm excited and more than a little nervous to be in the company of such artists as Donald Neff, Mark Monsarrat, Marti Walker, and Suzi Long!

Santa Teresa, San Jose, CA

In past years, artists have generally been allowed to paint within a 15-mile radius of Los Gatos, so I've been using some mapping tools to see what's in the area. Last Sunday I walked around downtown Los Gatos, and this weekend I hiked in Almaden Quicksilver County Park, which has some great views of the surrounding hills. I'm excited to figure out my "shot list" of what I'll paint over the four days of the event.