The Idea Jar


I now present Emily’s birthday present for 2012. Not quite as large as last year’s but still respectable.

I started off with a 3 foot by 4 foot canvas and applied my spackled texture. Then proceeded on to the underpainting of paint pencils and crayons.From there I shot up the line work with my projector and positioned it on the canvas. I then finished it off with a combination of acrylic and charcoal pencil.

As you can see, it now has a home above our bed. It serves as an excellent dream catcher. Lately I’ve been able to replace nightmares involving Kristen Stewart films with fanciful dreams of anthropomorphic peanut butter sandwiches.




The hardest part of posting is resisting the urge to start of with “Here is….” every time I begin to write. Now that the first sentence is out of the way, here it goes.

This is a portrait series project I completed back in 2006. It was part of my Freshman year Color Concepts class. The project requirements were to create 4 self portraits, beginning with a charcoal manikin study, a painterly portrait using a full palette, a stylized high chroma portrait, and finally a portrait based on the style and palette of an established artist (Henri Matisse).


Collin Couched


This week I present this. It is a charcoal drawing of my littlest bro Collin, done using a reduction method.

The weekend I spent working on this was really fun. It was the weekend back in March of 2008 when we got slammed with a blizzard. So Collin, Emily and I built an awesome snow fort, laughed at people trying to drive, and played Super Mario Kart for N64 all weekend. Oh, and completed this drawing.



This is a piece I created in 2010. It was inspired by one of Emily and I’s favorite TV shows, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack.

It is a combination of collage, acrylic, gouache, charcoal, and rope on stained oak.

“If danger was a beautiful woman… I would marry her.”

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