To continue on my accidental theme of animal posts as of late, here is a piece called Swiminn. He’s a sea turtle, just doin’ his thing.

For this I used a combination of  acrylic, watercolor, and ink, on watercolor paper. I also refinished the frame you see here. It was originally this distressed cream mess. I cleaned it up, found there was beautiful wood underneath, and stained it.

Now go outside while you still can.


The Trophy


Well here it is. As you may remember I have been trying to get this piece on the wall for over a year. Now I am proud to say I’ve done it.

It took a lot of effort and a little luck, but I finally found a way to frame it. All I had to do was custom build a shadowbox (sarcasm). My awesome Mom picked up this beautiful frame at a garage sale for a buck or so. I cleaned it up, painted it a sort of metallic raw umber, attached additional structure to the back for hanging purposes, and devised a way to fit the print inside a customized acrylic frame with depth, which then mounted to the back of the larger frame with hinges. Then I found a stud to hang this frankenstein on. Now it finally has a home on our wall, right above the TV.

Special thanks to my brother Collin for going to town with the Dremel tool.

Dream Big


And last but not least, I present the third and final piece in my lithograph collection.

This piece is a hand-pressed Lithographic from stone. This along with all my lithographs to dated were created while taking a Lithography class during my Senior year at CCAD.

I created it using a transfer method onto the printing stone. Once printed, I went through the series and added some solid watercolor sections. Rock and Roll.

Her Majesty


As promised, here is the second in a 3 part installment of lithographs.

This piece is a hand-pressed Lithograph from plate. This was also created in my Lithography class during my Senior year at CCAD.

Once printed, I went through the series and added some watercolor touches. I even used gold watercolor on some parts. Never thought I would have much use for gold watercolor, but it turned out well here as something a little extra.

Crystal’s Portrait


May I present Crystal Dickerson-Erskine. She is a family friend and Fire Chief of Jefferson Township (Blacklick, Ohio).

A little over a month ago her husband Mitch Erskine, a long time family friend, contracted me to create a portrait of her. I obliged, despite my crazy workload and the fact that I haven’t done Realism in a while.

I choose to work on a 24″x18″ canvas, with a combination of acrylic and watercolor.

I am very pleased with how it turned out. Mitch and Crystal were also pleased with the outcome. It just goes to show what can be accomplished when a client has total faith in their artist or designer.

Bonus: Here was the start of the painting from a few weeks back.

Electric Giraffe 2


I have been getting a lot of good feedback on my earlier post of Electric Giraffe 1. So I decided to release his brother Electric Giraffe 2 to the world.

This piece was actually commissioned by Cindy Untch after she saw the first Electric Giraffe. Her request went along the lines of “I want a painting just like Electric Giraffe 1 but in green.” She is my favorite type of client.

The painting was created in 2009. It is a combination of acrylic, gouache, colored pencil, watercolor, and spackle on canvas.

Update: Crystal’s Portrait So Far


Over the past few weeks I have been working on a portrait for a family friend. This is the progress so far. I am really happy with the colors so far and even like the look of the white silhouette. I am heading into the details now. By now, I mean this moment. Gotta go paint.

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