More Painting Progress


I’ve added a bit more since the last post.  It’s starting to get a little more atmospheric.  This week I plan to do some more tweaks to further the atmosphere and space.

Painting in Progress





Here’s a limited palette experimental landscape.  The composition is inspired by an Ansel Adams photo.  I’ve limited myself to just burnt umber, ultramarine blue and white. I’m really enjoying playing with contrasts in temperature, color, value and texture.

Aaron Smith


My brother-in-law, and one of my favorite artists, Aaron Smith is having a show in L.A. November 22, 2015 through January 3, 2016! It will be at:

Sloan Fine Art @ The Gregorio Escalante Gallery

978 Chung Kind Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Drawing in Pen

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Some simple pen drawings.  I love drawing in pen for the challenge of it and forcing myself to be decisive.  No erasing, no hesitation–just do it!

Chris Koehler’s Atlas to Our Memories

christreeI wish the show wasn’t over, but last weekend I stopped by Chris Koehler’s show at Fort Gallery on 24th Street in San Francisco.  This was one of my favorite pieces in the show.  Chris does these amazing pen and ink drawings. “Atlas to Our Memories” is a perfect title.  His work evokes a magical dreamlike memory of childhood adventure. Check out more of his work here.

Hand Lettering


It’s been many years since I last attempted doing hand-lettering.  There really seems to be a renaissance in the art in the last few years.  In addition to all of the pros, there are now a lot of kids and hobbyists doing it too.  I think that this is a good thing in that more people will appreciate the beautiful work that the professionals do.

My father was a commercial artist that specialized in hand lettering, and when I was growing up, I always had a hard time explaining to people what it was that he did.  People just assumed that all lettering was just made by machines!

Anyway, I decided to challenge myself to design a logo for myself.  Here’s a rough pencil sketch that I hope I will be able to polish into something nice.

What Can You Do with a Laser Cutter?


I’ve been taking classes at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and the school owns these great Universal Laser cutters.  It’s amazingly easy to take an Illustrator file and have it cut on a piece of plywood.  For my first experiment, I made this series of coasters.  There’s something really satisfying about taking a 2-D drawing and turning it into a 3-D object you can hold in your hand!