I spent some time with family—nieces, nephews and all today outside Columbus on the Mississippi prairie. Here are some cow-blobs I captured from the great day.
It’s literally like I went to sleep last night and woke up this morning to an explosion of fall leaves. And light rain. That’s a winning combination for painting in my opinion. Here’s an 9×12″ oil on paper I painted today. I’ve been working pretty small lately in my sketchbook and mainly with pastels. It … Read More
After spending the summer doing chemistry projects to hone in on just the right paint formula, I’m finally starting to cut loose and paint a bit with the new paint I’ve discovered. Today’s subject was the Barret Library at Rhodes College. I can’t ever really get used to the fact that there are castles like … Read More
The late summer late evening colors are subtle and soothing. This is from the back porch of the Visitor’s center looking southwest across Hyde Lake.
A recurring theme from my sketchboook is this mysterious city I keep drawing. It has tall buildings and in this case kind of looks lit up at dusk.
About two years ago I spent a few days in Manhattan. I distinctly remember looking south from Central Park toward 5th and being amazed at realizing I didn’t know where the buildings ended and the trees began. Ever since, I’ve been trying to capture that in paint. Thanks to Jack Russ and Sophie Fox for … Read More
Clouds and cities. Today it was clouds.
I painted flowers at Home Depot in the late summer rain today during lunch. Besides my paint and paper getting super soggy, it was a refreshing break from my day job in the digital design world.
Sometimes my materials tests and practice paintings are better than my plein air paintings.
Claude had practice tonight at St. Louis School in the rain. No worries. I was safely in the car painting.
Sometimes when I’m just playing around with paint in my sketchbook, magic happens. In this case, the concept that presented itself it was about depth, distance and atmospheric ethos.
A friend of mine once called some of my work “atmospheric”. I like that and sometimes I try to make it so. Like in this practice piece from my sketchbook.
As I finished painting a little cloud study at the Rhodes pool, I took one last look up to see a Harris hawk about a million miles up catching thermals.
Tonight was one of those ridiculously beautiful late winter evenings where around 5:00, everything got that golden atmospheric glow. Spring and daylight are coming! if you like the painting, you can purchase it here.
Formerly known as Patriot Lake, the new Hyde Lake is one of my favorite places in Memphis. Recently upgraded Shelby Farms Park has a lot to offer, like a cool new restaurant, a patio overlooking the lake, kayaks and other water-related activities, and a ton more.
It’s kinda cool to see the seasonal differences between two landscapes painted from the same place at different times of year. The one on the top was done in late fall, the one on the bottom, in the middle of winter. Note the warm colors of fall painting and the muted colors in winter one. … Read More
The temperature was plummeting from a balmy 50 degrees to a chilly and windy high to mid 30s. I forgot my pencil and my pastel box almost blew into the lake, but it was worth the short hike and enduring the elements to capture that golden yellow of the tall grass.
I was able to get away for a bit today, walk down the street and join the Memphis Urban Sketchers at the Rhodes College Library. I think the room I drew here with all the windows and the celestial ceiling is my favorite room in the world.
A quick midweek day-ender.
I’ve been doing these quick little pastel drawings when I’ve not have time to really even think. In looking back on them, the colors seem to really mirror the colors I have been seeing during my recent migraines. So I guess that’s what they’ll I’ll call them – migraine paintings!
Two themes I love and that seem to crop up as I generate art: gardens and cities. Here’s a city sketch I drew while doodling at my mother-in-law’s breakfast room table.
I stopped off in the Target parking lot on the way to work to try out some new colored pencils. I love that huge flag on top of Clark Tower.
In a quest to blend colors and to capture a more etherial feeling, I’ve gone back to oils. I didn’t have a ton of time to commit to this one, but do like the general feeling and ethos it conveys.
A Fair Thistle Last week, I had the privilege to go to Glasgow on business. It was a short trip, Saturday to Friday but jam-packed with experiences and images that I just have not been able to get past. Painting is definitely a way I decompress from those kinds of super-rich things, so I took … Read More
Greenies This summer, as I have the past 15 summers, I played summer league ultimate frisbee in Memphis. There was this certain moment between halves where a group of my teammates, in sync, all just stopped what they were doing, went into some sort of stasis and looked off into a beautiful pink and purple … Read More
Hot Evening at Shelby Farms The sun has been so hot lately, it’s been almost unbearable. But I still went out and painted after work. I wanted to try a few things out, and should have left my socks on because my flip flop feet got so hot I thought the tops of them were … Read More
In college, I spent some time on Lookout Mountain, Alabama working as a counselor at Alpine Camp for Boys. Ok, maybe I spent a little more time than I should have (a cumulative total of close to one year of my life), or maybe not. But I remember sitting in an office building the first … Read More
I ended my day today as I often do on Wednesdays— painting, or in this case, sketching the early evening at Shelby Farms. 18×24″ acrylic and oil pastel on canvas.
My Uncle Lee has been a big encouragement to me and helped direct me to think about and capture things with my art that I otherwise wouldn’t. One of the things he’s suggested is that I focus more on the ground, less on the sky (or something like that). So when I went out to … Read More
There’s something I like about the layers of depth this little park lends to the landscape. I had to abandon this painting a bit early (had to pick up my son at a birthday party) but overall, I’m happy with the energy I captured and was hoping to have captured when I went out. 11×14″ … Read More
I often get caught in the cloud trap. My eyes are bigger than my stomach when it comes to capturing a sky full of them. Today was no exception. The sky was full of fast moving storm clouds that just missed me as I painted this evening. At one point, I thought I might have … Read More
Shea and I went out on a bike ride to Shelby Farms today. And I took a few minutes to paint this little 9×12″ acrylic on canvas. It was hot! But also a beautiful day.
Another beautiful day on the back side of Shelby Farms! 18×24″ acrylic and oil pastel on canvas.
Here’s a quick 6×8″ two-panel watercolor and pastel color study I did after work at Shelby Farms. Sometimes the weirdest and most interesting color combinations, compositions and overall work can come from having too little time to think.
I’m trying to draw a landscape but this dirt road keeps getting in the way. 18×24″ acrylic and oil pastel on watercolor paper.
Shelby Farms is beautiful this week. I love the springy green grass and the glowing sunlight this time of year. 9×12″ acrylic and oil pastel on paper.
It was a beautiful day at Shelby Farms. The clouds were transitioning to light blue, pink and orange before my eyes, which always creates a fun challenge and usually a fun outcome when painting a landscape on the spot en plein air. I’ve been playing with my materials, moving to a bit more pastel palette, … Read More
It was an awesome second half of the week in NYC this week. I was blown away by the weather, the kindness, the design, the art and so much more. One of my favorite moments among many was sitting on the Sheep Meadow in Central Park in the Spring weather, drawing this picture. I quickly … Read More
As I was looking for afterwork activities to do this week in New York, I remembered once having stumbled upon the Society of Illustrators life drawing nights. Thursday night was a life drawing theme night and boxing was the theme. The models, Chris and Tornado Tryanny were great. The food and company was great. We … Read More
I’ve been in NYC on a professional development trip this week, and had the privilege of hitting the MAD Studio Job exhibition. These guys have done some super cool sculpture work. The bronze table called “Sinking Ship” was my favorite, but all the work was good. Here are a few sketches from my visit.
Here’s a quick color study I did of a few bouncy houses and trees at Rhodes College today. Watercolor, watercolor pencil, pencil and oil pastel on paper.
Hanging out with my stubby sketchbook these days. It’s been fun to knock out some smaller, quicker pieces. Oh yeah, the day, around 5:00 was luminous yesterday. Breathtaking. Watercolor, pencil, watercolor pencil and oil pastel on paper.
Here’s a quick sketch at of a few flowers I did on lunch break last week. Watercolor, watercolor pencil and oil pastel on paper.
Here’s a watercolor from my sketchbook of early evening at my happy place.
I went back to the Dixon today during lunch, um, because it was gorgeous outside again. I didn’t have long, but just long enough to crank out this super loose acrylic and pastel of some daffodils. 13 1/2″x10″ on watercolor paper.
I took my light painting/sketching setup across the street form my office to the Dixon Gallery & Gardens for lunch today. That turned out to be a great decision. The flowers, sunlight, and weather was unbelievably beautiful. I think this bronze statue has a name, but it doesn’t really matter to me. I just wanted … Read More
These tulips at the Botanic gardens immediately grabbed my attention. My Springtime painting strategy: go where the color is. 13 1/2″x10″ tempera, acrylic and oil pastel on watercolor paper.
Today was a fun time out at Overton Park. I joined the Memphis Urban Sketchers out on the Greensward amidst lawn parking protesters, rugby players, kite flyers, kids and general park goers. My goal was to capture the scene in as much color as possible. I used my new “small” setup which consists of a … Read More
Went out and struggled through this landscape today. I find Spring scenery to be one of the hardest seasons to paint. So many small subtle colors wanting to burst forth. This is one of those that looks a bit rough up close, but holds up pretty well from a distance. 20″x24″ mixed media on canvas.
I’m still obsessed with those cellular and radio towers. 8×10″ mixed media on oil paper.