Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Finally sat down a gave a title inking a try for the first time since my hand surgery. A fun little guy and am thinking he might make a nice little painting as well.


brush and ink on parchment

14 X 17

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Ogre Dude, is a working title since I personally need a name to distinguish which image I am working on at a particular time, especially since I tend to work on several different things at once as drying time and such come into play.

Anyways, as I sat down today and started to work on  getting my tonal under painting on, and things in order for the paint, I was reminded of a little thing I do in the rough stage of things. I will take my  my rough and scan it into photoshop and then print out a sheet with multiple versions of the image. I will then take that, print it out and do different versions of my colour comp on this sheet, and use that as my colour scheme for the final painting. 

the rough....

the sheet.....

the colour comps....

the start of the under paint

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


It is pretty much well known that I love the pencil, it is the King Daddy of  all the media for me, and sadly, I rarely use it except to do roughs, and doodles, but every once in a while I have the opportunity to just sit down and play........here is one of those moments from this past weekend.


14 X 17 
pencil on Bristol


Monday, July 08, 2013


Not too far back I said that sometimes my favourite part of painting is cleaning off the palette............

Well here is a small example of what I mean:

I did this yesterday morning mainly in one sitting, just playing. Now you may ask yourself what does this have to do with cleaning off your palette, well he was done from paint left over from a couple of days of paint on my palette from another painting that I am working on..........as some of the paint was still viable and wet, I just sketched the face out onto a boar and then started to paint him in with that paint before I scraped down and started back into the other image.   A cleansing of the palette as it were, and not wasting of paint.

Could I go back in and tighten things up more and turn it into a "finished piece, sure I can tighten him up, but for me he is finished, served his purpose and was a good exercise, and to be totally honest, I like him as is.

So the next time you have to scrape down, maybe see if you can lay some more paint down and just play a bit..........it is fun, and sometimes you get something out of it as well besides a clean palette.

Saturday, July 06, 2013


As you can probably see, I have updated the look and layout of the ol' blog here and in doing so, have added a new header and things, and since "DRAGONS DO EXIST IN MY WORLD" I sort of thought it fitting that there should be one of the old boys at the top.

This not a new painting, I originally did him in 2007, but have done a few minor adjustments for fun and now he is ready for the world at this point.

So here he is in full, D'ARGON......

Wednesday, July 03, 2013


Well after a long haul, painting left handed, painting right handed, surgery, recovery a few set backs and such, it is finally finished, THE CAVERN OF DOOM.

A few little details, the paintings is 14 X 18, oils on Tracy-nite and available for purchase if you like, there will also be prints available from my Etsy site as well: