Sunday, October 5, 2014

approx.. 8x10
Watercolor wash and colored pencils
on watercolor paper

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Update on Dragon Tree

It's coming along...

"Dragon Tree"

10x14 watercolor paper
light  background wash of watercolor
detail in colored pencil

Friday, September 19, 2014

It's been a while... latest WIP

In the mood for trees.....

Dragon Tree - started with a light wash on water color paper. Adding Colored Pencils next.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Would the images in my head please calm down...

I am at somewhat of a cross roads with my art. This is one of the studies I just completed. So many things are going through my mind right....  word art, monochrome images, pencil art, minimalism, mandalas, meditative art, Celtic knot work, working bigger, working smaller .... and on and on and on...

"Mandala Turquoise"

10x10 colored pencil, solvent and ink
on white Canson Mi-Teintes paper
on cradle board

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Gallery Show Update - SOLD!

"Tree of Life" found a new loving home. It sold opening night, but for now it's still hanging in the show until the end of July, so there is still time to see it in person.

Bossier Arts Council and Gallery of Fine Art

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Waterlily in Progress

This is what I am currently working on. 8x10 colored pencil on Stonehenge paper

Sunday, March 2, 2014

"If you only kiss frogs you'll miss the dragons" another book by Author Patricia Koelle and maybe my most favorite cover image I have done for her, because I loved the story so much!  It's a fairy tale for grown ups.

You can find the book here:

This is one of the inside drawings I did for the same book.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A New Story by Patricia Koelle...
... with a cover by me.
A little small but you can see it here  
At this time only available in the German language.

I love collaborating with Patricia, her stories are paintings in words,
letting my imagination take flight.

Thank you Pat, for giving me such an opportunity!

(in case you are wondering, the title is: "Love, Lox, and Another Lifetime"

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Abend Sonne or Evening Sun

Colored Pencil 
Stonehenge paper on 8x10 Birch Cradle Board
after an image by Patricia Koelle

In case you are wondering "Who is Patricia Koelle?"  You can find her in English on The Dream Nestalso in German: Short stories and Novels.  And finally her blog (in German):

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Next WIP

"Evening Sun"

From a photo by Patricia Koelle
Colored Pencil on Stonehenge paper on 8x10 
Birch Cradle Board

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Two new paintings

 "Late Summer"  
Colored Pencil on Stonehenge

"The Wall - November 9, 1989"
Mixed Media - Acrylic/Colored Pencil

Saturday, November 23, 2013


This is a terrible picture, but I think the idea comes across.  I find it difficult to work on the gradations of all the different cloud colors, so this is a very good learning experience. I am sure it will not be the only one. I also have to remind myself to work with light, light strokes to achieve the layers of colors I see along the cloud edges.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Book Cover

This is my latest book cover for a children's advent calendar by German/American author Patricia Koelle. The translation of the title is "Dragon Tales". At the moment only available as Kindle ebook and in German.


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Wrong start...

I decided to start over. I can't explain why. The feeling changed when working on the first attempt from excitement to "something is wrong" "this doesn't feel right" "I need to start over". I don't like to start over. Working in colored pencil is time consuming, not to mention all the pencils wasted. But here it is.

Prismacolor Premiers,
 8x20 on Stonehenge Paper

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Colored Pencil - a medium to be taken seriously

When it comes to colored pencil, some artists refer to their work as drawings others call them colored pencil paintings. Many techniques make up the range of colored pencil work, some do look more like  drawings, while others resemble oil or water color paintings. Then there is the question of light fastness. If you are serious about your colored pencil art, you pay attention to that too. But as with any other medium, you wouldn't want to hang your oil or watercolor by a famous painter in direct sunlight now, would you? So why would you do it with colored pencil? The question is how serious do we take colored pencil work.  If you go to the website of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), you will see that CP work is something to be taken very seriously.

It is a shame though that when it comes to general art exhibits or juried shows, the category of "Graphics" is a collection of anything that's not oil, water media (watercolor and/or acrylics), pastels or photography. Yes, there are others but those are the main ones. Colored pencil work always falls into the graphics category since it is considered a drawing, no matter how much your work looks like a painting. And that's were the problem lies. Most artists, at least in this area of the country were I live, work in oil, water color, acrylics or pastels (considered the "serious" media in the art world). In most shows you have to have a certain number of works for the category to be considered, judged and hung in the show. Just recently I submitted a work and because there were not enough entries in the "Graphics" category, the work would not have been considered for judging and possibly winning a prize. So I pulled my entry out of the show.

I am not saying that I believe my work is so excellent it would have one a prize, that's not the point.  I am wondering why there are not more artists working in pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, in other words, media that could fall into the graphics category???

The Next Challenge

I have always wanted to draw skies and cloud formations. For years now I have been taking pictures of the sky at dawn, at sunset, before a storm, after a storm…. whenever I see interesting clouds or vivid color contrasts. I recently completed a small image that was the inspiration for going larger and here it is my current work in progress:

Prismacolor Premiers,
 8x20 on Stonehenge Paper

I don't have a name for it yet, but the hours around sunset are my favorite time of day, so until I can come up with something different, the working title is "My Favorite Time of Day".


Here it is, almost finished. I had several reasons for wanting to work on this. I liked the bright lights and shadows, that's always what catches my attention first. Then the perspective of "being" among the blossoms, looking up slightly. I also was drawn to the contrast of the reddish background and the pink flowers, after I saw the digital image on my camera. And finally, because I don't usually like the color pink, at least not the washed out "baby blanket" pinks, or the Bepto pinks, I had to prove to myself that I can work with shades of pink. Also as far as hardness of colored pencils goes, pink is a very soft and creamy consistency and those pencils often give me problems. Yellow is another color like that. I feel they have to be applied sparingly and in many layers to achieve the result I want to see. Those were my reasons for going outside of my comfort zone with PINK :)

Below is the finished product! I named it "Tiptoed through the Tulips". Prismacolor Premier and Derwent Colorsoft on white Mi-teintes Paper. Approx 8x10