Tuesday, July 18, 2017

what I am working on....

Colored pencils and solvent. Love the way it is "unfolding"...

a prolific summer so far....

colored pencils and solvent on paper

This one sold before I had it finished.

"Wild Fire"
Acrylic on Canvas

Sunday, May 28, 2017

It has a life of its own...

This one I started several months ago. I lost interest and put it away. Now it reappears and turns into something different.

Primordial Soup
CP and solvent

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Facebook Challenge

Designed for a miniature challenge for local artists on Facebook. The only rule was that it couldn't be bigger than 12'x12". This is a triptych of 3-4"x4" drawings, paper mounted to cradle board. Dark grey Canson paper and metallic Prismacolor pencils.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Dark Backgrounds

Something new and a little different. Experimenting with dark paper backgrounds and metallic colored pencils.

Cason Mi-Teintes paper in charcoal gray
Prismacolor colored pencils

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Studio Buddy

It's been a while since I have posted a picture of my studio buddy.  He hates having his picture taken, but he gets along really well with my studio dragon :)

Cyrus, the 8 year old Great Dane

Thursday, November 17, 2016

To solvent or not...

Before using solvent

After using solvent
Another view of my latest project. I wanted to show the difference when using solvent with colored pencils.

The solvent I use is "Mona Lisa Odorless Paint Thinner." You still need a good amount of CP pigment on the paper before you can use it. Experiment first on a small area, if you are not sure if the amount of pigment on your paper is enough. The nice thing with solvent is that you can work on top of it either while it's still wet, or after it has dried.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Before and After

Just showing the difference solvents can make. They also allow me to work much larger without going insane! ;)

Sunday, July 31, 2016


I love succulents, or cacti, because I can kill just about anything else green. There is also a serenity in looking at succulents, maybe it's because they are mostly stationary because there are no leaves to move in a breeze? I don't know, just something that draws me to them. So here is my current WIP...

"Succulent Colored Pencils" 
Prismacolor Premier pencils on Stonehenge Paper

Saturday, July 23, 2016


I am not a person to discuss politics or religion. But something has been weighing me down these last few months. In light of all the hatred and violence, I have become increasingly upset with the current political direction, and the future of humanity.

This drawing came to me one morning shortly after waking and it hasn't left me until completion. It was the sort of thing that I could see very clearly but didn't know were it would take me. Anyway, here it is.

Title: Death of Diversity
Medium: colored pencils and solvent on Canson paper

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Just started it today, and already used up a whole Prismacolor Premier Poppy Red pencil.

The title is obvious to me
 - "Watching Paint Dry"

Monday, July 4, 2016

Friday, May 27, 2016

Just started...

This is going to be my next piece. About 15x20 colored pencil on Canson paper. Working title is "Campfire Memories".