I’ve been in a very prolific phase lately, maybe its the fact that winter has me literally trapped indoors much of the time. After a big move out into the woods and an exhausting December and January I’m back in the swing of things and painting in my new home studio. Here’s one of the newest works. This was inspired by a trip to NY and the museums there late last year. It’s a bit different than the nature scenes I normally explore but I like how it turned out. Theres another half dozen or more nearing completion that will be posted soon. Thanks for looking, cheers!
I’m really excited to share this new video by Israel Medrano from @Medranoproductions. I don’t usually share this much about my creative process and I’m generally not comfortable on film but when Israel approached me about doing this project together I was excited to make the leap and open my studio to him and his camera. I’m glad I did. I’m really happy with the end product. I think he did a wonderful job with the video. Enjoy, and let me know what you think.
Have a look through my most recent book of designs and sketches:
I’ve been in a painting frenzy lately. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it. 2018 has been my most prolific year by far. It feels great and I’m painting a lot right now because when the inspiration strikes you have to take advantage because it’s not always this easy.
Longing for the teachings of jungle… 36x36” acrylic on canvas. This one seemed to happen without me even being fully present. Did I even paint this? I like where it’s going. I still have a few hours to go before it’s finished…
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I’m a little slow posting this but I just want to express my gratitude for all the lovely souls out at CoSM who made the 2018 Deities and Demons masquerade a smashing success. I had so much fun in my Jedi robes, painting with Alex and Allyson, Xavi, Stella and Martin. It’s a lovely place to chill for a few days and get inspired. Good food, great art and amazing people. And the train ride upstate to the sleepy little train station was beautiful and felt like some kind of mythological boarder crossing. Here is one of the two paintings I made there, the other still needs a lot of work but you can catch a glimpse of it over my shoulder in the second photo. Thanks again CoSM, I hope I can come back soon!
Imagine Music and Arts Festival on Orcas island is behind me now and I don’t have any more festivals planned at all. It feels good to be back home and going nowhere at all. I’m looking forward to getting comfy in the studio and finishing the many paintings that were started but not finished because I was constantly being swooped into the next adventure. 2018 has already been the most productive year for painting that I’ve ever had; about 20+ paintings so far.
Here is a beautiful shot of the altar that Anu Honey, Jasper Sircus and Tifa Mudita built at Imagine as a center piece for the dome. It was an honor to be asked to contribute the Orca painting that I started at Beloved a month earlier. I think what they created here is wonderful.
And I’m almost done with the two live paintings that I started at Imagine. I’m pretty happy with where they each went. One is a study on river life with tall reeds, cattails and maybe some fish? The other shows the Earth, Sun and Moon with a campfire that curls up into the canopy of stars that covers us all.
All life is swirling around us always…so much gratitude and love for this life, my community and the opportunity to share my art with all of you. Thank you.
My first year painting at Beloved was so much more than I had anticipated. What a dreamy festival: The beautiful people, the incredible music, the cast of live painters and gallery/store crew...basically everything was perfect and well executed. I've never had more fun live painting and it probably shows in the three paintings I made over the course of 4 days!
Yes that's right, 3 paintings in 4 days. What can I say, the inspiration was so overwhelming, I was overflowing with creative energy! Truth be told, none of them were quite finished but still, I was a little surprised how much progress I made.
The main painting of the three was a little prayer for the Southern Resident Orcas in Puget Sound. I heard that the day I painted it the mother who had been carrying her dead calf for 17 days finally released it and ended her tour of grief. This painting will be featured at Imagine Festival on Orcas Island September 7-9th.
I just got these sweet new stickers in the mail! They're beautiful coated vinyl, 5.5x4" and only $4 each.
The Forest Spirit was painted earlier this year and is from a vision I had of an Owl-like spirit who came to me deep in the woods and seemed to say that the spirit of nature was neutral and that all I had to do was surrender fear and doubt and just trust that the universe has my back. Everything will be okay, just stay confident.
Hempfest this year was a lot of fun! I spent three days painting outside with 100s and and 100s of appreciative art lovers flowing past all day. I started a new piece and although it's not done yet I think I can finish it in another day or two.
I'm super excited to share that I'll finally be headed out to CoSM to paint with Alex and Allyson Grey! I'll be there for the 14th annual Deities and Demons Halloween Ball! I've heard so many amazing things about CoSM, I can't wait to finally experience it for myself.
Here is a video preview of my new coloring book "the Multi-Colored Machine". It's available now for $17 shipped to your door or $15 in person if you come visit my studio Praxis Arts in Georgetown Seattle.
It contains 22 illustrations lovingly crafted over the course of about a year in coffee shops and various arty places. The selected original pencil drawings were then scanned and "inked" digitally and brought together in this volume.
Designed for all ages and methods of coloring. You can add more line work with an ink pen, color them with pen, pencil or crayon. You can use vivid color or even greyscale... you are limited only by your imagination!
I hope you enjoy it and please share your creations, I'd love to see what you make of these drawings.
It's finally done and available now for purchase. 22 illustrations to be modified as you see fit. I think it turned out beautifully, I'm very happy with the quality that Girlie Press on Capitol Hill turned in, and I think you'll love it too. It's signed and can be yours for only $17 which includes shipping. ($15 if you pick it up in person). Paypal me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks! I'll add a video preview of the whole book shortly...
Tidewater, here I come!
I'm super excited to announce that I will be joining the live-paining crew at Beloved this year. I'll be up on the painting stage creating something new and exciting from scratch. You'll also be able to find a few works for sale in the gallery as well as merchandise in the store. I even have a new surprise item I'm working hard to finish just in time for the event.
It's a real honor to be included in such a beautiful festival among so many creative and loving souls. Seriously, I can't wait!
Here's a time lapse video I made over the course of 5 long days (about 60 hours total) working on this painting from the very start. It is meant to be a companion piece to the "Forest Spirit" painting I made a couple weeks before. I started without any real concept or sketches, I only knew it needed to match the spontaneity and looseness of the Forest Spirit. This proved to be very challenging! You can see in the video how many times I had to rework the face before I found what I was looking for. So here it is, 60 hours compressed into a minute and a half!
I've spent 4 long days painting a companion piece to my Forest Spirit painting. I have at least one more day to go on her but so far I like where this one ended up. It has been very challenging to try and match the spontaneity and ease of The Forest Spirit. I've been making a time lapse video of the whole piece starting with a blank canvas so when I post that you'll see what I mean. Lots of editing! Anyway, these are both works in progress...
I spent the day on this untitled girl in yellow painting today. This has been on hold for months and still has a tremendous amount of work left before its done. Anyway, this video shows a full day of work condensed into one minute.
After many months of development this giant painting is finally nearing completion. This was one of those paintings that gets off to a quick start and then sits around the studio for ages. I do that often, especially with overly complicated paintings. Anyway, I started this last year (around October I think, if not earlier). I worked on it off and on for awhile and then got sick of it and put it on the back burner for about 4 months. The other day I finally found the inspiration to go back into it and finish it up. It still needs another day or two but the end is finally in sight!
I'm very excited to be joining forces again this year with the folks at Imagine. I'll be painting under a tree somewhere and sharing some work in the gallery too! This is has been a highlight of my summer the last two years and I'm looking forward to making it a trilogy. And look at this beautiful art by Collin Elder!
I've added "New Moon" and "The Journey" to my Threadless shop. Each design can be ordered in many different garment styles and colors. In addition to these there are four other designs to choose from. Go to my Threadless store and see for yourself!