Revealing Texture

Flipped top tree

I finally got to a point on the 5′ pierced paper piece that I felt I could remove it from the wall and flip it over. While there is still work to be done, it is getting oh-so-close to be ready to take some color!

Figuring out how exactly I will hang and display it is a whole other matter.

Flipped 3Flipped 5 cropped Flipped 4 Flipped 2

Bird on Climb

Bird on Climb

Three, 8 x 8″ acrylic and ink on canvas


The cold rock and morning sun were a combination hard to resist. Tiny bumps and crevices lent themselves as footholds as the bird worked to conquer the steep landscape above.  The occasional misstep left her swinging and thankful for the cord of rope connecting her to the summit.  And as the minutes passed and the distance to the top diminished she reveled in the view below.

Bird on Climb BirdBird on Climb Middle RopeBird on Climb  End Plant

Continuing On: Pierced Paper on a Large Scale

Centered foliage 3

Progress continues to be made on this 5′ tall piece. I work from the back so the texture won’t be seen until I flip the work over. That is when I will also add color.

Centered large step 3Initially, I wasn’t completely pleased with the tightness of the piece, but the more I work on it, the happier I am with the direction it is headed.

Centgered buds detail 3Centered Roots detail 3


Starting in on the Big Guy

Centered detail top step 2

In my previous post I mentioned that I hoped to turn my smaller pierced paper work into something a bit larger. I am happy to say I have begun on this 5′ tall endeavor!

Centered large step 22

All of the images are taken from the backside (working side). Typically I flip the piece I am working on over many times to see how it is coming along. With something this size though, that won’t really happen until I feel like I am close to done with the piercing.

Centered detail roots step 2

Color will also be added eventually.

Centered 1 large

Step one

Centered detail step 1

Found My Way Back

~1.5" x 9" Watercolor on pierced paper

~1.5″ x 9″ Watercolor on pierced paper

After a lot of time on the road and weeks of being away from my studio, it was great to find my way back to art! Today I worked on a small-scale pierced paper piece. I’ve been itching to begin creating work in this medium again, so it was nice to play around a bit.
My goal is to create something similar to this piece, but on a very large-scale. Perhaps 5′ tall.


Prior to color

Prior to color

Board and Skate Habitat Painting Complete! (I think.)

12 x 36" Acrylic on canvas

12 x 36″ Acrylic on canvas

I think this one is done!
As I mentioned a few posts back, the trickiest thing about this piece was incorporating snowboarding, iceskating, a bear and a wolf without it feeling too contrived. I’m pleased with the final product and just hope there is enough wolf and skate to make Alexis happy.

nearly done board and skate head

Board and Skate Wolves final

snow boarder with skater

First step of the boarder/skater paintings

First step of the boarder/skater paintings

Board Skate 3

12 x 36" acrylic on canvas

12 x 36″ acrylic on canvas

Board adn Skate 5

12 x 36" Acrylic on canvas

12 x 36″ Acrylic on canvas

Habitat Painting Two: Board and Skate

First step of the boarder/skater paintings

First step of the boarder/skater paintings

I’ve started in on my second Habitat painting. This one’s for the kids. The challenge: Combine snowboarding, skating, and a bear in a painting that a 17 year old boy and a 12 year old girl will enjoy. The even bigger challenge: How to do this without it feeling contrived.
I’ve sketched out my idea and am pretty pleased with the decision to incorporate the ice skater on the base of the board. I plan to keep the background pretty bright, simple and clean.
Let’s hope they like the initial sketch!

snow boarder with skater

We’ve Added a Few More Circles

Acrylic on Canvas

Acrylic on Canvas

After speaking with Laura, it was determined we needed a few more circles. Of the turquoise sort.

Laura Final Detail

14 x 30" Acrylic on canvas

14 x 30″ Acrylic on canvas

Laura 1

18 x 30" Acrylic on Canvas work in progress

18 x 30″ Acrylic on Canvas work in progress

12 x 30" Acrylic on canvas

12 x 30″ Acrylic on canvas

Amost done habitat 1

Acrylic on Canvas

Acrylic on Canvas