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.

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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

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

A Smidge More Work

Amost done habitat 1
After showing the circles painting to Laura, we decided a bit more turquoise was needed. I’ve added turquoise circles and added the color to other areas of the painting, but a smidge more work is still needed.

Almost done 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

Habitat Painting: First Stages

14 x 30" Acrylic on canvas

14 x 30″ Acrylic on canvas

Back in November I created an Indiegogo campaign to get art into Habitat for Humanity houses. This is the beginning of the first piece I’ll have started in on. Laura, one of the homeowners, requested one of my circle paintings with lots of blues and grays. I’ll touch base with her to be sure I’m on the right track before moving forward, but this should be a fun one when complete.

Bird on Sled

Acrylic and ink on canvas

Acrylic and ink on canvas

Unlike other adventures the bird had recently embarked on, the work lay less in the activity itself, and more in the getting to it. She would admit that sledding mostly scared her. It was a bit of a game of chance – marked by a vague ability to control direction, speed or, for that matter, stopping. And yet the bird repeated the climb again and again, feeling the reward of the rush, was well worth the effort.

Bird on Sled Head

Bird on Sled Sled

Bird on Sled 2

Bird on Sled 1