So this is happening...

Welp, I finally decided to post some artwork to the site this week. To be honest, this is kinda like going off the high dive at the swimming pool. Nope, that's not right. It's kinda like going off the high dive at the pool naked. But the older I get the more I realize I gotta try for the family that loves me, the artists that inspire me, and to give thanks for the life I'm lucky enough to lead.

The series of wooden panels started off more as a meditation. (Meditation with netflix or podcasts always playing in the background.) I begin with micron pens and draw directly onto wood panels. And by the way, does anyone else get frustrated with those damn pens? I can't go a day without breaking a tip. Anyways, I draw simple lines, arches, circles and half circles. (Which my kids happily point out look like eye balls, or mouths, or other random things they can think of to be funny.)

After my layout is done, I start adding the color. I am currently in love with caran d'ache neo color ii wax pastels. These puppies are basically like the greatest grown up crayons ever made and are worth every penny. They are also water soluable so I can go back and blend with water where I choose. I pick my color pallete mainly with warm colors, but I like to counter balance with small amounts of greens, blues, and grays. 

Lastly I use a pentel brush pen to get those amazingly thick black lines around each shape. The pentel brush is super cool because it has changable ink refills that you can get cheap through Amazon. Yup, I'm an art supply nerd. 

Sometimes the hardest part is learning when to stop. Believe me, I have killed many, many pieces of art. But my dear, dear art professor Mel always said to step back and take a look. So I get up off my butt periodically, and take a look.

To keep each piece from smudging or smearing my friends at Dick Blicks recommended I use a clear acrylic spray finish. I was hesitant at first, but it did the trick. It kept the colors vibrant with no streaking or bleeding, and gave it the protection it needed.

So, I guess that's about it. Thanks for listening, thanks for viewing and come back soon!