May 10, 2017

There are occasions when I complete an image and am pleasantly surprised by it. Perhaps the colors harmonize or the lighting sings and it's almost hard to believe I had a part in making it. I think, "There must be some other creative force that partnered with me in accomplishing the task." Perhaps I get surprised because all too often it's a battle....

May 9, 2017

One stigma of the artist is of a dreamer lounging around waiting for the moon and planets to align, and the mood to strike. Those of us who struggle with our art on a daily basis know otherwise. We often have to fight for the time to create.

Some days I may only have 30 minutes to lay down a sketch and perhaps an initial color block in. I may ev...

April 27, 2017

Lately, I have been running numbers, creating business plans, laying out spreadsheets...and surprisingly enjoying it. Perhaps for the first time in my life, I am longing to understand what it will take to succeed, even if it is just understanding it on paper. That's the first step anyhow, right? The rest can follow. There seems to be new pathways be...

April 12, 2017

Whenever you start a new image, a vast expanse lies before you. It's only after making those first few marks that your vision and emotions begin to have something to latch on to. Your sketch is like the trellis that gives the vine a reason to climb. When you begin painting, each stroke is like the vine finding its way higher and higher. As your pain...

April 12, 2017

Six months ago I took the plunge to give Apple Pencil a go, which meant the purchase of an iPad Pro to go with it. I had been loving the iPad experience, but frustrated over never being able to find a stylus that performed to a satisfactory level. I was half expecting to be disappointed once again.

My initial reaction illicited a sign of relief—follo...

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