Session #024, Work #021

Still working on drawing only. I finished the drawing from yesterday and I’m not sure how happy I am with my accuracy. I also started another drawing of a more detailed statue. I like the fairy figure a lot, but it looks to be a tough drawing. It’s going to take a lot of focus to get it right. I’m contemplating getting the major envelope down then taking photos, doing a comparison, and if it is too inaccurate starting over, then repeating till I get it correct.

Bandera Mountain Hike

Wonderful hike today. One hour from Seattle off of I-90 exit 45 is Bandera Mountain. The drive to the mountain was interesting, it looked like all the mountains had been sifted with powdered sugar, with a definite line where the melting point started on the mountain.

Jeremy Lipking

Jeremy Lipking b. 1975

In a remarkably short period of time, Jeremy Lipking has emerged as one of the country’s premier realist artists. His talent, which rivals that of the late nineteenth century painterly realists such as John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla and Anders Zorn, is outstanding for a painter of any age. It is all the more remarkable since he is only thirty years old. Like these great painters of the past, Lipking is a virtuoso artist. His canvases convey the magical aura of convincing imagery emerging out of a field of paint.

Session #022, Work #020

Like I said last painting, I’m going to do nothing but draw for the next few painting. This one was awful again. I really have a lot of drawing issues to overcome. What you will see below is a series of pictures throughout the drawing process compared to the original. See the captions for each photo.

John White Alexander

John White Alexander (7 October 1856 – 31 May 1915) was an American portrait, figure, and decorative painter and illustrator.

Alexander was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, now a part of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Orphaned in infancy, he was reared by his grandparents and at the age of 12 became a telegraph boy in Pittsburgh. His talent at drawing attracted the attention of one of his employers, who assisted him to develop them. He moved to New York at the age of eighteen and worked in an office at Harper’s Weekly, where he was an illustrator and political cartoonist at the same time that Abbey, Pennell, Pyle, and other celebrated illustrators labored there. After an apprenticeship of three years, he travelled to Munich for his first formal training. Owing to the lack of funds, he removed to the village of Polling, Bavaria, and worked with Frank Duveneck. They travelled to Venice, where he profited by the advice of Whistler, and then he continued his studies in Florence, the Netherlands, and Paris.

Jeremy Mann

Jeremy Mann(b. 1979) graduated from Ohio University with a Cum Laude degree in Fine Art-Painting. Afterward, he ventured out to California where he earned his MasterÕs Degree with Valedictorian honors at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Since then, Mann has garnered substantial attention in the art world. Praised by critics and collectors alike, his work recently graced the cover of American Art Collector magazine.

Jack Vettriano

Born in Fife, Scotland in 1951, Jack Vettriano left school at sixteen to become a mining engineer. For his twenty-first birthday, a girlfriend gave him a set of watercolour paints and, from then on, he spent much of his spare time teaching himself to paint.

Frank W. Benson

Frank Weston Benson, frequently referred to as Frank W. Benson, (March 24, 1862 – November 15, 1951) was an American artist from Salem, Massachusetts known for his Realistic portraits,American Impressionist paintings, watercolors and etchings. He began his career painting portraits of distinguished families and murals for the Library of Congress. Some of his best known paintings (Eleanor, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Summer, Rhode Island School of Design Museum) depict his daughters outdoors at Benson’s summer home, Wooster Farm, on the island of North Haven, Maine. He also produced numerous oil, wash and watercolor paintings and etchings of wildfowl and landscapes.

Joaquín Sorolla

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (27 February 1863 – 10 August 1923) was a Valencian Spanish painter. Sorolla excelled in the painting of portraits, landscapes, and monumental works of social and historical themes. His most typical works are characterized by a dexterous representation of the people and landscape under the sunlight of his native land.

Hike 2/03/13

Today’s hike was on three of the Cougar Mountain trails. Wilderness Creek, Wilderness Peak and Wilderness cliffs. Great hike, very refreshing and recharging. Couple quotes from Alan Watts that stuck out today.


So after last nights painting I realized that the largest problem for me as an artist currently is my drawing. It seems pretty obvious what I need to do next, I need to focus on drawing with a brush. I feel that once I master drawing with a brush that there is nothing I can’t do with paint. So the question here is how do I focus on drawing with a brush, or what is the best way to draw with a brush.

New site colors

You may have noticed that my site has changed to a darker layout. I was surfing some other artists bogs today and I really liked the ones that were dark. As soon as I changed my site to a darker layout my images really popped off the screen. Hope you like it.

why I started

About two years ago I watched my neighbor struggle to get in his car so he could go to the grocery. He is paraplegic. I had picked up the mail and was back in my 3rd floor apt before he finished pulling himself and his wheelchair into the car. I imagined that it would take him about 2 minutes to drive to the Safeway only a couple blocks away where he would have to spend another 10 minutes just getting out of the car. I was in the gym the next day… and I will be in the gym again today.