Alien Portrait #2

Need to play catchup posting my alien portraits.  This is #2 in the series.  He’s just moving along, doing nothing special.

Watercolor on watercolor paper, 7.5″ x 9″

Alien Portrait #2 | Watercolor on paper | 7.5" x 9" | March 2014 | Alien Creatures Series
Alien Portrait #2 | Watercolor on paper | 7.5″ x 9″ | March 2014 | Alien Creatures Series

Alien Portrait #1

A small little portrait of one of my aliens.  Done using cake watercolors this time instead of gouache (so I can work in front of the TV sometimes).

Watercolor on watercolor paper. 7.5″ x 9″

Alien Portrait #1 | Watercolor on paper | 7.5" x 9" | March 2014 | Alien Creatures Series
Alien Portrait #1 | Watercolor on paper | 7.5″ x 9″ | March 2014 | Alien Creatures Series

Abstract – “Deep”

Another of my alien creatures abstracts.  I haven’t decided if I like this one or not.  I had the idea in my head but the final result just doesn’t match.  Just need more practice, I guess.

Also need a better scanner, too.  This image is way brighter than the painting actually is.

Gouache on watercolor paper, 10″ x 7.75″

Deep | Gouache on watercolor paper | 10" x 7.75" | February 2014 | Alien Creatures series
Deep | Gouache on watercolor paper | 10″ x 7.75″ | February 2014 | Alien Creatures series

Abstract – “Untitled”

Untitled Abstract #1

Untitled Abstract #1 | Gouache on watercolor paper | 9″ x 12″ | Completed February 2014 | Part of the Alien Creatures series

Latest abstract piece done in gouache.  I’ve had it on the board for a while now with the background done and over the weekend, finally sat down to finish the alien creature-things there.  I still need to pull it off the board and trim the edges to remove the staple holes.  I’m rather pleased with how it’s turned out although I probably overworked the dark green and reddish-orange sections.  Still getting used to gouache and how it handles in a thicker consistency.

Gouache on watercolor paper, 9″x12″ untrimmed.


Postcard Swap #2 – January 2014

So it’s time for another postcard swap as organized by Dawn Diamantopoulos.  I was pretty eager to sign up again this time around and had been planning what I wanted to do for a while now.  As usual, that changed once I actually started working on the postcard, but I’m very happy with how it turned out.  Definitely enjoying working with gouache paint (although I still tend to think of them more as opaque watercolors than anything else) and this time I added in colored gel pens for some definition.  Now I just need to get this into an envelope and sent off to my recipient. 😀

Postcard Swap #2, January 2014. Gouache and gel pens on watercolor paper, 8.25" by 5.25"

Postcard Swap #2, January 2014. Gouache and gel pens on watercolor paper, 8.25″ by 5.25″

The Saturday Series – “Turn in the Road”

saturdayseries_turnintheroad_0-5sOver the past year, starting on 26 JAN 2013 and going through 18 JAN 2014 I’ve been taking a photo each Saturday morning of the turn in the road I live on.  I’ve been posting them on Google+ under the tag #SaturdaySeries and now that the year is up, I made an animated gif of the images to show how the seasons change at one location.

The only editing or adjusting I’ve done is to place the yellow arrow sign at the same place and approximately the same size, and cropping all the images so they are the same size.



Medallion, digital media, 2013

Medallion, digital media, 2013

I have no clue where I come up with my titles.  This is a digital abstract piece done in Photoshop CS5.  Sometimes I think doing abstracts digitally is almost cheating, although I know it’s not.  What digital does make easier is shifting parts of the artwork in a circle or on a curve.  I haven’t even tried that traditionally yet, nor do I think I will.

EDIT 1/3/2014 – installed NextGEN Gallery again and updated my image link.  I much prefer this kind of gallery versus using the built-in media capabilities.  I don’t care for how viewing the image wasn’t an overlay the way NextGEN does it.



Postcard Swap – July 2013

Now that July is over and the postcard is in the mail, I figured I should post about it.

The postcard swap was organized by Dawn Diamantopoulos over on Google+ and I decided to take part.  Basically, the assigned names to each artist who joined up and the task was to create an original piece of art in your own style and send it off to your assigned recipient.  You aren’t necessarily creating it for that person specifically, more like creating it on your own and they are the lucky person to get it.

So here’s my postcard and the stages I went through to come up with this.


I’ve also uploaded this to my deviantArt account if anyone wants to see it in a much larger size. Overall I’m pleased with how this turned out but I think I need to do a better job of defining the text next time. And there will be a next time. Dawn was talking about organizing another swap, this time with signups in December and mailing out in January 2014. I can’t wait!