Thursday, December 31, 2009

Cabbing It

This is my final post for 2009. A lot has happened in this decade. Some of it bad and some good. But I at least had the privilege of living on this earth. I'm almost done with this. I last worked on it on the 28th of December 2009. It is beginning to work for me. Kim from my office took the photo that inspired this painting. I look forward to posting more completed paintings in the new year and more time painting. Happy New Year.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

From My Window (Still)

Yes I know I should have finished this one by now. But as you can see I'm almost finished. I'm liking the angles and energy of the picture. This blog was recently reviewed by someone whose opinion I respect and he indicated that I should continue on with this series.

Monday, December 28, 2009

MacArthur Station

The top image represents where I currently am with this painting. The bottom one is the first session. I've been working primarily in the greys with the recent subway paintings. This one is obviously a deviation from that path. I like the bounce of the colors. Unison and Terry Ludwig pastels were the stars in this one.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Not look to Me

This is a quick watercolor study of a lady I work with. I've posted paintings of her before. My goal here was to get a likeness and to keep it loose. I did a quick sketch in ink and then laid down some watercolor washes. I did a water wash over the ink lines to get some nice greys.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Bus Stopped

This school bus was stopped on West Lynn letting children out for school. We were all stopped in honor of the little ones education, it was raining and I loved the look of the bus. Of course I snapped a picture for a later painting. This was completed on an ACEO trading card. I like to dissect a painting into a number of small studies before I tackle a larger piece.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Tree Outside My Door

The title speaks for itself on this one. Recently I decided to get outside and paint my surroundings. This tree top was to my left outside my door as was the building. This is Belgian Mist pastel paper by Wallis. Rembrandt, Terry Ludwig and Unison Pastel on the surface.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Hold Up

This little girl was curious about something on the ground. I liked the look of her curiosity and the steady hand of the adult with her. This is on the handmade Rossini watercolor paper. The watercolors were Stephen Quiller and ink.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wave 27

This wave is from my 2009 visit to Fort Bragg, CA. We found this beach that has camping areas and lots of polished glass. Its down the road from Glass Beach where people go to collect ocean polished glass and shells. It had what appeared to be pilings for an old dock and other remnants of being a busy harbor area at one time. I actually got a whiff of ocean air just thinking of it. Painted on Wallis Belgian Mist paper with Rembrandt and Unison pastels.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Richmond Bound

Another in the subway series. I'm still working with it but its a study for a larger piece. This is on the handmade watercolor paper I referred to in an earlier post. I worked primarily with ink and yellow watercolor. I liked the guy in the far left portion of the picture. He had that relaxed homeboy look to him.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Rain on West Lynn

I think westlynn is one word so please forgive the mishap. This is one of my many rainy day scenes. This one is part of my commute to work in the morning. Of course I took advantage of our many recent rainy days to get shots and video for this series. I used Canson paper on the smooth side and various Rembrandt and Unison pastels plus charcoal. The top version is where I currently am with the piece. Actually, its finished I just need to own it.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Bev's Window 1

This was shot from the window of my friend's office. I like the long shadows from mid morning. This is on Vincent Rossini handmade watercolor paper. I worked with Stephen Quiller watercolors. The paper has a wonderful texture and the paint just loves it.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Austin bus stop

Second session with the drawing. I tried to clarify the darks and lights better. I think I have the middle ground. The darks and lights need more clarification .
First results. I'm going through a graphite phase so this is a piece I'm currently toying with. It's fun to work in black and white.

Friday, December 11, 2009


Lawyers in Texas are required to complete a number of hours of continuing legal education yearly. My office offers in house training and for me instant models. Most of my colleagues know that I draw them duiring these events and in court. This one is from a sketch completed on site. I used ink, Stonehinge 5 by 7 inch paper and watercolors.

7" x 5" (17.8cm x 12.7cm)
Watercolor on Stonehinge Paper
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Another Caneros

The first time I painted this scene it won an award in the annual juried show hosted by the Austin Pastel Society. The painting also sold shortly afterwards. This is my second attempt at this scene. I think this is Napa Valley. The other painting was completed on a Wallis pastel surface and this one was done on black archival museum board.

Another Caneros
16" x 20" (40.7cm x 50.8cm)
Pastel on Museum Board
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Another painting inspired by a courtroom sketch. This was the 390th District Court.
This is from a sketch completed in the courtroom. I think I gave him too much hair and didn't make him thin enough. Fun painting it however. This is Judge Mike Lynch from the 167th District Court. I worked in acrylics on a canvas board.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Cabing It

I'm still toying with this one. It's on Richeson Pastel Support. I'm switching back and forth between that surface and Canson paper. This one has a primitive feel to it. Part of me wants to develop the buildings in the foreground. The other side of the debate is that the painting is about the cars not the buildings.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

ACEO Sunflower

A small sunflower study done on an Artist Spectrum ACEO trading card.

ACEO Sunflower
3 1/2" x 2 1/2" (8.9cm x 6.4cm)
Pastel on Art Sprectrum ACEO card
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Friday, December 4, 2009

Outside Looking In

This piece was inspired by a photo taken in New York by one of our lawyers. I worked on Canson paper for this one. I tried to convey the roundness of the actual building with the strokes. I glazed the pastel as opposed to drawing with it. It is available on my website

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Small Protection

One of my pen drawings. I distinguish this type of work from sketching. I took a little time with this one and worked from a photo over the course of two days. My sketches are usually done in 2 to 3 minutes or less from life. I was leaving the courthouse and I noticed this guy with an umbrella that was too small. I liked the shadows and movement.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

167th October 30 2009

This is a defense lawyer with his client. The young man was charged with multiple aggravated robberies and he was set for trial the following Monday. The lawyers were taking care of pretrial matters.
This is one of our prosecutors and a defense lawyer reviewing a file. They are easy to sketch when they are getting discovery.

The judge and a lady I captured briefly before she left the courtroom.

The judge and a man he had just sentenced.

Guard standing with a defendant before the judge and a bunch of defense lawyers.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Down The Mountaion II and V

One night I randomly picked a photo to paint from without realizing that I had painted it before. The first painting is posted above. I think I used a warmer pallet in the first version. My favorite is the second version because I love lavender