Monday, March 29, 2010

Print Giveaway

I'm starting my first giveaway today. It is coinciding with a little Q & A that PoppyPlace did with me over on her blog. The prize is a single print of your choice from my Etsy shop, Moany and Lalla's, no sets or cards but any size, and the rules are as follows: you must be a follower of my blog, and you have to leave a comment either on this post or on the Q & A post over at PoppyPlace to enter. You have until midnight, April 7th, eastern standard time to enter. Please leave some method of getting in touch with you, blog, website, e-mail, etc. Good Luck everyone!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

From the Sketchbook

Some random sketches of fish while watching T.V.

Out to Pasture

I am just about finished with one of two paintings I've been working on for a client. Of course, as soon as I post this I'll see something that bothers me and have to go back and rework substantial portions of the painting. For now, though, I am trying to leave it alone. My mom was by yesterday, saw it and said it was her favorite thing I've painted and I said what about the mural I painted in your dining room? There was a little backtracking on her part but I was just messing with her.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Frontpage of Handmade Registry

A couple of my prints from my Etsy shop were featured on the front page of Handmade courtesy of a wishlist made by Alison Whittington. Check it out here! You should also check out Alison's work at her Etsy shop, she makes imaginary maps that are really lovely.

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Spring Play!

The Spring Play series is complete and is available on etsy. I enjoyed working on a small scale for a change, especially since I am working on some larger canvases during the day. You can see more of them here:
Thanks for following along! I'm torn about what to tackle next. I'm hobbled by a rare surplus of ideas. It's certainly a better problem to have than the alternative.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Daisy Blooms

Yet another painting complete. At least until I decide it's not and decide to re-work it. It's really nice working so small I actually feel like I am getting something accomplished. Here is a pic of the most recent and the first four in the series. I have two more planned. I hope to have these up on Etsy by Monday.

Louisville got crushed last night which is disappointing but not entirely unexpected at least my wife won't have to deal with me being consumed by a basketball game for awhile.

Friday, March 19, 2010

New Spring Play Painting.

I finished up another of the spring play paintings despite spending most of my time working on some other canvases for a client and being incredibly distracted by college basketball. A great start to the tournament yesterday though not a good showing for the Big East. I don't know how much I'll get accomplished today, at least Louisville doesn't play until tonight, so maybe a little.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Flight of the Bumblebee

I painted another of the "spring production" pieces today. I haven't settled on a title yet, either Flight of the Bumblebee or The Bumblebee Runs Rampant. I spent most of the day working on the large sheep paintings which are still in the drawing stage so it was nice to get on something small for a break.

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Spring Production

With spring nearly upon us and green stuff starting to peek through the ground I felt the need to go back to my sketch book and revisit an earlier idea I had for a series of children's paintings of a school play about spring. I had abandoned the idea because of time but after going though all of that old artwork and remembering how small I was working because of time constraints I decided to try the same thing with these. So instead of working on 12" x 16" canvases these will be on 5" x 7" birch plywood. I think the format is perfect for the concept and I am really excited to get work this way for a little bit especially because I have some fairly large canvases I have been working on for a client lately. Anyway here is the first one, " The Bluebird Forgets His Line."

Faux Finish for Ceilings

I haven't posted in about a week. I've been fairly busy with these ceilings I've been working on. The finish was a textured metallic gold but the overall look kept coming out too brown so it took it awhile to get to a point where I was happy with it. I think the finished product turned out great. Here are some pics of the progress. The barrel has a different look than the tray.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Friday, March 5, 2010

Faux Finish Samples

I did some samples for faux finishes to go on a few ceilings. We are going to make some some adjustments, texture from one, lighter base and so on. I will probably start on these the middle of next week so look for some pics. I will also be starting on the sheep paintings soon. I need to build the stretcher frames and stretch the canvas this weekend so I can get started.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mural Madness!!

I have decided to offer a 20% discount to anyone who books a mural, faux finish, or commissioned painting in the month of March. This could be completely mad. It is only good for Louisville and the surrounding areas. Make sure you take advantage of this limited time offer now!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Ghosts of Artworks Past

I have spent the majority of the day and now well into the next photographing and editing old artwork on the computer. It's been awhile since I have seen some of these. I am debating opening a second etsy shop to sell prints of some of my other art but I'm not sure. I guess if I didn't then today then would seem would like a waste of time. Anyway, here is a taste of some of the random stuff I dug up.
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