Thursday, December 27, 2012


Because of the holidays, I'm still only finding time to work on the pastel. It doesn't seem to be anymore appealing to me no matter how many layers I put down so, I think it's done!

Friday, December 21, 2012


It's so hard to find time to get into my studio this time of the year. Besides the holiday preparations, we've had a number of storms that have given us quite a bit of snow and the shoveling that follows. I was able to complete the under-painting on a new pastel though.

Sunday, December 16, 2012


My son, his wife and the grand kids came up to play in our new snow.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


More of my pieces going to new homes!

Howling at the Moon - Linocut

 Say Something - Woodcut

Sunday, December 9, 2012


I've had a number of pieces sell from my FineArt America webpage. I'm assuming it's because they make good inexpensive gifts.

Vermont Again - Pastel on Canson paper.

Monday, December 3, 2012


I found another artist that is so multi-talented. Catherine Kernan. She is from Massachusetts and works in some of my favorite areas. Watercolor, monoprints and most recently, large woodblock prints.

Levi - Small scratchboard print of my grandson

Friday, November 23, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


We have had contractors doing remodel projects on our house so it has been hard to get down to my studio. I love pastels because of how quickly I can get something on paper and how easy it is to change things I don't like. I did this beach scene in the times I could fine between contractors.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


The link below is to a site that lists printmaking artists from many parts of the world and includes links to their web pages and blogs. So many great prints to see from these talented people.

Mixed Media Print
Brian Devon

Above is the first proof from a new etching that I'm currently working on.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


I'm finding that my nephew's great photographs are a good source of subject material for art practice sessions. I did a copperplate etching from one of his forest pics.

Sunday, November 4, 2012


I just sold my favorite pastel. I always find it hard to part with pieces but, as my wife tells me, we are running out of room!!

Monday, October 29, 2012


This is a woodcut I did from a photograph of my wife Teri. Below is the woodblock I used. I usually do reduction prints with up to three different cuts. This was a simple single cut print.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


I finished the pastel I had started a few weeks ago. It was not meant to be a Halloween scene, just a drawing of an old barn. Now, to me, it looks a bit spooky. I kind of expect to see the headless horseman chasing Ichabod Crane!

Monday, October 22, 2012


Diane Cutter is an artist living in Puerto Rico that works with all of my favorite mediums. Her blog shows her versatility in printmaking, scratchboard drawings, pastels and watercolor works.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


I've been busy getting things put away for winter, so no big projects in the studio. I did start a small pastel which makes me feel like I'm creating something!!

Monday, October 15, 2012


I spent a wonderful weekend in Palm Springs. My son was in a big softball tournament so we had a boys only weekend (grandson too). It has been turning cold here in Big Bear, so it was great spending time in the warm desert air.

Below is a monoprint I did recently.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

WHAT HAPPENED TO FALL? in Big Bear. it seems like we are going straight from summer to winter. Prediction of snow this coming Thursday. Way, way too soon!!

Big Bear Holiday - Pastel on Canson paper

Thursday, October 4, 2012


I finished the pastel I did from my nephew's great photograph.

Monday, October 1, 2012


I've started a new pastel using one of my nephew's photographs as a subject. I did the gouache undercoating  and started to rough in the boat and foreground.

I also found a pastel of an old house that I did a few months ago that I had forgotten about.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


My nephew, Joey Brisson, has gone from photography as a fun past time, to creating fantastic works of art. His photographs of Northern California really capture the beautiful area that he lives in.

Thursday, September 20, 2012


My Lopez Island friend (Pacific Northwest) sent me a scan of her latest pastel work. She does great watercolors, pastels, lino and woodblock prints. The landscapes and nature around her make wonderful subject matter!

 Below is a pastel I keep thinking is finished and then find myself foolin' with it again!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012


I discovered another great site with fantastic prints and information on printmaking. Ian Phillips is one of Wales foremost Linocut artists. He uses traditional Japanese techniques and creates beautiful and colorful prints. His webpage has a 'how to' section that will show you how to get started with lino printmaking.
Below is a recent reduction print that I did.

 1st cut

 2nd cut

 Final proof

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


I am trying to get back to my printmaking and found an artist that gives me some inspiration to do just that. Sherrie York, an artist who lives in Colorado, creates some of the beautiful reduction linocut prints I've ever seen. Her blog is a treasure of information on techniques and ideas.
She also has a website where she displays many of her prints.

Friday, September 7, 2012


Even though I promised myself that this time I wouldn't get caught up in the conventions, I couldn't let it go. I did finally get into the studio and started a new linocut. My first thought was to do just a single cut in black ink. Thinking now I'll do a reduction print again. I get to use more planning and thinking on those.

                                                        Brownie - Reduction linocut

Monday, September 3, 2012


Finding more and more old pieces. I was on a real tear a couple of years ago!

Big Bear Falls  -  Pastel

                                             Floral  -  Pastel

Friday, August 31, 2012

Abandoned - Pastel on Canson paper
I'm still trying to get everything put back into some kind of order in my studio. The fun part is that I keep finding pieces that I had buried in varied spots and corners.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Spending some quality time with my grandson this weekend....

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


A friend sent me a link to a wonderful site belonging to an artist from British Columbia. Amie Roman creates beautiful prints using all of the traditional techniques. Her section on printmaking information explains many of the ways prints are made, and is well worth a visit.

Friday, August 17, 2012


I had my studio carpeted yesterday and had to move all of the things there myself. I have way too much sh*t! I did find some art that I hadn't seen in a while.

Family - Acrylic painting

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


My downstairs studio area is being carpeted so I have not been able to work on anything except a small scratchboard piece. Moving my drums was a real chore, but will give me a chance to clean the cymbals.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Ryan Hall from my little town of Big Bear will be running in his second Olympics August 12th. I've watched him run since he was very little and it will be exciting to see the marathon even though it will be in the middle of the night Big Bear time. This is a picture of the banner we have on my office.

Sunday, August 5, 2012


The concert was a good one and the proceeds go to a good cause. Big Bear's animal park has been taking care of wildlife that has either been injured or some body's exotic pet, then abandoned since 1956. These are animals that can't be released back into nature. Pretty neat people!

                                                              I Enjoy Good Sax - Reduction Linocut