2011 #16

December 7, 2011

Grace...30x40 acrylic on paper and canvas...23 Nov 2011

I finished this one right before Thanksgiving and finally got around to taking a picture of it.  I am never happy when I have to photograph my work.  There are lighting and glare issues, color issues, and I feel like it looses a lot of close up details.  I only use a Canon point and shoot camera, so I am not really working with the gear for pro-shooting.  You got to see this one in person.  Believe me, so much better.  With my smaller paintings I usually scan and get good quality images.

This is the first painting where I followed through on the idea of using the leftover cut paper to make smaller paintings…which I call “singles” (like one song off an album.)  I would take breaks from working on the “big” painting to finish some smaller paintings (see my previous posts.)  I like where this is going.  I need to get through Christmas as I dream-up the next project.


2011 #14

November 21, 2011

Grace (swan dance edit)...8x10 acrylic on paper and panel...11 Nov 2011

This is the lead single off my new upcoming album.

My  latest painting is almost complete.  As I have been working on it, I have seen the potential to do a few singles, b-sides, and remixes at the same time.  This edit has been made by using leftover material samples from the original painting to create a smaller piece.  I thought I would take a break from the main painting to complete this smaller piece as an introduction to the themes of the larger painting.

I have had this idea floating around in my  head for a while, so here is my first shot at it.  We’ll see how it goes.

This is a video “demo” (sketch) for the concept of my new album (painting.)  It is a simple melody in the most basic way: cut white paper with light and shadow.  I quickly shot this in one take with a handheld camera and left in all the background noise…the music in my studio, the kids talking and running across the wood floors above, etc.

video still

November 13, 2011

video still from Grace "demo" light and shadow mono mix

This fall has been fantastic and has been moving quickly.  It seems like forever since I have posted any new work.  I have slowly been working on a new project of which I refer to as my “new album.”  I am going rock and roll on this.  My album will feature some demo’s, for the collectors a single (radio edit), maybe some besides, and the finished piece.

The above picture is a “still” from a quick little video I took.  This is a demo of what is to come with the new album.  This demo is mono – white on white- using shadow and light to create the image of a figure.  I will release the “demo” video soon, followed by the single, before the album comes out.

Process Sketch Video #2

September 6, 2011

Do you remember all the snow we, in Kansas City, got this last winter?  We were so ready for summer.  It has been a hot summer, but these last few days have reminded us how wonderful Fall is.  I shot some video images of painting I was working on last February.  It was a snowy month and I wanted to work on a snow themed painting.  I finally got around to editing those images to show some behind the scenes of work in progress.  It is cheesy as all get out, but I hope you enjoy the look inside my studio.

Watch on Youtube for higher quality.


2011 #4

March 28, 2011

RECONCILED (woman at the well)...4'x6' acrylic on panel...27 March 2011

Here is a picture of the end result of a live painting that I did at my church.  The message series has been on reconcilation and yesterdayss message focused on the story of Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well as a picture of barriers to be crossed when it comes to race, status, gender etc. that divide us today.  You can listen to the podcast here.  At the end of service there was a special song and I had about 5 minutes to create this painting.  I have never done a live painting before, nor a performance sort of painting.  The painting itself is more about the process than the end result.  I started with some word images pertaining to the message and smudged them out to form literal images and then wrote more words around them and eventually covering them up with paint and then at the end revealing the image of Jesus and the woman at the well along with the word RECONCILED.

I can’t believe I did that.  I usually spend days working on a small painting and here I was attempting the largest painting ever for me (4’x6′) in under 5 minutes.  Although there were hours of prepwork and planning.  I am thankful for my church that celebrates all forms of creativity and allowing me to use my gift.

2011 #3

March 2, 2011

postman...30x40 acyrlic on canvas and paper...28 February 2011

Sorry…the picture is kinda crummy, but it looks good in person. 

I have been working on this wintery themed painting over the past month…I guess I was inspired by the ‘big’  blizzard and all the snowfall we have had here in Kansas City.

These larger paintings take me a while to do, since I can only pluck away at it a few hours here and there…mostly over the weekend.  I already have an idea for a smaller painting to do next.  Hopefully, this will only take me a couple of weeks instead of a month.  I just like to keep rolling and start thinking about the next project, it keeps the mind fresh.


2010 #19

September 28, 2010

Mourning into Dancing...36x36 acrylic on paper and canvas...21 Sept 2010

Here is a picture of my latest painting “Mourning into Dancing” taken at the Anthropoi show in Lawrence at the 739 Flash Space on Mass. Street.  I was at the opening reception last Friday and the whole show is quite impressive.  Try to check it out if you are in Lawrence within the next month.

This is the largest painting I have done since I started this art blog.  I wasn’t sure how my little paintings would translate to a larger scale.  This process was a learning experience and I came away with ideas to do things differently next time.  I had been working on this off and on the last couple of months and I am enjoying a bit of a breather before I start on my next project.

2010 #14

June 29, 2010

boy with boat...8x8 acrylic on paper and panel, pencil...28 Jun 2010

The blue colors of this painting is the leftover paint from the background of the Spring version of the Hedge Apple Tree.  I didn’t have a much leftover, so I grabbed a nearby architectural magazine and applied the remaining paint before it all dried up.

I have two more sheets with leftover paint applied to them and I keep looking at them and trying to find the potential.  I know its there, but I am waiting for it to hit me.  I like these little projects…they are like design challenges.  Make something creative and beautiful…out of this!  You have till midnight.

2010 #6

March 22, 2010

Secret 4...12x12 acrylic on paper and panel...20 Mar 2010

O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.

Song of Songs 2.14

2010 #5

March 9, 2010

Secret 3...12x12 acrylic on paper and panel...09 Mar 2010

SO bashful when I spied her,
So pretty, so ashamed!
So hidden in her leaflets,
Lest anybody find;

So breathless till I passed her,
So helpless when I turned
And bore her, struggling, blushing,
Her simple haunts beyond!

For whom I robbed the dingle,
For whom betrayed the dell,
Many will doubtless ask me,
But I shall never tell!

-Emily Dickenson

2010 #2

February 8, 2010

Secret 1...12x12 acrylic on paper and panel...07 Feb 2010

Conceptually, I am pretty excited about this new series that I just started.  For now,  I think I will name the series “Secret.”  As I do a few of these, I will re-evaluate to see if  that is the right title.  I have a few concepts that I have dreamed up in my head and I will see if I translate them on to panel.

I am also excited about an upcoming project that I will be facilitating with my son’s first grade class.  Twenty-two kids will be collaborating on a single canvas to create a painting that will be auctioned off as a PTA fundraiser.  Thematically, the painting will be similar in concept to my “winter trees” series, but on a larger scale.

2010 #1

February 1, 2010

workmanship...11x14 panel board...31 january 2010

January has been a really busy month for us that ended with an open house exhibition of  my 52 paintings from 2009.  The prepartion for this exhibition was a lot of work…from painting the 3 main rooms (living, dining, kitchen), to prepping the artwork (painting the edges of the panel board and installing hanging wires), to hanging all the artwork, to creating invites (and trying to invite friends to come in a way that doesn’t feel awkward-“come see my work!”)…Let’s see, what else did we do?  Oh yeah, cleaned the house and my wife made a lot of delicious food.  That was hard work, but the end result was a very fun and joyous time.  I was delighted and humbled that so many people came and they all offered me nice and encouraging words.

In the middle of all of that I was finally able to complete a new painting to kick off the new year.  “Workmanship” is part of the “Little Things (I should have said and done)” series.  I feel like I need a nice little nap and then I’ll be ready to jump back in the studio for some more work.

Week 43

October 29, 2009


Two Drummer Boys...9x12 panel board...28 October 2009

Sorry that this is a bit late.  It took me longer to finish this one mainly due to not having a lot of time to work on it this past weekend.  I went to bed earlier than usual because I am trying to fight an oncoming cold.  Finishing up Halloween costumes also became a priority.

Last week someone cleverly pointed out that I skipped a painting with two people in costume.  The progression has been 1, 3, and 4.  I had not figured this out yet or had really planned a reason for the groupings, but it seems pretty reasonable from to add a two person painting.

I feel like I should be making a children’s counting book:

1 greek goddess shooting at the moon

2 drummer boy slightly out of tune

3 sisters ready for a walk around town

4 little clowns not clowning around
This week I used crayon on painted paper for the background and the boys are on painted paper with graphite detailing.

Week 42

October 20, 2009

Four Little Clowns Not Clowning Around...9x12 Panel Board...19 Oct 2009

Four Little Clowns Not Clowning Around...9x12 Panel Board...19 Oct 2009

My last several paintings have been themed around costumes and I guess I can attribute that to the preperation of homemade costumes that my wife and I are making for the kids for this upcoming Halloween.  But I also like how ‘costume’ or the idea of ‘costume’ can create a certain type of character and adds to the narrative of the story.

When wrestling on the floor with my boys, there is always moment when my four year old will leave the room for a couple of minutes and then coming rushing back with his superhero cape on and a new vigor of strength.

I tried something different on this piece.  The background has no paint but is created only with crayon.

Week 41

October 13, 2009

Three Sisters...9x12 Panel Board...12 October 2009

Three Sisters...9x12 Panel Board...12 October 2009

These ladies are dressed up for a fun night on the town.

Week 40

October 6, 2009

Moon Costume...9x12 Panel Board...05 Oct 2009

Moon Costume...9x12 Panel Board...05 Oct 2009

I really don’t know where this one came from.  The idea of the subject came from an old time theater photo I had laying around and the background was just an experiment with painted strips from different types of paper including a map of Arkansas.

I have ideas for using and taking from more old-time images.  I think I might move in that direction…oh, and maybe more cows, too!

Week 35

September 2, 2009

Little Things I Should Have Said and Done...11x14 panel board...01 Sept 2009

Little Things I Should Have Said and Done #4...11x14 panel board...01 Sept 2009

This is my last “white” themed piece before I submit these to the “White Show” – a juried exhibit in Lawrence, Kansas.  Hopefully, one of these will be selected. 

I did #4 on an 11×14 panel board.  This has been my largest work yet for my weekly painting series.  My original mission was to work small on 8×10, but lately I have been using 9×12 and now this.

Quiz:  Can you name the bridge seen in #4?

Week 33

August 18, 2009

Little Things I Should Have Said and Done #3...9x12 panel board...17 August 2009

Little Things I Should Have Said and Done #3...9x12 panel board...17 August 2009

…still working on the “little thing” series.  Again, I am submitting these for the “White” gallery show, so you can tell I am aiming for uniformity in content and style.

Week 32

August 12, 2009

Little Things I Should Have Said And Done...9x12 panel board...12 August 2009

Little Things I Should Have Said And Done...9x12 panel board...12 August 2009

Now that I am back home and not working on the road (week 30 and 31), I am revisiting the “the little things” theme.  I hope to submit these for an upcoming gallery show in Lawrence, KS that my friend Darin ( BALM ) is putting on.

Week 25

June 22, 2009

I have not seen this day before, part 3: Knowledge

I have not seen this day before, part 3: Knowledge...9x12 panel board...21 June 2009

Part 3 concludes the end of the “I have not seen this day before”  series.  Now I have a few days to dream up something new.

part 1

part 2

Week 24

June 17, 2009

I have not seen this day before, part 2:  Discovery...9x12 panel board...16 June 2009

I have not seen this day before, part 2: Discovery...9x12 panel board...16 June 2009

I was suppose to finish this piece Monday night, but we had one of those fantastic Kansas thunderstorms…the kind where the wind is blowing so hard you are nervous about the trees over your house.  The kind where there is so  much rain showering down that the streets become little rivers and the night sky is more lit than dark because of all the lightening.  Wonderful and scary.  And yes, the kind of storm where you lose power and dig around for flashlights and matches for candles.  Anyway, the candlelight was not cutting it for a good light source for work, but worked just fine for book reading.

Week 23

June 8, 2009

I have not seen this day before, part 1: exploration...9x12 panel board...08 June 2009

I have not seen this day before, part 1: exploration...9x12 panel board...08 June 2009


I brought this piece into the office to make a scan from a photo copy machine.  There are not any options to preview the image and adjusting the color, but at least the image is clearer.  These colors, I believe, are more true to the original, but I think they are a bit on the dark side.

I have not seen this day before, part 1: exploration...9x12 panel board...08 June 2009

I have not seen this day before, part 1: exploration...9x12 panel board...08 June 2009

I apologize for the image quailty this week.  I decided to move up in size from 8×10 to 9×12.  The larger size does not fit on my scanner at home, so late last night I took a few pictures with a point and shoot camera.  I may try to improve the quality this picture, because I don’t think these are the true colors.

Anyway, this week I started a new series and this is part one of three.

Week 15

April 13, 2009

Empty...8x10 panel board...12 April 2009

Empty...8x10 panel board...12 April 2009

Most weeks when I approach a painting, I am ready to go.  I have spent a few days mulling over ideas in my head, sketching, and laying out the concept like it is a design.  This style of working comes very natural to me as I have spent many years in an architectural studio.  But this week was a bit different.  I mulled over ideas and wasn’t happy with the concepts and my sketches weren’t producing anything concrete.  All I had was an impression with no form.  So with no plan to follow, I started…and worked it out on the panel.  This process is more exploratory and it already leads to new ideas of that impression.

I have some interesting post-it note sketches that I may post someday.

Week 14

April 5, 2009


Palm Sunday...8x10 Panel Board...05 April 2009

Palm Sunday...8x10 Panel Board...05 April 2009

Today is Palm Sunday.  Earlier this week, I was thinking back to when I was a child in Sunday School.  A week before Easter the lesson was always about Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  It seemed like the kids would alway act out the scene.  The big boy would get down on his hands and knees playing the role of the donkey.  A smaller boy would nervously play the role of Jesus riding on top of the donkey.  The rest of us made palm branches out of green construction paper and made a tunnel for  Jesus and the donkey to ride through as we all shouted “Hosanna!” and waved our palm branches.

That was my inspiration for this weeks painting.  I wanted to capture that childlike innocence of the Palm Sunday traditions.

week 05

February 1, 2009


birthday cupcake

birthday cupcake...8x10 panel board...01feb2009

I have started to compile a list of ideas and subject matter to explore as I create new work each week.  One idea may lead to several other concepts to further investigate at a later time.  I am really excited about some of these ideas, but I leave room to be open to a relevant idea each week.  Part of the process of doing a weekly painting is to capture something that was meaningful to me that week.  After all, this is an art journal.

My birthday was this last week and that is why the subject of this week’s painting is a “birthday cupcake.”  I had the idea to do a cupcake, but as I was working on this, I was losing interest in the subject matter.  To me this wasn’t as exciting as some of my more abstract or experimental work.  I think to keep this going for 52 weeks, I will need to keep it fresh (for me) and remember to keep it pure and minimal.  I don’t want to labor too much on these, which is something that I easily tend to do.

week 03

January 26, 2009

When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up...8x10 panel board...17Jan2009

This painting will be used as the book cover for my son’s class art project. It is a PTA fundraiser and the class is doing a garden theme with a big flower pot and some gardening tools. Each kid drew a picture of what they want to do when they grow up and those pictures will be assembled into a book that will also be a included in the flower pot. Some lucky parent will out-bid the others and discover that a group of boys want to be shooting guns on a SWAT team.