Tuesday, May 3, 2011

the annapurna circuit trekking journal

i wasn't about to let my journal/picture a day project die off on the trek, so i bought this little journal from one of the paper shops here in kathmandu before leaving. the paper is handmade by women in nepal from lokta bark.

turns out we had lots of down time on the trek {i read three books} and filled this entire journal with silly little sketches/ notes in just two weeks.

the majority of the sketches are of gompas, mountains, and waterfalls! the scenery was beyond inspiring.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

tracy morgan portrait

what happens when you take this and this?

the perfect gift for your new brother-in-law, that's what!

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of course though, there is a story behind this {but then again, you could probably tell that from g's face!}

it all started about two/ two and a half years ago. when i visited g at his house in chapel hill, i noticed this terribly empty hallway and told him he needed a big painting. his answer was that he would only hang some art on the wall if, and only if, i painted him a portrait of his favorite man on earth - tracy morgan.

so. . . two [plus] years later, i finally got around to it.

i painted primarily with acrylics, a little guache, and a little prismacolor pencil [white, black, and pink colors used] on heavy watercolor paper.

never in all my years have i seen someone open a gift with such enthusiasm/joy. i still think g cried a little.

i'm afraid i now have a lot to live up to when it comes to christmas gifts.

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hope you had an equally merry christmas friends!

p.s. i'm always up for a challenge and if you know of someone who might need a little portrait/picture of something special, just let me know. . . commissions are always welcomed!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

thinking of pipe village

the other afternoon i pulled out my guache and pastel paper and went to town painting this little scene from pipe village {hyderabad, india}.

at one point, this picture was the header to my other blog here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

paint book

after a long painting session, i always end up with leftover paint. i typically try to save it all in a plastic palatte that can be frozen, but i recently have been using the remaining paint to paint thumbnail pictures.

the last image shows my plans for paintings to come and paintings to finish {soon!}.

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+ also, take a moment to check out alexa meade's portfolio of 3D work that looks 2D! what?!

Sunday, October 17, 2010



this one will always make me laugh at myself. . . i simply couldn't miss a day. . . even if i couldn't handle anything else that day. . .

superior work isn't it?

series of sketches in pen and ink

idk why i didn't do this earlier