This semester I am taking an Oil Painting class which I am excited about even though its difficult to share my enthusiasm about oil painting because it requires so much patience and attention. While there are many different techniques for painting in oil the most common (and traditional) method is painting in layers. Because the painting is done in layers it is not something that should be rushed or can be completed in one sit down. This method appeals to me. It requires planning and structure and organized thought, which are all things that I thrive on in order to create meaningful art. I have never been the stereotypical “messy artist” with an unorganized studio or messy work space ready to create a masterpiece at any time. I enjoy clean areas and organized supplies and a plan to create my art, and that is what traditional oil painting is all about. So here are some photos of the Oil studies I have been working on the last couple of weeks.

Still-life study with a focus on the Reflective objects in Oil – Second Layer

First Oil Painting EVER – Still life focus on fruit.

 Zoom on the Pear…because I really like the Pear.


Alrighty, so about a week and a half ago I made my first sketchbook! Over the course of a couple weeks whenever my wife and I went grocery shopping I asked for paper bags instead of plastic. Then I did my own recycling of the paper bags. I cut them up into long squares, folded them in half and sowed them together with some wax string. I glued part of a put up coke-can box to the front and back flaps for covers. All in all i’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

And here is the first drawing I’ve done in it. Its a portrait of my wife, Ashley. I really like how the colors turn out with the brown colored paper. I had to crop the image of the portrait so the quality isn’t that great.

I bought a new book awhile back called “Anatomy for the Artist” by Sarah Simblet. It is an awesome book. This is a study drawing I did using one of the photographs in the book as reference.

Pencil in Sketchbook

Here are some quick portrait sketches that I did during our vacation in Oregon a few weeks ago.
Pencil in Sketchbook
Bill Murphy a.k.a White Buffalo – Is my wife’s birth-dad and is a very accomplished glass blower. This sketch was done while he was creating a glass figurine. Check him out here.
Pencil in Sketchbook
This is my wife’s Grandpa on her Dad’s side. I drew this while we were watching an old western and chatting.








These are some portrait sketches I did awhile back. I was experimenting with my first fountain pen. I used my waterbrushes to create the blended affect.

Here are some sketches I did last semester between classes. These are from figurines at the Marjorie Barrack Museum. Done with Pencil, Pen, and Watercolors.

Maya Ceremonial Vessel
Jester God – Emblem of Rulership
Peten, Guatemala
AD 600-900

Veracruze Culture.
The Gulf of Mexico.
AD 600-900

Maya Ceremonial Vessel
Huehueteotl – Old God
El Salvador
AD 600-900

My wife had taken some pics of herself as references for a drawing she was going to do and they were up on the wall above my desk so I decided to give one a shot. I used ink, a bamboo stylus, and some ink brushes.

Sooooo… Yea, just a fun little drawing.

Ballpoint Pen in Sketchbook

More randoming drawings with the prismacolor maker pen things, I was really bored in math class that day.

These drawings were tons of fun, I used the smallest technical pen I had (.005) for all of them. I was walking around campus and saw some guy sitting outside the law school and he was smoking a tabacco pipe, I don’t think I ever remember seeing anyone use one of those except in movies, so I decided to incorporate that in a drawing somehow, and the rest of it just happened.

Here are some close-ups.

Prismacolor Technical Pen/Marker Thingy

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