A Sketching Tour

The dorm is pretty much a ghost town this weekend because people are at a conference or with their friends/family for Pentecost. I had too much work to do, so I had to stay behind, but I'm making the most of it. I actually needed some time to just be alone, and also time to … Continue reading A Sketching Tour

Dollar Store Giraffe Puppet!

  My friend is having her baby schower next week, and I decided to make her a gift. I don't know yet if it's a boy or a girl, so I wanted something that would work for both. I also wanted to use simple materials and to make something that would "out-last" the baby phase. … Continue reading Dollar Store Giraffe Puppet!

Illustrations, Part 2/3

I have a commission for 6 illustrations about the creation story of the bible. I've finished 2/3 of the project, so I have 2 more to go.

Workshop Weekend!

I got to teach an art workshop on Saturday. We were 14 participants and had a great day. It was cool to teach, but also cool to see what kind of ideas the "students" could contribute. We had a good atmosphere and I got lots of positive feedback. So I'm not gonna brag, but it … Continue reading Workshop Weekend!

Embarrassing, but Funny Story…

  Today I took a Hebrew test. I am pretty good at the subject and filled out one page after another. Page one - check. Page two - check. Double-checked the answers, handed them in. Since I had extra time, I decided to sketch my Hebrew teacher while I waited. Then, the bell rang, people … Continue reading Embarrassing, but Funny Story…

Fish, Fish Drawings, and other Stuff

I was in Belgium with my class for a few days. Nothing huge, but a great little vacation. And while I was there, I took the time to do some sketches. Since I'm working on illustrations that involve animals, I took a trip to a local sweet water aquarium. I did live studies of the … Continue reading Fish, Fish Drawings, and other Stuff

Work in Progress: Base Colors

I did some more work on my painting, putting down the base colors. As you can see, there are some strong contrasts in this picture. For the most part, those will remain strong in the finished piece. I like the thin strip of light in the back of the shack. Like a slimmer of hope … Continue reading Work in Progress: Base Colors

Look at the Birds…

I found a stash of old cardboard in the basement the other day. I will be painting 6 illustrations of a creation cycle, so I figured that I could use the cardboard as a sketch base. I drew a bunch of fish, portraits and flying birds of different kinds. I am also currently writing a … Continue reading Look at the Birds…

Work in Progress: A new Painting!

After putting together a new canvas and priming it with a good layer of white and light brown, I could start sketching in the basic shapes of the composition. It's moments like these that you realize that scale can really make a difference: It was easier for me to draw the paper sketch than to … Continue reading Work in Progress: A new Painting!

Make the First Move!

I finally have started working on a new oil painting. I primed the canvas, and I made the first "real" sketch (picture above). It's been something that I wanted to do for a while, yet I never actually started until now. Why is that important? Because having an idea is not the same as actually … Continue reading Make the First Move!

Starting 2018 with… Creation!

Happy belated New Year everyone! I don't know if new year's resolutions are a thing for you, but if you haven't broken your resolution yet, congratulations! :) I don't do resolutions, but I do set goals. And one of those goals is to complete new art work that serves a good purpose. Despite my health … Continue reading Starting 2018 with… Creation!

2017- Recap

I would like to take the opportunity to recap the year, and thank those of you who followed the year with me. Thank you to everyone who supports me, in what ever way. Everyone who comments, likes and shares my work, online or in real life, that really means something to me. So in honor … Continue reading 2017- Recap

The Elephant in the Room

I finally finished the elephant mask! I originally made it as a birthday present for a good friend of mine, but since it took so long, it will now be a big birthday/christmas present. I think it's the largest mask I've ever made, but considering that, it's quite comfortable to wear.  :) A few days … Continue reading The Elephant in the Room

Costume Party!

I have been working on a cowboy costume for the past few weeks. And on Sunday, it got to present itself to the world of the student costume party! :) The motto was "Throwback Thursday", and the best costume got a prize. Quite a few people showed up in costume, including a fighter pilot, a … Continue reading Costume Party!

A Christmas Market Fundraiser!

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon creating a collage sign. Today, that sign was out on the annual Christmas market down in the village: I, and a few other students set up a booth there, so we could get in touch witht the locals a little. We sold cotton candy, handmade soap, and handmade paper-beed necklaces. … Continue reading A Christmas Market Fundraiser!