Long Time No Post

The truth is I’m more active on Tumblr than WordPress. It’s not that I like the format more, but I do appreciate the instant gratification the note system gives. That said, a Twitter friend reminded me I should keep this page active. So, here is a painting of a red panda I made at the Philadelphia Zoo.

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Occupy

Color speaks louder than words.

Those Orange Beams. Watercolor and ink on paper. 5.5″ x 7″.

Unframed: $200.00

Click to enlarge image.

Dribbble Dave

Artists today are some of the luckiest of all time. The internet has afforded artists the ability to speak directly to their audience, without the filter of an art dealer or gallery. Immediately after finishing a work I can post it online. The work will be seen by hundreds of people before it is even a day old. While there is nothing like looking at a painting in person, social networking allows artists to share exactly what they are creating while they are creating it.

I am a huge fan of what sites like Twitter, Facebook, Deviant Art, My Space, and Flickr have done for contemporary creatives. Recently, I was invited to join Dribbble. Dribbble is like Twitter, but for designers and illustrators. Updates are called “shots,” as they are small screen shots of your current work. There are a lot of basketball references (not all of which I understand). I was lucky enough to get “drafted” to Dribbble by the very visually talented David Everly.  To show Dave my gratitude, I painted the following abstract portrait of Dave’s current Twitter avatar.

Dribbble Dave. Watercolor and ink on paper. 6″ x 5″.

Unframed: $200.00

Marble Hornets Abstractions

The following abstract paintings  are inspired by the popular Slender Man Chronicles as recorded by MarbleHornets on youtube and twitter.

Introduction 1:14. Mixed media on paper. 5″ x 5.”

Unframed: $250.00

Entry 1 0:34. Mixed media on paper. 6″ x 5″

Unframed: $250.00

Entry 2 0:43. Mixed media on paper. 5″ x 5″.

$550.00

Vegetables and Mile Stones

Below is a page from my wet sketchbook. It is a still life sampling of some fresh veggies.

Fresh Vegetables. Watercolor and pen on paper. 5″x8.5″.

Unframed: $75.00

My small mile stone is that, as of this morning, I have as many Twitter followers as I do Etsy hearts (615). I know that is a a triumph very few people can understand, but it makes me happy. The internet gives artists the wonderful opportunity to be seen.  It’s all we truly want. Thanks to sites like WordPress, Etsy, Facebook, and Twitter, my work is seen by thousands of people a month. Not many galleries can boast that kind of traffic. It must have been very frustrating to be an artist before the Internet.

What I’m trying to say is, thank you for taking the time out of your day to appreciate my work. It means a lot.

Everybody now!

Join in sketchbook Saturday!

For over a year, I have been posting a drawing from my sketchbook almost every Saturday. This habit helps motivate me to keep a sketchbook. It also encourages understanding of the fact that not every drawing needs to be a masterpiece. I’ve found, as an artist, sometimes there is more of myself in a quick scribble than in a completed painting.

My goal this year is to involve more people in Sketchbook Saturday. If you should decide to participate, please link to your sketch in the comment section below. If you have a Twitter account, label your weekly sketch as #sketchbooksaturday. I will look at everyone’s sketches and retweet a few a week. It is an ambitious New Years resolution, but one I plan to try. Lets make 2010 more artistic than any year before it!

Maybe this will catch on, maybe it won’t. I plan on keeping up the habit either way. It has improved my art and my enjoyment of life.

Today’s sketch is “Parts of a Party”. Ink on paper.