Process: Wally & Bowie

Most of the time, the commissions I get asked to do are pretty straight forward…"I want a portrait of my cat." accompanied by 4-5 photos of said cat. But recently, I received a commission that started off as "Can you paint my two cats?" and soon after an email came with notes that included 6 key points and reference photos. It was more than just a basic portrait. I initially thought "This is nuts!" but I was up for the challenge. 

In those cases, where the client already has a vision in their mind, I will usually send them a sketch before I start painting.

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Lately, I've also been sending a digital color mockup. Since I'm going to be painting the final, I don't want any surprises. This way they client can also approve the color choices even though they are an approximation of what the final will look like in paint. My worst nightmare would be if I chose a certain color for the background only to have the client come back and say they hate it.

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I’ve been painting with Holbein Acryla Gouache for almost 4 years now that I’m pretty familiar with all the colors in their range and the colors that I can mix with them. Although the digital color mockup is never going to be exactly the same as the final, I can get the colors pretty close.

Here’s the final piece, Holbein Acryla Gouache on 100% cotton cold press watercolor paper

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Happy Holidays!

2018 has been a great year! I’m very grateful for all the support I’ve gotten this year and for every opportunity that came my way. I’m taking a few days off for the holiday, then it’s onto thinking about 2019. In the meantime, I wish you a very happy holiday! See you in 2019!

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New Blog and Some Shrooms

I've been really bad about blogging for the past few years. I think it's mostly because I sometimes feel like I'm repeating what I've already posted on Instagram. Or I feel like no one is going to read this, so what's the point. I think in general, there's been an overall decrease in readership for personal blogs. But I've come to realize that I mostly blog for myself. It's nice if there's someone out there reading this, but I like the habit of blogging. 

This week is the first week in a long while where I get to paint whatever I want. The first half of April was spent painting some dog commissions, and the rest of it was spent sewing a large wholesale order. I had so much painting withdrawals! I've made it a habit to try to paint every day or every other day. When I go more than 3 days without painting a single thing, I go a little crazy. It's not so much that I'm a workaholic. It's more that any time I spend painting is time spent investing in my future and developing muscle memory.

So today, I decide to paint some things I've never painted before: Mushrooms. A lot of my art practice is really just painting things I've never painted before. I like to paint things that are not just different forms, but things that have different surface textures. What I learn from doing these quick studies comes in handy later one when I'm tackling a painting for a gallery exhibition or new paintings for prints. I often just look up images on Google for reference, but some simplifying of the form happens so that it still looks like it's in my style.

Below is a Straw Mushroom and a Portobello Mushroom.

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Both of these dudes are available in the shop!