Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Calico Jo

Our family dog of 18 years.

We got her from my best friend's farm.

She was part Border Collie, part Australian Shepherd, 
mixed with some heeler, corgi, and wild coyote.

She loved to lay in creeks before, during, and after long hikes.

She hated thunderstorms and most guns, but didn't mind chainsaws.
Here she is supervising a tree trimming expedition.

After a day of soaking up the sun, 
she'd wander home with clumps of snow balled up around her belly fur.

And over the years she's gone through a few artistic renderings...




Burton Peak

An old fire lookout in my home town.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Murder in the desert...

A quick ink drawing and watercolor wash before I head off to book club.

Morning Sketch

Normally, I don't show anyone my morning sketches, 
but this one turned out all right.

Stephen Colbert as a kid.

Friday, November 16, 2012


It started out as a shape I saw in the shower tiles 
and then it took on a life of it's own...

The initial sketch...

A quick watercolor to determine color schemes...

And the final rendering.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

Rocky & Boa

These are my cousin's cats.


and Boa.

They are quite the characters.

Rocky is more like a dog. He's energetic, playful, loves to roll in the dirt and chase crumpled paper. He does tricks for treats and if you're not careful he'll lick the grease off your freshly cooked pizza. 

Boa is every bit a cat... Lazy, only wants affection on his own terms and is bitter about his captivity. He also hates people who exercise. He actually chases my cousin and her husband around the house, swatting at their calves, if they do any type of physical activity in his presence. 

They're my muses today.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012

No time to explain!

A watercolor based on the picture below, which I find quite humorous. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

more illustrations and what not...

I finished this watercolor of the Coliseum after watching Wreck-it Ralph this morning. Great animated flick. Witty dialogue, tight story and visually amazing. Those animators deserve an Oscar. 

Here are a few other sketches I've done over the last few months.

Indy on one of his adventures

My brother's Aussy shepherd, Sydney

a Sock Monkey: the evilest of all stuffed animals

And a book cover

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A few watercolors

This is a quick sketch and wash of Tower Bridge in London.

This is the only theater in Bonner's Ferry. Beauty and the Beast was the first movie I remember watching there as a kid. That and Space Jam.

This is my rendition of Mykonos, Greece inspired by a photo I saw at work the other day.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Illustration Friday

Sunday, March 25, 2012

A week without my computer

So for the last week I haven't had a working computer... and it's been great. I didn't realize how much time I wasted surfing the web for irrelevant crap, which I had convinced myself was 'research' for new story ideas.

In the last few days, I filled up a few pages in my sketchbook, wrote a short story for an NPR creative contest, put the finishing touches on another short story (which I'll post once I finish the illustration), sketched some more, ran 16 miles and read two books --

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Two competing circus illusionists fall in love and must escape 'the contest' in which they have been bound since childhood by their mercurial masters. It's a wonderfully rich love story set in a magical night circus venue that arrives in cities without warning. Worth the read.

A Fine and Pleasant Misery by Patrick McManus: A collections of cautionary tales of outdoor life. Because after all that love and drama, I needed something funny to cleanse the old palette for my next read which will hopefully be either William Goldman's The Princess Bride, Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black's Spiderwick Chronicles, or 24 producer Howard Gordon's Hard Target. Will see which hold reaches the Mar Vista Library first. PLUS, I'm open to suggestions if you have prose that you fancy.

And these are some pictures I've taken on my walkabouts. P.S. you can click on a photo and then you can scroll through them as a photo album - especially if you want to view them at a larger size.

The Venice Pier

A lonely sail boat

Statue of Santa Monica near PCH

Circus down at the Santa Monica Pier

The Fishing Scene in Venice

LAPD's finest and the officers that ride them

And back to the Venice Canals

This is my favorite mansion

Not a lot going on down south, but I am glad to have my computer back. Especially on such a rainy day. Hope all is well and that your NCAA bracket is not a train wreck like mine.

Oh yeah, and I did this watercolor other day too.

Until next time...