Sunday, September 28, 2008

One-hour Vase

Here is my attempt at a one-hour painting of a vase. I think it is a very similar result to my drinking glass painting - which was also a quick illustration of a transparent glass object.

Duck and Goose

For my last campus painting in this series - #7 - I elected to paint a duck jumping into drumheller fountain. It was based on a photo, and to show some of my progress, here is the initial pencil sketch:

And here is the end result:

Friday, September 26, 2008

Flora portrait

This is my first commissioned portrait - my dad's favorite plant, named Pinkie.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Kane Hall Entrance

Campus #6 - the entrance to Kane Hall, decorated for the beginning of fall quarter and arranged with tables, chairs, and umbrellas. Those chairs were difficult to try to paint - and I felt that they had a low effort to return ratio; they didn't have the same impact as the structure and the umbrella.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Robot #3

This robot inhabits a strange, bleak planet with always-blooming flowers.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Greeting Cards

Possibly I can count a couple of these as one daily posting. These are my latest addition to my Etsy store, original acrylic paintings on post cards available for the low price of $5. There are three on there now, so get 'em while they're hot.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Campus #5 - This is one of the benches next to Denny hall looking toward the quad. I've always liked these benches in their mossy, dingy splendor.

Denny Hall Gable

Campus #4 - a gable (or cupola?) on Denny Hall. Denny Hall is one of my favorite buildings on campus. How can you not love it? It's gorgeous!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Curious Seagull

Campus painting #3 - a curious seagull peeks in the window of the Law Building. Maybe it wants to be a lawyer?

Campus Pillars

As the continuation of my "Campus week," here is a painting of the UW's original founding pillars. They're tucked away in a field by the Computer Science building and quite beautiful. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Nuclear Reactor Building

At the suggestion of UW Livejournal user corpus_juris (this one's for you), I have painted the University of Washington's abandoned nuclear reactor building. And of course, when the lights go out, spooky things happen:

Monday, September 15, 2008

Self Portrait #2

This was my attempt at a half-hour self portrait. The more I tried to make my mouth work, the less it did. I'm not really even sure if it resembles me at all - at least the hair + eye color is distinctive. I think I'll need to work on the proportions and shape next time, so I don't look like a monkey.

Sunday, September 14, 2008


It is an orb.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Business Card

I painted a business card today. Oddly enough, I felt compelled to smudge out my phone number for this blog. Why is that? If someone in person was very interested in my paintings, I would probably have no hesitation to give them a card with my number on it. But over the internet, it makes me nervous. Strange.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Paint Brush Holder

This is my bamboo paint brush holder. It works, so what can I say?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Whidbey Island View

This is a painting of the view from a dock in Freeland, WA on Whidbey Island. This was painted from a photograph taken a while ago. I remember my fiancee and I kept taking pictures and the wind made the boats rotate, so in each one they looked a little bit different. The black ducks in the foreground were a favorite of mine. They were little diving ducks.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Votive Holder

This is a 40-minute still life of a votive holder. I liked the contrast brown canvas sides.

Crimini Mushrooms

Yet another small fridge item still life. I should really break out of that mold a little bit and paint some other subjects. The only thing is - I like painting eggs and mushrooms and fruit. Oh well.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Oeufs Deux

Here is an egg. It was a happy little egg until I went along and cracked it open. Hopefully it will be joyous once more tomorrow morning (technically later this morning!) when I scramble it.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


Here are two eggs from my fridge. They will be the beginning of an "Oeufs" series. Stay tuned to see what happens to them. Also, buy some mini-canvases to support my painting habit. Funds may or may not go to buying yours truly a table or easel.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Mini Easel Custom Paintings

I have decided to sell some mini (3" by 3") paintings mounted on cute little easels. They are painted on commission and can be of anything you want, and cost $25 apiece. Each will be signed, titled, and dated. I can also add custom inscriptions and messages next to the signature if anyone would like. These make great gifts, conversation pieces, or desk ornaments.

I am in process of setting up an Etsy shop to facilitate selling these. You can find it here: .


Here is my one-hour lemon painting. The lighting on the photo makes the surface look a bit wonky and uneven, but it looks better with more indirect light.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Apple! Apple!

This apple painting took me a surprisingly long time today - and ultimately I felt a little underwhelmed by it. Maybe you'll feel differently, who knows?