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“The Voice & The Messenger” Will Be In A Gallery!

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the voice and the messenger painting

Awww yeah. This lovely painting I made got accepted into the show “Visions & Shadows” at the Stifel Fine Art Center in Wheeling, WV. The show’s opening reception is August 25th (the day after my birthday!) and it will run until November 4th.

If you can make it to the show, please do! I would love to see you there. You may need to dress nicely, though, since it’s an art gallery show. No 3-piece suit, but like something you would wear at a day job.

Want to see how I made this painting? Here’s a step-by-step post on how I did it.

Thank you so much for reading and for all of your support!

You. Are. Awesome.

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The Ball Will Return: Thoughts on Creative Work

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"the original" painting

There was a post I wrote on this blog years ago. It’s so old I had written it back when this blog was hosted on Blogger (jeez, remember that?). It was about the concept Neil Gaiman mentioned in a commencement speech┬áin 2012: the concept of throwing your work out to the world like messages in a bottle, and hoping that the bottles wash back to you.

At the time I wrote my blog post, I didn’t mention it, but I had a kind of fatalistic view of the bottles – I thought that when I threw bottles out into the sea, they would never come back. I would post work, work, and more work, and get no return out of it.

It wasn’t until I came across Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert that I revisited this idea of throwing bottles/work out to the world. Continue reading →

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As Time Passes With the Beat: An Original Song

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Today’s video features not only two watercolor paintings and a Thoughtful Dinosaur comic strip I’m making, but it also features a song I made.

This is the first song I’ve ever composed and made using a program called LMMS. The program is free to download if you want to give it a try for yourself.

Keep in mind, my musical background is from my days playing Taiko. If you want an idea of the kinds of songs I performed, here’s an example from a troupe I was a part of. That’s why, for the first song, it’s pretty much exclusively drum sounds.

Why am I painting two watercolor paintings? Find out…NEXT TIME.

Thanks for listening.

You. Are. Awesome.

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Native American Woman Painting from Start to (Almost) Finish

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A little while back I did a watercolor painting of a Native American Woman in a headdress (I’ll get into why I made this painting in a minute). I started with the sketching process, which is documented in this time-lapse video. Then I moved on to the washes…

Native_American_Woman_Painting_1

I started with the background (always start with the background first). Then I waited for it to dry before moving on to the next color, the hair. Then I waited for THAT to dry before moving on to the next color… Continue reading →

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