Wednesday, January 26, 2011


If you are in Leesburg Friday, Feb 4th, stop by King Street Coffee and say hi from 6-9pm. I'll be signing copies of my book as well.

Monday, January 24, 2011

More New Work

 I wanted to share a few more  pieces that I had created for my show at King Street Coffee in Leesburg, VA.
Excavation 12, 6"x9", Watercolor pencil and colored pencil on paper.

 Palimpsest 2, 6"x9", Mixed media on paper.

Paradox, 11"x14", Watercolor, watercolor pencil, and colored pencil on paper.

Artist Reception and Book Signing: February 4, 2010, 6-9 p.m.

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Art and Exhibitions

The new year has already been a busy one for me. Back in October, I scheduled an exhibition at a local coffee shop, and I have been busy recently making and preparing new work. I already had quite a bit from an exhibition that I had a year ago, so I supplemented some older pieces with some smaller, newer pieces. The piece above is an 11"x14" piece using watercolor, watercolor pencil, graphite, and colored pencil. It is a continuation of my Excavation series.
This piece is part of a new series - Palimpsests. I was introduced to the idea of a palimpsest in Patti Digh's book Creativity is a Verb. A palimpsest is an ancient manuscript, usually a parchment, that has been reused where the original text has been scraped off, washed off, or erased, and a new text has been written on top. Fortunately for future generations, some of the original text shows through, and experts have been able to recover some if not all of the original text. The word palimpsest has come to mean anything where there are evident layers. I felt like this definition was a perfect description of my art.

Today, I hung thirteen pieces at King Street Coffee in Leesburg, VA. I'll post photos of the exhibition at a later date. But in the meantime, if you are in Leesburg, stop by. My work will be on display from now until the end of February.

The official Artist Reception will be Friday, February 4, as part of Leesburg's First Friday Gallery Walk from 6-9 p.m.

 I also have a piece of art hanging in a current show, Center Pieces, at the Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville, VA. See Steve Loya's post - he also has a piece on display. The Center Pieces exhibition will be on display through the end of the month.

So, it has been an artful new year thus far. Here's hoping that it will continue.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Watercolor Salt and Free Downloads

This is the latest video tutorial that I have uploaded to YouTube. It demonstrates how to use salt and rubbing alcohol to create textures in watercolor paint.

Also, our publisher F+W Media has created a new mixed-media website called Create Mixed Media the have posted many free PDF downloads from some of their books including ours. Check it out. I'm sure you will find a lot of goodies to inspire your creative endeavors. Specially check out the two free downloads from our book. The first download is all about page alteration, and second is all about writing.