House Show!

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in painting | 0 comments

House Show 2015


On Saturday, November 7th I’ll have my Second Annual House Show. Come and browse and drink some hot cocoa and buy some art! It’s a lot of fun and not to be missed!

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kickstarter for ellen and the winter wolves is live!

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in painting | 0 comments

The Ellen and the Winter Wolves Kickstarter is up! Go check it out!

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creating a picture book: part iii – kickstarter and the final stages

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in ellen, ellen and the winter wolves, stories, writing | 0 comments

Cover Web[This is the third post about the creation of Ellen and the Winter Wolves. You can read part i here and part ii here.]

I mentioned last time that I’m using Kickstarter to fund my picture book Ellen and the Winter Wolves, so over the past week or so I’ve been preparing the campaign. That means shooting a video and thinking through what rewards to offer folks for helping out. Determining what something is worth is a challenge, let me tell you. It’s been a lot of work, but it’s ready and is set to launch on Friday, September 18th.

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creating a picture book: part ii – things I didn’t think about

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in ellen, ellen and the winter wolves, stories, writing | 0 comments

Ellen square header[This is the second post about the creation of Ellen and the Winter Wolves. You can read part i here.]

After finishing the text for Ellen and the Winter Wolves, I thought I would simply crank out twelve to fourteen illustrations and be done. (I thought twelve to fourteen would be the perfect number because that seemed manageable with my schedule.) So I sat down and broke the text up, attempting to make the breaks at natural transition points. I ended up with fourteen pages.

A problem quickly became apparent to me, however. As I sat on the floor reading the pages aloud, I realized if I was reading this to a kid, each page would take way too long to get through. They would be bored. This story is somewhat text-heavy (at the time it was around 3,400 words) and so fourteen illustrations wasn’t going to be nearly enough.

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creating a picture book: part i – the beginning

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in ellen, ellen and the peacock, ellen and the winter wolves, stories, writing | 7 comments


Ellen square headerOver the years people have encouraged me to do a picture book. I love to paint and I love to write, so why not put those things together? And I’ve wanted to, but I simply haven’t. Other projects have crowded it out, or I’ve started and then given up, overwhelmed by the enormity of it all.

But now I’m in neck-deep. I’m doing it. And I want to share with you what the process has been so far: the ins and outs of creating a book, and in creating it, what’s been good, what’s been okay, and what’s been unexpectedly terrible.

There are several ways to go about publishing a book. I’ve decided to self-publish. This means I’m not submitting my story and art to a publishing company or an art director. I’m not relying on professionals for design input or editing. I’m doing it all myself. Which means I have a lot of work to do. It also means it could look like garbage, and it would be all my fault.

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new images in the painting gallery, new etsy store link

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in painting | 0 comments

the little fox ii

the little fox ii

I’ve just updated the painting gallery and added several new pieces. Like this fox! Head over and browse. While you’re at it, check out my etsy store!

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how forest boy came to be

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in painting | 0 comments

forest boy

forest boy

Here’s the progress of Forest Boy, finished in May 2015. The unframed image is 12″x16″.

(Click any image for a larger view).

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