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July 2017

Studio Notes #3

Tools of prep
15 panels prepped and ready to be transformed. To me, this is a true sign of the start; a delberate step in the process.

I’m not too picky about the panels. They’re relatively inexpensive, readily available and utilitarian. But I make sure they have some interesting patterns in the grain to add depth, texture and feel to the composition. 

Laying down a matte acrylic varnish is clutch – this will help prevent the wet media (inks and water colors) from bleeding, which allows me to get sharp edges and control the media a bit more purposefully.

Finally, sanding the edges – no one likes splinters. Then they get stacked in some sort of fashion in my studio awaiting the first pencil marks.


Being prepared has always been important to me as an artist. There is nothing worse then realizing you don’t have the right media, the time, the idea or in this case the surface/object on which to create your vision. 

Time to get after it. 

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Studio Notes #2


In the process of arranging my studio and preparing for a new body of work I realized that I have probably started, stopped and put aside as much if not more works then I have completed in the last 2 years.

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Studio Notes #1

Plenty of pens, pencils, paints and surfaces. No excuses.

Part of a healthy artistic practice is keeping notes, facilitating feedback/criticism, employing a sketch book and staying constantly aware and curious.

One cannot always be working on an epic masterpiece, or putting the final touches on a body of work; the grind is in the weeds much of the time, and many times those weeds are compelling in their own right.

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Make The Lightning

42 of 100 – sketches for a promo with The Fly Fish Journal

Hola Amigos!

Been a while since I rapped at ya.

Been a while since a lot of things.  Life has been moving, no doubt about that.  Some art and some fishing has happened, as well as some cool projects like this one with Fly Lords., and a contribution to the Reel Service Project from Vedavoo.

But on the whole, I’ve been feeling that malaise…that all too easy state of complacency that shares company with streaming services, regret from reading the comments on social media, and falling back on a belief that I have limited capacity.  Essentially, being lazy.

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