Fire Dancer


Well, I finally have this one finished!  I have been teaching myself belly dancing.  Everyone needs a hobby.  I’m definitely no where as good as this dancer is, but Magnolia has some good instructional videos for those of you who are interested, but have no knowledge.  She also has a wonderful personality, which makes watching her videos very easy.

Fire Dancer (c)

I learned a lot of painting techniques with this painting.  I really wanted the veils that she was dancing with to be fire, but I was having difficulty painting them.  So I had an idea of using a photo and transforming that into what I wanting.  It ended up being a combination of photo manipulation and painting in order to get the look of flames I wanted.  I also learned more about how different layer settings work.

I’m happy with how it turned out and who know maybe I’ll repaint it later in a few years when I’ve learned even more things!  That could be exciting.

I hope you enjoyed the video!  Don’t forget the contest I have going on for a free portrait.  That ends this Thursday.  Make sure to hit that subscribe button down there so you don’t miss anything here, and I’ll talk to you next time!

Quick Update

Wondering what I’ve been working on?  Well this is the post for you.  I finally put all these paintings into a book and that’s available here.  I’m so happy to have that completed.  It’s been a great journey.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it too!


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I’m also almost done with this painting and will be getting the speed painting together for it.

Fire Dancer (c)

I’ve got some ideas going for how I want things to work going forward, but make sure to hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss any information.  Have anything you want to tell me, let me know in the comments bellow.  Talk to you next time!


Here’s the newest painting.  I even have the speed videos for it again.  You guys seemed to enjoy that last time.  I was also thinking of making a very about how you can transfer you traditional painting skills to digital painting.  If you guys would like that, let me know about it in the comments.

Ok.  Here’s the painting.  I had a lot of fun experimenting with layers in this one.

Seraphina (c)
16×20 digital painting






I hope you enjoyed this painting as much as I did.  If so, please let me know about it in the comments, and don’t forget to stop by my patreon if you want to see the in progress photos, references, and full length videos of my speed paintings.  And to buy this painting, make sure to visit my store.  I have many options ranging from photo prints to solid metal panels.

Talk to you soon!

The Butterfly Woman

I finally got the new cord to my tablet!  Yay!  I got to finish the painting I’ve been thinking about FOREVER since my cord broke.  Here it is.

Butterfly Woman (c)
16×20 digital painting

Tada!  I really enjoyed making all the butterflies, especially playing with the different effects of the layers.  I even figured out how to do a screen capture.  So now you have a speed video.  You’re welcome!  If you want the full length version, you got to become a patron, but you can enjoy the speed video for free.

I also just got the postcards for my patrons.  If you want it, you got to go sign up.  And yes, I am trying to bribe you with postcards of my artwork, but hey, you get a new one each month.  Consider it a trade.


Talk to you later!

Clock And Daisies

Clock and Daisies 3

Well, I haven’t finished it, but I’ve made decent progress.  Baby’s demand lots of attention, but we love them anyway!  So someone suggested adding baby powder to my coffee to help in layering.  I haven’t noticed much of a difference and I hate the smell.  I probable won’t do it again.

I need to get some more depth going, because right now it’s looking a little flat, and I also need to work on the flowers.  Then I’ll be fine tuning some of the details, and hopefully if all goes well, I’ll have it done by next week.

I also found a way to have prints made of a digital piece a made a few years ago.  Since people ask for it all the time, I thought I’d put it up here for you guys.  So you can go check that out on my storenvy page.  (

The Blue Scarf Lady (c)

Now I have a question for you!  What kind of things do you want me to paint?  You can look through my gallery to see what I’ve already done to get ideas and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Starting On A New Painting

Clock and Daisies 1

With the new baby, I haven’t had much time to paint, and the new brushes I bought ruined my last painting.  So, I’ll be going back to my old brushes.  This is just the light initial drawing.  I had to really hype up the contrast so that you could actually see it.  The drawing itself is barely noticeable.

I do a lot of cups in my paintings.  It kind of goes along with painting with coffee and tea, but I wanted to paint something with flowers.  This seemed appropriate and interesting.  I have my cups, and flowers, with the added bonus of an alarm clock.  Vote bellow if what me to paint this with coffee or with tea, and check back next week to see what progress I made!

Handful of Tea

After the frustration of my last coffee painting, I needed some tea time.  I tried chai at first, but I couldn’t get a dark enough pigment with that either.  So back to raspberry.  I need to get some more fruit teas and experiment with those.

Handful of Tea 1

I started out with a light drawling.  The actual drawling is lighter than this.  I just hyped up the contrast in the photo so you could actually see it.  I don’t drawl everything.  Just enough to know where to put my base layers.

Handful of Tea 2

Here are the first layers, getting the form of the cup and the hands.  The tea dries slower than the coffee, so my tea paintings take longer than my coffee paintings.

Handful of tea 3

Now for some more layers and definition.  Painting with the raspberry tea is always an interesting experiment.  Parts of stay a grayish blue, and then darker areas turn various shades of purple.

Handful of Tea (c)

I was happy with the amount of purple I was able to get into this piece.  I think it’s kind of become my signature to always have cup in my painting, which I’m fine with.  So maybe once I’m able to do larger pieces.  (I have better supplies.  🙂 )  I can be more clever with my cups.

This piece is now for sale on my storenvy page:

Sip of Coffee


Sip of Coffee 1

Perhaps this was a bad time to do this particular piece.  I have been busy with other things.  The little one is making me all uncomfortable, and I’ve started the nesting phase.  I want everything done now.  I want the baby’s room done and everything washed and cleaned.  There’s only one problem.  …  I’m not superwoman.  So on top of my pregnant emotions and all the stuff I want done, let’s just throw on a complicated painting.  That sounds smart.

I wanted to do something a little different from the still life I have been doing lately, but I still wanted a cup in the painting.  This one was definitely more frustrating than my other ones and I wanted to burn it a few times.  I put some detail in and then took it out, and then put some back in and then some back out.  The mittens were what I was having the most problems with.  I just could figure out the right amount of detail.  I needed to show that they were mittens, and show the form, but too much detail just took away from the piece.

I think it was because I wasn’t able to get the detail I wanted in the face.  I couldn’t get the contrast I wanted because the darkest layers were maxed out in the layers of coffee they would take.  I’m hoping that once I get some money, I can test out some watercolor canvas boards and see if those take more coffee layers than the paper.

Sip of Coffee (c)

Here’s the finished piece.  I gave the nose a little more definition and took out some of the detail I had on the mitten.  Hopefully next time I do a piece this complicated, I have found a better surface that can take more layers.

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Raspberry Tea

Raspberry Tea Setup

After doing coffee, I thought I’d try tea.  The painting I wanted to do was of raspberry tea and some raspberries, so I that I’d use raspberry tea.  It has a strong pigment and it’s red.  Sounds good, right?  Well, when it dries, it dries to a grayish blue color.  Apparently, I won’t be painting with red.  It seemed to dry strong enough, so I decided to go ahead with it, and it smelled pleasant enough.

Raspberry Tea 1

It seems to layer more nicely than the coffee did and works more similarly to watercolor.  It’s been interesting working with only one color in a painting.  These are just the first layers.  I always have to be sure not to go too dark in the beginning.  I can always go darker later if I need to.  It’s fun watching the tea go on, because it goes on red and then dries a grayish blue.

Raspberry Tea (c)

Here’s the finished piece.  It was interesting see how in the darker areas, after some layers had been built up, it dried to a purple color.  The raspberry tea was definitely very fun to work with and didn’t come out at all how I expected.

This 5×7 piece is now for sale on my storenvy page: