Apologies

I’m sorry you haven’t heard from me in while. I’m currently distracted with moving. We’re going to be moving into a new apartment, and I’ve been highly distracted with packing boxes and takings over to the new place. I haven’t forgotten you and I miss painting terribly. Hopefully by the start of next month things should be getting back to normal for me.

In the meantime, while you’re waiting for me, I have some things for you. If you haven’t checked out my YouTube channel, you should definitely do that. I create playlists for my timelapse videos and the commissioned paintings I’ve done. I also threw in some music playlists. So if you were curious about the music that I like, you can find that out there.

I’m still planning on doing the art show in September. If you’re planning on being there in person, make sure to get your tickets here. For those of you who can’t make it, I’ve set up this page for you to donate and help me get everything I need for the show. Thanks in advance, and I’ll talk to you guys soon!

Upcoming Show

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve playing around with some different ideas and have been invited to participate in a show happening in Seattle on June 20th. This will be a great opportunity for me to meet some new people, and to meet some of you if you live in the area. If you’d like to attend, you will need to buy a ticket for it. Please know that it’s a 21+ event due to the availability of alcohol. So plan childcare if needed.

The ticket sales are what help me attend this event, but don’t worry. I have a fix for you if you can’t come or crowds just aren’t your thing. I set up this GoFundMe page for that. You can put your money there and I will use it to offset the cost I would need to pay for not selling tickets, and it would help with printing costs, etc. So those are your two options with that event, and don’t worry. I’ll send you another reminder about this a little later, because I know it’s easy for people to forget.

Now on to the project I’m currently working on. I’m currently working on commissioned painting for start up musical. I’ve just started painting. So I can only show you the sketch for it.

He wanted an egyptian looking mother earth on her throne in space, and this is what we came up with. It went through a couple of versions before landing on this, but I’m pretty satisfied with it, and I’m so excited to finally be painting. There will be a speed painting once this complete.

Thank you to all of you who’ve been here through my long art journey and watched me go from a terrible artist to someone who can actually sell things and commission pieces! Remember to like, comment, subscribe, and all the wonderful stuff, and I’ll talk to you next time!

Repainting an Older One

Some of who who’ve been following me for a while may remember this painting, and if you’re not following me, pause here and go hit the subscribe button!

Kabbalah

Now I love this painting.  It’s an 11×14 oil on wood panel and it looks much better in person.  I love the concept and it was really good for my level of skill when I did this.  The concept comes from Kabbalah, which is the mystical side of Judaism, and a question that is asked is, “why does evil exist?”  This is concept that many religions try to deal with, but I love the answer that is suggested, which is that evil exists because we create it.  Evil creates for evil and good creates more good.  Every person has the capacity for good and evil.  This is a very basic explanation and I’m sure someone who has more knowledge in this area could give even more depth to it, but my mine motive behind this painting is that evil exists because we create it.  So we need to choose what it is that we create and be aware of what we do and it’s impact.  The question left with this painting is, “what are you creating around you?”

Since I have now mostly switched to digital painting, I repainting this one using that medium.  The reference photos and Ideas were all the same.  The only thing that’s changed is the painting method, and time for me to improve as an artist.

Choices (c)

I’m also working with a new laptop and video editing software.  This has made production a little slower than normal.  I have a new painting that I want to get out to you guys by the end of the week, but no promises.

I really enjoyed redoing this one and it lets me see how much I’ve improved in such a short time.  Hopefully I will always continue to improve and create even more wonderful pieces.

Choices Compare

I hope you enjoyed this one with a little look back in history.  This painting is available in my store, and to see my speed painting videos with my voice over commentary check out my patreon.  Also if you haven’t subscribed to my blog yet, what are you waiting for?  Go hit the button at the bottom to make sure you won’t miss out any other paintings or announcements.  Talk to you next time!

Metal Panels

I’m sorry I haven’t done much lately. I’ve been distracted by many things and the cord that connects my laptop to my tablet broke.  So I’m waiting to replace that.  It’s very sad. However, I recently got a metal panel of one of my paintings and I thought I’d show you what that looks like.  I love how my paintings look on metal panels.  I also realize that many of you might not be familiar with this surface or how things look.  So I thought I’d show you.  Here are some photos of the painting on a hanging metal panel.

It’s a very smooth, highly reflective surface with a clear to silvery gloss.  It looks the best in a room the receives sunlight, but not in location that has direct sunlight.  Think of a well sunlit room, but not having the sun shine on the wall with the painting.  Isn’t it amazing?

If you’re interested in getting this piece, please check it out in my store.  I also offer payment plans if you need that.  Just message me to set that up.  Talk at you later!

Who’s Real?

Are They The Same
16×20 digital painting

So, if you’ve been following me on my social media, you’ve seen in progress photos for this.  I now have it completed.  The most exciting part for me was creating the shattered glass effect.  As per usual, any thoughts or questions you have, put those in the comments.  I be getting the progression photos, reference photos, and color pallets up on my Patreon page this week.  So if you’re interested in seeing those, make sure to check that out.  Also make sure to follow me on one of my social media pages to get updates on what I’m currently working on.  Have a wonderful week!

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Snowy Squirrel

8x10 coffee painting on 300lbs Fabriano Artistico soft press watercolor paper.
8×10 coffee painting on 300lbs Fabriano Artistico soft press watercolor paper.

So I was excited to try out my new paper and decided to go with something simple.  I was also excited to finally had a real camera instead of just using my camera phone and my laptop to record video and take photos.  However, the quality was just awful.  Believe it or not, my built-in camera on my laptop takes better video than my the digital camera I have that I finally found, and my my phone also takes better photos.  *sigh*

Anyway, that was my frustration of the morning.  Hopefully I’ll have video of my next painting for you.  I love this guy’s little fluffy tail!  This paper is very nice for getting wet into wet techniques. I’ll have to play around with that in my next painting.

This painting’s now available here.

Other Paintings You Might Enjoy:

Sleepy Kitty

Frozen Lady

Pansies

Sip of Coffee

Coffee Dessert

Drumroll Please…

Sorry for the lack of posts lately.  I’ve busy with all the Jewish holidays, and I’ve also not been doing very well, which is why there’s no video for this week, but I wanted to get you the results of the survey I took.

First, either my Facebook people really like me, or they just really like taking surveys, because all the responses I got were from Facebook users.  I also knew that most of you wouldn’t answer the questions where you would have to actually write something, which is why I limited those, but there were two of you who left me nice comments at the end.  You know who you are, and thank you!  I asked all of you how many times a week you would like to hear from me and you answered with 95% one time and 5% two times.  Also out of all the posts I’ve done my business and art tips/reviews were voted equally.

So it looks like I will be posting once a week now, probably on Wednesday or Thursday, and I flip back and forth between art tips and business related topics.  Whatever I feel I have best prepared for that week.  At the bottom I’ve included a voting box where you can vote whether you want my blog to come out on Wednesday or Thursday, and if you want it to come out at 9am or 12noon PST.

Blog Survey

I’ve been trying to do too much, and apparently I’m not that good at multitasking.  My body decided to give out and tell me I needed to change things.  So I need your help to figure that out.  Doing all the blog posts I do is too much for me.  I will be keeping my Sunday one since that lets you guys know about what painting I have done.  However, that one is inconsistent, since I don’t always have a painting every week.

I’ve decided that doing 1 or 2 blogs instead of 3 would be more manageable.  I also want to know what you want to hear about on those posts.  So I created a survey and will also be figuring out a weekly schedule to hopefully get some balance going.

I greatly appreciate your opinion and your help.  You can find the survey here.  Thanks again!