Wednesday, July 17, 2019

RVA Coffee Art



I went to Sub Rosa Bakery about 2 weeks ago. No matter how many layers of the coffee from the espresso I put down, I couldn't seem to get it as dark as I wanted. I decided to eliminate the people in the painting. Usually I will put the patrons in the painting, but it just seemed to take away from the ambiance of the painting. We met a really nice couple there. They were the friendliest couple. Definitely going back to this wonderful place.

Monday, July 1, 2019



Last week, I forgot to upload this. I went to Whisk, a bakery and coffee shop (amazing macaroons by the way) in Richmond and painted the inside of the shop with espresso

Friday, June 28, 2019

Harriet Tubman: Into the Darkness




Here is the final, completed painting of Harriet Tubman: Into the Darkness. This painting took a ton of research and time; from going to Maryland where she was raised, to doing sand studies to see how sand adheres to oil paint. I took sand from both the Richmond Slave Trail and Brodess Farm where she was raised, and ground it into the paint. I'm a huge Maxfield Parrish fan and used his glazing techniques to make the lights brighter, and the darks pushed back. This has been an exhausting journey, but I made some wonderful friends in the process, and learned more than I imagined. I look forward to seeing the future of this painting.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

An Evening with Kate







I got to meet Kate Mulgrew last night. Really nice lady. I got to talk to her for a few minutes and she gave me an autographed copy of her new book. 'To John from Kate Mulgrew' ... I know ... I was excited too.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

RVA Coffee Art




Went to Cafe Clang on Sunday and ordered some breakfast and painted what I saw with espresso. Sat next to Richard McCann from WRVA's The Home Show and we chatted for a good hour about art and the direction of the local show. Really nice guy. 


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Something I haven't done in about a year, is get out on the water and kayak. I went last year, but the water levels were not only too high, but it was just too cloudy. I bought a kayak about a week ago, and now I'll be out on the river, doing some sketches/paintings like I've been wanting to do for awhile. It's good to be free.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Harriet Tubman - Work In Progress



So I've started pressing the sand into the canvas. I've blurred out the painting until I'm finished with the entire thing. I will add a darker layer of paint over the sand and rocks once it hardens to the canvas.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Harriet Tubman - Work In Progress


Another progress pic that's not really showing the pic in progress lol. I have to make sure the sand from Harriet Tubman's childhood home will stick to the canvas, so I'm doing different studies in linseed oil on a smaller canvas with dirt, to see if it will adhere. Unfortunately, the painting will not be finished by the 15th, but that's okay. I'd rather it be right than to half-ass it.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

RVA Coffee Art


Today I went to Shockoe Espresso & Roastery
109 Shockoe Slip, Richmond, VA 23219
Painted my view with espresso

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Harriet Tubman - Work In Progress

This will be the last pic I post before completing the painting hopefully before the 15th (it all depends on drying time). I have more colors and details to put in the travelers before adding one more layer of trees, and then applying more sand. 
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