New Artwork – Bamboo & Tea

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Just a quick post to share with you my newest piece, “Bamboo & Tea”. It was sort of a quick warmup piece. After returning from my adventures in Bali (blog post on Bali coming later) I didn’t want to lose my momentum gained from such an amazing experience so I jumped right into a piece from my sketchbook. There isn’t much to say about it. I love linework just as much as painting sometimes. Read More

November Events & October Wrapup

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I just got back from a wonderful spontaneous trip to Guam to visit Anson. My first visit to the island and I loved it. Unfortunately it rained the days I was there. We spent a day driving around the island exploring and I could not believe how much of it resembles where I grew up in Papua (Indonesia). It is now November and I realize the month of October really flew by. It’s hard to believe it’s really over. But I have been looking forward to this month for quite a while now and for many reasons… Read More


Fall Bazaar Wrap-Up

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I wanted to write a quick post about the NEX fall bazaar, summarize my experience and share some insights and things I did differently while it is still fresh. While I can’t compare it completely to the spring bazaar this past April, there was a lot I took away last time that really helped make this one wonderful.

As you already know Friday was set up. Saturday was a blast. I walked down early to add my pricing signs that I printed out the night before and to set up my banner. I was a little nervous this round because my space was twice as large and I was running things alone. It all worked out well in the end. Read More

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NEX Fall Bazaar Setup & Calendar Prints

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Tomorrow is a big day! I spent the better part of Wednesday and Thursday preparing prints, frames and extras for the NEX Fall Bazaar. Today was setup, I’m so incredibly pleased with how it looks, and tomorrow morning it begins!

I realize now that I should have been mentioning the show earlier (and not the night before) but I’ve been swamped and really there isn’t much I can do about it now. :)

If you’re in the area and thinking about coming consider arriving early. I imagine a lot of the good stuff will probably be gone by Sunday afternoon and I would hate for you to miss out. Event times can be found here. Read More


Color & Light

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On Thursday my signed copy of James Gurney’s book “Color and Light” arrived. I am so excited! Since we live in Japan media mail takes some time to arrive so I’ve been eagerly awaiting its arrival since late July. I immediately began flipping through and skimming the pages and was blown away by so much information! I’m hooked! Each page is filled with information, techniques and observations that I never knew. If you haven’t read Color and Light I can now (along with everyone else) personally highly recommend it! Read More


A long & slow process…

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…Of getting back into painting. I took a little bit of hiatus from painting to travel back to the US last month. Since returning it’s taken a bit of time to get back up to speed but I’m happy to announce that I’ve finished not one but two paintings in the last few days. This first painting currently lacks a name and so I would love your input and thoughts. Leave your ideas here on my blog in the comments.

Edit: You will (I hope) be happy to hear that I have decided to title it “Anticipation“. Thank you to all of you that left suggestions on Facebook! Read More


Art Camp – Week 2 & 3

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The past two weeks have flown by since I started Noah’s Art Camp. Here are some highlights for you. First, week two was about sketching daily so we did lots of sketchbook work. It’s something I’m happy to say I’ve kept doing since in some form. Week three was about perspective and studying our surroundings. I’m already familiar with perspective and don’t find it terribly intimidating but it was great to pick up some tips and practice more.

And at the end of this post I’ve got a treat for you, a sneak peak at two of my paintings in progress. Enjoy! Read More


Art Camp – Week 1

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This past month I’ve re-enrolled in Noah’s Art Camp. Some of you may remember that I signed up for it last year in November. That was when I mark the beginning of this painting journey. This time around the set up is completely different with a dedicated forum for all of us to participate in discussions, critique or casual art chat. So far it is a wonderful upgrade from using Facebook.

Our first week of homework was very fun and enjoyable however it began when Anson departed so balancing homework and staying distracted and sane is a bit difficult. Here’s what I published to my sketchbook on tumblr with a bit of commentary. I hope that you find this interesting. Read More


Hansel & Gretel – Digital Painting

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For the last week I’ve been working on a painting for ImagineFx’s monthly contest, this month themed “fairy tales”. (Entries close on the 30th where finished pieces will then be voted on and can be found here on ImagineFx’s forums.) With your help via Facebook I have a nice list of stories to pick from and ended up deciding on Hansel & Gretel. I picked their tale because it was very recognizable once simplified into a single painted scene and didn’t require an explanation with it. Using your suggestions as topics I see this piece as a starting point for more fairy tale paintings. Read More

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