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another cairn

June 10, 2014

I tore that beautiful watercolor sheet into quarters so I have the wherewithal to make 4 of these cairn studies. Here’s number two. I continue to visualize these in watercolor or graphite because of the dry look, but want to try one in oils just to see what happens.


good stuff

May 28, 2014

A painter buddy recently gifted me with a sheet of beautiful 300 lb. paper. I’ve been reluctant to try the really good stuff like this because I’m so new to watercolor and have been afraid of wasting it.

I’ve also been wanting to start a series of cairn pictures, and the new paper got me going on that, too. Thanks again, Ron!!

cairn01 finish


Adult-ish art

March 20, 2014

Three of my figure studies have been accepted into a group show! I’m happy to be showing again; it has been a very long time. Now to flex those framing muscles that have also gotten a little flabby.


What we have here are two conte drawings and one oil sketch.


the palette of peril

February 12, 2014

Today’s thrilling adventure.

palette of peril

when a sheep wants a rooster gig

February 3, 2014

This is the piece I’ll take to Austin instead of the rooster. Yes, it’s a sheep doing a rooster’s job, getting it wrong. The task was to do a spread from an assigned manuscript, leaving room for text.

PeteI may tweak it a bit more, but this is pretty close.Pete final

Just to keep the digital record complete, here is the final version. Very close to the one previously posted.


January 23, 2014

I’ll be going to the SCBWI conference in Austin in a few weeks. There’s an assignment for the illustrator session that involves a story with a rooster character. I did Chanticleer, here, on spec a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, I can’t make him fit the assignment, so there will be another rooster in my future. Or maybe a sheep. There’s a sheep character in the story, too.


iceland landscapes

January 3, 2014

In September I took a trip to Iceland with a group of photographers with the idea that I would do some plein air watercolors. It was a wonderful trip! However, too much was new to me then and I didn’t produce much on location. But working with my snapshots, I’m finally starting to do the paintings I wanted to be making at the time.

iceland 01Stark and minimal pretty much sums it up.

iceland 02There’s actually a photographer in this one.

iceland 03


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