Sunday, December 2, 2007

Portrait Show

Hello again, I finished this painting this weekend for a portrait show at Dan Smith. The show is a employee portrait show at the Daniel Smith store in Bellevue. I was lucky to pick Sara for my portrait, it is watercolor on Bristol paper. The show opens in a week or so. Enjoy

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Free Demonstrations at Daniel Smith

I will be doing 2 demos on" How to paint with watercolor on Hot Press paper and clayboard" At Daniel Smith Bellevue Store on Saturday Dec. 15th @ 11:00am and 1.45pm / Sunday Dec. 16th @ Seattle Daniel Smith @ 12pm and 2pm. For directions please visit Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Cancun Pot Series

These are just a couple of my earlier painting series called "Cancun". I believe I painted these sometime in 2002, I fell in love with the mayan imagery I saw there. These are just a few I finished, I have tons of ideas I hope to put on paper one of these days. My "man bag" is becoming bloated with my sketches. lol All are watercolor on 140 lbs Arches. Till next time.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Happy 30th Solly!

I didn't post last week because the wifey and I were at Cannon Beach in Oregon visiting my brother in-law and his wonderful family. But I was able to finish this painting for my brother's 30th birthday. I love this picture of him, it was supposed to be a card but i felt a larger painting was in order. I was able to paint it in a few hours and loved every minute of it.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Italy Part 2

Hello again, I finished a painting for someone special that I can't post yet until they get it :P Anyway....I was lucky enough to be asked to attend a workshop last Monday, I attended a " How to paint Fall scenes" with Susie Short. I learned allot, it was a blast, I love watercolor! These 3 sketches are from my trip to Italy. I did these in Walnut Ink, David, The Pantheon and The Prisoner. I would like to give a shout out to my Little Dr. Bro... HAPPY 30th Birthday bro, I love you.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Some of my Plein Air work

With the great response I've been getting with the "Salsa Series" I've haven't been working on much else. Once I get 20 done I will post them all, and they are on sale, $60 each unframed and $80 framed. I have at least 5 sold so please don't wait, or I can be commissioned to paint your own "Fresh Salsa Series".
I did these a few months ago, the first one is, one of the trees I have here near my house, I love the white trunk with the contrast of the green leaves. The last two are of Deception Pass, on a nice and sunny day, looking out from the beach.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Daniel Smith Paint outs

Well....what a week, I really didn't have time to paint for myself this week untill lastnight. But I did paint at work. As some of you know I have a part-time job at Daniel Smith in Bellevue. The best part of the job is that they keep me busy painting, like "DS Triads" and different painting surfaces like this one on Ampersand Clayboard. I call this one " oil in watercolor" enjoy!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Commission Finished!

I finished this commission on monday, it was harder than I thought it was going to be, there was allot going on in the original picture. But I really had fun painting the background. I'm posting a few picts of the process of painting this commission. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 2, 2007


Hello again,
I was finishing up a commission this weekend, when I decided I would go to the grocery store to make some dinner for me and the wife. And while in the produce isle I got a rush of inspiration. I always make salsa for us and I told myself why not paint the very colorful salsa ingredients! And from that came my new series of paintings called...."The Salsa Series". I'm going to paint 20 or more on 6"x6" clayboard. I really had fun painting these 2, this will keep me painting for months to come!

These paintings are for sale $60 each, so If you like one send me an email.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Inside Calavera Studio

Looks like it's Sunday again, and I've been busy painting but this time finishing up a commission.
The 1st picture is of my palette, I work from warm to cool, I've had this palette layout since I could remember.The 2nd is of my work space, I have a large Boeing drafting table it can accommodate all my needs, lights, palette and plenty of space for reference materials. And the last one is the commission I just finished a month ago for a friend.
che OUT~

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Italy; June 2007

Here are some sketches from my recent trip to Italy. What an amazing country, I wish to return someday and spend a few months painting. These are just a few sketches from my trip. I took close to 600 pictures and I plan of painting large scale versions of these sketches and many more.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Hello all! This is my 1st and hopefully not my last post on my blog. This blog will be my watercolor sketchbook. Ill post plein air paintings and still lifes I paint during my times off, either at Sidekicks or just around town. I carry my watercolors everywhere I go so I hope to try and paint everyday.
This are some gloves I set up at the gym, a quick painting on a 7" x 10" hot pressed block. Using, of course Daniel Smith watercolors. Please feel free to leave me a post, I would love to hear what you all think of my work.

PS. Stay tuned Im putting the finishing touches for the re-launch of Coming in Sept. 2007!