In this third gouache painting, I finally understood what I was doing. Unlike the first two, I was able to control the blending of the paint much better, so the lights and darks became more subtle. I hoped to do that so they’d truly lend to the intrigue of this little portrait of a mysterious girl.

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Who is she? Does she seem shy? What are her interests? Would she rather be riding a horse through the pastoral, English countryside than posing pretty for a photo?

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Here are all 3 of the gouache painting studies. You know I’ll be practicing more. Hopefully, my next paintings will turn out as good as these ones. Seeing them side by side, it almost seems like they’re having a conversation. What do you think they’re chatting about? Can you hear their whispers? Will you let us in on the secret too?


I didn’t realize how much I’d been struggling with that first gouache painting until I did this second one. This time I decided to apply the paint thinner and let it flow a little more. The results are much better. I love her feathered hat and that mysterious smile on her lips. What is she thinking? Is she planning some mischief? What do you think? Don’t you love her?

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You'll Love These Mysterious, Little Portrait Paintings In Gouache (Part 1)

I’d been wanting to try out some gouache paint for a while—-I mean the high quality Holbein kind that stick it to you with the price but give you that lovely velvety mat finish that only a good-quality gouache paint can. Someone had been hearing me say this over and over. Someone must have been sick of me repeating it because I received a set of Holbein gouache for Christmas.

Oh my! Finally! I could try them out! Thank you!

What should I do? How did I want to practice with them? I decided to do a series of little, mysterious portraits. You’ll see my gouache studies in the weeks to come. I didn’t have much time to do them, but it’s sure been fun doing these little studies. Here is the first one; a mysterious little man painting. What do you think? Don’t you love him?

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Trio of Homemade Super-Hero Birthday Cards for My Friend and Family

I have 3 friends and family birthdays in a row, so I usually end up creating handmade birthday cards that have a theme to make it easier and quicker to do a set of 3. I chose super-heros for these 3 cards, and they sort of looked like the person I was giving them to….okay…if they were all powerful, super-hero persons. I think they really enjoyed getting them. How would you feel getting one?

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How to Get Your Vintage Fantasy Portrait Painted Here (My Donation to NW Dance Project)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to time travel back a 150 years or more?  Have you ever fantasized about wearing top hats or corsets and frilly dresses?  Well, you don't have to wonder about it anymore.  You can get your fantasy self portrait painted here!  I'll make you look dapper and comely in all the clothing and accoutrements of the Victorian and Edwardian era. 

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I take your stories; like the moments you're most proud of, or the trips you've taken, or your favorite pet and combine them into a special painting that celebrates your life and your accomplishments. 

I do this for anyone, but right now, I'm donating one custom portrait to the NW Dance Project for their silent auction.  They are one of my favorite dance troupes so I am happy to help them raise money to keep up their amazing performance art.  If you win this portrait painting, here's what you'll get:

  1. You or up 2 people of your choice painted on an oval 16x20" canvas.

  2. Your stories, accomplishments and/or dreams illustrated in this portrait.

  3. A favorite animal or pet in this portrait with you.

  4. An in-depth interview so I can get to know who you are and what you want in this custom portrait.

  5. You painted in subdued vintage colors and clothing.

  6. A one-of-a-kind piece of artwork, valued at $650.00.

Below are a couple examples of portraits I've been commissioned to paint before.  Make sure you go to the NW Dance Project's Golden Gala and put in your bid to win this luxurious fantasy portrait.  It's May 12th, 2018!

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Who Wants An Alien Girlfriend? (My February 2018 Cover for Metaphorosis Magazine)

Below is my work in progress for the February 2018 cover of Metaphorosis Magazine.  You can see the evolution from drawing to completed painting.  It was a quick turn around of when it was due.  I only had 1 week to finish it.  I wasn't sure if I'd make my deadline.  In the end, I turned it in a day early.


It's a story about a guy from a small beach town who learns his girlfriend was an alien.  When I first heard this description, my mind filled with images of insect heads popping out of 1950's hourglass dresses.  But the girlfriend is far less obvious than that.  She's full of mysteries yet means our hero, the boyfriend, no harm.  In fact, she's quite benign.  You can read the whole story starting in February 2018 at Metaphorosis Magazine.

You Won't Guess What I Got to Do Again! (Ok, Maybe You Will)

Yep, it happened again.  I got the opportunity to do another cover for the sci-fi/fantasy magazine, "Metaphorosis".  To what do I owe the honor of getting this cover again? 

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Well, because I'm a fabulous illustrator, of course!  That and they needed someone who could create a cover in 1 week.  Yep.  This is a quick one.  It's a challenge for me to do one that quickly.  But I said yes.  Stay tuned for the work in progress.  And send me some good vibes for getting it done in time.