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The Princess & The Pea

Currently I am working on a series of new illustrations for little children. I guess “think pink” describes pretty much the direction I am taking with this project. This illustration is the first  of whimsical little paintings in pastell colors showing princesses, ballerinas, teddy bears and such…whatever a little child might like.

The illustration is done in mixed media. I began with a colored pencil drawing and continued with acrylics and oil washes. The details were added in colored pencils.

colored sketch:

in progress – Acrylics wash on top of a colored pencil drawing:

purple oil wash:

I worked out the details with more acrylics and colored pencils:

Mobile Bay – Where Did The Oil Go?

It’s finished!

While I was painting a subtitle idea for this illustration came to me: “Where Did The Oil Go?” I thought of the oil spill that happened not too long ago and just wanted it to be part of the painting.  Because of it, I had to make some ‘minor’ adjustments such as the black water and the oil dripping from the pelican skeletons. I used a lot of ink besides acrylics and colored pencils on this illustration to give it a dark chalkboard appearance.

The illustration is based on an ink drawing on illustration board (below). I layered acrylic washes and added details with colored pencils and ink.

Henry J. King Steamboat

The drawing is layered on top of a map showing Mobile, Alabama. The map was prepped with a thin layer of white gesso to ensure the drawing will be visible on top of the original colors.

The image is an old steamboat loaded with cotton rolls. The text below is taken from an old newspaper article about the “Henry J. King” steamboat. Mr. King was my clients Great,Great Grandfather.

Art Show in Downtown Mobile

Hey there.

My latest art pieces will be displayed this Friday (June 10th) at “Wellborn Ideas” as part of the LoDa Artwalk. Wellborn is located at 356 Dauphin Street in Downtown Mobile. The reception is from 6-9 pm. I am really excited and would like to invite you all. If you haven’t made any plans yet, please come by.


Little Red Riding Hood…in progess

The references I used for the folds were a mix of ‘real’ silk folds and folds that are part of a rock formation (picture can be seen in the upper left corner of the drawing).  I thought the rock formation looked very interesting…and because it’s not real fabric folds you are looking at, you may be intrigued by the outcome, as  are the footsteps and unfolding story of Little Red Riding Hood’s adventures. I wanted the piece to stir curiosity and intrigue rather than being be predictable as we’ve all come to know this classic story.

Thanks to Savannah – my neighbors daughter – I had a good model to work with.

The illustration is still in progress…to the left: prisma colors on illustration board….to the right: I added some layers of acrylics and more prisma colors