Transformations with Life #18 (Don’t Panic, We’re In The Together)

Leave pieces out long enough and Mother Nature starts to add her own touches everything you make. I was inspired by some pieces I made for my dad's garden, that slowly started to crack, get covered with mosses, and become homes for all sorts of plants and wildlife. These never went into the garden, much … Continue reading Transformations with Life #18 (Don’t Panic, We’re In The Together)


Transformations With Life #15 (New Home for the Prickly Pear)

I'm frequently amazed at what I image when I look at cactus like these: I see buildings, I see people in a crowd, and I see balloons on strings. What I find is all smiles. I catch myself smiling at these little beauties. I catch myself talking to them like pets. I really get a … Continue reading Transformations With Life #15 (New Home for the Prickly Pear)

Right Through You

Using only conte on this black paper remains an interesting challenge. Mainly as the key, for me at least, is to remember to apply light touches as I use the colours and then blend repeatedly. The pretty girl has caught you staring at her and isn't amused. She gives you the devil stare that challenges … Continue reading Right Through You


Now using only conte, and blending repeatedly between application of layers. I did let go of form on this one and not sure I got the face exactly as I hoped. The funny thing is it ended up looking like an old high school friend I was thinking about. Funny how the subconscious comes into … Continue reading Contentment

Clutter or Opportunity? I know what I’m choosing!

It's been a busy year for creative outputs and there's no slowdown ahead. There's also been a lot of self-awareness learning going on around here lately. Amazingly, a lot of it revolves around the benefits of a more decluttered life. So, we've been contemplating the pros and cons of what to do with all our … Continue reading Clutter or Opportunity? I know what I’m choosing!

Deep, Philosophical Sadness

The sadness is mostly in the eyes for this guy, and maybe I took the easy road to connecting the feeling of his being philosophical, because of the beard. The funny thing is that the image that inspired this one was most definitely not Sophocles. Regardless of the source material, something inside me was coming … Continue reading Deep, Philosophical Sadness

The Usual Mask I Wear

The inspiration for this face was so completely different than the end result, you can't imagine. My process of drawing a rough outline of the image from the inspiration source, then immediately removing the original from view, before filling it in, almost always reveals surprises. This way, I feel I am inspired by something then … Continue reading The Usual Mask I Wear


I found this really cute drawing the other day and it's been rattling around my brain. I wasn't sure how to translate the realistic portrait into my more Expressionist style, so I did what I usually do. I put the black pencil on the paper and let go. In this case, the pencil was a … Continue reading Lyric

Myself, or My Brother

I was recently asked about a hand painted perfecto I made about thirty years ago and it got me digging through old pictures of it for the inquirer. While digging I found a small stash of pictures of myself and my brother, Wayne, when we were in our teens. We are 9 years apart, but … Continue reading Myself, or My Brother

She Is

I really wasn't sure what to say about this figure. It was androgynous, somewhat angry, evocative, abrasive, and purposfully ugly. I decided she didn't need to identify herself and anything other than who she was: She is Herself, and because of that, she is fierce, inspiring, and beautiful! Another realization regarding environmental conditions while using … Continue reading She Is