Portrait practice

So this weekend, I spent some time working on a portrait of my fiancĂ©e Megan. I drew out the face with graphite on paper, and then did the painting with watercolor. It’s about 18″ x 20″.
I’m pretty pleased with how it came out, as it will likely serve as the start of a yet another series of work…this time focusing on portraiture.
You can keep up with my adventures by following me on Instagram, @jeruggles.



Wu tang and veggie tales

I’ve been spending lots of time in the studio and even more traveling the northeast taking work to galleries.
Here’s a quick update pic on some of the pieces that have been moving along slowly with layering and some new ones.
That’s a Veggie Tales piece in the back. Two ODB portraits in the middle. And the continuing Mickey sculpture in the back right. And of course Robocop, and Bimbo and Betty Boop in the foreground.


Free Art Friday


First ever Free Art Friday on my Instagram  @jeruggles.
At the end of the day I’ll be giving away my newest  painting, inspired by Sonnet 2 from 100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda. All you have to do is like the photo on Instagram to be considered. Spread the word around, cause I’m going to be doing this on a regular basis! #freeartfriday #faf #ruggles

Owls love art too

Today, the Berks Art Alliance show celebrating Hawk Mountain had it’s opening reception. And asides hearing from the various people who helped set the whole show up, the Hawk Mountain President, and a pretty great Raptor Educator…everyone attending had a great chance to meet a beautiful Eastern Screech Owl. Who I’m pretty sure enjoyed looking at all the art.


Peregrine falcon field study

Recently I’ve been focused on making a piece for the Berks Art Alliance’s show celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. In case you don’t know, it’s a great place to hike and more specifically watch the migrations of birds of prey. They are focused on raptor conservation, education, and observation.
Edit: Additional info about Hawk Mountain can be found at their website, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
So, I choose to do a field study of a peregrine falcon. One of my favorite birds, the peregrine is also one of the most recognized endangered raptors in the world. I worked with an old timey custom mixed brown ink and then added watercolor. I’ve included a pic of it in the studio and then framed in the show. Hope you enjoy it!