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.
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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!




It’s been a very busy couple of weeks. Er, I suppose it’s shaping into a rather busy next year.
First, I was nominated as the next President of the Berks Art Alliance. Which I was thrilled to hear about. And second, I’ve been experimenting with some ideas. When I try out new ideas, they don’t necessarily turn into a full series of similar work. Sometimes it’s more important to continue exploring the ideas of making, and the concepts a person is concerned with exploring. In my case, it always comes down to exploring space and the boundaries that separate them into unique and distinct areas. So here are my newest questions to myself about the spaces I’m walking and thinking through.
Hope you enjoy!