Giveaway Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered the Giveaway! I cannot tell you how charmed I was by your answers. I have to say that I went into this thinking that at the end of the Giveaway I would give you the "right answers" what I found was that you had more "right answers" than I did!

Many of you guessed creative influences that I had not intentionally added to the piece, but in retrospect I must admit are clearly present in the drawing; a subconscious addition culled from the collective unconscious, the creative aethers, that we all have access to.

So for the curious, the creative spirits that I intentionally added to the piece are:

     - Van Gogh - his face can be seen in the palette on the left

     - DaVinci - Vetruvian Man in the stack of papers on the left.

     - Shakespeare - his signature on the spine of the first book under the door.

     - Virginia Woolf - her signature on the spine under Shakespeare's book.

     - Hemingway - his typewriter on the right.

     - Isadora Duncan - her ballet slippers

     - Klimt - stylized carvings on the tree limbs


Some of the fabulous guesses made in the comments include:

  • Lewis Carrol
  • Kepler/Newton
  • Burmester
  • Poe
  • Galileo
  • Tolkien
  • Joyce
  • Rimbaud
  • Kerouac
  • Anton Pieck
  • Stradivarius
  • J.M. Barrie

NOW! I extended the giveaway by a few days last week because some blogs had picked up the info and I wanted to give more people a chance to enter. I also added another winner.

The two print winners are Jenny Davies-Reazor and Sam (chosen randomly)

Since this was so fun - I'll be hosting another giveaway soon - so stay tuned for another opportunity.

To those that didn't win, but wish to purchase a copy of the print you can do so here:

8x10 print signed

Large print (actual size of the original) signed


New Silverpoint & Sepia Tone Prints!

I've got 8 new prints for you today!

The first is actually a set of 6 prints that are designed to be displayed as a Hexatych.

The original of this work of art is a series of 6 silverpoint drawings on antique book paper. The colorful patterns behind each drawing are original designs by myself. I created the patterns then printed them on fabric. Each of the original drawings is displayed in a shadow box.

I've mainstakingly reproduced each image for you to create the best quality set of affordable giclee' prints I could. I'm so pleased with the results. You can buy the complete set - signed of course - for just $60.00. (Sorry but I will not be offering these images seperately. While they are individual images they are meant to be displayed as whole - the entire set. Please note the image above shows the prints framed - this is for display only. Purchased prints sets are prints only - unframed.)


The next two images I have for you are called 'Specimens'. The original is comprised of two silverpoint drawings - again on antique book paper. The drawings are framed by books. I rescued two Antique books slated for destruction. The books were glued solid and a frame cut out of their covers to accomodate the drawings.

Original diptych on display at Davenport & Winkleperry Gallery

This was a challenge to reproduce for prints. I was unable to photograph the book covers effectively to allow for them to be reproduced as a print. So I've taken the original drawings and created a new work of art entirely - two sepia toned prints. They are available for purchase seperately.

Specimens - Group A

Specimens - Group B








All of these new prints are available for purchase online. CLICK HERE!





A Sketch a Day? We'll See

I've never been a terribly prolific artist. I don't crank out a big body of new work in any given year. I'm pretty comfortable with that - as I think there are pros and cons to prolific vs. non prolific - so for the most part I don't sweat it.

That said I have this exhibit coming up and I kind of need to have some ART for it. And while I am comfortable on the whole with my process I would like to become just a tad more prolific. I'll never be the type to offer up to the masses a new painting every two days. My process just doesn't allow for that. I'm not knocking anyone! I am in awe of those of you who have that ability - it just ain't me. But, that said, practice makes perfect.

Drawing or sketching daily regularly may not make me better but it does keep my head and my hands in the space they need to be.

I think back to times in my life where I have for whatever reason been actively DRAWING DAILY and it was a tremendous boon to my overall creative spirit. It just got the juices flowing and the head in the right space for overall creative energy. That is something that I really need right now. With the responsibilities of daily adult life constantly struggling for my attention its hard to be in the right creative mood when I am "supposed" to be.

So for a while now I've been trying to just draw or sketch for a certain amount of time every day. I don't have a perfect score. Not by a long shot. But it still has been great.

I've made sure to go ahead with this exercise even when I have plans to work on a larger piece of art that same day. Sometimes I just sketch for 5 minutes sometimes an hour. This does wonders to get me into the creative mood and I've felt more connected to my work overall when I've allowed myself this warm up time for sketching. Most of the pieces I have been doing have been small ATC/ACEO* sized images in either graphite or silverpoint.

The other day I did a larger one.

It's available as a print (directly from me so yes it is signed!)

Many of the larger drawings will end up in the show in November. Most of the smaller ones I plan to give away. ;)




*what is an ATC or ACEO? It stands for Artist Trading Card or Artist Card Edition or Original - they are 2.5x3.5 inches in size. More info here.




New Silverpoint Drawings & Exhibit Update


I've two new silverpoint drawings to share - they can be found in the Mineral Deposits Gallery. I'll be offering prints soon so stay tuned for that announcement.

The originals of these images however won't be for sale for a while as I have to save all new art for my upcoming exhibit at a gallery here in Maryland. The exciting thing is that the gallery has chosen a date right after Faeriecon - this is wonderful for the show as Faeriecon is in Baltimore (ish) this year and since the exhibit is also in Maryland and only about an hour from Baltimore it's a GREAT opportunity for me to promote the gallery show at FaerieCon. I'm really happy with how that worked out.

I can't tell you how excited I am about this show and it's theme. The gallery itself is owned by an incredibly famous author of whom I am a fan - my understanding is that I am one of the first major exhibits at this new gallery - which is just thrilling for me. I'll be revealing more about the theme of the show in coming weeks. Some of the images I will share here - others I will show only a portion of or not at all. Ha! You'll have to come to the show (or wait till it's over) to see many of the pieces.

Oh! One of the silverpoint drawings doesn't have a name yet! I'm taking suggestions!

Happy Mother's Day all!