Category Archives: painting

The Difference Between Painting and Drawing

People ask me if I sketch in with pencil or charcoal before I begin.   No, I don’t.  So much of painting requires restatement in the process, why start out fumbling from the beginning?  I try to say what I mean from the very beginning. Think about the process of painting as opposed to drawing.  Rendering […]

A Second Smattering on Painting Technique

The Beginning I was painting at Halcyon Coffee here in Austin on Monday.  The barristra was very interested, and asked me if I did an underpainting.  This made me stop and think about the actual process of the oil sketch.  I said, “well, no, not really”. I fumbled around for an explanation since I am […]

A Smattering on Painting Technique and Questions

This post was originally one of my first, in a series on technique.  The post, “The Difference Between Drawing and Painting” has had over 1100 views since I posted it.  I’m a slow learner, but I think maybe some of you out there would like to see more of my thoughts on technique.  Please, please […]

I Painted John Erik Metcalf at Conjunctured

I painted John Erik Metcalf while he was at work at Conjunctured.  Now is a good time to repost his portrait, since he is very involved with SXSWi.  If it weren’t for the “Conjunctured Boys”, I wouldn’t have a blog.   They are helpful, smart, and will help Austin maintain it’s tech-savy edge.  I don’t understand […]

Detail of a Painting from the Studio

It measure 16″x20″, which is a large painting for me.  It has a very, RED wall.  I did a series in 2004 or interiors with red walls and dogs.  Why do we love red? I won’t be able to paint people in public until after my show, so bear with me until then.  I will […]

I Painted These Lovers Under a Rusted Moon

I know that it is very “poster-like”, but that is how it came together.  I painted this couple at Spider House.  They were so in love.  It made me happy.  The end.

I Painted the Barista at Pacha’s Coffee

I painted the barista  at Pacha’s Coffee.  I have never painted here before, although Pacha’s is in walking distance from my home.  He had on thermal longjohns with an elaborate silk-screened skeleton that he had printed on himself.  It was the same skeletal image in black, green, and red – so he had to run […]

I Painted Him at Epoch Coffee

Unfortunately, I tore the painting.  He is one of those fellows that I never saw again, who actually seemed to be reading and not just pretending to read in a coffee house.  I have a tendency to enlarge noses anyway, so I hope that he forgives me.  I loved his nose – I don’t understand […]

I Painted Ashley Dancing at the Spider House

I loved painting this at the Spider House.   Ashleigh was walking back toward the steps of the deck to place a customer’s order, and she just did this quick dance move to the music.  It was so delightful and free, I just had to capture it.  I must have painted her in less than […]

I Painted this German Professor at Quack’s

I painted him at Quack’s.  I really don’t know if he is a German Professor, but he looked like one, and he was going over papers at Quack’s.  He sneezed, and a girl student sitting at a table facing him said, “Gesundheit!”  He looked up with a big, kindly smile.  So, who knows?  He might […]