Art Class

I was asked by a good friend, Celia, to be a guest artist at two of her art classes this week.   I believe the age range was 7yo – 14yo. I had such a great time and look forward to doing it again.

All of the students were engaged throughout the entire class. They asked excellent questions and created some really amazing paintings.

I’m posting a few pictures of todays class and some of their paintings of trout fish.

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New Class Demo

In 2009, I had the pleasure of being apart of the Illustration Academy in Sarasota, FL. One of the instructors was The Great Christopher Fox Payne. He is an INCREDIBLY talented artist and such a friendly guy to boot. His illustrations have influenced me over the years and are always so fun to look at. I would stare endlessly at his artwork in magazines trying to figure out how he did what he did. So, when the opportunity of a lifetime presented itself at the academy, where Mr. Payne was giving a demo, I feverishly scribbled in my sketchbook attempting to write down every step of his process.

I wish I could tell you that I started working on his painting technique as soon as I had some paints in from of me… It actually took six years later to give it a shot.

When my class asked me to show them something new I immediately pulled out my Illustration Academy Sketchbook, found my trusty notes, and gave C. F. Payne’s painting technique a try. I’m pretty sure I missed a couple steps, but I think it’s a good effort.  My brain hurt after about two hours working on this piece. I may even finish this one.

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Young Frankenstein

The movie Young Frankenstein is without a doubt one of my favorite films. When I was asked to be apart of an art show where I was able to create a poster of any movie. It didn’t take me long to narrow down the list. It has been exciting to see this piece close to fruition after about twenty-five hours of work.

I am adding my chosen thumbnail, the final layout sketch, and a detail from the work in progress. I will show the full piece after the show opens on May 1st.


I seem to over work a lot of my paintings and it’s hard to put the brush down sometimes. I practiced  restraint with this painting. Less is more. 

3″x5″ FW acrylic artists ink on 140lb. Fabriano watercolor paper