December 2, 2013. "Jensen & Pilegard" acrylic wash 30 x 40 cm on Hahnemuehle 140 lb. acid free hot press watercolor paper- original $120. Working with acrylic paints tonight instead of pens and watercolor for a completely different feel to the sketch I did a couple weeks ago. The paint application is very thin, and works well with this kind of hot press paper. Etsy Link.
December 1, 2013. "Fifth Street in Clovis" 9 x 13 inches. $85 original (Hahnemühle hot press) It just seems funny. The Christmas decorations are hanging from the lamp posts in old town Clovis, just like they are in Kandern, Germany. But there won't be any snow any time soon. In fact, people are walking around town in shorts and T-shirts. My wife and I even played tennis after dark and broke a sweat. Anyway, I had a couple hours to do some sketching, so you can see the Fifth Street Salon & Boutique there, as well as the Rodeo Coffee Shop.
November 30, 2013. I have to confess, I was a bit worried about this week, as I knew I wouldn't be teaching due to the Thanksgiving week holiday here in the States. But, God once again provided for our needs through two local boutiques, where I was able to sell enough art to nearly compensate for the week. It was great to see family, and especially our daughter, home from college. Here's a drawing I did at the end of the day, and you can tell I was in a happy mood, as my mind was drifting back to pleasant drives through the French countryside.
November 27, 2013. Here are three items that sold this past week- all originals. I have begun posting many original drawings for sale on my Etsy store at very reasonable prices. Over the weekend, I had many requests for original drawings instead of prints, and it looks like this will be my new direction for a while. Prints will still be available for sale, of course, as many people like to use them as gifts.
November 25, 2013. Sketching off the side of the road in Clovis today. I was attracted by these bits of gold clinging to this barren tree here. Still can't get over the summer weather we are having, this deep into November, sketching in short sleeves and nearly breaking a sweat under the sun. Good to have our daughter home for a week from college. Thanking God for all of his blessings in the midst of all of the changes in our lives this past year.
November 17, 2013. I had a chance to drive up on North Fowler Avenue today and do this little sketch of the fall colors before the leaves drop off and winter sets in. Whenever I see these colors, my heart leaps for joy, and I want to stop everything I'm doing and begin singing praise to God for his amazing beauty and grace in my life.