The Redmond Mural is being filled up by fun little critters based on designs submitted by kids. In this second Phase of the Permanent Installation Artist Residency project at VALA, I am taking the designs submitted by kids and re-imagining them as creatures that live in the imaginary landscape. See the full critter album, updated daily, on my Facebook Art Page (and please 'LIKE' the page while you are at it :) ).
Redmond Reporter Article!
The folks at the Redmond Reporter were kind enough to do a feature article on both my mural project and me(!) and then wonderful enough to put it on the front page. Read the printed article here and the online version here.
Ink on Panel Experiments
My earliest drawing experiences were with Pen & Ink and lately I've been curious about meshing ink drawing with painting materials and surfaces. With this in mind, I have been experimenting with using markers on Ampersand-brand artist panels. I initially started using Gessobord panels as I had some lying about, but subsequently switched to Claybord as Gessobord has texture that affects pen nibs and Gessobord is also less absorbent (so the ink does not dry quickly and can smear). Claybord turned out to be a better option as it is smoother and more absorbent.
Here are some resulting drawings:
The gray-scale shading is added with Copic markers. Once the inks are dry, I coat the surface with acrylic gels to protect the drawing and place them in metal frames so they look like this:
If you would like to commission a framed ink-on-panel drawing-painting on a theme of particular interest to you, send me a message.