Portrait for Kassie: Progress 

I might have to stop everything I’m working on, and do a portrait of Prince. 
As I continued working on the Portrait for Kassie, I noticed the sepia tones I was using were a bit too scattered. I don’t want the painting to have multiple colors; the idea is for the work to have a single sepia color, with varying degrees of dark and light. 

So, I created one sepia tone, and decided to wash the whole painting with the color. 

The wash will allow me to start fresh with color, and yet keep the work I’ve done so far.

Here are some close-ups of the progress: 

I want the background to be more blended into the subjects, to make the entire painting more cohesive. I might darken the background to match the darker tone of the subjects… but I am leaning more toward lightening Kassie’s friend and her dog. For example, her shirt and hair would be lightened, as would the dog’s face and nose. I think a lighter painting would look better inside a typically decorated home/apartment. Dark paintings can be very jarring on white walls. 


Traveling… so much traveling

I’ve not posted in a week or so, due to so much traveling! Between DC, NYC, Cancun, Harlingen TX… life’s been a whirlwind.

Despite the travel, and subsequent sore throat (for some reason there’s yelling involved in dancing in Cancun), I’ve managed to do some creative projects, as I tend to do.

David Bowie 1

I started a David Bowie painting a few weeks ago, and lately added a new layer. I don’t quite like the painting yet… and I’m trying to figure out a way that I can grow to like it. In essence, this painting is simply not my style. To be truthful, I’d have preferred to paint a different photo of David Bowie. However, I attempted to paint this one on a request I received, and after all, it is an iconic album cover. I think, in time, I can fix it so that it is more enjoyable for me, but for now it remains as is:

David Bowie


I also made T-shirts for some very good friends of mine who are tying the knot soon. I tried to make the shirts as silly as possible. Initially, I thought to put “I heart ___” on each shirt, one for the bride and one for the groom. But, it occurred to me, upon seeing photos of them with a prop parrot, that I had to include some pictures.

kuba shirt

I did not take very good photos of the shirts; I apologize. This above is the bride’s. The groom’s was similar, but green, with the bride throwing a kiss to the parrot.

I also made a cauliflower pizza at some point over the past few weeks. It was a very ambitious undertaking, and we were dangerously close to starting a massive fire, but it came out beautifully.


Finally, I’ve been taking practice photos of my artwork for Instagram. Yes, I’m on Instagram now. It took a while for me to really understand it… and I’m still proceeding very slowly, with overt caution, toward this new social medial frontier. I’ve realized it could be a great tool for my artwork, so I continue the journey. Here are some of the shots I’ve taken:


I really want my Instagram to have a style… I want to showcase my work in a way that reflects the mood of my art. It’ll take some practice to get one down. And, I haven’t mastered “hashtags” yet (I still call them number signs. As a human, I admit that I resist change), so don’t get too excited.






Holiday Festivities and Such

I did not paint much in the past week or so, if only because the holidays were incredibly distracting.


For example:


I made a gingerbread house.

It’s a tree house.

It even had tiny furniture in the inside:

gingerbread house 3

Yes; I might be secretly gearing up for a competition. Don’t tell anyone, though.

And also, this happened: I was given a custom-made, home-made, desk for painting!


Specially equipped with places for brushes, and capable of stowing away my keyboard. I will also, and perhaps most excitedly- and unexpectedly- use it for folding clothes….

closeup desk

I am very excited to use it to paint. I can’t wait to resume the portraits. Thanks to everyone who is participating. I’ll be posting updates on Diamond soon.