Thursday, December 18, 2008

Just past the turn.

I have had this photo for a while now and was hoping to paint it at some point. Until then I just finished it in Pen-n-ink. Nice little drawing :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas is coming :)

My wife and I have been talking about sending Christmas cards out to folks and I just so happen to finish this little ink drawing over the weekend. I think we might have a card soon :)
Christmas is Coming!

Friday, December 5, 2008

A good day on the creek

A couple months ago I went fly fishing on Sugar Creek and had a great day!
Caught a few....and lost a couple. Still honing down my fly fishing mojo.
Here is a pen-n-ink drawing I did based off a photo from that day. My very first piece based on one of my favorite things to

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New Pen-n-Ink

Here is a recent ink drawing I did. Yet another tree I took a picture of while fishing.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Finally a post .

It has been a while since I last posted new work. So here we are.
This painting was inspired by a tree that a friend and I came across while fishing the creeks last spring. Enormous tree, and very old looking...I loved it :) So I painted it! I did post a couple early progress pictures of this painting a while back.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Sketching and planning

This is a sketch of another painting I am planning. I see this particular field everyday I drive into work...always enjoyed it.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

New paintings! and more to come!

So here are a few paintings I have finished or am finishing. Some of these will be in the IMC gallery coming in October.

"Through the Trees"
36" x 24"

"He is Wise" (in progress)

Joshua's Painting (in progress)

"Beach Day" miniature
7" x 5"

"Cut and rolled" miniature
7" x 5"

"Misty Day and Yellow Flowers" (in progress)
5" x 7"

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Playing with Watercolor

I haven't posted anything new in a while, but I am working on a few things in my studio.
Until then here is a watercolor pencil test I did today. Thanks Vince! I want some!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Preparing for my first Gallery!

Some good news this week, I will be showing my work at the "First Friday" gallery (at the IMC, Indianapolis metro Church) in October. This gallery is right on Mass Ave, downtown Indianapolis!
SO .. to say the least I am very very excited :) At this time I am preparing for the gallery. I plan on completing at least Five paintings by October. I have recently finished a few small paintings which I will post very soon. As I move along I will continue to give updates here. Can't wait!
Thanks Dan!

Also on the horizon is the Sugar Creek Art Gallery. I will be a featured artist there for June of 2009! Opportunities arise :)

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Flood

While working today I did a rough pencil and pen sketch of "The Flood".
Rough drawing but if you look close you can see the different animals walking to
the Ark.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Covered Bridge (in progress) Update #04

Update #4 Soo here we are....almost finished and I can't figure out what the signs say on the blurry picture I've been using. Looks like I'm going to take a little ride to see it soon :)

Monday, July 14, 2008

A few sketches

I will be posting my finished covered bridge soon, but today I sketched this little idea.
Simple farm with sheep. Fun :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Covered Bridge (in progress)

I started this today, and plan to keep this blog updated while in progress.

Update_#1 Sketch

Update_#02 Starting with the pen.

Update_#03 More Pen

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

That lonely slender tree

The other evening my wife, my mother-n-law and I took a nice drive into the country.
It was a perfect evening, nice and cool, and the lightning bugs were out in full force by the end of the night. Anyways, we stopped a few times to take pictures of the fields and horizon and I loved the look of this lonely slender tree over a wheat field. so decided to sketch it quickly by memory today.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Tree in progress....and knowing when to stop.

Upon Vince's request (friend here at work) I decided to scan and post this sketch before I
"finish". Why??? because Vince and I had a conversation the other day about knowing when to stop with a painting, drawing, etc. He thought it was a good time to stop, and he liked how the pen fully rendered looked in contrast to the sketchy pencil. I can't exactly call this finished though...I "need" to finish it with pen...fully rendered. Sooo this is for Vince...raise your glasses! to Vince!

I will continue to post this image as I move along :)

Update #01

Update #02

Update #3

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

"Weed'n" (pen and pencil sketch)

Been doing a lot of gardening and landscaping around our house lately with my wife.
Just another sketch with Pen and pencil.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

"My Last Stand" (pen and pencil sketch)

I truly love pen. This drawing was done with my new brush pen, normal Micron pens, and pencil.
A lot of fun I tell you :) I may see what I can do with this in photoshop as well...we'll see.

Detail Tree

Detail Branch

Detail Ground

Friday, June 20, 2008

Stone Bridge In Progress

I jumped back on this painting for a few and here is the update. Still a lot to do.

Monday, June 16, 2008


June 14th 2008 my Grandpa Joseph Cross passed away.
He was an amazing grandfather...we were very close.
I will always miss our days out fishing together.
I already miss him soo much.

We Love you and miss you Grandpa :)

This oil pastel drawing was inspired by grandpa.

Nanner, Before and After

A sketch I did during our studio meeting this morning. Later I touched it up in photoshop.

Pencil and pen.

Painted in Photoshop

Thursday, June 12, 2008

More sketches, and from another meeting

A couple trees I saw out my office window, then added everything else.

Fence detail

Sketches from a meeting

Some more doodles from a meeting recently.
I don't normally sketch people....but I should more often.
Good practice :)

Monday, June 9, 2008

Stone Bridge In Progress

This painting is straight from a photo I took while camping and fishing on Sugar Creek a few weeks back. I thought it would be nice to begin an "In Progress" post again. At this point I have blocked out my composition, basic colors, and some dark and lights.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Their Guiding Light

I needed to paint something new last night and used a picture from a recent weekend of camping. The light that was coming through the trees that early morning was amazing...I needed to paint it. I used lose brush strokes...yet with a touch of pointillism, and I had a blast. I am excited where this style is taking me :)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Through the woods

So it's been a while since I have posted anything, and I am excited to get the ball rolling again.
Two days ago I went back to my painting of the trees and touch it up a bit. Adding highlights, and little details to the trees I think its at a great place now and am about to call it finished. All I need to do now is add buds to the two little trees in the foreground. I am pleased with this piece, as it is the first large scale painting I have attempted.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

19:13 Him and us.

Here is another addition to my series.
It is a bit darker but there is a message that overcomes the darkness.
This piece reflects my faith and the world it overcomes.
The Willow in focus is Christ, and the trees behind him are his disciples,
and saints. Revelation 19:13 is my inspiration for this piece. As I was creating
this I was also thinking of those around the world who have suffered 0r died for
professing his name...their persecution for being a Christ follower.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Next of the Seriers...."The Wise One"

Just sketched the next piece for the series I have been posting.
This one is called "The Wise One".