Wednesday, December 31, 2014


This is Zachary. He is one of my cousins in Texas. This portrait was done from a photo taken a few years ago. 

18x24 watercolor and pencil. #129

Tuesday, December 30, 2014


This is Doreen. She's an artist friend. I studied oil painting with her a few years ago.
I'm sneaking her in as 2014 is almost over and I promised 5 friends earlier this year that I would give them a piece of art in 2014. At the end of this project I will give them their actual portraits (if they want them) but for now the gift is digital.
5x9 watercolor and pencil. #128

Monday, December 29, 2014


This is LeeAnne. She's a sister of my first real girlfriend. She lives in Austin now and goes by the name of LeeAnne (her real name) but I will always know her as Bobbie.

12x16 pencil and watercolor. #127

Sunday, December 28, 2014


This is Lily.She is cool and quirky and has a dog named Shadow. She's a photographer.

8x10 watercolor, pencil and Artrage. #126

Friday, December 26, 2014


This is Marc. He is an urban sketching friend and he lives in Montreal. A couple of years ago, Alex and I went to an Urban Sketching symposium in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and took a class he was teaching called "Tea, Milk, and Honey". It is a great way to think about making a watercolor painting. First you start with a light wash that has the consistency of tea - lots of water and a little bit of color. Then you paint in your main shapes with more color and less water - about the consistency of milk. Then you add in the final touches and highlights with even less water and more color with a mixture that is thicker - kind of like honey. Assuming you have a good drawing, this technique works really well!

He recently published book chock full of lots of great sketching ideas called "The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location". It has 4.5 stars on Amazon.

12"x16" pencil and watercolor. #125

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


This is Orling's niece. Orling is an urban sketching friend living in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. This sketch is from a photo of her niece. The quote is one of Orling's favorites.
11"x13" pencil and Artrage.

Sunday, December 21, 2014


This is Lisa. Once upon a time we worked together in the same architectural design studio. She always came up with spectacular interior designs. She's also an artist and a very lovely person.
8"x10.5" watercolor and pencil. #124

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Kari Kate

This is Kari Kate. She's my cousin and lives in Texas. 

This portrait really surprised me. I think I need to go to therapy and figure out why I do these things. When I was a kid I would doodle. I had a black pen and a whole bunch of Mr. Sketch scented markers. I loved those markers. I would color with pink just to smell the watermelon. Doing this portrait reminded me of those days when I would get lost in my imagination and just keep building on the thing I had done before.

I think this portrait would look good on a label for a bottle of hard lemonade. I would call it "Sassy Girl".

8"x10.5" Pen, ink, and watercolor. #123

Thursday, December 18, 2014


This is Bonnie. I totally missed getting her likeness but this sketch does capture a bit of her adventurous spirit. 

We met on a group tour to Thailand a few years ago. My favorite memory of her was getting a Thai Massage and facial with her somewhere way off the beaten path in the jungles near Chang Mai. We have this great picture her husband took of us with green goop on our faces grinning from ear to ear.

17"x10" watercolor pencil and ink in my grand portrait sketchbook.


This is Jeff. We grew up together in Houston and we were roommates in college. He and his sister are the friends I have known the longest in my life.

Painting him was a real trip down memory lane for me. We weren't just friends growing up - we were more like brothers. So there are a lot of memories and connections with him.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


This is Tia. She is an urban sketching friend living in Singapore. This is another one sided collaborative portrait - like the one I did of James a month or so ago. The background sketch is all Tia's work. She has a wonderful ability to accurately draw architecture and perspective and then surround it with loose and luscious color.

8"x10.5" pencil, pen and watercolor with Artrage to blend the two images. #120

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


This is Nancy. She's married to one of my best friends. It's cool when your friends marry someone and then you like them even more than you did before they were with that person. That doesn't always happen. Nancy is my friend's perfect complement.

16"x10.5" pencil, ink and watercolor in my grand portrait sketchbook.

Friday, December 12, 2014


This is Caleb. In my architectural work I often specify Marvin Windows and Caleb is the representative in this area that I work with. He is great at his job and always gets the orders right - down to the last detail. 

He is also an art collector and I hope to have a piece in his collection someday.

8"x8" Pencil on watercolor paper. #118

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


This is Lorenzo. He is an owner of Bio Bio Worldwide Expeditions. I met him a couple of years on a rafting trip down the Futaleufu river in southern Chile. He's something of a renaissance man - yoga teacher, chef, kayaking and rafting expert, builder and a super nice guy all rolled up into this rugged and handsome package that can speak 3 languages.

8"x10" Oil on paper. #117

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


This is Carmen. She is a structural engineer and has helped me out on a few architectural projects. She is, by far, the most beautiful structural engineer I have worked with.

8"x10.5" pencil and watercolor in my Grand Portrait Sketchbook.

Monday, December 8, 2014


This is Paul. He's about six and a half feet tall and lives in an awesome old house in a neighboring town that he and his wife have made into a fantastic home. A few years ago he started making really cool concrete counter tops and waterfalls. He's an artist. 

8"x10.5" pencil and watercolor in my Grand Portrait Sketchbook. #115

Friday, December 5, 2014


This is Shiem. He is an urban sketching friend living in Barcelona, Spain.

8"x10.5" pencil and watercolor. #114

Thursday, December 4, 2014


This is Carlos. One of my very best friends. We've known each other since we were about 12 years old. We were roommates in college and we continue to get together a couple of times of year even though he lives down in North Carolina. Guitars and road bikes have been a common thread in our relationship over the years.

Ever since I experimented with gunpowder a couple of months ago - when I scorched Eileen's eyebrows - I've been wanting to do a pure gunpowder portrait. I had high hopes for this one and spent quite a bit of time on it but the result is somewhat disappointing to me. It's also a fairly risky activity drawing with fire so this one may be my last for awhile.

14"x20" Gunpowder and graphite on 3/4" Birch Plywood. #113

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


This is Colin. He's a rock star painter. I took a weekend plein air class with him a couple of years ago. As luck would have it, it rained the entire weekend but Colin handled it like a pro and managed to make it fun and interesting. I remember he made us breathe between each brushstroke and count each brushstroke demanding low numbers. Quite the taskmaster.

16"x10.5" watercolor and pencil in my Grand Portrait Sketchbook. #112

Tuesday, December 2, 2014


This is Jenn. She's a wine expert so this portrait seemed to fit. She also loves dogs, horses, boating and living life to its fullest. Cheers!

9"x16" watercolor, pencil and Artrage.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ronda and Grazalema

The last part of our trip to Spain was a bike trip through the mountains of Andalucia near Ronda and Grazalema. Here are a few sketches from that part of the trip.