Blue Jay bird in Multi-medium Drawing

Blue jay

A little doddle I did using crayola markers, sharpies, and watercolor pencils. I drew it in sharpie first for all the black areas. Next I used watercolor pencil on the blue of the feathers, after that I used the cheep crayolya markers for the autumn leaves. Last I gave it a wash with water to let the cheep markers bleed, and water color pencils to blend.

Multi-medium drawing of a Bluejay

I was hoping for a more abstract effect but became too infatuated with the source material so I ended up being more representational than intended. The background with the markers bleed was more of what I was going for.

I'm thinking it is a project I may do over in another medium.

What Important Life Lesson Can You Learn While Painting a Picture?

I have learned many life lessons while painting pictures. Some are more profound than others. The top of the list for me is inspiration.

If you are going to paint a picture or accomplish anything you need an inspiration, something that is greater than yourself that motivates you.

Inspiration is not purpose or an idea. You may have a purpose in creating a painting, like enjoying the task, or giving it away, selling it, or seeing the finished picture; but inspiration is bigger than purpose.

You may have an idea to paint a particular landscape or to try a new style, but an idea is not inspiration.

Inspiration is a primary value that guides you. For example, your inspiration may be that people need something like hope or love and your art becomes guided by that value so you may paint pictures that generate hope or encourage people to find love. This value is true of you and you will be expressing it no matter what you do, even washing the dishes or walking the dog.

If your inspiration is self-seeking, like making money or getting fame, you will discover there is a void in the results. If your inspiration is bigger than you like serving others or sharing God's love you will find satisfaction regardless of material success.

Inspiration is extremely personal. My inspiration is God and His creation. I paint pictures of beautiful landscapes to express that I find God's creation beautiful. I do portraits because I believe we are made in the image of God and when I see a person I know I am encountering someone He loved and gave His son for. I use my art for God, it doesn't matter if it is understood, appreciated or doesn't sell, because God is bigger than those things.

I sometimes go a long time without selling a painting but I still paint because my inspiration is bigger than my painting. My inspiration is God and if the market for art changes my inspiration is above it. If the culture changes and my art is not acceptable it does not matter because my inspiration is bigger than those things so rejection is small compared to it.

I hope you find your own inspiration. If you want to read more about my relationship to God and how he can inspire your life follow this link to my other blog. 

Painting a Mural In Columbia Md. Jesus with the message of Let the Children Come to Me

Here are two images of the mural I painted at South Columbia Baptist Church on Guilford Rd in Columbia Md.

I sketched the mural on Feburary 17 2014 and began painting the next day. The mural took eight months to complete and was finished on October 24 2014. Working on weekends and evenings did not give a lot of opportunity to make a quick job of it.

Some work was done by volunteers who were also contributing on their free time. These were teenagers who were members of the National Arts Honor Society. They have won awards and have had work shown in government buildings in the area.  It was an opportunity to mentor the young artist and it was a blessing for me to do it. I would gladly do another mural with them.

Let the Children Come to Me Mural painted in the nursery at South Columbia Baptist Church. 

Let the Children Come to Me, Extended view of the mural. 

The mural was painted in the lobby to the nursery area and wraps around a corridor. It is over 200 square feet. The wall surface was cinder-block.  The image is the classic of Jesus welcoming children to him. There is a quote from the Bible. "Let the children come to me." It is paraphrased.

The paint was Glidden semigloss for the majority of the work but the animals were painted with Liquitex and Golden acrylic which gives more detail.

I drew the composition myself with Jesus holding an infant, since the nursery faces this wall those caring for the infants might be encouraged. The lower section is filled with animals which engage the toddlers and preschool aged children who are there.

Contact me for a quote on a mural in your place of worship business or home.

Shore Cliff Fantasy Drawing, Sketched With Sharpie Pen.

I did this drawing while waiting for the car to be repaired. I didn't have any resource materials like a picture in a magazine or any old photographs so I started with a vague idea and then went from there. It began with the idea of a stair leading down to the beach. I drew it first in pencil and made a few corrections then started with the sharpie. There are some places where I was experimenting with the sharpie by holding it at a low angle so less of the felt contacted the paper which gave a thinner line, which I used in the distant sea and the clouds.

Drawing of Shore Cliff sketched with a Sharpie.

I am mostly happy with it but in retrospect I wonder if using dots on the beach was as effective as it could have been if I had just left it white or used some kind of hashing approach.  

Quick Sketch While At The Restaurant.

I try to always have a small sketchbook with me so I can doodle or sketch when the opportunity arises. It is easy to carry a small one in pocket with a pencil or pen. This sketch book is about 3 inches by 5 inches. I used a sharpie.

It is a sketch of a garden planter in the corner of a plaza where we were having lunch. I started with a light pencil and then went over it with a sharpie. The foreground was boring poured concrete but I thought it would be more interesting with flagstones.

Quick Sketch During Lunch Marker in Sketchbook

Watercolor Sketch of An Old Barn

Not far away from my home is an old farm that has been turned into a park called Brayburn park. Behind the farmhouse is another structure a kind of log cabin that appears to date back to colonial times, it as proubly built as a storehouse or barn. It has a stone base and rough timber sides. I did a watercolor sketch of it one afternoon.

Watercolor Log Cabin Shed