Tuesday, December 29, 2015

2015 Reviewed

Wow, did that year go fast or what? Nonetheless, 2015 was an enjoyable and relatively productive year. There were some terrific workshops with great painters, humor, and inspiration. My book was finished, designed, and sent to the printer. And throughout the year I made time to paint, experiment with new paper, try a few new pigments, and create both imaginary and representational work. Perhaps 2016 will be as fruitful.
Here are most of my paintings that I did since the end of last year, in no particular order. I've never done such a compilation before. I hope you enjoy. I realize they are a bit small, but Blogger won't allow me to make them bigger. If you would like to see one or more larger, let me know and I'll show them singly.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy Holidays

Wishing everyone the best in 2016.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Final Proofs

Over the years, I've had mixed results when reproducing my work. Poor scans, uncalibrated monitors, and problematic printers have often led to completely unsatisfactory results. Sometimes I would luck out. More often than not, I wouldn't.

However, I just received two amazing proofs of some of the images that will be in my book. Needless to say, I'm wowed. These are some of the best prints I've ever scene. If this is the quality in the book, I will be very pleased. The quality of this scan doesn't do them justice.

When I started out as an illustrator many, many years ago, reproduction of color work was quite rudimentary. Usually you sent your work out to a photographer to get a negative. Then a print would be made. If you remember some of those bad Kodachrome photos you got from the local photo place, then you may be able to picture how bad these prints were. Green? forget it. Color reproduction has come a very long way. The images above are testament to that.

The book was sent to the printer this week. It's been a long yet rewarding process. It's an understatement to say that I'm really looking forward to seeing the final product.