December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas from Land Sketch!

I had to dig around a bit to find a sketch with some snow in it.
You do get some interesting patterns in the way the snow sits on those hillsides; this is in Provo Canyon, Utah.

November 12, 2012

Sky Meet Sea

I was invited by Krister Axel, an independent musician to do a CD cover in the vein of the loose sketchbook studies here on Land Sketch. The title and theme is "Sky Meet Sea".

October 15, 2012

Angeles Forest Pool

Pool in Sweitzer Canyon, Angeles Crest Forest, CA, digital.

October 01, 2012

Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron

Painting for the animated film Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron.

This is the preliminary sketch.

August 21, 2012

Field of Flowers. Painted for "Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron" 2001. Acrylic on Crescent board.

August 09, 2012

August 03, 2012

July 30, 2012

Here's a quickie of the Lake Tahoe area on the California/Nevada border.

July 23, 2012


I first came a cross the work of James Reynolds in Southwest Art magazine as a teenager and years later was thrilled to find he had a book out called Trail Dust.
But I was upset too, his color was so much better than mine! so I decided to copy every single painting in the book to figure it out. I didn't have time for elaborate copies so quick thumbnails had to suffice, this was so helpful for me that to this day I do quick color studies of anything and everything to try and improve my chops. These are acrylic on illustration board.

July 05, 2012

Quick sketch in ink, stream in Angeles Crest Forest.

June 29, 2012

Back to Central California for a sketch of Los Gatos Canyon.

June 21, 2012

You get remarkable patterns of light and shadow at sunset in the Central California hills.

June 14, 2012


Quicksketch demo's from my gouache sketching class.

June 08, 2012

View from the home where I grew up in Central Ca.

June 01, 2012

Panorama for Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron

This last one is the color key sketch. The full painting was about 10" x 60", painted in
acrylics (2001).

May 25, 2012

May 10, 2012

April 19, 2012

The model didn't show up so I went out back and did a sketch of the alley.

April 12, 2012

April 06, 2012

March 23, 2012

March 15, 2012

March 09, 2012

                     Local tree.

March 01, 2012

February 22, 2012

The Southern California Apple Valley has no apples that I'm aware of, it's fairly arid but still filled with rich colors.