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Here's another symbolic piece I'm working on. Sometimes the things we believe will give us freedom are the very things that keep us rooted and away from it.

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'Woman of Faith'
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I had almost given up on a lot of my older whimsical artwork because I wasn't sure where they would fit in. Just days after I was debating on taking a lot of these down and placing them in the vault, one of my distributors wanted to give them a chance at sales here in the US and over seas. That's the neat thing about art, you can pretty much paint anything and someone is going to like it. Be on the look out: you just might run into one of these somewhere out there. 🙂

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I've been working on a female version of spiritual armor because there are many women of faith out there. This design is subject to change but I like the direction. 🙂

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Eagle Study
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Hit that <3 if you want to see this made into a print. :)

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I'm thinking about taking my study sketches and making them into art prints. What do you think?
Hmm...new series emerging maybe? The 'Study Sheet' series. 🙂

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'Exploring South Dakota'
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'Victory'

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Something I started sketching today, I really like it when the idea just flows naturally. I think when artists struggle with what to paint it's important to step back and focus on what is a part of you. This isn't just fantasy art, it's symbolism at it's core. If we focus on what is important to us and use it as fuel to create then our chances of painting something we're pleased with are pretty high.

Technical note:
Those of you working with any digital paint program try not to get too overwhelmed with type of brush you use when sketching. Just to give you an idea 95% of this rough sketch was done with one brush. If you're using ArtRage I left my brush detail open if you'd like to try it. Simply adjust the opacity if you want to add more paint. I like this setting because it's great to sketch and build with it. The more you build you'll notice it starts to create textures on it's own. Once you're at a pretty solid stage in your painting, then you can start using different brushes and effects to bring it home.

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'Fought The Good Fight'

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Some walks in this life have to be done alone.

Big Sky Series - 'Key of David'
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The fact that his reflection isn't identical is deliberate. We're born into this world upside down, it is only when you receive the truth and get flipped right side up is when your true identity is revealed.

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Sometimes you just need a simple reference and your imagination to create a piece. For this one I used a body-Kun doll for artists to help with the pose, the rest is from the book of Revelation.

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I took a break from social media and art for a couple of months, I tend to do this when I just need to clear my head. I wanted to add something new to the 'Big Sky' series and came up with this.
Murphy's is a bit of a nod to a dalmatian we used to have. 🙂

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Made some new fans recently, I never get tired of hearing the response from the recipients! I've heard and seen many people that get emotional once they've received a painting I did specifically for them. While they do appreciate the artwork it's more than that, it's the meaning behind it. Symbolism is important to many, from the poorest to the richest. It's why art is an important part of our lives. Sure, the colors and technique play a part somewhat but the meaning behind it is what makes any piece of art priceless.

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A little sneak peek of something I'm working on, still rough on the edges while I work out the details. There might be a spoiler in that top right corner thumbnail. 🙂 This one is based on the book of Revelations when the bottomless pit is unlocked.

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Painting something whimsical is a refreshing change of pace.
I used watercolor brushes in ArtRage to create this pet portrait of Bella. It's fun to color outside of the lines sometimes. 🙂

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"The Adversary"
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I like to paint from the imagination because I can create places that no one has ever been or seen. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Something in the works, I'm also trying a different color palette with this one. I'm thinking the title "The Adversary" would be fitting. It's still pretty early so I'm sure stuff will change. 🙂

You're probably getting tired of seeing this guy but this isn't just fantasy art, it's a part of my life. It means something and that my friends is worth spending time on.

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'Stand on the Rock'

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'Shield of Faith'

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There are times in this life when we try and describe beauty, other times we can capture it on film or with a photo. Then there are the ones who can reproduce it with their very own hands. I never take this for granted, nor will I ever pass on the opportunity to paint what I find beautiful.

What is beauty though? I believe if you come to the realization that whatever you're looking at that nothing needs to be added, altered, or removed then you have captured the true essence of beauty.

I wanted to start doing more paintings that involve a better sense of light and shadows. I picked my best friend, my lovely wife, to paint as a practice run.

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Scratching that Super Hero itch with a Green Lantern piece.

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Just a little snapshot of my progress, it's always fun to start adding the little details. It forces me to think about a lot of things like what would the elements and decay do to something this scale. I'm fairly certain it would attract a ton of buzzards too. 🙂

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I'm starting to add the finishing touches on this. Probably a few more layers and tweaks but it's getting close. I try and add new work to each series I have, care to take a guess on which one this belongs in? 🙂

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Not every piece of artwork you show has to be a masterpiece, I think it's good for people to see you grow as an artist. I personally get embarrassed when I see older work but it's also a reminder of how far I've come.
I'm learning to spend most of my time on composition, color and the general concept before worrying about those details. I was thinking about how cool it would be to have a scene where someone from the old west comes across the remains of an ancient giant.
I like where this rough sketch is going so I will most likely add some nice detailing. Stay tuned if you'd like to see this one finished. Thank you for taking an interest in my work.

By the way, if you're counting the fingers on that giant he is supposed to have six digits. 🙂

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That age-old question from the movie 'Stand by Me', do you think Mighty Mouse can beat up Superman? I did a sketch of this a long time ago but never really finished it until recently. I just kept working on little bits here and there while working on other projects.
The nice thing about painting is if you're not liking the direction of a particular piece you can always set it aside and pick it up later. I find in doing this you will end up with a better piece than what you started with, because from the time you put it down you would've already worked on quite a few paintings and have matured as an artist.

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Completed version of "Not By Sight".

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Portrait painted as a vintage magazine cover; this was a commission for a Birthday present.

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Some concepts flow naturally and rather quick, a solid idea of what I'd like to paint always helps. 🙂 This artwork is personal as well, from my own experience in life sometimes the path I'm on may come to a dead end with no sign of what direction to take next. When going back isn't an option it's usually then when I keep the faith and one is revealed.

I don't feel like this one is complete yet so I plan on taking this a bit further with the detailing.

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