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. 🙂
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. ... See MoreSee Less
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. ... See MoreSee Less
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. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
It's these pieces that speak to me, I think it's part reality vs fantasy.... But in this it's the center clarity and then a little hazy around the edges 🙂 that's my whole persona to a T 🙂 Lori Goad I love the pieces hanging in my living room 🙂
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. ... See MoreSee Less
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. 🙂
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? 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
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. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
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. ... See MoreSee Less
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. ... See MoreSee Less
I was speaking with one of my best friends recently about his two daughters and how they're coming into their own and making decisions for their future. It reminded us of how difficult a time that truly is, you're still at the age where everyone sees you as a child and yet you're supposed to make these life changing adult decisions and figure out what you want to be in this world. Heck, I know people my age that still don't know what they want to do... I remember these two beauties when they were still riding tricycles so it's neat to see them maturing and doing wonderful things that make a difference in people's lives. I wanted to do something nice not only for my friend Rich but for Kim and their two daughters as well, something they all would appreciate. I painted both Taylor and Tasha in grey scale first and then later added their own favorite colors to make each piece unique. I asked Rich to think of something they both like that would add to the painting and he mentioned how they would always point out butterflies when they were in the mountains. When he mentioned butterflies that's all I needed to come up with some ideas. You may meet a lot of people in your lifetime but very few enter in that circle of complete trust, my friend Rich is one of them so it's an honor to paint his children for him and his family. ... See MoreSee Less
Artwork I did recently for an upcoming ArtRage tutorial. If you'd like to check out my process using their awesome program please keep an eye on their official page at artrage.com to learn more. #artrage ... See MoreSee Less
I have five Atom Bomb Cola prints left over from an art festival I attended a while back. I'm selling these as a set and at a discount price, so it's a good chance to get five art prints for less than half of what you'd normally pay.
These are the perfect size to have framed and take up a fair amount of space in a grid pattern or lined up in a row. This is a limited time offer and it's first come, first served. Ordering details are on my site here:
A while back I did a watercolor painting of a male cardinal, my sister-in-law Lacy wanted to buy one from me but I told her that as many paintings as she's purchased from me I'd just make her one for free. I dare say she has more of my paintings(that she insisted on paying for) in her home than anyone I know. Having friends & family that believe in your work and want to decorate their homes with it is a thing of beauty. If you have a friend or family member that's an artist and their work inspires you, I encourage you to invest in them by buying their work. You'd be surprised what that will do for them, trust me on this one. I wanted to do a more refined piece of work for her than the loose splattered style I normally do. After Lacy receives hers I plan on having a very limited run to make it all the more unique. ... See MoreSee Less
I completed this one over a month ago but I wasn't too eager to show it out of respect for her loved ones. Sandy passed away this year and this painting was presented to her husband by some close friends who happened to be my sister-in-law and her husband. It's always touching to do a piece like this because I hear how much they are loved and how they affected those around them. I painted this from a popular photo of her, I believe it captured her in her element and shows how much happiness and life she really had. Nothing could really ease the pain of a lost loved one but I hope it offered a little comfort in their time of grief. ... See MoreSee Less
Beautiful Steve , once again you have helped a family see the beauty of their loved one. I know the comfort that comes from the work you do and the compassion you add to it with your special touch . She shines with beauty . Amazing.
I'm currently trying to add more exclusive artwork to my site that can only be purchased directly from me. While I appreciate the art distributors I have, when they sell my work there's a disconnect between me and the customer. I want this store to have my artwork not being sold anywhere else to make it personal and unique. I kind of feel like I'm starting all over again, ha. 🙂 Any requests on a particular art subject feel free to make them and I'll do my best to add something to my gallery.
I added this female cardinal from a customer who wanted one to go along with the male I currently have in the store. Thank you for taking an interest I really appreciate it. Have a nice weekend everyone.
Our recent move has kept me from updating as much but I'm finally getting settled in and I just purchased some new supplies. I'm in an area where western themed and motorcycle art is very popular so you just might see some new pieces from me based on that. It's just a thought really, to me artists should stick with their passion and not what they think is popular. I recently received some emails from people that wanted to share their appreciation, I honestly love it when people do this because it's neat to see their framing and placement choices. There's also something really special when people choose my art to decorate their homes with, it's humbling and makes me very appreciative. Thank you for sharing! ... See MoreSee Less
Life is short....paint from your Heart . As you may remember...I too am an Artist...but after going through difficult times...my inspiration level has been on the backburner more than I'd like. I'm hoping to get back on the straight and narrow.
I keep my cardinal print in the bedroom so I can look at it every night, because it has always been said when you see a cardinal it means your loved one is near , That's the thing I want to think about while falling asleep that Layne is close so I thank you for that my friend.
I feel like it's okay to satisfy "markets" because it makes your work and your talent more available, if you want people to have an opportunity to purchase. It opens the door to conversation about what else you can do or like to do. An artist will always have some signature work that people will recognize for a long time. I hope you have great success in that area and keep us posted !
I'm launching a new series called "Big Sky" but I haven't decided to make these exclusive or part of the open print galleries. I'd really like to build up my own store on my website but I'm curious what kind of art you'd like to see that would be unique and only available through me. Your thoughts? 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
I have a couple of art distributors from Illinois to New Zealand pushing my work world wide. I have a profile on iCanvas for starters and they just so happen to be running a sale right now. Now's a good time to get that $300 canvas print at half off. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Something I like doing is take everything I'm familiar with when painting and go the opposite direction. Some of my popular selling items were made this way. Try it sometime, use colors you normally wouldn't, try brushes that are unpredictable but always keep that enjoyment level consistent. 🙂
I was hired to do some simple sketches for a video promo. The style requested was that of something you'd see done on a whiteboard. They took the work I did and animated a hand to where it looked like it was drawing it in real time. The video has been out for a while now so I figure it's safe to show you a few samples I had done. ... See MoreSee Less
Holyrage Chronicles has gone live in the form of paperback and kindle. I did the cover art of this Novel for author Jonathan Socha, he was kind enough to include my info and website URL in the credits. If you enjoy reading fantasy novels with the forces of light and dark going head to head then definitely check this one out! Join the defenders of Fenrir and Zarron Ra Holyrage, the last of his kind, defeat creatures of the dark and defy the odds. ... See MoreSee Less
Zarron, an Elite in the Church of the Nameless and last of the Holyrage line. Finds himself drawn to the great northern expanse of Vin Ara Talv. However, in these normally dormant but changing lands, ...
As many of you know I create a lot of paintings in a program called ArtRage. I was recently commissioned by the good people of Ambient Design (creators of ArtRage) to create a painting in their up and coming new release ArtRage 5. This is one of my favorite programs to paint with so to be asked to paint something for them is an honor.
The overall concept of this piece is the ArtRage portal symbolizes a gateway to creativity.
I say wow as my emoje just because i would have wanted to pick all of them. They asked u to paint because of u. So they should be honored to have you on their list. You are an amazingly glorious artist.
It's neat how popular these whimsical paintings are. It's more than just the artwork though, it's the beloved pet in the art that the people love. I've heard and seen so many people get emotional over their paintings, some laugh and some cry. It just goes to show you that they're more than pets, they're family. This one was a Christmas gift so I had to keep quiet. I just got a text that Jimmy received it and loves it.
I had the privilege of beta testing the new ArtRage 5 and I must say they're making some amazing improvements to an already powerful program. They've added quite a few new features like perspective tools, brushes, layer effects, and cosmetic enhancements. One of my favorites is the custom brush where you can easily design your own brushes to behave and texture however you want.
I wanted to make a point and create a painting entirely in ArtRage 5 to show the power of the program. I've said this before but if you have a traditional background and would like to get into digital painting without a big learning curve, definitely let ArtRage be your first pick.