IPad Painting: Teaser

Here is a sneak peak of a great project I am excited to share when it is finished!

My sister N has a children’s book she is writing for a class project entitled “If You Give A Panda Pizza.” I was so inspired by what she was writing (and it sounded so darn cute!) that I begged to illustrate the story. (And before you are feeling she cheated off of “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie,” that was the point of the project, and she is writing her own original spin on it.)

So I’ve started illustrating, and the method I’m using is a blended traditional and digital media approach. See below for a sneak peak, because a more detailed entry is coming soon!


Museum trip: Cassatt and the Feminine Ideal

20130129-111928.jpgJoin Painter Smurf and I as we journey to the Cleveland Museum of Art for the “Mary Cassatt and the Feminine Ideal” show!

My friend C and I made a quick trip to Cleveland to catch this exhibit right as it was exiting the museum. It was primarily pulled from the museum’s permanent collections, so the bonus? It was free! You have to love being able to drink in some fabulous art without having to spend any money!


We also took in a great exhibit that analyzed Picasso’s La Vie, including sketches leading up to and inspiring the main work. One of the things I love about CMA is that they usually will have iPad displays available that show you the work of art as it looks when it is exposed to ultraviolet light and x-rays. It’s so near to be able to see the pieces of art as the art restoration experts do!


Here are a few more shots from the regular exhibits at the museum:





And last but not least, we were completely surprised and awed by a travelling exhibit of William H. Johnson’s work. I had never heard of him before, but lovewhat I saw! So did Painter Smurf!

And I just couldn’t resist taking one last photo of Painter Smurf right by the gigantic banner for the WHJ exhibit. 🙂 objects at the museum are sometimes smaller than they appear! Can you even see Painter in the photo?


What about you? Been to any great exhibits lately? Please comment and share!

Live Painting demonstration: Worship Art

Back in March of 2012, my pastor came to me with this “crazy” idea. He wanted to do something “monumental,” something that no one in our church had seen before, tags a kick off to the year-long sermon series we were starting using the book “The Story,” which basically takes the Bible and arranges it chronologically rather than in the traditional arrangements of the books.

L (my pastor) and I decided to attempt some live worship art, where I would be painting during his sermon on the Creation, and in the middle of the sermon, he would come “ruin” the painting by throwing black paint all over it (to represent sin). Then I would work during the rest of the sermon to “fix” the painting, as God works to fix us and our sin. We added an extra bonus at the end. All the “fixing” I was doing on the canvas was really turning the mountain and sunset scene that I was painting into a portrait of Jesus.

God was with us that day, because we never practiced the painting before we gave that that sermon, and boy, did it turn out awesome!!! Enjoy the pictures 🙂

Here we go! Starting the sunset, thinking “Be like Bob Ross!”



L, of course, managed to paint over my favorite part of the painting! I was really happy with how the sunburst effect was looking… And then…. Poof! Gone.

Thinking, “It’s okay! I can fix this!”



See? Fixed! 🙂