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I'm a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, atelier-trained painter, and art instructor. I primarily focus on figurative and still life paintings but dabble in plein air from time to time.

When I'm not painting, I backpack, hike, and practice duo aerial silks with my partner.


Here's a little peek behind the curtain of my art making process. I'm starting a new triptych (28 sq ft of paintings!) and step one is gluing backer boards to my panels. I'd have never guessed, starting out, that power tools would be a part of my process...or that I'd need so many clamps!

Teaching my "Drawing from Life" class is coming along, this is the cast drawing I complete over the course of the class as an example of the various rendering techniques and measuring from life.

Finally got around attending croquis lesson at local art museum. I felt very rusty but it was very nice.

Hey so sales are kinda bad this month, at this rate I won't be able to pay my bills (like rent, or food for the creature I accidentally summoned)
If you like my art and want to help you can either:
- check out my shop
- toss me a coin
- just boost this
Thanks a lot!

Do you make music? Commission your next album cover with me! Do you know a musician whose music would go well with my art? Let them know! #art #illustration #mastoart

Finished with this for the moment, I might work in more details using opaque paint because I'm not totally happy with some of the bronze bits.

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Process for sketching some antique opera glasses in pencil and watercolor:
1. Geometry with construction lines
2. Refined sketch
3. Blocking out colors and establishing tone

Next up: More layers of tone and getting into the details.

How to find your own style in traditional art
- think about what you like in other artists' styles and how you could incorporate it in your work
- start painting and immediately panic because the paint doesn't react like you expected
- oh no you've made a stain
- wait this color is wrong
- go scream in a forest and come back after finally reaching inner peace
- it looks nothing like you imagined it but it's done at least
- you found your art style, congrats!

A small but important reason why seeing the masters in person is important. This is the hand of Pope Paul III as painted by Titian. See how wonky the perspective is on the index finger? The old masters where as human as you and me and sometimes struggled with the same things.

Keep painting.

"May the universe rain down blessings on your dumb arse."
Done. No more drawing fur, please.

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