The older I have become and as my artwork matures the more my heart yearns to create. This yearning becomes a passion and my true emotions flow out of me as I paint. When you create, I believe you have to open yourself up and reach deep within to really get a feel for what you're all about and what you hope to say or express in your painting. Then everything you paint becomes real to you and for the viewer anything is possible. I paint for just that reason. It is a wonderful feeling to share my imagination and emotions with people through my paintings.
As far as my personal life goes, My life with my muse, Nadine continues to be magical and there isn't a day that goes by when I don't think of the life I've been given and the gift I've been given to create. I thank the Lord for that. The road for me has just begun and there is still much to paint. I may need a faery or two to help me hold my brush when I am old and grey but in the meantime I will let the paint flow and the imagination soar. "I have a lifetime to paint, with a subject matter that is endless, with one goal in mind, and that is, to keep the child in all of us. " -J.B.
Today, was a day filled with entertainment and laughter. I didn't get too much done as far as work goes but this photo that describes my day with little Noah is priceless. Also, I'll be at a show in Harrisburg this weekend if anyone is interested, http://www.harrisburgarts.org/artsfest/
There is nothing like tubby time with our little one. I just thought I'd share this adorable photo of our little Green Monster with you. What a blessing it is to watch him grow each day. Have a great day!
Throughout my career I've had the pleasure to do a number of commissions, some of which were illustrating children's books. Most of these book projects have been with small publishers and with authors who self published their books. So, I thought I would share some samples of my illustrations from two of these books. A few of the books that I've illustrated are unpublished but I still enjoyed making the illustrations. I am working on a book right now that is about lullabies, a perfect subject now that we have a little one of our own.
MAGIC MARMALADE and the MOONLIGHT FAIRIESUNTITLED BOOK (a book without words)
I often do commissions throughout the year where I use portraiture and illustration together. I've been doing this kind of thing for some time now and it is always exciting for me to try to capture the subject's personality and emotion and place them in a magical setting. In most cases, it always deals with the imagination, mostly "childlike imagination". In fact, most of the portraiture that I have done has been depicting children.
The above portrait illustration is a recent commission I had done for a wonderful lady who wanted me to capture the essence of her imagination in an illustration. Her name is Kelley and she was a joy to paint.
Today, it is raining and my little son is listening to the raindrops as they musically tap on the rooftop...ah, the sound of rain, there is nothing like it. It always opens the door to my imagination.
I thought that today would be a good day to start making a better effort of writing on my blog on a more daily basis as my life has changed of late. What better way to start then with my little son who has me smiling constantly every time I lay my eyes on him. He is such a beautiful gift to my wife and I thought that I would post a little picture of him. He is now 3 months old and he is doing absolutely wonderful. So here he is, little Noah James.