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I’ve got six pieces of artwork available to purchase as prints on Society 6.

These are pieces I had in a show here in Los Angeles back in the winter of 2011. They are some of the first figure work that I felt were complete enough to let out into the world in a form other than blog photos.

Available in multiple sizes in three formats:

  • Unframed: Gallery quality GiclĂ©e print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 1″ border for framing.
  • Framed: The Scoop frame is made from solid wood with a contemporary, scooped profile measuring 1.06″ wide x 1.06″ deep. A gesso coating gives the moulding rich color and a smooth finish. Premium shatterproof acrylic protects the art print, while an acid free dust cover on the back provides a custom finish. Includes wall hanging hardware.
  • Stretched Canvas: Fine art print on bright white, fine poly-cotton blend, matte canvas using latest generation Epson archival inks. Individually trimmed and hand stretched museum wrap over 1-1/2″ deep wood stretcher bars. Includes wall hanging hardware.

Click through and check them out!

Selling this stuff is a new frontier for me. It’s been a hobby and meditative practice for so long I’ve kind of gotten out of the habit of aiming this work at the outside world. There’ll be some more activity like this very soon, and I hope you’ll follow along.


Calling it a meditative practice just set off spasms in my own skeptiglands. I know that sounds a bit woo woo. I was about to edit that back but instead I’ll leave it. That’s essentially what it has been. Three to eight hours per piece I’d have a model posing, and drawing from life really shuts down all the chattering meat in your head. It allows this wave of shape-seeing and translating that into physical motion in your body, the evidence of which is, in these cases, dust deposited on paper. Your whole mind is engaged in that. I leave these sessions feeling quiet and open.

Then for something like ten hours more per piece I’m working on it alone with no reference but memory, feeling out what the colors and values want to become. The desire there isn’t part of the paper or the chalk, that’s also the mind doing translation. It’s surfing perceptual static set in motion by what has already been recorded, catching surges of something, intent maybe, or memory. Things that happen to the left of consciousness.

Just stay in that zone until it feels unwise to keep manhandling it.

I’ve never been able to do meditation any other way, but this feels like what it’s supposed to feel like, I think.

So, woo-effing-woo. Buy a print! I meditated them up for you.


Tonight’s work. Let me walk through my process.

When working with a model, I’ll generally schedule a 4 hour session. Starting with very quick poses, like a minute or two minutes, I draw over and over quick scribbles to get a sense of shapes and weight and movement. I call these things scribblesheets – they don’t look like much to anyone but me, but I find bits in them.


Then I’ll move on to five or ten minute poses and use botches of watercolor with ink to do slightly more realized sketches. These also are not usually for public consumption, but they help me start to get a sense of features, the unique quirks of presence in bodies. These I call splattersketches.


Finally, I’ll turn to full pastel drawings. These are generally done in a sequence of 20 minute poses, often doing 20 minutes, and taking a break, then going back to the same pose. Sometimes I’ll alternate and do two or three different poses, and thread them so the model doesn’t cramp up keeping the exact same position over and over. It can take multiple days of sittings to get these to come together. Here is the very rough beginning of one of these. This is about a half hour’s attack.


The first picture in the post is another one from tonight, a little further along, probably a bit more than an hour or so of work.

So that’s the way it works. By late summer I should have another set of 6 or so finished pieces.