Gallery Feature: Rainbow Trout

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Growing up, I spent a lot of time down at the man-made dam behind my house — fishing. The creek here has always been filled with beautiful Speckled Trout. While I no longer care much for the act of fishing (or the act of even eating fish, tbh), some of my best memories are of my dad and I sitting down by the creek, fishing for trout.

My last commission was another in the series of wildlife paintings I’m producing for a client’s book. I had fully intended to blog about each one as I went along, but you may have noticed that the last Gallery Feature I did was the Pacific Tree Frog — exactly one year ago this month.

The lack of posting about my work, however, is not indicative of a lack of work, and 2018 will forever hold a special place in my heart as the year I had more commissions than I knew what to do with.

Happily, this year is also already commission-heavy, and the first piece of 2019 was a Rainbow Trout. Continue reading

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Doing What Is Good

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Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.

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Fact vs Fiction: Should We Really Blur the Line When It Comes to Society’s Obsession With Romanticizing Killers?

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The recent Netflix documentary series “Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes” has created quite a bit of noise online. But probably not for the reason you think.

It shouldn’t really be surprising that even 30 years after his death, America’s most notorious serial killer is still captivating people with the same tools he used to literally get away with murder: His disarmingly “boy next door” face, voice, and manner.

It’s also not a secret that serial killers have “fans”. People write them letters in prison. Women declare their undying love and devotion, and their overwhelming desire to have sex with them. It’s really sick how twisted and perverted some people’s minds are.

Now, you’d sort of hope that in today’s internet age, where a single tweet can be heard around the world in 20 seconds, that people could show SOME level of decorum and keep their inappropriate thoughts to themselves.

I know, who am I kidding? The very definition of “internet” should be, “The place where you say whatever BS pops into your shriveled and empty little head, regardless of how absolutely moronic it is.”

So suffice it to say, I guess quite a few people took to Twitter after watching the documentary series to declare how “hot” they thought Ted Bundy was.

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Commission Art: Curbing Creativity or Cultivating It?

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Last week I read an article about commission art. The title was simply “Commissions”, but the topic immediately piqued my interest because, of course, am a commission artist. While I typically don’t care for “How To”, “Improve This”, “What You Should Do”, “Pricing Your Work”, etc. type articles, there are rare occasions when someone actually does have something beneficial to say. So I clicked through.

The very first sentence immediately put me off.

“Many artists dislike doing commissions.”

“Ah, so that’s the direction this is going to go,” I thought. But thankfully, the author wasn’t on a crusade to bash commission art. He listed some positive reasons for accepting commissions, offered a few tips and advice on what to do/what not to do, as well as sharing his own personal criteria for creating this type of art. But there were certain things he said (things that are apparently common thought among many other artists too) which made me want to go on the defensive a little bit.

He explained that the main reason a lot of artists shy away from commissions is because the inspiration for the piece isn’t theirs — it’s the clients. He also posed the question: “Can you maintain your artistic freedom and integrity while doing a commission?”

Happily, his short answer was yes — but with a bunch of caveats. Some points were good, others I didn’t always agree with. Continue reading

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

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And I am loving it.

I can’t believe another year is nearly over, and we’re mere days away from Christmas now. The older I get, the quicker time seems to pass. I remember back when I was still in school, the days and months just dragged on and on. But now? I wake up in June, and by the time I go to bed that night… it’s December.

As everyone knows by now, I love to decorate for Christmas. So here is my yearly house tour for you to hopefully enjoy. And this year… I have two trees (three if you count my teeny Kitchen Tree)! I hope this is what Heaven will be like — decorated and lit Christmas trees everywhere. My new tree was a real bargain too — I picked it up on clearance this spring for $20. The base was broken, but a full-size, pre-lit Christmas tree for only $20…? It needed a good home which I was more than happy to provide.

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