Andy the Illustrator

A few years ago I had the pleasure of working with a designer/illustrator/artist when I worked at Ingram Book Company in La Vergne Tennessee. His name is Andy Perez and he works mostly in collage. We have both moved on since those days at the ‘ol Ingramachine, I to Griffin Technology and he to The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. He’s a great illustrator and all around good egg and I wanted to just give him a little love by posting one of his recent paintings on my ever so popular blog (maybe someday…). You can visit his web site here and I encourage you to follow him via facebook. I LOVE the brush strokes and vivid reds of this piece. Speaking of “reds”, there are some subtle variations going on here that are quite sophisticated and beautiful. Check it out.

A painting by my friend Andy Perez

A painting by my friend Andy Perez

Abstract Painting: How and Why_Night 1

So tonight was my first abstract painting class at Watkins. I’m beginning to think taking a couple of classes like I’m doing is going to be ok. Right or wrong, I don’t think I usually do very well in class situations. I seem to get A LOT more done in my studio by myself. Maybe that’s not surprising; I guess everyone is like that. Last night’s color theory class was good but when we were instructed to “do a painting” I wasn’t happy with the results. SHOCKER! I know. :) Tonight it went better though. What I did was no masterpiece, but I’m happy with where it’s going. Speaking of that, it may have arrived… not sure I’m going to do much more to it at this stage. I may use it as a launching pad for my next painting which is to say I may stay with the vague structural shapes within a landscape.

Our instructor, Richard Heinsohn spoke a bit about Turner (English painter I believe) who I’m not that familiar with but I do like his work. He (Turner) was dabbling with abstraction before it was cool. You can find some of Richard’s work here and to take a look at Turner click here. “The Morning After the Deluge” is one our instructor pointed to where he was flirting with abstraction (whether he meant to be or not). Pretty cool.

And here is my first piece from the first night of class. Hope you like…

First night, first painting...

First night, first painting…

Color Theory at Watkins College of Art


I had my first color theory class last night at the local Watkins College of Art here in Nashville, TN, my fair city (as “Click and Clack” might say). A class of about 12 I believe although 3 or 4 did not make it. The class began on a good note and I hope it will continue to be worth my while. My class mates seem laid back and friendly and the instructor is seemingly very knowledgeable. I never do too well in a class room situation somehow, though, but I will give it my best. Tonight is the second class I’m taking this semester with the same instructor: “Abstract painting: How and why”. I have high hopes for this one too. More later…

Bird Painting

So I did this little watercolor bird painting a few months back and ended up selling it to the new creative director at Griffin Technology (where I work my day job). She saw a jpeg of the image and evidently was quite taken with it to my happy surprise. I was pleased with how the image came out and even more pleased someone wanted to buy it. Anyway, hope you find it as interesting to look at as I found it to paint.

Tomato Art Festival 2014

So I entered my annual painting into the Tomato Art Festival this year and it sold! Yippee! It’s always nice to sell something, sort of validates all your “fretting” and work. I hope whomever bought it gives it a good home and I hope the painting brings the new owners some little bit of happiness as it occupies one of their walls. I named the painting in honor of my good friend Ronnie Sweeney who taught me pretty much everything I know about painting watercolor. If you’re not familiar, be sure to check out the Art and Invention gallery in East Nashville. You can see the art from this year’s Festival here. Anyway, here’s my painting. Enjoy!