Hey, my friends, and welcome to my artwork page. Here you’ll find everything from Halloween paintings on real pumpkins (no, seriously) to abstract paintings to sketches. I have sold some artwork before, and my mother, who is a professional artist, gave me lessons growing up…but I consider myself an amateur, and I only paint nowadays as a therapeutic outlet, purely for enjoyment. I also sketch now and then, typically jotting them down in my journal, and have done colored pencils in the past. (If you want to check out my pinterest page, click here.)
Here’s an abstract acrylic inspired by my mindset whenever I’m struggling with insomnia. (The depression insomnia, that is, not the wired, explosive, heady, 72 hour manic insomnia I experience about twice a year.) I used my fingers, a wide-edged brush, and baby wipes to create the textures.
This is a sketch I jotted down in my songwriting notebook on the fifteen hour drive to a gig at a festival in Nebraska. I was staring out the window, zoning out as per usual, while our drummer drove and our bass player talked about Star Wars (the entire universe, mind you—novels and all), and this surreal image came to me. I was thinking about how I wanted our music to be a spark lit by God to create a revival, like the tongues of fire over the heads of the followers of Jesus in Acts 2.
This is a painting I did on my own from a Painting with a Twist online selection. It’s acrylic, and was a lot of fun to do. It’s also the painting that inspired me to get back into doing artwork more consistently.
I painted this one night when the depression was really bad. Time didn’t exist, and the abstract freedom in it helped me find at least some momentary release, like a pressure valve on the lid of a pot of boiling water. So grateful God gave me creativity as a bastion in the dark times…
One day, while hanging out at the beach with my twin sister, Maggie (we‘d driven the three hours to Port Aransas on a twin trip and were staying at a condo—it was wonderful), she had the idea to paint something. She’s a much better artist than me! You should see her pen and ink pieces and the Orion nebula she sharpied onto my electric guitar pic guard! Epic. Anyway, I was originally going to do a painting of the ocean, but I decided to do an abstract piece instead. We only painted for about half an hour, and then took a break. I originally planned on finishing it later, but as a fan of Impressionism, I liked that it captured that single moment with Maggs at the beach, so I left it.
And finally, here’s those Halloween pumpkin paintings I mentioned…
This one is a Halloween version of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night.
As I live in San Antonio, a place rich in Hispanic culture and traditions (side note: Mexican food is the best!!!), this one was inspired by Dia De Los Muertos, or, The Day of the Dead, which is celebrated on Halloween. This painting design is called a Sugar Skull.
I love cats, so of course I had to do a black cat one. 😉
That’s it for now. Blessings, friend! And may the Lord protect you, both financially and health-wise, during this unprecedented time. Stay well.