Monday, September 17, 2012

"Pan's Flute"

oil on canvas
20" x 16"

Monday, September 3, 2012

Impatient Blue

oil on canvas
20" x 16" 

A quick somewhat experimental piece which I completed in one sitting tonight. It was more about the mood than the actual content.

Haruka & Michiru

This was a fun piece of fan art for a sailor moon fan fiction story I am in the midst of writing. Thought it would be a 'cover' for the story. 

Friday, August 24, 2012


oil on canvas
24" x 20" 

You are a fish out of water; the first of your kind to enter a strange place. You are a pioneer in your own mind and a stranger on the shores of this new land.


oil on canvas
20" x 16"

Painted last weekend, this particular piece has been in the works for years. Years ago, I took a photo of one of my relatives sitting near a window. The play of light and shadows on his person was absolutely fascinating to me and I knew one day I would replicate it.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Scales and Feathers

Oil on canvas
24" x 18"

"BullSh@t Fish"
Oil on Canvas
22" x 28"

 "Look Up"
Oil on canvas
30" x  24" 

The three paintings above were completed early in July but regrettably I am only now getting around to updating the blog. Since these are all "creatures"  I decided to do a batch post. Plus I have to admit I am feeling somewhat lazy today and I'd prefer to save time with posting.

Thursday, June 28, 2012


Oil on board
2' x 2'

I am not particularly fond of this piece. My impatience won out over my other feelings and so I ended up with a painting which I think could have been much better. Perhaps one day I may set brush to it again but I don't see that happening anytime soon. I think I am particularly disappointed in myself with this piece because a lot of work went into prepping the surface.

Typically I use purchased canvases but I decided to try my hand at hardboard instead. Canvas the size of the piece of hardboard used above would cost three times the size. So it worked out quite well price-wise. The downside of using hardboard is the prepping especially if one does not have a sander. Fortunately I was able to purchase a sander of decent cost as well and there was a certain level of satisfaction prepping the piece of board myself. 

To prevent the resins from the wood soaking through and yellowing the paint in the future it was necessary to sand and prime the surface with acrylic three times which I did. And I have to say it was fun, I love to experiment after all. I even liked the way the oil responded to the flatness of the board unlike the toothy canvas. Unfortunately I have run out of acrylic(must buy bigger container next time) and will have to make do with canvas for now. But I do hope to work with board again soon.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Horse By Any Other Mane

 17" x 11" 

I like the color of my recycled sketchbook paper. And I happen to like the way certain drawings look when laid out against the earthy tone of the surface. I was given the suggestion of doing a series because of the previous drawing, Passive Fish, which I thought was a great idea. The seahorse is the second in the series and much more detailed as you can see. It took me several sittings to finish this one. The only supplies used were a sketch pencil and a mixture of Prismacolor and Crayola Portfolio series watercolor pencils. I'm really proud of the outcome. Especially because I am very impatient when it comes to doing detailed works.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Passive Fish

 I have a bad habit of doodling on my desk if I happen to be sitting there while on the phone(as seen in the image above). I was on a long phone call with a friend and I found myself automatically picking up the nearest drawing utensil, which happened to be a violet color pencil. Before I realized it I had sketched the entire head and began to work on the body when it occurred to me that I may as well put it down on paper. The image below is the result after. I used a Faber-Castell Fine PITT artist pen for some outlines and Crayola Portfolio series watercolor pencils for color.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Triptych: The Guardians, The Ghost and The Wandering Heart

 Oil on canvas
Each canvas is 36 by 12 inches

Finally complete, this triptych took a lot of effort on my behalf. It also took a long time for me to finish because I only worked on it here and there for the past year. However, I'm rather proud of the outcome. I'm not sure if I'll be doing more triptychs in the future but I already have an idea for a series. Long before the completion of this project I came up with a bit of prose for this particular piece which I post below.

The Guardians, The Ghost and the Wayward Heart.

Suns and moons of eons go by. Cumulus formations adrift in a sky composed of many shades of blues. I see them all passing by as I sit here, chained and rooted.

The Guardians, women in white dresses that billow in the breezes of ages, do not speak to me. The emotionless masks they wear has worn me down. In the beginning when time was a child, I spoke to them incessantly, tirelessly, yet they never answer. They are stones eternal upon which I cast my crumbling hopes.

My heart, stored in a canopic jar in the shape of an ancient deity left me a long time ago. It travels in the hands of others, passing place to place, person to person - a wanderer in its own right. A wayward heart that will never return home.

I am alone here except for the ghost of my lover that torments me. Wordlessly it hovers in front of me and in shame I don my own emotionless mask. The forgiveness I yearn for will never be given.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Evil Eye

Oil on canvas
20" x 24" 

A portrait of my brother. Replicated from a photo he took of himself and I could not resist painting it. His hand needed more work but I was more concerned with making sure I caught his facial similarity than anything else. Next time though, I will devote more time on hands.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

"Bhuddha Sattva"

mixed media on paper
17" x 11"

Drawn at the request of my cousin Bre.

Friday, February 24, 2012


Oil on Canvas
24" x 12"

Monday, February 20, 2012


Oil on canvas
30" x 24"

Monday, January 30, 2012

"A Story in Each Line"

A quick portrait of my grandmother, completed in one sitting. Medium involved: the usual oil paint on  16" x 20" canvas.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Innocence Exhaled

 24 x 30 inches
oil on canvas

This painting was inspired by a photo of my nephew. I embellished his hair because if you haven't noticed by now, I have a thing for abstract, flowing hair. ;)