Rabbit, Rabbit, White Rabbit!

Hi everyone! It’s December 1st! The year is racing to an end, and there is so much looming in the next few weeks that I don’t even want to think about it.

That said, I have something wonderful and exciting to share with you. Late last night, Scott’s impatience won out over his perfectionism and he made the new website live. He has been working on it diligently in his off hours for so long that I think he’s as excited about it as I am. The new Facebook “brand” page is live as well, because we might as well, right?

And there’s more! I’m also going to experiment with hosting my blog on the new site. I’ll be posting to both locations for awhile to see how it goes. I’m so grateful for all of you who follow me here. I’d be honored if you’d pop over to www.fourcrows.com/blog going forward. I’d also love to hear what you think about Disqus, the new commenting system that Scott has setup there.

Wait, I have work…sorry! Here’s something for you to look at here…

ghosts… If you don’t usually click to read, today would be an awesome day to do that. I’ve got giant news, and I’d be so excited to tell you about it!  – Click the image for a better view…

I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend, The sun came out today for just a bit…that was pretty wonderful!



11.27.2013 – extra

I’m posting two today.  Just something different than the people I’ve been doing, I haven’t been posting as much as I’ve been painting.

red umbrella… (best seen here)

I did this a few months ago.  It fits in with the story, strangely enough.  I’ll take that!


I’m learning I have no one I can really depend on but myself.  I’m pretty sure at some point doing everything on my own is going to get a little too overwhelming and I’m going to have to ease up in all areas.  Right now this is therapy, and I want to try to keep going.  

passages… (best seen here)

This was just going to be practice at painting people again.  It’s been a very long time and I was never really accomplished at it in the first place.  This took a LOT longer than it should have, but I liked it anyway.  (I know, it’s not perfect, even now I can see twenty things I’d like to change…but it’s taken enough time, the next one will be better)  

It was a tough weekend.  I lost myself in this one.  I’m grateful I had it to work on.



Yesterday was a complete bust.  Everything I did was just wrong.  I finally gave up, leaving three pieces in limbo and went to watch webinars on painter and photoshop.

I know there are days like that, and that the well can’t always be overflowing, but at this early stage it seems like I should have tons of ideas and creativity.


Today was better.  Last night my friend Lionel from Kilifori Studios (yes, yes, go see him, he’s brilliant in advertising, and a great guy!) sent me a link to the work of Meindert Hobbema (Dutch Renaissance) which was just what the doctor ordered for an awe factor.  Today, I’m back to work, thankfully.


This isn’t a landscape piece, but a photograph that I painstakingly painted, only to have it upload and look nothing like I think it should.  I’m going to calibrate the monitor, but I’ve been reading that when you upload to flickr now it’s changing things.  I’m not thrilled.  As soon as the website is live, I’ll keep the work there.

I want to thank you all for continuing to visit, and for your comments and follows.  I’m humbled by the whole thing more than you know!  Not to mention something amazing that my new friend John from Doug Does Life did for me, which I’m still trying to figure out how to process, let alone deal with…give me a day or two.

Things are beginning to take more than a day to finish.  I’m relieved about that.  I’m moving on, and up.  I hope you’ll keep stopping in to see the process.



There are days when I am so excited about this whole project and days that it’s completely overwhelming.  I feel the entire arena of art has changed with the economy and that what was once a comparatively  intimate group of creative and quirky individuals that was something like a dysfunctional family (you can talk trash about any one of them, but don’t let anyone else say a word!) has become something everyone on the internet is suddenly  doing.  How does anyone compete with that?

I remember when having a 35mm film camera was a luxury that most people didn’t even waste their time with.  Now everyone carries a phone that is probably as good as my last film camera, if not better.  (Though I still maintain that film will always be more beautiful…especially black and white film.)  You can have a camera for a year and suddenly you’re hanging a shingle.  Not that’s it’s all good, in fact, a lot of it makes the crafts-person in me cringe ever so slightly.  It makes me cringe more when people pay for it.  That said, good for the artist who can convince people that something that took 10 minutes to put together is worth $30 or $40.  Meh…whatever.

I guess what I’m saying is it’s completely intimidating to be jumping back in as the internet becomes more and more swollen with ‘artists’.  I think that’s why I bring up the lost work so much.  I don’t want someone thinking I just crawled out of the woodwork with everyone else.  This has been my life.  I irritated the hell out of my parents before I was a teen by taking art shots with my 110 camera and making them spend the money to develop them. (And then I had to endure the interrogating “WHY did you take pictures of THAT? – I never could explain that one exactly.)

I was drawing pictures of the birthday greeting cards I got since I was 10. (I know it was 10 because I still have both the pictures and the cards)  I want to set myself apart, and not sound like a complete doofus in the process.  How do you even do that now??

Yep…that’s a rant for today.

This is today’s pic.  Another piece working on the integration of Painter and Photoshop.  It’s pretty basic, but I was working a lot with blending tones between the two.  I love this part…the learning.  It never gets old, and the hours fly by…

tilted barn…

I hope you’re all having an amazing day.  Take care!