On the Second Day

On the Second Day the artist gathered his materials and returned to his scene of inspiration. He began to ponder what he might do.  He laid out the palette with plenty of paint and toned the ground with a thin transparent hue. Next, he made a simple drawing of the big important shapes(elements).    He… Continue reading On the Second Day

Tombow – The Art of Crafts

Tombow (tonbo) means “dragonfly” in Japanese and was often referred to as akizu/akitsu in ancient times. Since Japan was called Akitsu shima (dragonfly island in English) in the past, the name of the company also represents our desire to represent Japan’s stationery industry.    

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Artist as Genesis

The Artist as Genesis The beginning of Art as Genesis. I struggled for years trying to come up with a process that I could apply each time I began a new painting.  Before I made this list, I would start differently each time and end up going around in circles. I was more concerned with finishing… Continue reading Artist as Genesis

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Let there be light

About ten years ago, I began my journey to see if I could unearth the secrets to effective landscape painting. I started by taking a few workshop courses in my home town. Drawing and Painting and monday night charcoal drawing. This was marginally satisfying.  But it was mostly about the procter and less about the… Continue reading Let there be light


Welcome to this new adventure on your path to artisticdevelopment. From as early as five years old Iknew I wanted to draw and paint. I loved shapes and colors and I wanted to share my vision witht he world around me. Unfortunately, the means to do this were not available tome. My parents did not… Continue reading Welcome

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