New work from my studio. This is a new ongoing series of charcoal drawings based on memory and using on-site sketches to recall selective elements of space and time. I am really excited about these new works and ideas I have for showing them to create a unique experience for the viewer.
We recently spent a long weekend in Big Bend soaking in the massive night skies and glowing morning sunrises out of our tent.
I am excited to finally have my studio together at our new home. I’ve spent the last year+ focused on sketching off of my bike during trips throughout the US and abroad in Ecuador. I’ll be continuing to seek inspiration through new biking trips coming up to Colorado, Big Bend, TX and Arizona. Some of the sketches will find their way into bigger drawings and paintings in my studio. I’ll be updating the blog with the drawings that the views inspired and a few of my favorite photographs from the trips. Thanks to CHUMBA USA and Wanderlust Gear for all the support!
New field studies from bikepacking on the Colorado trail are up on my site. Check them out. Here are a few to preview.
Kody and I are in Breckenridge, Colorado working for CHUMBA USA, an American made mountain bike manufacturer, at the Breck Epic. After spending the week supporting our riders and racing ourselves we got a few days off to get into the backcountry. What says recovery after 3 days of racing like 3 days of bikepacking?! We loaded up our bikes with food: avocados, quinoa, dried beans, fruit, some candy bars and oatmeal, camping gear, our cameras & sketch books and set off literally into the sunset.
Thanks to Kody for always having the camera ready, CHUMBA USA for the reliable bikes, Wanderlust Gear for the well designed bikepacking bags, and to Orange Seal for keeping us flat free all ride!
Photos courtesy of Kody Gibson and CHUMBA USA. 2014 Copyright.
After so much technical plying with the camera I needed to loosen up with some field studies.
On Christmas morning, Santa brought a new sketchbook! Here’s a photo of a longer sketch using the field study from the video as a reference, drawn with Faber Castell PITT pens on 14″x11″, All Media Paper.
I hope everyone enjoyed a great holiday! I’m thankful I was able to spend mine with family, friends and sketchbooks.
I’ve been wanting to sharpen my photo skills. I was fortunate enough to have Suzan and Sal to school me in the finer points of controlling shutter speed, ISO and aperture together to get properly exposed phots while on a nice hike this Christmas Eve. I set myself up with a challenge in the shot below. It was hard to capture a balance between the shadows beneath and the sunny bright rock while keeping the figures in focus. I used a shallow depth of field blurring the closest part of the rock and focusing on the figures. A polarizing filter gives the sky its rich color, deepens the shadow under the rock, and along with shutter speed, subdues the brightness of the sun reflecting off of the rock, allowing me to keep an low open aperture to get the shallower depth of field.
Come out and see my new work at the East Austin Studio Tours! I have new paintings on view at my new downtown studio. I will also have many prints (framed and unframed) for sale. I recently opened a studio downtown on the East side at UP Collective, 2326 E. Cesar Chavez. The space has over 21 artists exhibiting for the studio tour so it should be a definite stop on your schedule.
My new work is available for purchase and exhibition, commissions are also welcome. If you have an idea that you would like to discuss I would love to talk about it with you. I have enough 2013 work for a solo show and am seeking a Texas Gallery to show with in early 2014. I will have artwork in a wide range of sizes and prices, so it will be a great time to get some new pieces as gifts for the holidays or for your home!
I will be at my studio all four days of E.A.S.T. and am looking forward to meeting lots of new people and discussing art! Dates/Times: Nov. 16th -17th and Nov. 23rd – 24th from 11am to 6pm
If you head out to see DUE E.A.S.T., the studio tours group show, be sure to keep an eye out for my piece there, “Wiseman”.
I am also instructing some new classes coming up in 2014 and a Drawing Better and Faster course starting this Nov. 21st at the Contemporary Austin. Click here to sign up.