New Year, More Momentum

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2016 came along nicely and is now moving along quite quickly. It’s the beginning of March and I’m starting to get that itch to update this site and get my portfolio cleaned up.

The weather has been pretty typical of the Pacific Northwest, which means lots of rain. I haven’t been able to get out and paint much so I’m either working in the studio (but it’s cold) or working on my digital painting skills. This has been good for me and giving me some new momentum, and new perspective on oil painting. Here’s a recent go at it:


The top image is a photo from online. The bottom half is my go at a digital painting.


McSewon has been keeping me very busy with apparel design. I’ve been able to grab more spec work which is often more creative by nature. We’ve also decided to focus our “T-Shirt of the Month” program and I’ve been working on several designs for this apparel line. Here’s a sample:


Last Fall a friend of mine commissioned me to work on painting for him. Needless to say I have been putting in several hours of work into this painting. It is finished and finished photos are to come. For now, enjoy this shot of me working in the studio:



As always, I’m making the most of my moleskine notebooks. There is just something about these pages that inspires you to make amazing work. I’m happy to say that I finished my first book cover to cover. Usually, I get about half way and move onto another one. Here is a recently created ink and watercolor drawing.


I’d like to reflect on some goals from last year and set up some more, realistic goals for this year.

Last year set out to:

  • create 3-5 new paintings
  • network to hang art in public
  • Finish moleskine cover to cover

As for new paintings, I didn’t finish any new paintings. I’m actually quite shocked to reflect on that. In 2015, I completed my painting “Stardust 2 Stardust”. (I had started this painting in the fall of 2014.) In the fall of 2015, I started “Take Flight” but I am just wrapping that one up. Why didn’t I start more paintings? For now, planning paintings in my notebook has been satisfying enough. For me, it can be hard to commit the time and resources to something so time-consuming, like a painting, without having a larger goal. Commission are nice, because they help compensate for time and resources. The goal has been set up, please my client. Otherwise, a showing is a great reason to get some new works completed as I have a goal to make a great show. I don’t have any gallery connections yet, and this is something I need to work on. It would be great to show some work in public again. Good news, I’ve started the new year off right and started a painting right away. It’s finishing soon. For 2016, let’s stick to 3-5 new paintings.

I can say with pride that I did finish my first moleskine, cover to cover in illustrations and I have started a second one. This has giving me great momentum and good feeling about 2016. Let’s hope the rain stops soon so I can get outside and have some fun while I make art.

This article was written by ALKME