painting: we await the storm

The personality of the universe! So incredibly diverse. Sometimes calm. Sometimes fierce.The storms that we face in our personal lives... where can we hide? Who can abide them?What if we faced them squarely? We might escape them just barely.But I live among survivors. Every one of them, a survivor.Like you. Like me.(The original is available!)  … [Read more...]

i am in darkness

Even in the darkness there is beauty. If you can see.Someone asked me to do a painting I did in watercolor to do the same thing in acrylic on canvas. This is what I came up with.Buy original art. … [Read more...]


As I look back over the past couple of years, I am amazed at how frozen my heart had become. It's strange that while you are frozen you don't know it. You are not aware of it. Then suddenly something happens, or gradually, and you notice that your heart is thawing. Once it gets to a certain point, you can actually look back and recognize your frozen state. It's a rather disturbing but liberating experience.I'm not fully thawed yet. So I know that a little further into warmer temperatures I'm … [Read more...]

new painting “prevailing”

There are two ways to prevail.Like the tree, you can go with the adversity. Bend with it. Be flexible in the face of it. Surrender to it.Or, like the crow, you can lean into it. Streamline yourself against it. Endure it. Stand your ground in spite of it.Both are wise. Both prevail.Even against the most severe of prevailing winds.Buy the original painting. Or buy the a print of this painting. … [Read more...]

Crucified on the Question

"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" You can't exegete your way out of the despair in that universal question.The cross is a metaphor for the mysterious suffering of all humanity. It is where we cry, "It is finished!", but where we hope to hear, "ThisĀ is enough!"Buy the original drawing. Buy a print of this cartoon. … [Read more...]

night birches

This is a commissioned piece I just completed this evening. It is an acrylic and ink on canvas, 24"x36" (61cm x 92cm).The person who commissioned it asked me to paint anything that I wanted. Immediately this image came to mind for my friend.I live where there are lots of birches. They are incredibly beautiful. Even in the darkness they seem to shed light. They endure all kinds of trials and tribulations but still grow with tenacity and a delicate charm.This reminds me of my friend.If … [Read more...]

new Sophia drawing “Conquer”

This is my latest in my series of Sophia drawings... the story of a courageous young woman's journey towards her independence and wisdom.The shark is one of Sophia's deepest fears. It's so deep she doesn't understand it. So she's decided to go after it with a lasso. I have no idea what she's going to do with it once she catches it. But she intends to conquer her fear.Buy the original drawing. Buy a fine art print of this drawing. … [Read more...]

New Sophia Drawing: “Provision”

This is an original pen and ink with graphite pencil drawing on Arches 300 lb. hot press acid free cotton rag, 8"x10" (20cm x 25cm).Ever since I was a young boy I was fascinated by the Old Testament stories. I remember the first time I heard about the ravens feeding the prophet Elijah when he ran to the wilderness to escape Jezebel in 1 Kings 17. These in my drawing are crows, but you get the idea.I've called this "Provision". Sophia has learned that there is provision in the wilderness, … [Read more...]

new painting: cold tree

I painted this watercolor yesterday and today. It measures approximately 8"x10" (20cm x 26cm). I think it is a reflection of my soul right now. Sunday morning, though stunningly beautiful, is a very lonely solitary time. Peaceful. Tranquil. I think this tree captures the essence of that mood. (available here) … [Read more...]

FREEBIE FRIDAY: free original miniature

Today I'm giving away something very special: a miniature original watercolor painting called "Evergreen Moon". The image measures 2"x2" (5cm x 5cm), as is done with ink and watercolor on Arches 300lb coldpress acid-free cotton rag paper. It is a little jewel. I don't give originals away very often. But hey! It's the season.All you have to do to enter the contest is:Join my free newsletter. Comment on this blog post.The contest ends midnight tonight Atlantic Time. Have fun. … [Read more...]