Ocean Sunset Mural at Lost Rhino Retreat in Ashburn, VA

If you’re ever in the Brambleton area of Ashburn, check out the Lost Rhino Retreat restaurant! I’m currently working on a few mural paintings there, including one that I began today of an ocean sunset scene, with a rhino walking along the sand. Here is a photo of it partially completed, with the sky mostly painted in. After the sky is done, I’ll be painting the waves, rhino and sand. Stay tuned for the finished painting soon!

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Lost Rhino Mural in Progress
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Exchange Street Painting – Ashburn, VA

This is an oil painting work-in-progress for the One Loudoun Fine Art Exhibit on May 19th from 6-8pm! Exchange Street is the main street that runs through the One Loudoun neighborhood here in Ashburn, Virginia.

Exchange Street Work in Progress

Additions to the Ocean Life Mural

Last weekend upon the request of my client, I added more life to the coral reef section of the ocean life mural, including sergeant majors, red snappers, tarpons, eels, white tip sharks, lion fish, crabs, turtles, sea shells, lobster, oysters and clams. It was getting to be later in the afternoon and it was cloudy, plus I was hurrying out by the time I finished, so I didn’t get good photos of everything I added, but here are a few!

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Palette of Colors, Anchored Boat

As I was working on a painting this weekend, I noticed the variety of colors on my palette and it occurred to me that the palette itself could be an abstract painting itself!

Each palette used in every painting looks different…different colors, different swirls and strokes of the brush applied when mixing the colors… And of course, each color and combination thereof can provoke different moods and feelings.

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The painting I’m working on is of a boat anchored at a dock in a small Mediterranean village. The concept behind this painting is having the safe feeling of being “anchored” to something that is secure.

Anchored in progress

Sisters Portrait Drawing

Lately my wife and I have been talking a lot about what it will be like to introduce a sibling to our son. We’re currently reading a book called The Birth Order by Dr. Kevin Leman, and I read that introducing a sibling is akin to the ‘dethronement’ of the first child! We’ll have to make extra sure that he feels just as loved as he does now. Of course, that adjustment will be just the beginning of a lifelong relationship. With the right parenting early on, I think he’ll be such a nice older sibling.

A few days ago I finished a pencil portrait of our friends’ daughters, one of whom just turned one year old! The way the older daughter is embracing her younger sister is very sweet, and it makes me think of the many dynamics at play in sibling relationships! I hope this drawing will be a nice keepsake as they continue to grow and become adults!

Ellie and Amelia Pencil Portrait Drawing

Outside of the Womb

Yesterday morning I finished a pencil portrait drawing of my son from either his 1st or 2nd day of life (I say it was the day he was born, my wife says it was the day after!) Either way, he’s such an angel and looked so peaceful laying on our bed, in the very spot he was born!

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