I have always enjoyed painting with Ink Wash. It's a very simple medium that has the same properties as watercolor. I start with very light sketch work to get all of my dimensions correct before moving to brush. I like starting to paint from light to dark. I can always continue to push the artwork darker until finally using no combination of water and brushing on only ink, but there is no going backwards. It's easy to want to go straight to the dark areas so it feels like the artwork is coming to life sooner, but much like watercolor, once the brush hits the paper there is very little room for error. Using as much contrast as possible from light to dark is my goal with these paintings.
Without using color to differentiate hierarchy, it is important to use as wide of a range of tones as I can. I use 300 lb cold press watercolor paper so that the paper can absorb the water well and doesn't tend to bend like crazy. Adding the details with the dark ink or splattering ink on certain areas of the composition is the best part for me. I don't use any felt pens, Microns etc., in doing the detail work, everything is done completely by brush.
I love painting. Since I am typically working on art direction in an agency, I don't have loads of time to dedicate to painting anymore. This is an outlet for me to relax and create without a computer and without a pen. That being said, I do put time into these paintings due to their level of detail. The price point for an original painting therefore is high and may be unaffordable for someone who likes the artwork, but can't make an investment on something that gives and gives over a lifetime (just kidding I know it's expensive). That is where the Giclée comes in. I never want to be producing 1200 prints even if I could sell that many. I want the paintings to carry a lot of meaning to the buyer and the quality of a print to be excellent. I decided to have 10 artist proofs created for each of the paintings shown below. They are hand numbered and signed and printed on canvas that is then matted and framed. Currently there are about 11 or so Artist Proof Giclée's out in the world hanging on someone's wall from this series. Basically it's the next best thing to the original if you love the painting. They hold well to the brushwork with little drop off in detail.
See the work below and let me know if you have any questions. For me details on dimensions and to see in process pictures of the artwork, just click on the artwork you would like to see more about. What are listed below are paintings that I currently have in stock. I plan to update this page with more prints as I have them done, but if you are interested in a certain painting and don't see it is available, shoot me an email. I am planning some new artwork for the future and want to experiment with adding a watercolor spot color as well, but that won't be till I get some spare time :). Thanks for looking at the work.