fantasy illustration, Illustrations, landscapes of imagination, thoughts behind the work

A paper mosaic garden

This is a watercolor that I did when I was in the process of building my house. I was working with real mosaics which I manufactured and installed myself. It was a very difficult process and many times was physically very painful. I did it as an act of love because I wanted to personalize my house and leave a stamp on it for history.

How sweet is that? I hope I will always be so naive as to think I could make any difference in this world. After the storming of the capitol in Washington D.C. yesterday, I was not at all surprised. I fully expect nobody will do anything about it. No answers will come as to why the police opened the gates to the anarchists and let them in. I don’t have much faith is the longevity of U.S. democracy. I don’t like to make political comments because people generally don’t want to hear them and deal with it in their own ways. I get that. The whole world is now confronted with massive injustice in most countries big and small.

Finding myself of my own accord living in another country that I love is a double edged sword. But for me, I had little choice but to do what I had to do considering my worn out circumstances and condition. I will never regret the move. Now that I have been here just shy of three years, and I have done everything in my power to secure my remaining days with what protection I could muster, the question for me now is…..what do I do now with my time?

With little or no power to change who I am and edit my history, I realize that for me one of my main talents has always been drawing and painting. That is something that no one could take away from me. Now above all the times in my life when I need it to hold on to, it has become a resource that gives me great joy.

Someone asked me why I’m doing print on demand. I guess it’s because it’s a forum that I can learn from and it gives me a good reason to go to work every day. It’s also fun to get a little feedback on my journey. I have always been a hard worker and at this stage, I could never change that habit. So here’s a little quote I wrote on my facebook page today which kind of sums it up…

“This is what I do to preserve my sanity. It’s about keeping up with technology and does not have much to do with art except in the simple process of art 101. It’s about learning new things. How can you be aware of what is going on in the world while realizing how few your options are to change it.? You do what you know best and hope sometime it might make a simple change for the better for whoever is willing to receive it. I think that is all any of us can do. For me drawing brings me to a higher place where I can escape and find peace.” I am focusing on silly stuff as well as trying to bring awareness to all the animals of our beautiful planet that are becoming extinct in my lifetime. In my lifetime and I can’t believe I am saying that. That’s hard to realize.

So here’s to positivity and hope for a better world.


animals, fantasy illustration, Pen and Ink Drawing, whimsy

Crazy Angelfish sketch in fantasy mood

This is an exotic angelfish from my imagination. I never started out drawing a fish. These were just brush marks with black ink on white paper. Just a doodle for sure. Then when I looked at it later I thought it looked a bit like a fish and it might be fun to enhance on the Cintique. Well, the little guy kept growing and getting stranger and stranger as I went along. In the end though I think those long wavy things hopefully look like part of his flowing body in the water.


There is nothing like drawing and doodling for fun. I think all he needs is some floating bubbles around him. I watched “My teacher Octopus” film on Netflix and loved it. I admit I cried. Definitely. I think the film is still in my head. I loved the sea in that film too as well as the photographer, and the way he documented the whole process.
Here’s the link if you want this.

fantasy illustration, humor, Illustrations, pandemic awareness, whimsy

Baby lamb and mother wear masks

We are all in this together and that includes our animals. Well, it’s just an illustration but you get the idea. If you hate wearing a mask and don’t believe in the visus, please respect those that do. If you care. you will wear your mask and take care that your animals will set a good example. This drawing is on lots of stuff here.

fantasy illustration, landscapes of imagination, Nature, sci fi, storytelling art

World Exodus, Follow the Sun

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Another landscape of imagination came to me in a dream.  Imagine our world with no vegetation, no animals, no warmth from the sun.

The last vestiges of people march in robotic style towards a white sun, orange sky with tiny bright distant stars.

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fantasy illustration, flora and fauna, landscapes of imagination, Nature

Golden Sun, landscapes of imagination

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It is giving me a great piece of mind to paint strictly from my imagination. I am not sure why it is a healing and soothing activity, but I am enjoying it.  I adore this watercolor paint for its intensity and versatility.  It is pretty magical and powerful color.  the red lines are a red permanent ink done with a speedball nib.gold-quin-wc