About the Process

Unique Little Story Paintings for Unique Little Kids

I have always loved working with wonderful, wacky, whimsical words.

Whenever I receive a commission for a story painting, I start with my dad’s old dictionary, writing down any word that “pops.”  Eventually a story forms– with characters and setting—all beginning with the first letter of the child’s name.

Step two involves pencil studies of animals, plants and anything else the story calls for.

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Next I create a very detailed pencil drawing that incorporates the text and submit the drawing to the client.  Once the client approves, I transfer the drawing to Arches Aquarelle 140-lb hot press watercolor block. I  use Higgins black ink for the text and Winsor and Newton and Daniel Smith watercolors for brilliance and saturation.

I have done 122 of these story paintings and I’ve enjoyed every single one.

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