About the Process
Unique Little Story Paintings for Unique Little Kids
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.
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.