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iPhone Sketching-at the Rabbit Hash General Store – VIDEO

I stopped by the Rabbit Hash General store while the The Star Devils were singing behind the stove. I used the app, procreate pocket, to do some quick sketches on my iphone during the performance. If you like the music (of course you like the music) visit the Star Devil’s website at:
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Camping Trip – VIDEO

I made this video with my sister’s family while we were camping. We used an iphone and ipad to film, edit, and WRITE the music for this little video. It’s amazing what is possible with these ‘phones’ (they are great for looking at cat videos too!)

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Crossing The River -VIDEO

I made this video while camping in the forest in Florida. my goal for the trip was to make a work of art, film the process, AND write a song to use as the background. This is a test run for a similar project…but collaborating with a group of artists. let me know if you are interested.

here is the finished painting. click it for a bigger look, and more information.

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Cabin by the crik-iPad art

I made this painting with my iPad

it is based on a 3d image I made last week. for me, it’s interesting to explore a familiar subject with a different medium. they are similar, but very different.

I like this subject, and will continue exploring it…maybe with an oil painting?

3d low poly render of house beside creek

what do you think? do you have a favorite medium? can you tell both works are by the same artist?

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two Marsala(ish) sheep

I was reading an article about Pantone’s color of the year for 2015- it’s called Marsala. my first thought was “why would they pick that boring color?”.

sheep painted using Pantone's color of the year for 2015-Marsala
but then I saw some examples of it being used in interesting combinations with other colors, I thought, “I’ll give it a try in one of my paintings”

After painting the sheep, I think I have warmed up to Marsala. in fact, I have been trying to think of a background color that would compliment my tan displays–and Marsala could be the perfect solution.


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A Day At The Krohn Conservatory

Ken Swinson at the Applied Imagination train exhibit

The other day, I went to Cincinnati to see the holiday train display at the Krohn Conservatory. all the buildings are made from natural materials. they are clever beautifully crafted, and some of my friends make up the team that build it an ‘Applied Imagination’. it was wonderful!

photo of the Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park, Cincinnati, Oh

if you want to learn more about ‘Applied Imagination’ their inspirational story, I highly recommend you watch ‘Tracks Of The Imagination”: the Emmy winning documentary by Frank Simkonis. it is available to watch online at:


cactus tree

while at the Conservatory, I did a few sketches in the desert/cactus display.

agave plants

I love the variety of shapes and colors of desert plants.

cactus sketch
I learned a lot while sketching the cactus.

cactus sketch

I learn a lot about a subject when I draw it because I concentrate and focus on the plant.

cactus sketch

Even if you aren’t an ¬†artist, drawing could help them memorize the details of different plants.

cactus sketch

This was a fun winter activity, I’m looking forward to returning and doing more sketches soon. Let me know if this is something you are interested in. We can meet up and sketch together!