Monday, March 11, 2024

Creating Art Inspired by AI

With all the buzz about AI art, I decided to do a little experiment with it to see how it could be applied to an artist or art teacher.  Here's a video I made of the process along with some quick painting examples I made using an app called "Leonardo AI":

AI Generated Reference Image

Reference #2

Reference #3

Friday, March 1, 2024

Family Trip to Cozumel - Winter 2023

This winter, we took a family trip to Cozumel where Brian and Dive had lived for a few years in the past.  We waited until the morning of the trip to tell the kids we were going.  We surprised them when they woke up just to see the look on their faces!  Neither of them had ever been to the ocean or on a plane or out of the country so a lot of firsts were being had!  It was a great time and B & D were awesome tour guides for us!  The whole time we were there, they had a "cold front" that was going through.  All the locals were bundling up in jackets while we were like, wow 70 feels nice! 

 I did take one of my Nikon's too: 

Definitely tough to come home from that one!  Back to winter and cold.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

New Paintings - Winter 2023/24

Flatirons in Winter - Prints Available

Embracing the cold this winter, I did a painting of the Boulder Flatirons caked in snow.  Funny thing is that this photo I used for reference was take in MAY after a mid spring snowstorm a few years ago!

We also spent a weekend recently in Colorado Springs and I took a stab at doing a 1 hour plein air painting in the cold.  Wow!  That was revealing.  I now see how slowly I normally paint.  I definitely left wishing I had another hour or two.  Below is a comparison of a one hour painting of Pike Peak and a 20 hour painting of the same peak done years ago:

Pikes Peak - 1 hour plein air


1 hour

20 hours