Summer In Media Res

Right in the middle of summer in California, I'm breathing in more pastel dust from what my easel has been catching.  I've been busy getting some art out there, and so the very sparse updates on my own website.  But I have been working on making sure that what I put out there will be what I will be proud of sharing.

You may have noticed several updates, like finally adding a portfolio to my site.  I am excited to finally have pieces that I am proud to show in my portfolio.  And these are the pieces that have been keeping me very busy since the last time I've updated.  

At the moment, I am in the middle of a new piece that I hope to share soon.  In the meantime though, I have brought back the Beach Sharpie drawings in memories of a cooler time at the beach.  

Have a great life, everyone!  I am excited to be sharing much more soon.

Keep busy staying dizzy!

Too Busy Staying Dizzy (and Tumbling on the Freeway)

Hello World!  How've you guys been?

It's been almost a year since I've last updated, despite resolving to keep a schedule on doing so.  And in the span  of the year that I've been away, I've gone on two major motorcycle trips to Washington State and to Joshua Tree, finished a handful of portraits, got a new motorcycle, got into a motorcycle accident and going through recovery from said accident.  Been keeping busy and now I'm so dizzy.  I thought it was about time I come back to catch up with everyone.

Just because I'm off getting dizzy with everything, doesn't mean that you guys need to go through the same thing.  So down below I've added some of the highlights of the past year with portraits and motorcycles.  They're mostly videos

Teal Monster Portraits

I've finally created a playlist of all the portraits I've done in pastel.  Follow the link and enjoy!  

Teal Monster Portraits in Pastel

I'll also be updating the Portraits section with all the portraits from the past year.

Teal Monster Motovlogs

As I've mentioned earlier, I've had a lot of adventures in the past year spent on my motorcycle. And I've curated the most important ones to me below.

Let's start with introducing my new motorcycle, Diana.  She's a 2017 Ducati Scrambler Icon.

Then, you might be curious about the accident I mentioned early on.  Don't fret, because I had the opportunity (?) to catch it all on video.  Brace yourself.  I've gotten feedback from people that know me personally, who told me it's hard for them to watch.

And if you want more motorcycle-related content, I've created a playlist with all those videos.

Teal Monster Motovlogs

Still Keeping Busy Staying Dizzy

Even with all that's been going on with the past year, I'd say I've been generally well.  Currently in recovery mode after the accident, otherwise keeping busy with the portraits and still having adventures.  I'm hoping to get back on the bike soon.

Thank you for taking the time to check out what the Teal Monster has been up to.  I'm glad to be back and hopefully will not be away again from this blog for too long.  Until next time, keep busy staying dizzy!

Alicia Keys in pastel

Alicia Keys was one of my favorite artists growing up.  I always enjoyed her piano playing combined with her soulful singing.  I drew her years ago in charcoal when I was much younger.  So, it was exciting for me to go back to doing a portrait of her in Soft Pastel, a medium that I never expected myself to enjoy using so much.  

I hope you guys enjoy!

Until the next time, keep busy staying dizzy!


Daisy Ridley in Pastel

Daisy Ridley was a blast to draw in pastel.  A lot of my inspiration and influence for working on her portrait was how awesome her performance was as Rey in the most recent episode of Star Wars.

I enjoy seeing such a stunning heroine making a huge mark in the timeless epic of Star Wars.  Star Wars will be something to celebrate in a few months.  But the strong female character, when finally out in the media, is always such a big thing.  I'm hoping to fill my portrait gallery with more inspiring female characters.

The latest video featuring Daisy Ridley was really fun to make.  Kept my blood pumping and I felt very motivated working through.  

Unil the next time, keep busy staying dizzy!