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Highmount from Fleischmanns

Every year, Sarah and I go up to the Catskills for the Fourth of July.  There's just something nice about being in the woods, grilling and seeing local fireworks instead of the Big City fireworks.  If I'm lucky, which I usually am, I can get away from the house and do some landscape painting en plein air.  This year, I went to this spot at the top of a little valley, overlooking a mountain that used to have a ski resort called Highmount.  You can see the green lines on the right side of the mountain where the trails still leave their veins.  This piece took two days, about 3 hours of work each day.  When I am outside, painting in the middle of nowhere, I think I'm at my happiest.

Sound the Alarm!

This is a piece I painted for Fantasy Flight Games from about a year ago.  It was painted for their "Escape from Mt. Gram" deck for their Lord of the Rings LCG.  The description was just to depict a goblin ringing a bell of sorts made from the armor of past victims.  I hadn't really done any evil creatures in a very long time, so I wanted to really show that I can handle the darker side of Lord of the Rings.  Also, I had recently dove head first into Death/Black Metal music and I was really jonesin' for a good demonic painting to paint.


I had a great time working on the sketch, and the Art Director liked how it looked, so it was approved for the painting stage without any changes.  As you can see, I kinda get a general composition worked out, but I do a good amount of improvising during the painting stage.  Also, I don't do color comps too often.  Like, never...since college.  Of course I would, if the job called for it, but the colors are pretty much worked out …