Little Watercolor Trees

Little Watercolor Trees

Little Zen Tree 2007

Little Zen Tree 2007

Posted on 15 December 2017 | 2:07 am

Little Zen Tree 2006

Little Zen Tree 2006

Posted on 14 December 2017 | 5:25 pm

Little Zen Tree 2005

Little Zen Tree 2005

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 4:15 am

Little Zen Tree 2004

Little Zen Tree 2004

Posted on 7 November 2017 | 3:33 am

Little Zen Tree 2003

Little Zen Tree 2003

Posted on 5 November 2017 | 5:18 am

Little Zen Tree 2002

Little Zen Tree 2002

Posted on 4 November 2017 | 3:49 am

Little Zen Tree 2001

Little Zen Tree 2001

Posted on 3 November 2017 | 4:51 pm

Little Zen Tree 2000

Little Zen Tree 2000

Yep still here. Still painting trees. The world can start spinning again.

Posted on 2 November 2017 | 5:13 pm

Paint it Black and Maybe Red

Little Zen Tree 1999

Didn't have the special glasses to watch the eclipse yesterday. I believe we had about 75% coverage here in Michigan. We made a little box with and aluminum foil piece with a pin hole on it and watched it on a piece of paper, which was pretty nifty. Thanks to my boss for that.

Good job, boss.

Then a little later some things came up etc... that reminded me of this concept art piece I started quite awhile back and so I tinkered with it some more.  That's how it works for me I start things and then they don't get finished until the time and inspiration is right. I have boxes, drawers, shelves etc... filled with half finished or half started paintings (including digital art like the illustration below)

Could I sit down and just work it till it's done and then move on to the next thing? Of course I could, but to be brutally honest I find that incredibly dull.

(original sketch)

(with some color and minor detail)

(where she is currently with some environment development)

Think I'll play with her some more I'll post it later.

Posted on 22 August 2017 | 3:04 am

Little Zen Tree 1998

Little Zen Tree 1998

Posted on 21 August 2017 | 4:09 am

The Money Machine Is Marvelous

Little Zen Tree 1997

Was gonna write something today about this logo I painted the other day for no good reason, but then I realized I really don't have a clear thought about "why" I painted it.  I know I like Marvel movies. I know I even like the artwork in Marvel comics.

I guess I don't have any good reason to not like Marvel other than I feel capitalism really reigns supreme with them and in general I feel money is the enemy of art. They make and sell things that are proven money makers and they basically "farm" people's taste and create generations of fans that will just keep working and giving a portion of their income back to them because they think what's good is something with Marvel on it and that thing will probably have recognizable characters that have been around for 75years or so etc... Since they are in the universe business, it's in their best interest to put up barriers to new universes (and all that goes with like characters and story lines etc...) competing in the marketplace.

O.k. fine I wrote something. Again I don't have a problem with them they just do what any good business would do which is give the people what is in demand and fortunately for them they have created the demand and own the rights to much of what's in demand and so... good job, Marvel.

I guess.

Posted on 20 August 2017 | 3:36 pm


Little Zen Tree 1996

Be a simple kind of man

forget your lust for rich man's gold

all that you need is in your soul

you can do this if you try

all I want for you, my son, is to be satisfied...

be something.

(keep it simple stupid)

"Simple Man" lyrics

Posted on 17 August 2017 | 3:42 am

Little Zen Tree 1995

Little Zen Tree 1995

Posted on 14 August 2017 | 3:29 pm

Little Zen Tree 1994: Strings

Little Zen Tree 1994

Who's pulling your strings?

Posted on 2 August 2017 | 5:22 pm

Little Zen Tree 1993

Little Zen Tree 1993

We all have different versions of ourself.  Not every version is for every person, occasion or even stage of our life.

It's good to know they are there though.

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."

Posted on 27 July 2017 | 3:09 am

The Wild Thing

Little Zen Tree 1992

I need fifty dollars.

Posted on 17 July 2017 | 5:05 pm

How High Is "High Enough"

Little Zen Tree 1991


Trees are everywhere.  Are they?

Tree Line

Is it possible to get "TOO HIGH?"

My journey as an artist is about continuous growth. At what point are you "too high" to grow?

This blog, these questions I ask...

I'm not selling anything, I ask because I genuinely want to know.

I want to grow. I never want to stop "growing"

So I ask...

Where is the line?

Posted on 21 June 2017 | 6:09 pm

Little Zen Tree 1990

Little Zen Tree 1990

Posted on 19 June 2017 | 3:19 am

Little Zen Tree 1989

Little Zen Tree 1989

Posted on 19 June 2017 | 3:09 am

Slice Of Life

Little Zen Tree 1988

Another little tree I painted outside on my patio. Super nice out again although a little on the warm side today. I was in the shade though so very pleasant.

My son's graduation from high school is this weekend. Today we had his open house / graduation party. Lots of friends and relatives etc... The weather was nice and it was nice to spend time with loved ones etc...

All in all it was a good slice of life.

Posted on 10 June 2017 | 4:16 pm

The Big D

Little Zen Tree 1987

It's been awhile since I posted anything meaningful here and I guess I'm still not quite ready. Currently going through a second eighth grade phase of life. Mostly obsessed with my own body and it's development as well as drawing inappropriate things and making jokes about pee pee, poo poo and sexy in your windows 


Something did happen this last week though that made me pause for a second and reflect on my journey from more of a birds eye perspective, something that has to be done from time to time in order to appreciate life.  You know the sort of thing a person does to make a life that's worth living i.e. examining it from a more objective angle. Of course the thing that often does the trick of adolescent fog removal is death.

Yeah the "Big D"

*more snickering*

O.k. getting on with it. Clearly I'm still not ready to return to being an adult just yet.

I found out midweek that my friend and creative collaborator, Sean Fagan, passed away this last Monday.  I learned about it via a post I noticed from a mutual friend on Facebook. Then I went and checked a few other friends feeds on Twitter and I saw that it seems to be true. My heart broke.

Sean was the type of friend a friend wants to have. A friends friend. He and I weren't that close, but he reached out to me on occasion and if I were a less busy person I have no doubts we could have become best friends. Many of our interests were the same (art, gardening, camping, kung-fu) and we even talked about doing some of these things in real life some day and not just talking about them on social media or over Skype.

In the end though (and I really hate saying this, but I have to because it seems to be a trend and I don't want to ignore it) I was too busy for my friend and now I've lost another "fishing buddy"

People = Time

"There just never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them."

OOO good stuff. Someone should put that in a song.

I see why they say life speeds up in the middle. It's going by so fast right now. My oldest son is graduating high school tomorrow.  One day this last week I had to drive him to school for an honors ceremony and as I'm driving over a bridge with the morning sun blazing through my windshield I catch a glips of him lit up in the passenger seat in his purple cap and gown and realize one young man's life just ended far too soon and at the same time another young man's life is just beginning.

It was a very strange moment and one I needed to notice.


I'm going to miss you, Sean. You were the rebel, no nonsense, blunt, kung-fu master I have yet to become, but I'm working on it.

Sean Fagan 2017

Posted on 10 June 2017 | 2:06 am

Little Zen Tree 1986

Little Zen Tree 1986

Posted on 9 June 2017 | 4:09 am

Friday Night Sleepover

Little Zen Tree 1985

Nintendo Entertainment System released on U.S. shores.

Let the "Excitebike" Friday night sleepover championships begin.

Posted on 19 May 2017 | 3:02 am

Little Zen Tree 1984

Little Zen Tree 1984

Posted on 18 May 2017 | 2:12 am

Little Zen Tree 1983

Little Zen Tree 1983

Posted on 11 May 2017 | 2:57 am