work in progress


Tree of Life – how a painting is born, part 4 1

now my sketch is pretty much ready to receive its first watercolor wash. so let’s start with an underpainting on the background, which works very well to help me define a pallete for my piece. it’s easy to get crazy with so many colors in front of you and wanting to experiment and mix and create a color extravaganza, but better take it easy. I try to limit my pallette the most possible so I won’t get overwhelmed and get into more problems to solve. this panel is all about […]


Tree of Life – how a painting is born, part 3 1

after several studies in my sketchbook, I finally got tired and decided to go for action. you can’t waste a lot of time in studies, or you’ll go nuts. to find the perfect images it’s an illusion, for you’ll evolve, change your tastes and style. if you spend too much time looking for perfection, you’ll never complete a work. besides, the final result will never match exactly what you’ve planned. things go changing as long as the colors come; you add something here, you take something there, you’ll never know […]


Tree of Life – how a painting is born, part 2

on the day before my trip I was a little obsessed about the Tree of Life. I was feeling a little blocked – maybe because I was so tired and my eyes were hurting and feeling heavy. but I decided to start a quick research about the subject, since my knowledge about trees of life was a bit too generic. I could realize how complex it is, though, since there are myths about trees practically in every culture of this world. working with myths is a treacherous field. the further […]


Tree of Life – how a painting is born, part I 2

I decided to give me a more prolonged break from the the triptych and work in a different project. since I had planned to submit a piece to the beautiful Embracing Our Differences exhibit, I decided to start working on it. I thought that it might be also a good opportunity to show in more details how I create and build a picture – and how crazy and erratic the creation process can be. the image submitted to the exhibit should not be very complex, but rather transmit the idea […]


one painting a day (or almost)

and here I am, after 5 days of my mini vacation and disconnected from the internet. excepting for going to the movies, I didn’t manage to conclude all my plans. think that time was still not enough. but at least half of my website is done, the quick paintings got started, and several pages of one of my books were avidly consumed. I also broke my dietary discipline (low-carbs, low-sugars) eating all the pies that were put in front of me, besides fresh and bold quesadillas. I was actually inspired […]