November 8, 2015


Filed under: DRAWINGS,PAINTINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 3:09 pm

One of the basic coordination skills to learn early in life – putting on glasses.


Water soluble color pencils, wash, on paper, 8″ x 10″

August 16, 2015

Girl in Green

Filed under: PAINTINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 10:38 am

I had been working on a different painting. It was going poorly. So poorly, in fact, that I did something I haven’t done in years. I gave up. Most of the time I’m committed enough to work through problems. Not this time. I didn’t think it was salvageable. But I needed to paint SOMETHING! So, I experimented with this.

Girl In Green

Acrylic on canvas, 16″ X 20″

April 20, 2015

Rock Steps

Filed under: PAINTINGS — Colby @ 8:26 am

I had the pleasure of visiting Holliday Park in Indianapolis and wandered around in the woods on the nature trails stopping briefly to take a photo of some rock steps on the trail. Here they are converted to an acrylic painting.

Rock Steps

Acrylic painting on canvas, 18″ X 36″

October 20, 2014

Washing Hair

Filed under: PAINTINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 10:57 am

An oldie. Trying to paint simply and simply paint with limited colors.

Washing Hair

Acrylic on canvas, 24″ X 36″

October 6, 2014


Filed under: PAINTINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 12:06 am


Water soluble color pencil and wash on paper, 9″ X 8″

September 7, 2014

Fair Share

Filed under: PAINTINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 10:43 pm

There’s always enough cotton candy at the State Fair for two little girls to share.

Fair Share

Acrylic on canvas, 16″ X 20″

May 8, 2014


Filed under: DRAWINGS,PAINTINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 10:23 am

This is my rendition of Brandy Herbert, a friend of mine from high school.  She’s a music guru,  producing sessions for other songwriters/singers or playing on recording sessions for others  as a guest artist or “hired-gun.” She still does a couple of guest-concerts a year and is playing with about 4 different bands and projects in various jazz-venues around Colorado.

She toured with the original Platters, was lead guitarist for the Bobbie Gentry Show tour and has played alongside a bunch of our musical heroes including Jimmy Reed, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Clanton, the Shangri-La’s, Teresa Brewer, Lionel Hampton, Burl Ives, Nancy Wilson and many, many more.

But, more important, she’s my friend.


Water soluble pencil and wash on paper, 7 ½” X 10″

July 4, 2013

Girl in Color

Filed under: PAINTINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 5:15 pm

Experimenting with color.

Amelie In Color

Acrylic on canvas, 16″ X 20″

June 10, 2013


Filed under: PAINTINGS — Colby @ 8:11 am

Brazilian model Roberta Murgo

Roberta Murgo

Watercolor pencil and wash on charcoal paper, 11″ X 11″

May 30, 2013

That Trestle Painting

Filed under: PAINTINGS — Colby @ 10:42 pm

I hope this doesn’t upset any of you but the painting doesn’t look exactly like the photo that inspired me. I took a bit of “artistic license.”

On the top is the original photograph. I took four or five photos and picked this one to go by. The others were handy for reference. Next is the blank canvas with my charcoal sketch of where I wanted things to be. I envisioned a few minor changes; for example, I replaced the brown egret with the white one from the shore.

Then we have the initial stage of the painting. Obviously, I enhanced the color. Acrylic paints dry fast so I generally work top left to bottom right just like I would in a drawing. I go back later after it’s dry to add detail or touch up.

And finally, on the bottom, the finished painting.

Trestle progression