The Nomadic Troglodyte

Writer Out West



Follow the Painting – Mini Roses

I've been steadily adding to my collection of little gouache paintings. I'm sticking with the nature theme for now, and it's working really well. I thought you might like to see a little bit of my artistic process, so I... Continue Reading →

Acrylic, Goauche, and Watercolor – what to use and when

Yeah, no. I'm not actually going to tell you what to do with your life, let alone your art supplies. Just not that kinda girl. You got your paints, and you gonna do what you wanna do... but here's what I've... Continue Reading →

Bubble Seasons: a painting story

I got to do something very grown-up and artistic this month. I got a right fancy art commission - like, when someone actually asks you to do a painting and wants to pay you for it. It made me feel like... Continue Reading →

1 Great Truth to living a Successful Life

In the last few months, I've been musing on what it takes to live well, and I thought I'd float 1 Great Truth here. It isn't the truth, or even the Truth, and it certainly isn't THE GREAT TRUTH, but it is... Continue Reading →

Wedding Bells – a.k.a. screaming ascent from chaos: a painting story

It's been a while since I've talked about art around here, and that's about to change. Mostly, it's because I've been loafing around doing silly things like working, writing, and plotting out my next series of novels... and because this... Continue Reading →

The Christmas Scramble

Did anyone else have to do a last minute scramble for Christmas presents? Well, I did. I did, and I didn't like it. I'm the freak who is always buying Christmas presents for people in August. I don't like last... Continue Reading →

Art of Harlow – Page 3

Harlow's adventure continued when he took off from the castle across some landscape I borrowed from Scotland via Pinterest. Since the original background photo did not have a foreground, I took a separate stock photo of some grass to form up... Continue Reading →

The Art of Harlow – Page 2

When it comes to shading and blending, I have since learned that the best Photoshop tools for variations in a single color are the blending brush and individually selected colors. That being said, the best way to make a flat... Continue Reading →

The Art of Harlow – Page 1

When I staggered blindly into the project of writing and illustrating a children's book with my brother, I did not have enough experience with the digital art platforms. No false modesty from me; I'm being serious. The idea of backgrounds... Continue Reading →

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