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Simon de Pury

I have to be honest, I’m a tad lost now that the Sketchbook Project is no longer a constant companion.  It’s going to be digitized (scanned), so I’ll post a link when that happens so you can see the whole shootin’ match.

I can’t seem to move on to bigger, more permanent, pieces, so back into the Moleskine I go.  Really, that’s the only thing I can get time to draw/paint in because I’m just so danged busy these days.

I follow Simon de Pury on Twitter and Instagram, and he posted a picture he took at a DLD conference (not sure what that is) that I thought would be a cool painting.  So I replied to his tweet that I was going to paint it.  Simon knows me… we go way back.  No, no, that’s a lie.  Simon knows me like he knows Adam’s house cat, as the saying goes.  Anyway, I painted it… in my Moleskine.

Painting of Simon de Pury's tweet: India Ink and acrylic in the Moleskine sketchbook

Painting of Simon de Pury’s tweet: India Ink and acrylic in the Moleskine sketchbook

I still think it’s a cool photo.  Maybe I can make a bigger one sometime.

Alice Pyne


Rarely does an interaction with someone touch me so deeply as it has with little Alice.  I’ve followed her for a couple years, and when she posted this tweet, I knew I had to put her in my sketchbook.



So I tweeted her to let her know…



She tweeted back…
I finally posted the entry you see below on January 11th.  The very next day I saw this on Facebook:
My heart dropped.  Little Alice, you have touched so many, and have imprinted thousands with your love of life.  You will not soon be forgotten.
Next in my Sketchbook Project is a beautiful young woman from the UK, Alice Pyne (@Alice_Pyne on Twitter).  This one was tough.

Alice is 17 years old, and has terminal cancer in the form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  From her blog:

Roc Cayard

Roc Cayard (@Roc_Cayard on Twitter) is the next page in my Sketchbook Project.  Roc is a New York based contemporary artist who uses bold primary colors. From his website:

I mostly use bright primary colors in my paintings because they have the characteristic elements to energize, uplift and promote a positive mood.


All of my paintings describe a specific mood or a reoccurring mood that I experience every now and then. Those moods can’t be precisely described with words, hence the need for me to express them thru my work. The scenes that are depicted in my paintings are split second flash thoughts that comes to mind when I’m in a certain mood. The specific colors that I use also help calibrate the level of energy and mood in each character and sometimes certain colors are used to identify a specific character by individuality, role or by profession.

His work is VERY energetic, and you’re left wondering exactly what he may have been thinking/feeling during each painting. It’s really wonderful art!

I wanted to keep his portrait very simple, reflective of his work, and stay with the primary color scheme he uses in most of his paintings.  I was a bit disappointed with the colors I had to work with because they weren’t as vibrant as what he uses, especially my green.

Take a few minutes to soak in his work. You won’t be disappointed.  And now… Roc Cayard.

Roc Cayard - Acrylic

Roc Cayard – Acrylic

Roc, if you get around to reading this, thanks for following me on Twitter.  I’m a HUGE fan!


Next in the Sketchbook Project is @SwarezArt, a brilliant artist from the UK. He’s a very recent Twitter follower of mine (actually, a follow-back – thanks, man!), but I was so enamored by his work I just had to paint him.

His influences include Jackson Pollack, Joan Mitchell, and Trevor Bell, and you can definitely see those influences in his work. Swarez (sorry, I’ve looked everywhere, but can’t find a proper name) has a number of social links, so I’ll share them here as well:

Now, for the goods… I wanted so badly to do a drip painting that would manage to capture a bit of his style. However, once I started, I quickly realized that drip painting was much (MUCH) better suited for larger-scale work, unlike this small 5 x 7 sheet of sketchbook paper.  Nevertheless, I was able to flick the paint instead, which gave it a drip(ish) feel.  I was happy with the result, but you really should check out his work… much better!

Thanks, Swarez, for following!


Lena Levin

My next Twitter follower to be permanently enshrined in the infamous Sketchbook Project sketchbook is Lena Levin, or @LenaLevin_paint as she’s known on Twitter.  She’s a fantastic painter with some great influences… from her website:

Van Gogh remains, and will probably remain forever, the single most important painter in my life, with Rembrandt and a much less famous Russian painter, Pavel Filonov, quite close by.

When you see her work, you’ll definitely see those influences, but with a beautiful twist.  A wonderful mix of bold color and confident brush strokes.  And she’s a DOCTOR to boot!  Amazing!

Another attempt at a mashup here.  Her Twitter profile picture, and her color sense and brush work.  Recreating her style is not easy, and you can see I didn’t even come close.  But, as with all the portraits so far, I really enjoyed it.  Thanks for following, Lena!

Lena Levin: acrylic in the Sketchbook Project sketchbook

Lena Levin: acrylic in the Sketchbook Project sketchbook

Marianne Morris

The next page in my Sketchbook Project is of Marriane Morris (on Twitter as @morris4of4).  She’s a fairly new Twitter follower of mine, but her work really stood out, and I felt I just HAD to do something about it.

I couldn’t find any good photos of Marriane, but there are these eyes…

And then there’s this BEAUTIFUL painting from her website

“The Colour of Simplicity”, by Marianne Morris

So, as with the Chaz Sargent painting, I mashed ’em up…

“Marianne Morris”, acrylic in the Sketchbook Project sketchbook

I love the color and feeling in Marianne’s work.  You really should stop by and have a look around.  Thanks, Marianne, for following me on Twitter!

David Sandum

The next page in my Sketchbook Project is of David Sandum, a painter living in Norway who founded the Twitter Art Exhibit.  He has a fantastic style, somewhat reminiscent of Van Gogh.  As a matter of fact, he lists Van Gogh, as well as Gaugain, Bonnard and Matisse as some of his influences.  I couldn’t do it justice, but the intent was to paint his Twitter portrait in his style.  I tend to overwork things, but here’s how it turned out…

David Sandum – Acrylics in the Sketchbook Project sketchbook

David, thanks for following, my friend!