Monday, April 28, 2014

Book Update: Voyages of the MS Rodent

I am now three chapters away from finishing the first draft of my next eBook: Voyages of the MS Rodent! To celebrate this moment, I thought I would share my inspiration for this fun little tale.

I live one mile away from the office where I work and for the first year I walked to work everyday. I had to cross the Snake River as part of my commute, and I noticed this little island out in the middle of the river which got me thinking. What would it be like to live on that island? What kind of animal would choose such a home? What would drive him or her to live there? How would they get out to the island? How would they survive there?

I started by writing several scenes back in 2010, and after publishing two other eBooks on Amazon (and trying out a half dozen outlines) I finally shaped the story into something I knew would work. Now here I am, three chapters away from a complete first draft! Once the first draft is finished I will work on a cover and other illustrations while the manuscript "cools." Stay tuned for further updates on this and other exciting eBooks!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Brownstone Church

Date:  July 21, 2012
Medium: Watercolor
Description: This is an exercise from a book on watercolors I did during a family reunion at Green Canyon Hot Springs near Rexburg, Idaho. (This also happened to be on my wife's birthday.)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Lehi's Vision of The Tree of Life

Date: March 31, 2012
Medium: Acrylic
Description: This is my depiction of Lehi's vision of the Tree of Life found in 2 Nephi chapters 8, and 11.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Scenes From Rose Hill, KS

Date: February 14, 2012
Medium: Watercolor
Description: Scenes from my wife's hometown of Rose Hill, Kansas. The water tower, high school, Apple Market, railroad crossing, and the new town hall that was build shortly after we were married.

I used a standard set of $.99 Crayola watercolors and a small round brush. Not only was this a Valentine gift for my wife, it was also a proof of concept that you don't need super fancy equipment to paint something decent.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Taylor Mountain

Date: July 8, 2011
Medium: Acrylic
Description: Taylor Mountain is just south of Idaho Falls, unfortunately that is the only real part of this painting, the rest is made up.