Last week, I took a short road trip up to Acadia National Park in Maine with one of my brothers and a couple friends. I didn't find the time to do any painting on site there, but it gave me the push to work on more portraits, something I've been promising myself that I'd work on for a while now. I ended up taking a photo of my brother from the trip and building a different landscape around him from scratch. Like all the monoprints that I do, I find it interesting to compare the plate(left) and the final print(right), seeing which parts become more saturated and which details end up being lost. 


Prints are still in the works, but it's not too often that I do much with figures, so I thought I'd share today's painting. Rain and cold put a end to any beach plans that I might have had, so instead I sketched with a friend in a local coffee shop. Having seen others use it in the past, I decided to try painting with coffee. Although fairly similar to most inks or watercolors, I found a few differences in working with it. The coffee had a tendency to pool at the edges, rather than dry into a more even tone like most inks would and seemed slower to dry. Also, where as inks and watercolors can layer on top of themselves to create a range of tones, the coffee I used was pretty limited in this regard, meaning that the sketch stayed fairly light. Although I'm not particularly concerned, coffee isn't particularly archival, so it probably won't have the permanence of inks. All things considered, I enjoyed the small differences and might give some more non-traditional media a shot in the future. 

sketch at Adele's, coffee on paper, 9.5"x7", 2015