Chron’s Blog


This is one of many ads my company presented to the town of Fruita in order to promote tourism in the region. I didn't write this tagline, but the newspaper thinks I did.
Yesterday my name was mentioned in a front page article of the biggest paper in my small town. The consequences proved far more philosophical than was warrented.

Yesterday’s Paper


Kidney-stone
Will I live long enough to see the Broncos win the Superbowl? I woke up. My back was stiff and painful, not in the bones, but in my organs. I’d had a fun weekend, eaten ravioli, now I would pay the price. Now Sauron was awake, rampaging through my guts […]

Love and Ravioli Part 1



“How’d it go?” My boss hit send on another email. “They want me to go to the Emergency Room,” I slumped into my chair, a wet, painful mess. “It wasn’t a total waste, though. Dude dropped a digit and I didn’t have to pay.” “Digit?” My boss asked a little […]

Love and Ravioli Part 2


love-and-french-fries
The Chinese guy with the bad heart, high tech shoes, and English-speaking daughter returned to the E.R. His wife had arrived and was asking the nurse if there were any chairs for her to sit on. “This is the E.R.,” the busy nurse gestured to the chaos all around. “We […]

Love and Ravioli Part 3



teresa sharpe portrait in alcohol inks
This is Teresa Sharpe, one of the best tattoo artists in the world.     This is one of Teresa Sharpe’s tattoos. Note the asymmetry and perfect handling of color. Isn’t she amazing!?     This is a painting I made of Teresa Sharpe using alcohol inks. The purpose of the painting […]

The Teresa Sharpe Tattoo Challenge Painting Tutorial Part 1


adirondack alchohol blending solution
Hi! My name is Nathan! Did you miss part one? READ IT NOW. Would you like to see more of my artwork? YOU CAN DO THAT HERE!   This is Alcohol Blending Solution. It works sort of like water in traditional watercolor pieces, but it also has properties unique to this medium. […]

The Teresa Sharpe Tattoo Challenge Painting Tutorial Part 2



carver: a paris story and dk 3 comic books
Did you miss parts one or two? Read them now! READ PART ONE READ PART TWO   With the background starting to look a little better, I decided to attack the hair. I wanted to use cool colors so that it would contrast with the warm stuff around it, so […]

The Teresa Sharpe Tattoo Challenge Painting Tutorial Part 3


In this painting, Mucha uses a thick brown line to define the outside edge of his figure while leaving the inside lines thin.
Did you miss parts one, two, or three? Read them now! READ PART ONE READ PART TWO READ PART THREE   Going very slowly, and building color in thin layers, I began to lay in my shadows. I also blocked in her clothes, adding a pop of blue for variety. […]

The Teresa Sharpe Tattoo Challenge Painting Tutorial Part 4