Craft Art 2014 Festival Photos

Last Sunday I drove down to St. Pete, Florida to walk around this year’s Craft Art event. There were plenty of artists and vendors there, and much to look at. As an artist myself, it inspires my own creative energies to see the amazing work of other people. Going to events like these is very good for any artist just to open his/her mind to different forms of expression and possibilities therein.

I photographed most of the stuff that drew me in, and I did manage to get a few cards with information on some of the artists. I will include their websites and names with the photos of their respective works.

This has to be my favorite artist at the festival. I absolutely love the organic, alien look of his work. The colors and shapes go together so well, and you can definitely see where he does derive inspiration from nature. My first impressions are of coral reefs and very strange plants. The textures also give something very satisfying to the finished pieces.

For more of his work go to:

William Kidd –

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Here is an artist who specializes in flowers, orchids, and more made of clay and wire. Some of the pieces were extremely small, and very skillfully hand made. He even made tiny cakes, and flower boxes. There were much larger pieces located at the back of the booth, and all looked very life-like.

Unfortunately, his web address isn’t working, but I do have his email.

Kevin J. –

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There was a lot of pottery at this event, but this artist caught my eye because of the style and subject. I am partial to birds, and many of them appear in her work along with many other animals. I really liked her garden totems.

Laurie Landry –

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The rest of my photos were pretty random, and things were pretty crowded, so I didn’t get the name and info of every artist. The work is fantastic nonetheless. Enjoy the rest of the art!

Cute whimsical sculptures.
Dragon bookends.
Cute Owl sculpture
Art Lamps
Giant Flower made from palm seed pods, and lacquer.
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More big flowers
Giant bird of paradise pieces
Gazelle with many beads, and founds objects added.
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More horned things.
Yellow Dog with found objects added.
Big iguana made with beads
Murals, driftwood, and sea creatures made from metal.
Metal fish pieces.
Tile mural.
Stained glass art.
More stained glass.
Girl riding a stick-crow.
Wildlife art and prints featuring birds and reptiles.
More work from the same artist.

Okay, that’s all for now!

Commissions I’ve Done

I’d like to share a few commissions I’ve done in the past and recent, as well as some background on them.

When I first started doing professional art commissions in 2008, most of the jobs came through online contacts. Then, as word of mouth traveled, I began getting a few local jobs here and there.


This was one of the first. I received this request from an online parrot forum. The owner of “Pickles” wanted a portrait of her quaker parrot, and she supplied an image of the bird perched among some branches. I took artistic license with the rest of the colors.


These two pieces feature a family’s horses and a very old barn on their property. One horse got his own portrait. I actually went out to the family’s home and visited the property and horses to get good photos to work from. The horses were very beautiful and charming in person. These pieces were given as Christmas gifts that year. (2008 I believe.)


Another pet bird portrait requested from an online forum member. This client wanted day lilies and hibiscus flowers in the background, as well as the bird’s hatch date. 9″ x 12″ on bristol board, 2009.


This commission was one of my more unusual requests. An old friend from high school wanted a piece with a character from a Japanese anime series called “Tenchi Muyo”, that we both used to watch. He asked for the character to be in a certain pose and appear more realistic. I added the suggested maple tree. 5″ x 6″ on bristol board, 2014.


These two pieces were done for a client wanting Christmas gifts for his children, who are fond of these two bird species. Both were done on 9″ x 12″ colored pastel paper, 2014.


This piece was done for a neighbor who had a frame and requested something to fit just right. He wanted a gray fox in the woods, so that’s what I gave him.  15″ x 16″ on bristol board, 2012.

Next post will have my photos of the CRAFT ART Festival in St. Pete, Florida! Stay tuned!

Dart Frog Collection

It’s only November but Xmas is around the corner, and I have it in mind to offer some items for a Holiday Sale. Mostly concerning smaller artworks, both finished or yet to be commissioned. I’m going to start with a collection I’ve had on hand since 2013.

I did a series of drawings of a few very colorful Poison Dart Frog species on small pieces of pastel paper. They are signed by me, ad dated by year, and the species name is listed on the back of each drawing. They aren’t framed, but don’t let that deter you from taking any of them home. These frogs are charming, and I’m only asking $40.00 for each piece. If you buy multiple piece, I will give a discount of 20%.

They are currently in clear plastic sleeves to protect them until you find a frame for them.

Here are some photos of the set, and closeups.

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The measurements are roughly 6.5″ x 9″ for each piece.

If they require shipping, those charges will apply. They will be shipped in a non-bendable mailer with padding to protect them during shipment.

I have other items I will be listing for sale during this Holiday season, so please check back for more! Don’t hesitate to send an email!

A Rescued Toad

About three months ago, I accidentally chopped the legs off a toad while mowing the lawn. Naturally, I felt like shit once I realized what I’d done. I figured he was done for, but out of guilt and wanting to be humane, I brought him in and set him up with moist paper towels in a critter keeper. I put a dish of water just in case he wanted any. I didn’t believe he’d make it through the night. His wounds were so bad I thought he would’ve died from shock.

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Once I realized he was still alive, I began searching for info on treating wounded frogs/toads. I did inquire with vets if they would see a toad, but couldn’t find anyone who would. became very valuable in terms of finding out about general care and emergencies concerning amphibians. I suggest it for people with both pet or injured frogs and toads.

Over the course of one month, maybe a little more, I treated this little toad’s wounds with Neosporin (Original Formula, with no painkiller, since that kind can actually kill an amphibian.) I kept him in a spare ten gallon tank I had with only paper towels as bedding, since dirt would enter and infect his wounds. I supplied a water dish, and fake plants to offer some cover. I would soak him in warm water every other day to keep him hydrated and help him poop. It wasn’t til weeks later I caught him soaking on his own. He had barely come out before then.

tankt  first time soaking himselfCovering the front of his tank with a towel for the first few weeks helped to give the toad a sense of security, and over time, I slowly removed it. I believe the process helped him to get used to me, and to his situation in captivity. Because of his injuries, he unfortunately cannot return to the wild.

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I was actually quite concerned about getting him to eat for me while I treated him, since most injured wild animals are too stressed to do so. I was soon to learn about toads being famed for their gluttony. Maybe it was even a bit of spunk that this fellow had that helped keep him going.

He ate waxworms, phoenix worms, mealworms, crickets, and darkling beetles. I believe he has developed a fondness for mealworms especially. He never seems to turn them down.

He’s almost comical to watch hunting his food. When something catches his attention, he’ll cock his head to the side, then creep closer, and that tongue flicks out quicker than a blink. Here’s a video I took of him feeding a while back.

Note: I had previously incorrectly identified him as an Oak toad, but later discovered he was a Southern toad when he started growing larger.

Eventually, the wounds closed over, and finally I was able to give the toad some substrate to dig and burrow in. I use Eco-Earth coconut husk, and he has been burying himself comfortably ever since I put it in.

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At some point when I realized this toad was now an unplanned pet, a name had to be given. And really, I think he had decided it for me. After numerous occasions of shooting jet streams of pee at me when he was undergoing treatment, the name “Squirt” stuck.

As I mentioned before, toads love to eat as much as they can in one sitting. Well, since his original ordeal, he has grown significantly larger. This is also what helped me properly identify his species as a Southern toad. They can reach average lengths of 3-4″ at adulthood. Considering his size then, and his size now, he may have been a juvenile at the time he was injured. He measured about 1.5″ maybe less then, and now he measures 2″, and is continuing to gain size.

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He is also able to puff himself up, as toads do when they’re scared or annoyed by something. This can create the illusion that he’s bigger than he really is. This is how they discourage some predators from eating them, and if the animal still tries to eat them, the Southern toads can secrete a nasty fluid from its parotoid glands to make the experience very unpleasant.

There is also a defensive posture a toad can take if it expecting attack. It looks like the toad is preparing to headbutt, but it’s more likely that he’s positioning his glands for some predator willing to push its luck. Like when I break out my camera to snap a photo…

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In the meantime, he has adapted fairly well to his new home. He is mostly nocturnal, but may come out during the afternoon for a soak, or just to check things out. He certainly hasn’t complained about the food.

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Part of his care involves offering fresh water daily, since he dirties it each time he soaks. I also have to use de-chlorinator to neutralize the chemicals in my tap water that would make him sick or kill him.  He also won’t eat anything not living, so creepy crawlies are a must with most toads and frogs. It’s not for the squeamish.

He is nocturnal, so he is fed in the evening, and I have a red light for added heat, and for viewing while he hunts. Toads don’t typically need added heat like reptiles do, but a few hours a day, or during winter months is okay.

I don’t know if Squirt is male or female, but he’ll be on the large side if female. Which means more bugs I have to buy. Yum.

For any further info on frog and toad care I strongly recommend, as it helped me alot during the treatment phase of Squirt’s wounds.