• New YouTube Video: Simonson Paints “Brazilian Sunlight”

    As noted in the previous blog entry, one of my latest paintings shows Marcus and Sandro climbing down a rock in a jungle setting. It’s called “Brazilian Sunlight” and it’s from a photo session where I took my models to a deserted island in Brazil (read more about it, and see the reference photo, in […]

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  • New Video: Simonson Paints “Yelapa Shadows”

    I just completed a quick acrylic sketch of a morning scene I photographed in Yelapa, a beach town just a boat ride away from my home in Puerto Vallarta. As is natural for me these days, I set up my Android phone with the LapseIt app running and recorded a time-lapse video. The video is […]

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  • Time-Lapse Video: Simonson Draws a Male Nude

    As I mentioned in a blog entry a few days ago, I recently got a new phone so that I could shoot time-lapse videos of myself drawing and painting. (For those who are interested, I got a Samsung Galaxy J6+ Android phone and the app is called LapseIt. I’m pretty happy with both.) Following up […]

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  • Latest Landscapes

    Working on improving my skills with landscapes recently. These small, rough landscapes are from the past week. The better I get at landscapes, the more I’ll be able to give my male figure paintings a more integrated setting. Plus it’s nice to have some new offerings for my landscape collectors!

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  • Time-Lapse Video: Simonson Paints a Landscape

    I recently got a new phone, and one of the main reasons for that was so that I could shoot time-lapse videos of myself drawing and painting. (For those who are interested, I got a Samsung Galaxy J6+ Android phone and the app is called LapseIt. I’m pretty happy with both.) With my new equipment, […]

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  • CHRISTMAS AT JERRI’S

    This blog entry is about a class demonstration that inspired a painting. The classes in painting I teach every Friday afternoon in Puerto Vallarta tend to focus on what I call “seeing the big shapes.” In a nutshell, this means ignoring the details of the image you’re trying to draw or paint, and just looking [...] Continue Reading
  • SUNDAY IN QUIMIXTO

    On a bright, beautiful Sunday a few weeks ago, I accompanied my friends Lalo, Carlos, Manuel, and Guido (and attendant dogs) to the little beach town of Quimixto. To get to Quimixto, you drive or take the bus south from Puerto Vallarta to Boca de Tomatlán. There you hop on a panga (a motorboat taxi) [...] Continue Reading
  • NEW MODEL: ENRIQUE

    Despite the fact that the kind of lean, muscular young guys I seek as models are harder to find in Mexico, I have managed to find some models here in Puerto Vallarta. In February last year I shot Camilo, who is from Colombia, and last month (January 2018) I shot Zach, who’s from New York. [...] Continue Reading
  • NEW MODEL: ZACH

    How I met Zach was totally random. On the night before New Year’s eve 2018, which was a Saturday, I was out having a beer at one of the many gay bars in my Puerto Vallarta neighborhood, and I met this guy from Russia (Belarus actually) named Valery. Valery is a photographer who lives half [...] Continue Reading
  • ROUGH-SKETCH MARATHON: SKETCHBOOK WITHOUT THE BOOK

    Recently I spent a couple of days in studio limbo between my old ArtVallarta studio space and the new one. I had access to a table, an easel, and paper and pencils but couldn’t paint yet because things were still being put into place. So I decided to draw. In fact, I wound up just doing [...] Continue Reading