Photos from Lake Powell



I have recently decided to delve into the world of ACEO’s. What are they you ask, well they are somewhat like baseball trading cards but for the arts. Artist decided that they wanted to collect and trade something similar to baseball cards so they came up with “Art Cards Editions & Originals” And so ACEO was born. They are little tiny and wonderful works of art. They can be any medium or media an artist can dream up. Oil, acrylic, pen and ink, watercolor, paper, canvas, board and in my case sandstone. The only requirement is that the size remain 2.5 X 3.5, the size of a trading card. They can be displayed in plastic sleeves and placed in a binder to browse through. Or if it’s a bit thicker like a tiny canvas or my sandstones they can displayed on a tiny easel and grouped together for a little art show.

These have been a great seller for me, since my larger Sandstone Creations average around $100.00 they can be out of reach for some people. My ACEOs start at $20.00, this is great for the experienced collector or someone just starting off and looking to invest in some miniature art.

And just because its small doesn’t mean that it is short on quality, some of my ACEO’s take just as long to create as my larger works of art. First off I’m not just breaking the sandstone and getting an assortment of sizes and shapes. My ACEO’s have to be carefully measured and cut with a tile saw to get that perfect 2.5 X 3.5. I usually spend an entire day cutting them, then sanding and cleaning up the cuts, cleaning up the tremendous mess the tile saw creates, then I spend the reset of the week painting my ACEO’s. No matter what stage of my ACEO’s I’m doing I enjoy them all because I’m doing them for me.

Showing at DREAMS AND LEGENDS of the Superstitions Gallery

I’m currently showing my Sandstone Creations along with a few paintings at Dreams and Legends of the Superstitions Gallery located in Apache Junction. Local artists of all types sell and display their art at this wonderful art gallery that is dedicated to freedom of artistic expressions. This gallery is located on Highway 88  directly across from the beautiful Superstition Mountains and on the way to Canyon Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Gold Field and Tortilla Flats.'My Art Wall'

Many times when I set up my canopy and artwork outside the galley I sit and sketch the mountains at different times throughout the day to document the colors and shadows as the sun moves across the massive stone mountain.

I’m enjoying my experience at this gallery, it’s a joy to show my work with so many talented artist. With the weather heating up I’m curious how long the business will continue to pour in at the gallery. Next month the temperature will be well over 100 degrees and the heat may be too intense to venture into the great outdoors.Dreams and Legends of the Superstitions Gallery

Sandstone Creations

They have been called unique, beautiful, amazing even organic. What ever you call them they are original to me the artist Patrick McCrohan. I begin by hand selecting my sandstone from local landscaping design centers picking out flawless large thick slabs. Its not quite like going down to the art store and grabbing a canvas off the shelf. I lug the sandstone home, break them into more manageable sizes, chisel and shape them. I clean and scrub them down removing any loose pieces and then lay them out to dry.  I use black ink and a stippling technique to create simple yet dramatic shading making the images pop.

(Stippling is a process of creating thousands of tiny little dots by hand). Sandstone is very porous so the ink soaks right in creating permanent works of art. Sandstone has so many beautiful natural features that will enhance the artwork. I look for the differences in each piece, stone colors, textures, tones, shapes and layers are all part of my creations. I make sure to check both sides and turn it around and around again before I decide what image is just right for that individual stone. A piece that is tall and skinny may be great for a giraffe or I may turn it on its side and see a line of elephants marching to their favorite watering hole. Somehow I can see the best in each piece.

Featured Artist


Hello all Im currently a featured artist over at Artsy Shark, check it out and read a bit more about my Sandstone Creations.

Basement Incident

Some years back a friend said that she knew of a place to show my work. I said great, contacted the owner and began to show my artwork in a quaint little coffee-house. Recently a friend said that she found a great restaurant to show my artwork, I immediately said ‘No Thanks’.

See, at this coffee shop it all started out great but soon went sour. When it came time to change out my art work I contacted the Artist in charge of the installation. Well he had moved to New York. So I tried to contact the owner of this charming coffee-house to no avail. I then decided to go down in person and see about exchanging the paintings with new ones. I walked in with a smile, scanned the place and saw only 1 of 4 paintings. Wondering what was going on I asked the Barista where my paintings were. He looked puzzled and vaguely recalled them and then directed me to the basement! I’m now the one puzzled, what would they be doing in a basement. Was it a trendy private coffee area a break room, what? Down below I found an old couch, fog machine, stuffed animals (a bit strange), a broken espresso machine, boxes and glassware. No trendy coffee area, no paintings just junk. I called down the Barista and he proceeded to kick boxes around, look behind crates, in a sink and even under the couch. I looked him over good and asked why would he be looking under the couch for my painting, what was going on. Was it really that crazy around there that my precious works of art ended up under a dusty, well-worn couch in a damp basement. He could see that I was starting to boil and called the owner, (he apparently heard the stories of ‘don’t upset redheads’) after a few words I asked to please speak with him. The owner of this now not so charming coffee-house explained that one painting is at the coffee shop, one is hanging in his living room and he doesn’t know what happened to the others. What, what, what… “you have one at your house” I exclaimed! I was in shocked. I immediately advised him that I was calling the police to file a report on the missing paintings and that if he was smart he would hightail his ass over with the other painting or I would have to report that he posses a stolen piece of artwork. Well, he did make it over rather promptly with my precious cargo , but sadly the other two painting were never found. (Pictured above)

The ugly little coffee-house closed down weeks after so I was happy to get two paintings back before their demise. I’m still walking with a smile just extra careful and cautious with the idea of loaning my artwork out, in fact I have not done it since.

My Dreamcoat Studio

 Back in 2006 I decided that I needed a nice place to paint. At the time I was using a spare bedroom. I had my paints, brushes, crafts, canvas and sandstone scattered all over the room. The closet was unoriginazed and stuffed with reference materials, supplies, old projects from school, a projector and a host of things that really belonged in other parts of the house. The carpet was stained with paint, ink, markers, wine you name it. What started off as beige was beginning to look like the technicolor dreamcoat. It was way past blaming on the cat. The room was a horrible cramped inefficient mess.


I decided on:

Dark hardwood flooring for easy clean up

Tinted plaster for the walls, orange my favorite color

A cable lighting system for some style and functionality

A large built-in desk for the Apple computer and an extra painting area

Lots of overhead cabinets and…

everything had to have rollers, easel, chairs, art carts, everything. I kind of like to wheel around the room from the computer to the easel and then across the room to get supplies. It sounds lazy but it’s rather fun. Sometimes I miss my mark and go crashing into the wall and then let out a good laugh. Still looking for a trash can with wheels.

My studio now has a ‘Painting Zone’ Viewing Zone’ ‘Storing Zone’ ‘Surfing Zone’ ‘Relaxing and Chilling Zone’ and everything in between! It really is a great working space. It’s not a huge space but it’s very efficient, besides once I’m at my easel my back is truned to the world and I’m focused on the art before me. I think what really makes it special is that I did all the work myself, from the floor to the ceiling. I’m prod of my accomplishment every time I step into my “Dreamcoat Studio”.