New Work: Fairy Brew
Posted on 06 Mar 2015
Fairy Brew - 18x24" oil, acrylic, and watercolor on paper
The fairy drink is composed of equal parts mushrooms, moonshine, and madness. It is drunk the world over in humble barrows and grand fairy halls, but it is a bitter brew not suited to the palates of mortals, and wise men avoid it.
This painting was created for Krab Jab Studio's
upcoming Faerie III show. If you're in Seattle this month, make sure to check it out in person! If you aren't in Seattle this month, you can just gaze sadly at the list of artists and wish you were (that's what I've been doing).
The underdrawing - 11x17 pencil on Bristol paper
While I intended to do my usual exhaustive process write-up for this piece, the process on this one was particularly harrowing and involved starting over from scratch after my first attempt at the oil painting stage went terribly, terribly wrong. I learned a few important lessons (chief among them not to wait until a week before the shipping deadline to start worrying about finishing a painting) along with a lot of new swear words. All in all, though, it was definitely worth starting over - as it almost always is.
My unwillingness to dig through my documentation from this last grueling week has ensured that the origin story of this painting will remain shrouded in mystery; here's a snapshot of the (second) underpainting in progress, just to prove that it is, in fact, something I painted and not merely a fortuitous flea market find.
The watercolor/white charcoal underpainting in progress.
Month of Love: Forbidden Fruit
Posted on 01 Mar 2015
Forbidden Orchard - 5X7" oil, acrylic, and watercolor on paper
It's the final, bittersweet week of Month of Love
before we all return to our usual loveless programming... But on the bright side - it's only 6 months until Month of Fear.
The pencil underdrawing (left) and ink/watercolor underpainting (right).
The theme this week was Forbidden Fruit; I thought non-monogamy fit the bill. Our peculiar societal conventions dictate that when one finds oneself in the midst of a vast orchard, one must take only one apple...
The oil painting in progress.
Month of Love: Love is All Around
Posted on 19 Feb 2015
It's Week 3 over at Month of Love! This week's theme is "Love is All Around" - we were encouraged to get out into the world and find a real life love story to illustrate, but since a) it's cooooold and b) there is no love in Maine, I stayed inside and drew a portrait of my dog and her lost love, Pato.
For a long time, my dog Tiki was completely inseparable from her stuffed yellow duck (the one she was allowed to pick out herself from the rack at the pet store). I haven't seen them hanging out much in recent months, though... I often wonder what it is that drove a wedge between them, and whether either of them misses the closeness they once shared.
Month of Love: Diamonds
Posted on 09 Feb 2015
Now that February is here again, it's time for Month of Love (the weekly art challenge masterminded by Kristina Carroll). This week's theme is "diamonds."
Casting around for inspiration on the theme, I came across an article on the Koh-I-Noor diamond; once the largest diamond in the world, it was gradually chiseled down to an eighth of its original size by various owners who wished to improve upon it.
Thumbnail concept (left) and 8x10" pencil underdrawing (right).
I originally wanted to make a piece that showed a flaw as a source of power - a crack in the surface allowing access to a well of glowing light. As I started sketching, though, my character's expression turned less tranquil, and the theme shifted. I think now it's a piece about inspiration - the frustration of digging through dirt and rubble in search of the hidden idea that will be a diamond.
Be sure to check out the new Month of Love
blog for more art - there's an insane roster of artists participating in the challenges this time around, and new pieces are appearing daily.
Every Day Original: Sunset Ride
Posted on 16 Jan 2015
5x7", oil and acrylic ink on paper.
Here's my latest tiny oil painting, Sunset Ride, currently up for sale at Every Day Original
Snapshots from the process: pencil/white charoal, acrylic ink, and oil glazes.
This piece was based on one of my earlier (and even tinier) drawings
; sometimes a concept just needs to be revisited in color. I thought some sunset hues would fit the theme nicely.