Thursday, October 23, 2014

"Inner Critic, Stand Down!"

Title: "Inner Critic, Stand Down!"
Medium: Acrylic
Size: 8x8 inches
Genre: Fantasy

Loving linear work more and more. This is somewhat like the children's illustration work I used to do back in another lifetime. Back then it was ink and watercolors. Nowadays I'm totally entranced by acrylics, and will stick with that medium. It's fun to combine all the skills I know into one style.

This palette is different for me. I never used much black before, and with the texture, careful attention must be paid to values lest the whole thing get too muddy.

The title of this piece is based on all the little psychodramas that have played in my head during times of extreme stress, when I wasn't sure if I made the right decision, when I felt I had dropped the ball, etc etc etc and my Inner Critic would bully my Inner Child. Well OK that's how I interpreted it. Anyways it makes for some interesting art.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Just a Few Fey Friends

Still exploring linear art, wanting to get it a little more subtle. What I am liking about line is that it is more style driven, which gives me freedom to explore a greater variety of subjects while keeping my work consistent. It's also a lot faster for me, and I'm liking that a lot, too.

Title: "Just a Few Fey Friends"
Medium: Acrylic on upcycled wood panel
Size: 6x6 inches
Genre: Fantasy

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fey Happy Hour

More linear explorations. This from a live modeling session at AVAA, Austin Texas.

"Fey Happy Hour"
Quill pen with Liquitex ink,  plus colored pencil 
on toned bristol paper
Size: 8.5 x 11
Genre: fantasy

Elf Moon

More linear explorations. Right now my style is all over the place as I'm still experimenting, but I can sense it will congeal into something consistent. I would like to combine the linear more with the lyrical, we'll see how it goes. Meanwhile I'm loving how fast I can do this type of work. It's a big relief to me, like taking a vacation.

"Elf Moon"
8x10 acrylic on panel
Fantasy genre

I've alwo been exploring pen and ink, and here is the line drawing this little painting is based upon. I think translating it into paint changes it a lot. I like both equally well, and there are aspects of each one that I like better in it rather than the other.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Linear Explorations

Taking some time off to explore linear directions. Currently I have some pretty big obligations that don't allow me as much time/energy to spend in the studio on ambitious works, so I'm doing things that come very easily to me. This keeps my basic skills up, and keeps me happy too. Who knows, I may find ways to combine linearity into my more formal work. I have faith that everything will work out fine.

"Linear Explorations"
Acrylic with acrylic ink, on 300 lb watercolor paper.
Size 5x7 inches

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Witch Pumpkin

"Witch Pumpkin" 5x7 ink, colored pencil, and gouache, on ivory toned bristol paper (acid free, lignin free). 

Below is an older version from years ago in acrylic. I wanted to make the new version more lively and full of fun characters. 

"Witch Pumpkin" ACEO acrylic on illustraiton board, sold.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Neriad

Title: "The Neriad"
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 18x24
Genre: Fantasy


Prints available on Fine Art America.

Description: A Neriad contemplates her underwater life, surrounded by sea creatures. The fish going after the key symbolizes the quest for knowledge that may come at a price. The octopus symbolizes worldly concerns such as career, wealth, and lifestyle, since octopi are very intelligent and flexible. The seahorse symbolizes fun and childlike curiosity.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dragon Familiar

Title: "Dragon Familiar"
Medium: Ink and Watercolor on 140 pound watercolor paper.
Size: 8x6 inches
Genre: Fantasy

Having bit of fun with lifedrawing-- sprinkle a bit of faerie dust in the studio, snd this is what happens. I wanted to call this one "My Eyes Are Up Here" but an esteemed colleague said it was too pretty a drawing for such ribald humor. So it's "Dragon Familiar" instead.  Ink and watercolor, 8x6 inches.

Note: the top part of the painting is much whiter; didn't photograph that way. Can't use my scanner for these as the light values drop out. Camera works fine with a little tweaking of the image to get it back to looking like the original. Although the original looks much nicer!


"Moonflowers" now available as a print on Fine Art America: