February 20, 2017

New Art: From the Haze She Watches

From the Haze She Watches, done in watercolor, colored inks, white gel pen, and gold metallic acrylic on watercolor paper, 9x12 inches. Prints available: [link]; original is sold.

This was inspired by a headdress by Copricapo Designs that I saw at a recent art show. The initial concept for this painting ended up branching into two very different versions - this one is the original idea, but I also intend to paint the second variation sometime in the future.

January 31, 2017

New Art: The Gift of Tears

From hurt there can grow empathy; from sadness there can blossom compassion.

The Gift of Tears, done in watercolor, white gouache, colored ink, and white gel pen on illustration board, 10x10 inches. Prints available: [link].

This was a piece I started several months ago and almost abandoned. I had the linework drawn out, but no idea what to do with the colors and little inspiration to finish it. However, following a (thankfully) short spell of artist block, I finally dug it out of my storage drawer, resumed working on it (mostly winging the colors), and got it completed.

January 22, 2017

New Art: Mechanique

Welcoming in the new year with my first painting of 2017: Mechanique (pronounced mek-uh-NEEK), done in watercolor, white gouache, colored ink, white gel pen, and mixed media elements on watercolor paper, 8x19 inches. Prints available: [link].

Not only is Mechanique my first painting of the year, but it's also my first piece where I've extensively used mixed media elements (view detail shots below). As an artist, I'm always wanting to try new techniques and push beyond the self-imposed boundaries of my art. In this case, I glued several paper clock faces to the painting with Mod Podge and used small dabs of silicon to attach the various metal filigree and gear components (I also painted a layer of Mod Podge over those to ensure they were good and stuck).

All in all, I had a lot of fun working on this piece and I'm very happy with the result, so you can expect to see more mixed media pieces from me in the future.

November 21, 2016

New Art: Rootbound

The dryad – a type of nymph from Greek/Roman mythology, a minor goddess
of nature associated with the forest and trees, neither mortal nor immortal.
Rootbound, done in watercolor and white gouache on watercolor canvas, 11x14 inches. Prints are available here: [link].

This is my first oval painting - I made the surface myself by cutting an oval piece of material and mounting a sheet of watercolor canvas on it. The idea was to make the painting look vintage yet modern, and most of it, excluding the face/neck, was done with organic, spontaneous techniques - salt, canned air, and allowing the paint to run freely as I rotated the canvas to create the many layers of roots. The detail below shows an example of some of the critters hidden inside.