Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pecking away at the Origin, plus some studies.

More 4x6s.

In contrary news, apparently the "I Bring You Blue! Pretty Blue!", Aka "The Wedding Gift" got sold. That's bad because now I've got to paint an extra larger painting for the 2015 show, and that's good because.. well. Moneys.

Wrenliness 49-51

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The origin of dragons

Two progress shots.

Red corn snake, zebra swallowtail butterfly, peonies and dodder weed. Part of the Thieves of Spring series.

As a kid I recall reading a speculation that dragons came from people glimpsing snakes with birds/bats in their mouths and people making mountains out of molehills. So, why not a butterfly? The contrasting background of peonies and dodder (a parasitic plant) seemed appropriate for the theme.

Still have a few days left on this one.

Monday, March 24, 2014

One finished painting, 3 studies.

8x10 inches, acrylic on board.
And, because I haven't painted a cat in ages, here's a few. A 6x8 inches, and a pair of 4x6 inchers.

Artist Trading cards!

Did these guys for a little card exchange on Comic Fury forum.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hooray for boards!

Got the first batch of boards in, so back to pet portraiting! Still waiting on a number of 9x12s, though.

8x10 in progress, acrylic on board.
From this reference..

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Finished Evening Peep of Spring

"The Evening Peep of Spring"
12x16 inches
Acrylic on board

Iridescence is impossible to photograph! The background is two layers of silver micropearl pigment over dark blue, and the depth of it does not show through this at all. Ah well.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Finished gecko.

He didn't turn out half-bad! In the spirit of getting rid of work that would otherwise be gathering dust on my shelf, 've decided to try penny auctions on Ebay with this little guy.

Edit: A couple of other things from today.
The Peep of Spring, in progress. 12x16 inches, acrylic on board.
After a couple of days of 70 degree weather, DC is once again getting hit by snow. Thought that called for some spring-themed painting.

And a little polymer clay dog portrait commish'.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Stuff from today.

Working on this little guy as an art swap. (Images only). May toss him up onto penny auctions on ebay once he's done.

And an 8x10 underpainting. Q: Why hasn't there been more pet portraits recently? A: Out of boards, and waiting on the shipment. Since the 20th, now. They keep being out of stock at Jerry's.

Monday, March 10, 2014

What May Come

"What May Come. (On 1919 Watchfire demonstrations.)
12x27 inches, acrylic on board.

Holy cow, a piece got finished. Now let us go start a dozen more and peck on them for the rest of the year.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Update on Starlings.

Still need to do the shiny overlay on the tree, some pecking on the bird's wings, and the text on the strips of paper.
Otherwise, am surprisingly pleased with it.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Also, doodle.

And this is why we do not talk creative writing during workday.

A case of Tuesday blahs.

Current in-progress:
So a lady from an art center back in SW Virginia asks if I want to be in a show about women's suffrage. Sure, says I.  The result-in-progress- a piece about the1918 speech burnings in particular. The paper ribbons are going to have bits of President Wilson's 14 points from his European speeches. Message is roughly "What the mass of us weaves into fire turns into good things". Starlings, as we all know, is just another word for the disgruntled masses. That's about as political and historical as paintings on this blog are ever going to get. 

Finished the wolf. Am not happy with the wolf. Would redo him (her?) completely, if time allowed.
Still pecking away at the lion for the constellations group show in 2015. 
Still pecking away at the Art of Wrenliness. Up to 50 pages now.
Haven't made any progress regarding the solo show in 2015, except coming up with a theme- "Woodland gifts". Thankfully, 've got 2 paintings on that theme already (I found Blue, and Thief of Violets). So, just 10 more to paint. Weeeeee.