I stayed up entirely too late last night making this. The funny thing was, I didn’t plan to make it beforehand at all. Not even earlier that day.
…I just up and made it. (While watching Pink Floyd’s The Wall.)
But, I think I can point to the reason I felt so compelled to create this piece in particular. I had an incredibly stressful weekend, coupled with an ever-sharpening sense of my own mortality. Locally, covid-19 cases and deaths continue to break daily and monthly records and yesterday was no exception. People got sick yesterday, plans were cancelled…and then I surprised myself by making a painting based upon Arthur Machen’s story of a deadly force of nature killing a family isolated in their house.
The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is currently hosting a group show of female illustrators! I’m privileged to have my stuff hanging next to the art of several truly amazing women.
Here are a few highlights from the show but as always, if you want to see more…you’ll just have to go! Continue reading
I’m very happy to be featured at the gorgeous new Rumjahn Gallery along with some of my favorite local artists (and many other awesome ones I’m encountering for the first time)! If you haven’t stopped by yet, you need to…they’ve really done an amazing job with the space. I love their setup and their variety. And if you’re an artist looking to show work, they’re really nice folks!
Here’s the link to my profile, you can see all kinds of neat artists on there.
Rumjahn Gallery and Framery is at 310 Main Street, Evansville IN 47708, and they’re open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5.
Lauren Tharp of LittleZotz Writing has released an update on her upcoming book LittleZotz Writing: School for Ghosts! The update also releases the illustrations done so far for the book, including art by myself, Sandra Kang, and Paris Matic as well as a couple of adorable illustrations by Lauren herself!
This is the big one! I’ve been working on this show for 15 years. The entire show is an illustration of Lord Byron’s chilling masterpiece “Darkness,” a short poem about the end of life on Earth.
Here’s the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1596604873937978/
And here’s my own page detailing the destructive process (as opposed to creative process) that went into the creation of each piece for the show: https://sandpaperdaisy.com/darkness
Enjoy, and I hope to see you at the opening!!
Ain’t he a doll? I am so ridiculously proud of this guy.
Here’s how he looks as an actual glass, featured on the Tin Man Facebook Page.
More on that fantastic Illustrator Glass Series|Tin Man Brewing Co website
I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on here, but I’m doing 3 illustrations for Lauren Tharp’s upcoming book on ghostwriting. This cute ghostie is by Sandra Kang, I’ll be posting some teaser ghosts in a couple of weeks.
In the meantime, feel free to check out Lauren’s post on the book or look at any of her other awesome freelancing advice…she frequently helps me out with freelancing dilemmas and her site is chock-full of info on the subject.
Back in 2001 (yes!! the Stone Age) I illustrated the poem Darkness by Lord Byron. I made and bound a single book that contained a series of linoleum block prints, copper etchings, and monoprints illustrating each scene in the poem.
This linoleum block print, on the inside front page facing the title page, is a man eating a serpent. It is in reference to these lines from Darkness:
–the wildest brutes
Came tame and tremulous; and vipers crawl’d
And twin’d themselves among the multitude,
Hissing, but stingless—they were slain for food.
I am currently revisiting this series with new works which I will eventually make the subject of a solo show. As the book’s creation was in 2001, the pieces in this solo show will all be dedicated to my wonderful father, who introduced me to this powerful poem.
The print looks curved because this is a photo of the book page. I have no other copies of the print and no good way to photograph it again, as it has been damaged in a flood. The exploding planes at the top of the picture were achieved by me physically cutting the top of the linoleum block apart and then printing from the pieces!
“The Crowd” is another very popular piece, appearing in The Horror Zine, two collaborations on deviantART, and also as promotional material for a recent horror novel, “Starers” by Nathan Robinson.
I’ve had a lot of people ask me what my deep meaning is here and propound several theories of their own, very in-depth and well-thought out theories at that. I myself was just portraying a kind of archetype I’ve always had in my head, that of the faceless, menacing crowd closing its ranks against outsiders, free from personal culpability and devoid of compassion and empathy.
The Crowd is on Society6||Redbubble.