A lot of people have resonated with this cute digital painting of two children navigating the sea of outer space on their home-made rocket, powered by a star. I’m even proud to say it took 1rst Place at Digitized back in 2011! It’s knocked around town in several places and forms (more on that next post) and finally come to settle on Society6 and Redbubble. But there’s more to the children’s story:
This piece actually has a place in my personal mythology. The two children are the same kids from Atomic Jazz!
These two children are my son (right now still in pre-school, I aged him for these pictures) and the little sister I thought he might end up having one day. This little sister is also one of the two possible children filling out the mysterious raincoat in The Seashore:
I made these three pieces when I had my son and was aware I was going to have a younger child to accompany him through life, but didn’t know if it would be a boy or a girl. The little girl would have been called “Violet,” and so that is her name in these pictures. I did eventually have my second child, a merry little boy! And so “The Seashore,” which I deliberately kept ambiguous, turned out to be the first picture of him in my series of fantasy children.
Possibly my most successful photo-manipulation and also one of the simplest concepts I’ve done: a fantasy forest that is unending, no sky but only graceful trees above and below. As with everything else I posted this week, this will be at both Art in the Wild Saturday and the Earth Day Art Crawl on the 19th.
This guy is one of everyone’s all-time favorites, and it’s easy to see why. You just gotta love Rex!!
You may recognize Rex from my block print series post here. These babies will be with me at Wesselman’s Nature Center for Art in the Wild on Saturday April 5, and again on Saturday April 19 at the Earth Day Art Crawl on Franklin Street!
Now to go back to a very old piece indeed, this conceptual still life from 2006 or so! My only goal here was to do my own version of the kinds of medieval and renaissance still-life paintings I remember seeing where various objects like books, globes or dead fish would be interspersed with a human skull as a reminder of mortality. If memory serves these were called “memento mori.” But it’s been awhile since I was in school, admittedly.
I was also interested in what was described to me as the “archaic smile” that was normally found on ancient Greek sculptures of girls and boys (Kore and Koros, I think). These beautiful young people wore enigmatic smiles as free-standing sculptures or pillars, supposedly because it made their faces look like they wore the proper serene expression when being viewed from below. I’m wracking my memory here, but I believe that’s what I was thinking when including the bust of the young man.
Memento Mori is on Society6||Redbubble. Among other things I made some depressing stationary you can use to remind people of mortality.
I made this gearing up for Evillecon. Since Evillecon is an anime [Japanese animation/cartoons] convention, the subject is anime related! These gears, clocks and spider-lilies (higanbana) are all symbols associated with one of my favorite anime characters, Akemi Homura. If you’ve ever seen a show called Puella Magi Madoka Magica (or just “Madoka Magica” in the U.S.) you know who I mean! If not and you’re a geek like me, I highly recommend it. It’s definitely not your typical cutesy magical girl anime.
Naturally, I think this baby looks particularly good as a clock.
I did this work in 2013 for my “Patchwork Dragon” solo show in November 2013. The show version had pages from my childhood personal diaries collaged around the edges to form a border. After its debut at the show, this piece with the diary page collage was auctioned off by The Literacy Center to raise money to help adults learn to read. I picked this piece especially because of the title “Love Letter” and the diary entries attached to it. It seemed the most perfect piece I had for a literacy auction.
It’s sold now to a generous supporter, but this teaser I did for the Patchwork Dragon Show shows some of the diary collage on the original piece:
I deliberately inverted the peaceful Holy Place from earlier in 2013 for my end-of-2013 solo show God From the Machine. The solo show focused on mechanization and the sometimes sinister mating of the machine-world with the natural world, so letting this discord and unnatural atmosphere seep over Holy Place seemed like an effective way to evoke that. …it kind of hurt to do though!
We’re getting quite close to Evillecon 2014! Evillecon will be held in Evansville, IN the weekend of March 28-30 and will feature, among other things, an Artist Alley cram-packed with talent. And guess who’s going to be wedged in there with all those wonderful artists? Me!! I have a lot of different things I’m bringing, including many of the fantasy and sci-fi prints you’ve already seen on here, as well as pinback buttons, charms and little stuffed stars, but today I thought I would share my cute sushi art with you.
These sushis, wouldn’t you know it, are also available as keychains! I’ll be selling these at Evillecon.
This is a digital painting of a lovely tree we used to have in our backyard. The cicadas loved it. Unfortunately it died one year and we had to cut it down. Our neighbors lost a tree as well, I heard it was some sort of worm epidemic that claimed a lot of the trees in our neighborhood. I did an earlier version with much brighter colors but ultimately decided on the more autumn-colored piece.
I did this piece so large that I was able to isolate one of the cicada shells on the tree and make the small print from this post!
This painting of a jellyfish/bomb was responsible for creating one of my favorite customers of all time, a little boy no more than ten and probably not so old as that. He and his sister admired the different digital paintings at my table at Evillecon 2011 and their mother told them that they could each buy a print if they wished. The little boy considered long and gravely and then asked me the meaning of Atomic Jazz. I explained pretty clumsily, how the city is meant to be dull and drab but suddenly, this impossible amazing thing has happened, and this great creature of color and vitality has descended upon it to shake up all the people in the city.
Wide-eyed, he said “So they jellyfish didn’t come to destroy the city…but to transform it??” I couldn’t believe my ears and I felt no end of amazement at this sweet child and his marvelous insight. He asked his mother if he could buy Atomic Jazz and receiving her assent, handed me the money with trembling hands and asked if it was really okay for him to have it and take it home. Aside from my own boys I can’t remember the last time a child touched me so deeply! Wherever you are, young man, you will always be one of my best memories!
Made in late 2013, this was a HUGE piece in my last solo show. As I made it I was thinking of some kind of impossible reactor core, superheated on one side and supercooled on the other, a little like the thing that held Akira.
I did this piece to display at the 2011 Evillecon Artist Alley (ramping up for this year’s Evillecon right now)! I woke up from a daydream where I had this vision, but I suspect that it was partially inspired by Harlan Ellison’s short story “The Whimper of Whipped Dogs.” The spirit of a city plays a part in that story as well.
Made this at the very beginning of 2013 for a contest. I didn’t win the contest but as sometimes happens, making and showing this piece led to a lot of other opportunities. I did an inversion of it called “Toxic Angel” for my December 2013 solo show. I’ll update with that piece another day!
Right now I’m slaving over a couple of mythological pieces, one on Kaguya Hime based off this sketch and one on Yggdrasil, the world tree of Norse mythology (below).
In the meantime I opened my email this morning and noticed Society6 was having a promotion this week so I figured I’d share that. I don’t just have iPad skins in there, naturally, but I think they look particularly pretty so that’s what I chose to share. If you’re curious or wish to take advantage of the free worldwide shipping promo, here’s the link: http://society6.com/sandpaperdaisy?promo=55f5f8
This piece featured recently in my November 2013 solo show as a collage with added thread and bead elements augmenting the tentacles. I may make more little collage pieces from it for the upcoming April 5th Art in the Wild show at Wesselman’s Nature Center in Evansville, IN.
I did this piece of the Ha-Adam for a 2013 show on collective mythmaking at PG Gallery in Evansville. It depicts a variation on the Jewish origin legend where “the Adam” was originally a person composed of a man and woman back to back, which would be split into Adam and Lilith.
Also known as “Entropy,” (sometimes I just can’t decide on a name by the time I’ve made a piece!!) this is a recent work from my December 2013 solo show. Since this is a wide-format piece I’ll append a slightly larger version at the bottom so you can see more of the detail.
You may recognize this art from my Franklin Street Outdoor Art Sale post! This is the full piece here, entitled “A Message” and conceived by me as an environmental statement after I watched the old Charlton Heston classic “Soylent Green” for the first time.
After seeing that callous and weary depiction of a dystopian and colorless future, I envisioned a bleak city where the only suggestion of beauty and nature was found on the advertising blimp hovering above the smog. While I originally feared this blimp may be advertising a beauty that no longer exists, others have told me the blimp represents the hope we cling to by a green thread (environmentalism). I prefer their interpretation, don’t you?