DRIFT part 1

two children adrift on the sea of the earth's atmosphere, their ship a home-made rocket

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!

a bright and glorious titanic jellyfish fills the sky, bringing either destruction or new life and vitality to the city below as two children placidly watch.

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:

A child in a red raincoat stands on shore and regards a sailboat while holding a bundle of brightly colored floating jellyfish balloons.

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.

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Endless Forest

a photomanipulation of an impossible fantasy forest where there is no sky only trees upon trees.

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.

Endless Forest is now available on Society6||Redbubble.

Photo credits:

http://carro-stalk.deviantart.com/
http://umbradenoapte-stock.deviantart.com/

Yggdrasil and WIPs

the world tree of Norse Mythology with the nine realms Asgard Vanaheim Alfheim Midgard Jotunheim Svartalfheim Muspelheim Niflyheim and Helheim as well as the rainbow Bierfrost.

And just in time for my next three shows! Yggdrasil 11×17 posters will be proudly present at Evillecon, Art in the Wild and Earth Day Art Crawl…at least, while they last!

Here’s some process shots for you to sink your teeth into:

There are a few interpretations on which worlds make up the Nine Realms of Norse Mythology, and where exactly they abide in relation to the world tree. Here’s what I decided to go with:

1) Asgard [Aesir gods] 2) Vanaheim [Vanir gods] 3) Alfheim [light elves] 4) Midgard [humans] 5) Jotunheim [frost giants] 6) Svartalfheim [dark elves] 7) Muspelheim [fire demons] 8) Niflheim [ice and the dishonored dead] 9) Helheim [the land of the dead] And of course the rainbow, Bierfrost and the Midgard Serpent.

Yggdrasil is on Society6||Redbubble.

If you haven’t met Angel Rex yet, it’s time.

angel res knows how to rock out with a guitar and halo.

This guy is one of everyone’s all-time favorites, and it’s easy to see why. You just gotta love Rex!!

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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!

Millions of Rexes!
Millions of Rexes!

The many faces of Rex: sticker||shirt||Society6

It’s all part of his plan to take over the world.

Memento Mori

in the tradition of the medieval still life with a skull mixed in as a reminder of mortality

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.

a skull superimposed on a cracked eggshell turned into a piece of unique stationary for the goth in us all.
Oh no!!