I'm excited to show you The May Queen (this is the piece I posted about last week). She is a companion piece to Jack in the Greenand prints of both are available through my online store. Both original paintings will be at my IlluXCon Showcase table this coming Friday, October 20th (8 p.m. to MIDNIGHT) and Saturday, October 21st (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.). IlluXCon is being held in Reading, PA. Learn more on their site.
I needed this picture to tell a story and fit with the other three elementals but what story and how would it fit with the others?
This piece had a lot of iterations to explore ideas. At one point I had the water elemental as more of a Naiad at a waterfall or stream. The story fluctuated from languid, to serene, to joyous. They didn't quite seem to partner with the three existing images which seemed more energetic. Was I hearing the tinkling laughter of a stream, or the crash of waves? Was I feeling a gentle spray of water blown off a little waterfall in the middle of a quiet forest, or the pressure of ocean depths. Eventually I landed on the current story. And would it be vertical or horizontal? I decided horizontal since I only had one of those (Air) and two vertical pieces (Fire and Earth).
I'm excited to have the original drawing with me at IlluXCon this Friday and Saturday, as well as limited edition prints of all four elementals. The drawing is done with graphite pencil, a tiny bit of Creatacolor NERO Extrasoft for some of the very dark accents, and I think I used white Conté for the accent highlights. It's on Canson Vidalon Vellum. I drew the lines on one side, scanned the lines in for the digital painting, and then added values to the other side of the vellum.
My piece, "Glimpse of the Unicorn" is inspired by a special place in northern Minnesota. It is a digital painting and I will be offering limited edition prints in two sizes.
The large image size is a 12"x16" Giclée and is printed on 13"x19" fine art archival paper using archival inks. The run will consist of 10 Artist Proofs and then 25 limited edition prints for a total of 35 prints. There will be a matted and framed large print on display and for sale in the show.
The smaller version will be 5"x7" and printed on heavyweight, bright white, matte paper, using Epson DuraBrite Ultra inks. This smaller size will have 5 Artist Proofs and then 45 limited edition prints for a total of 50 prints.
Date and Time of Show:
Thursday, April 7, 2016
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Edit: Casket Arts First Thursdays are actually 5 to 9pm but the opening lasts till 10 pm.
After 9pm the doors will be closed and no more shall be admitted.
Being First Thursday there will be a lot of awesome things happening in the building, including music!
Leg Up Studios - Casket Arts
681 17th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
I'm prepping for IlluXCon which takes place weekend in Allentown, PA. My newest originals, "Golden Dragon Eye", and "Voodoo Queen (Woman of Power)", are framed and ready for their debut!
You can see them in person this weekend. I will be in the evening Showcase Friday, October 23, 8:00 pm - midnight, and Saturday, October 24, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm. In addition to these paintings, I'll have a collection of original drawings, sketches, and limited edition prints for sale. You will find me sharing a table with the wonderful Galen Dara.
Next week I'll be at Gen Con, July 30 - August 2, 2015. I'll have originals and limited edition prints available. Bear Falls will be there. I'll also have my dragon eye drawings and paintings on display and available for purchase. I'm really pleased with how I designed the framing of the little paintings. Here's a preview:
This will be my third year at Gen Con. I'll be at a table again in Artist Alley. If you're at the con, stop by and say hi!
Not bad. I ended up putting the little kit in my backpack stool. I decided to take the backpack so I could bring a water bottle, some sun screen, and a jug to carry my dirty water, plus a 12" ruler to measure off my working area. Sorry but the dirty water jug is in the backpack. It's an accordion storage bottle I bought ages ago from a photography supply shop. I take the dirty water home with me.
The pack is still pretty simple. Very nearly something I can just grab and go sketch. I'll need to use it a bit more to decide if there's anything I'd like to change.
Here's my little painting: 5"x7", gouache on Jack Richeson Finest Studio Watercolor Paper. Roz Stendahl has a thorough review of the paper on her blog. It's a recycled paper made of 100% post-consumer waste, Cold Press and acid free.
Next I have my eye on a very small tin of mints that has been lying around our house. It's about the 1.5"x2"x.375". I figure I could put a dollop of a brown or sepia gouache in it. Paired with my Niji Waterbrush in my little sketch kit I'd be off and sketching.
Anybody else have a favorite combination of tools?
Come celebrate art and the completion of a painting!
My latest oil painting, Bear Cliffs, will be on display this weekend during Art-A-Whirl.
Many of my fantasy pieces will be displayed, as well as some portraits, and still life. I'll have originals, prints, note cards, and studies for sale.
Friday: May 15, 2pm - 9pm
Saturday: May 16, 1pm - 8pm
Sunday: May 17, 12pm - 5pm
Please note that my times are slightly different than the official Art-A-Whirl times. Also, I'm not in the official book so don't use that to find me. Use the address below.
I'll be set up in Cyd Wicker's studio: 1701 East Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55414, #285. Look for a big, brick building on the northwest corner of Stinson and East Hennepin.
It's in the same building as The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art: second floor, one studio down from The Atelier.
What could be better than roses that won't wilt? Give them to your sweetie or buy them for yourself to enjoy! These rich red roses are painted life size on an 8"x10" canvas panel. Yours for $150 + shipping (and tax if you're in MN). Buy now through my Square Market page.
Here's a bit on the process for the Autumn Green Man.
After discussing the project via email, I did up a bunch thumbnails. The client got to see these two which I thought solved the challenge in a way closest to what we discussed.
Then I did a tighter drawing with values - a combination of pencil on vellum. Then I deepened the values, painting them on the computer (in case your wondering, I use Photoshop).
Next I did a few color studies. You'll see we ended up combining elements from the first and third one. The blue-violet eyes were essential. The client will be using the final art as a visual reference for four beaded tapestry pieces. She'll make one for each season in different colors, but the eyes will remain the same color.
Initially the goal was to make it look like a portrait but when I got to the final, it seemed flat. I experimented with different abstract shadow shapes to give a feeling of depth and make it seem like he was out in the woods with shadows cast by nearby branches. It wasn't part of the initial idea but liked liked it. Turned out the client liked it too. Win!
If you want to own a copy, I'm selling limited edition 8" x 10" prints of the final (the image on the right) online through my Square Market shop. If you're outside the U.S. and would like to make a purchase, contact me.