september 24, 2014 – ellen and the owl

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in ellen, painting | 0 comments

ellen and the owlThe last couple weeks have been busy ones. Fortunately much of this busyness has included painting which, of all my activities, I enjoy the most. Here’s a peak at my latest, Ellen and the Owl. I think there is a bit of touching up to do, but for the most part it is finished. Can’t wait to get it to that point, then varnished, then framed. It should look handsome, indeed. (In the last three days I’ve listened to the unabridged audio of Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey. Which has led to me saying such things as, “It should look handsome, indeed,” and “Capital!”)

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september 17, 2014 – the unraveling – part iii

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in stories, the unraveling | 2 comments

The Unraveling – Part III 

Correine sat on the cold ground at the top of the cliff that overlooked the sea. In her hand she held the fragment of sky that had first floated down. It was so thin, almost like a snakeskin, and she could see her fingers through it. A loud ripping sound caused her to look up once again to the sky above. It was steadily coming undone, tearing apart like rotting fabric, slowly billowing in the roaring gale. The Unraveling. The very end of things. It was happening just as the Oracle had said.

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september 16th, 2014 – christmas cards

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in painting, topiaries | 4 comments

newcardsHere are the final images for the two lines of cards – first, the regular, nice animals that one might want to meet in the woods. “Oh look! A badger!“ Thanks to Trevor, I’m calling this set “Merry Christmas.” And then the second group: “Scary Christmas.” These are just a little stranger, just a little weirder, just a little more sinister. I’ve ordered the cards and they should be here in a couple weeks. I’ll let you know when they go on sale!

In the meantime… what’s your favorite one?

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august 28, 2014 – more topiaries

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in painting, topiaries | 2 comments

topiariesMy rough translation* of your feedback re: the squirrel (see center right, click to enlarge):

“Your squirrel’s eye is creepy.”
“Can you add lightning to the squirrel?”
“Your squirrel gave me nightmares. I can’t sleep now. I blame you. Bitterly.”

And,
“This is my favorite one so far because it looks creepy!”
“Yeah! Death Squirrel! I want it!”
“I sleep like a baby now because of your squirrel painting.”

What does one do in the face of such contradictory responses? Options:

1. Sadly paint over Squirrel’s eye to make him socially acceptable.
2. Sadly paint over all the other animals’ eyes to make them socially unacceptable, just to match.
3. Not give a rip about what you people think.
4. Come up with another line of cards designed for those who appreciate the strange, creepy, and bizarre!

I’ve chosen to do number 4.

Onward!

*and somewhat elaborated upon

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august 18, 2014 – topiaries

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in painting, topiaries | 0 comments

Here are the first four. I don’t think I’ll stop at six.four topiaries of the apocalypse

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august 14, 2014 – the unraveling – part ii

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in stories, the unraveling | 6 comments

The Unraveling – Part II

Correine awoke to the rumble of thunder and the sound of rain spattering on her window. She lay still in the early morning darkness, gathering her thoughts. As she watched the drops of water trickle down the panes, Correine decided that she could wait no longer. She would go to the Oracle, despite the risks, to confess and ask her question.

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august 8, 2014 – tree animals!

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in painting, topiaries | 0 comments

topiariesHere’s my progress on the tree animals. Rabbit and deer are done, moving on to the fox. To round out the six I think I’ll add a badger, a squirrel, and an owl. (Click image for a larger view.)

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