Monday, August 27, 2012

Wildwood Hearts




They met in the wildwood, the only place where their love was not forbidden.  Here they could escape the shadows of the jealous world that kept them apart.  The birds and trees welcomed them, lending strength to their young hearts so that they would not lose hope.

Well, it's come to the end at last, all caught up.  As I said in my last post, it's been fun sharing these paintings with you, and it really feels great to have all my photos in order at last.

Just like the "Dune Spirit", this painting began as a woodshop scrap that I added canvas backing to.  This was the last piece I finished before my final art show in college.  I think I'd like to start working on it again.  Now that I've let it sit for some time I see places I'd like to do some final touch-ups on.  I'll make sure to post its final state when I finish it!

I'm also making steady progress on the watercolor pencil paintings I talked about at the beginning of the month.  They're taking a little longer than I initially expected, so I'll be posting some more work in progress shots for you soon.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Dune Spirit



When the world was new, she sculpted them out of light so that they might all share the same spirit-thread in each beating heart.

The art catch-up is almost over, this being the second to last piece.  Going through all these pieces has been a fun and reflective experience for me, I hope you've been enjoying it as much as I have.  

This piece started out as a leftover scrap from the woodshop back in college.  As soon as I began my weekly rummage through the scrap pile, I saw this orphan piece of wood with a large hole cut out of its center.  I was inspired immediately and carried it back to the painting studio.  (I miss the woodshop so much, it's where I used to get all my best wood!) 

I decided to staple canvas to the back to create a surface for painting on while still maintaining that inch of depth between the wood edge and the image (seen in the detail above).  You can see how the back looks like below.

I used acrylic paint on this one as usual, but did something knew by using gold paint mixed with ochre to glaze the wood, giving it a warm shimmer and highlighting the natural grain.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Forest Watcher



This time, the sunset was different.  The doe felt the flutter of change on the wind.  She had heard the leaves shake their branches in the telling of prophecies.  Now she watched the man and woman, wondering how they would wake when the sun returned.  Would they remember all the forest had taught them?

This is another of my larger paintings, it measures about 40 inches across and is 28 inches tall.  It's acrylic painted on door skin like the painting from my last post.

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Stream


She paused on the bank of the stream.  Whispering trees beckoned her onward to the world of faerie.  It would be impossible to return from this place of magic, shadows, and echoing voices.  She hesitated at this otherworldly crossroads, wanting to move forward, but unable to forget the people she was leaving.

Here's the next painting from the ones I promised to show you.  Only three more to go, and I'll be all caught up.  This one is painted in acrylics on door skin panel.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Gaia




Lost in thought, Gaia wraps the land around her like a blanket.  
Under her guardianship, nothing can be harmed.  

Another painting from the backlog of previously unedited photos, all of which I'm planning to share with you within the next two weeks.  This is a mythology-inspired diptych I painted in May.  I really love the color palette I used on this one and would definitely like to revisit it for future works.

I'm still working steadily on the watercolor pencil paintings I showed you last week.  No new in-progress pictures yet, but I'll definitely keep you updated on those as they progress.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Works In Progress


Happy August 1st everyone!  To start the month off on the right foot, I thought I'd show a sneak peek of what I'm working on right now.  Recognize the one at the top?  I left it as "done" for a while, but then decided to add more color to it as I had originally planned.  It's back in the "in progress" pile, along with two other small paintings I started yesterday.  I'm working with watercolor pencils for all three of them, which means layers, layers, layers.  Hoping to finish them all by next week.