I just finished repainting one of my favorite paintings, “Blue Plate Special.” I sold the first one before I was able to document it in a high resolution Photoshop file. At the time I hadn’t started selling digital prints of my artwork, so I didn’t realize I would someday want to have a high res photo of it. I purposely tried to paint it from memory, with a few changes so it wouldn’t just be a copy of the first painting. This one has a few subtle differences in color and composition. Prints are available online from my Society6.com shop, and the original will soon be for sale at ZaPow Gallery in Asheville along with digital print options.
An octopus wears the abandoned helm of a deep sea diver and sprawls across the sea floor, messing with an anchor connected to a sunken ship. Other octopi see him and think it’s hilarious that he’s pretending to be a human.
Prints are available via my society6 store, and soon from this site directly. I’m really excited to be having digital prints made of all the paintings I currently have in the studio. I plan to sell prints and the originals at ZaPow Gallery starting in August!
The artists of ZaPow invited the writers and dreamers of WNC to submit their dreams or short stories about dreams to be illustrated. This show is the culmination of their creative collaboration. See show info, date and location here.
“Turtle Magic” Painting for the Dream Show at ZaPow Gallery
The Dream: “There is a special river deep in the Amazon that is home to thousands of turtles. A special type of turtle that spend their entire lives there. At first glance they appear to be similar but look closer and you’ll notice unique white markings on their backs – almost like someone took a paint brush and painted a design on the shells. They spend their whole lives searching for their mate who has the exact same markings on their back. When the two match up something magical happens. They glow in the water together when they find each other and it is incredible. Unfortunately poachers try to harness their magic.” – Christy Kirk
The original painting will be shown next to a page describing the dream and prints of the painting will be available at the Gallery beginning on opening night, Friday, July 1st at 5:00pm. This will be my first official exhibit at ZaPow and also my first time having prints available at a show. Hope to see you there!
“Space Kitty” is a white kitten hanging out on the moon wearing a jetpack and a glass orb astronaut helmet. A Ball of copper/orange colored yarn floats around the kitten’s feet. The idea for this painting came from Edward, my oldest cat. He came to us when he was about eight months old, so we didn’t get the chance to see him as a kitten. Considering how he acts, I imagine he’s from outer space.
Space Kitty and several other new paintings are available as prints via my new Shop page.
This painting is also the first one I’ve added to my profile at deviantart.com: AdAstraExplodius.
“Starfall” is a surreal landscape depicting a moonlit waterfall made of stars. As a river of stars fall into the depths, they all combine into a glowing blue mist, illuminating tiny floating islands inhabited by naturally occurring bonsai trees. Approximately 12″w x 25″h Acrylic on Panel.
I recently finished this Clockwork Owl – my first pyrography project. I wanted to get into pyrography because the medium has always attracted me and it’s versatile. Pyrography can be done on many different substrates, like wood, bone, leather, almost anything that changes state when heat is applied to it. It’s best to choose a substrate that doesn’t melt, off-gas anything dangerous when burned, or damage the heated tip of the woodburning tool. I also did a few small experiments and found that it doesn’t work well at all to burn into acrylic paint. It works better to plan to apply paint after the woodburning is completed.
I woodburned this Clockwork Owl into a pine board and added some color accents with acrylic paint. It takes some patience because moving the wooburning tool too fast over the wood cools it down and makes it not burn as well. I also ended up straining a tendon in my thumb, but nothing a little ibuprofen and 24 hours couldn’t take care of… Woodburning uses a different set of muscles than drawing, at least the way I did it. Hopefully, with more practice I will learn to some techniques that will make it easier. I really enjoy the challenge of attempting to work in new media.
Here’s a few favorites from the thousands of t-shirt designs I’ve made in the past few years.