These are growing into a series. I’m painting these pressed fiber shapes with metallics and glossy finishes to make them look heavy. Some of these are becoming frames for showcasing works on paper. Really fun new project, not sure where it’s going, but enjoying the journey.
Monstrozilla Science Fiction Studio crept up the basement stairs, tendrils arcing toward a rhombus of moonlight on the kitchen floor. It’s a monster incubator; a virtual science-fiction design studio. Look for Monstrozilla Science Fiction Studio in all your favorite social media portals. #monstrozilla
Just finished and delivered this Octopus painting to ZaPow Gallery for the Tentacles & Intoxication Group Show opening September 2017. Some of the symbolism behind this painting is the dual nature of the feeling of intoxication, which I have often experienced as feeling drunk, but with an impending price to pay in pain the next day. This dual nature is depicted by the background imagery of the clouds of heaven and the flames of hell, as well as the octopus’ “costume” – a halo with horns, angel wings and a devil’s tail. The octopus is dancing wildly, with a different type of beer in each of it’s eight tentacles. The symbolism of the stage with deteriorating wooden slats is left open to interpretation.
I also entered a framed digital print of a previous Octopus painting called “Diver Octopus” depicting an octopus partially inside of an abandoned deep sea diving helmet on the ocean floor.
I’ve started getting into a new medium: Linocut! I think almost everyone who took an art class in high school has done at least one of these. I was really drawn to this medium because I’ve been selling prints of my paintings for a while now, and I like the idea of making my own prints at home, plus I really like the unique qualities that this medium gives to an image. There’s a rustic element and a little bit of chaos involved that makes each print unique.
I chose this first image of a windup robot as an experiment to see what comes out of the process, and it’s given me a lot of ideas on what kind of subject matter might lend itself well to this medium. It seems like things with a lot of detail, like woodgrain and dragon scales might be conveyed really well by this type of image making.
I’m really looking forward to doing more with this… there’s so many variables involved that can be tweaked, like ink color, paper/substrate choice, pressure, etc. There are some parallels with screen printing that make this medium a lot of fun to work with. I’m interested in developing a multicolor print press so I can achieve good registration with multiple plates. I’ll be taking some of the better prints to sell at ZaPow Gallery!
Come see my painting exhibition at Dripolator Coffeehouse, 221 W State St., Black Mountain, NC 28711. The show will be up during July/August 2017. This is my first event in Black Mountain! It’s just down the road a bit from our house in Swannanoa.
I’m showing a combination of new original paintings on wood panel and canvas, framed prints, and abstract woodblock pieces.
The Scorpion and the Frog Fable goes like this: a scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown. Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When the frog asks the scorpion why, the scorpion replies that it was in its nature to do so.
This painting is the first of a series based on Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales. I’ve chosen this theme because of how it interweaves subconscious/symbolic dream imagery with natural settings.
Candles, Red & Blue Woodblock, and “Prismatic Sky Burial.”
Fresh from the drawing board! Two tubes of toothpaste battle it out in a 3D “TRON bike” style race to the finish. Bringing science fiction to your bathroom walls! I think people need art to look at while they brush their teeth; I know I do.
Dimensions are 9″ x 14″ acrylic on panel with a satin clear coat. Ready to hang. Purchase on Etsy
Prints available soon.
#scifi #toothpaste #dental #bathroomart #videogames #tron #arcade
Also, It does this dance in my LED light (time-lapse video):