Sunday, September 23, 2018

New Doll Name Question

I recently got this cute bat boy BJD. Just got his wig (was not expecting him to be a readhead), added new red wings and still hav body blush and other other things to do on him, but I want oppinions on names. I thought I was going to call him Pip, and still like it, but was wondering if Vlad would be beter. What do you all think?

Monday, September 3, 2018

Floating Worlds Finished

After consulting with other artists and reworking some things, I think I am done wit this picture. The figure is a darker blue than the photo shows. "Floating Worlds", 10 1/2 x 17, Acrylic, Egg Tempera, Prowhite, Micron pen, Watercolor colored pencil on Canson board. Original and prints available.

Still in Desperate Need

Friday, August 31, 2018

New Boy

In spite of my trying not to buy anymore BJDs, I found this little guy and had to have him. He is a Bat boy, so naturally I needed to have him. He is a Soom Teenie Gem and is 10 inches tall and neds hair and faceup etc. I think his name is Pip!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Not Working Out

Well, I started this before Pennsic and loved how it was going. I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do and was frustrated that I had to wait 2 weeks to continue working on it. Well, the background developed as I expected, but my "world" just don't look as I want. I also had to change things on the figure but still not getting the look I want. So any thoughts or ideas on this would be appreciated.

"Floating Worlds WIP".

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Another Pennsic Over

It was a rainy war and I was restricted because of my heart surgery, but overall it went well. I sold less originals than usual but still made a decent amount.

It was an odd war, many people, especially other merchants used just the same word as I did. odd.

I had bad news when I got home, Paul Jeffrey a friend and art patron passed away while I was at Pennsic. He owned my "Hern, Lord of the Green" picture and commissioned a "Winter Hern", which was pict up at war for him and he never got to see the original (he did see a picture of it). I hope the art he bought from me goes to people who appreciate it as much as I know he did.

He will be missed.

Pennsic is a different world and there are people I count as near family who I only see once a year at War. So many came by and asked about my health and asked if I needed anything and offered help and support. I appreciated it all.

The shop stayed 90% dry and no art was lost to water or anything else this year. Hope I can do as well next year.       

Friday, July 27, 2018

Off To War Again

I will be gone for 2 weeks starting tomorrow. Hope to sell lots of art and have fun while not over doing it (Heart surgery was only May 31st and I am still on restrictions).

See you when I get back.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Another Anubis

I got inspired to do this and while I was in the middle of it another artist I know did a similar picture, only her's was Sekhmet and she was pouring blood from a golden goblet. But anyway, lots of work in this, parts I wish were better but parts I am very pleased with. No time to fiddle with it anymore. "Anubis, Waters of Life", 8 x 17, Acrylic, watercolor colored pencil and Prowhite on Canson board. Original SOLD, prints available. Picture 31.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Scandinavian Pelican

Well, it is a Pelican badge design based on/inspired by some Norse/Swedish designs I found. I did this as a gift for a friend in the SCA ( ) who was recently elevated to the Order of the Pelican (basically a Knighthood for service). Her personal heritage is Scandinavian so I thought this would suit her. It is on an inch diameter wooden roundel, painted in Acrylic with metallic gold. Her Heraldic colors are blue, white and gold so I did the badge in those colors and did the beading the same.  Picture 30.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Celtic God

I started this maybe 2 years ago but had some issues with his antlers and then the background was just blue...I liked the figure to much to scrap it so I held on to it till I got inspired to finish it. "Hern in the Greenwood", 9 1/2 x 12 1/2, Acrylic, ProWhite and Prisma Color on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 29.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Something NOT Japanese

Anubis is one of my favorite ancient Gods to paint and there is a guy who always wants new Anubis art. So her is my latest picture of the Egyptian God. "Anubis at the Door", 10 1/2 x 13, Acrylic and Prisma Colors on black board. Original SOLD, pints available. Picture 28.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Last Calendar Picture

I had enough art for this years Pennsic calendar but 3 of them were very monochromatic, so when I was inspired to do this, I decided it had to replace one of the more bland pictures. "Tiger Samurai", 7 x 13, Acrylic, Micron pen, Watercolor colored pencil and Prowhite on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 27.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Wild Japanese

It seems I needed a picture for my calendar cover and I think this will be it. "Tiger Ronin", 10 1/2 x 18, Acrylic, Micron pen, Watercolor colored Pencil and Prowhite on Canson board. Original and prints available. (I will get a better picture of it tomorrow). Picture 26.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Japanese Experiment

I had the idea, using a different pose and it did not work o ut, so I found this pose and liked the blades. The idea behind this is that both the Japanese and Chinese Royal families trace their blood line back to Dragons. So some time in the mythical past, a dragon had sex with a human and that is where the Emperors of  Japan and China came from. This is the first born, the Prince born from a Dragon father and a human mother. "Dragon Prince", 9 1/2 x 20, Micron pen, Acrylic, watercolor colored pencil and Prowhite on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 25.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Japanese Ghost

Well, an old Inktober piece finally got color. "Butterfly Ghost", 5 1/2 x 12 1/2, Micron pen, Acrylic, Prowhite and watercolor colored pencil on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 24.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Last Picture Before Surgery

I hope very much that this is not my last picture ever. I go in to have heart surgery in a few hours. "Fire Dragon", 4 1/2 x 10 1/2, Acrylic and Prowhite on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 23.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Japanese Brush Painting Inspired

Not quite the same as the print inspired pictures but still fun. I normally don't like landscapes but doingthem this way I can enjoy. "View of the Bay", roughly 6 1/2 x 10 1/2, Acrylic and Prowhite on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 22.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Still Makeing Japanese Art

Well, Balticon was not great but was not bad, I sold several pieces so I need to make more already. "Ghost Gryffon", 6 x 14, Acrylic and Prowhite on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 21.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Last One

OK, this is the last picture for Balticon. "Queen of the Night", about 9 x 16 (I forgot to measure it), Acrylic and Micron pen on Matt board. Original SOLD, prints available. Picture 20.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

More Japanese

Maybe my last picture before Balticon, hope not my last ever. Not the greatest photo, may get a new one if the sun is out tomorrow. "Wind", 10 x 20, Acrylic, watercolor colored pencil, ProWhite, Prisma color and Micron pen on Canson board. Original SOLD, prints available. Picture 19.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Japanese Spirit

I had 2 ideas for this picture and after asking others what I should do, I tried several times and several poses and then tried the second idea...nether worked. Then I thought about different spirits from Japanese mythos. The Tengu is a complex and confusing spirit as it is derived from a word for dog, but was a bird spirit. So, I decided to do a bird with a spirit face to go with this flower. "Tengu Bird Spirit with Flower", 9 x 17, Acrylic, watercolor colored pencil, ProWhite and Micron pen on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 18.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Steampunk Veiw

I have a "frame" that looks like a porthole and so I decided to do a picture specifically with that in mind. But not from a ships porthole, but from an Airships. "Veiw From Porthold 3", 7 inch diameter circle, Acrylic and ProWhile on Canson board. Original SOLD, prints available. Picture 17.

Here it is in the frame.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Favorite Subject

I love bats and finding Japanese style bats to inspire me is not as easy as I would think. I also love Luna moths, so putting the two in this picture was great fun. Night pictures are not uncommon in classical Japanese prints, so this idea was not hard to come up with. "Out of the Dark", 6 x 12, Acrylic, ProWhite and Micron pen on matt board. Original SOLD, prints available. Picture 16.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Another Japanese Gryffon

The color is a bit off but here is the latest picture for Balticon/Pennsic/whatever, Leopard Hawk Gryffon", 7 1/2 x 13 1/2, Acrylic, watercolor colored pencil, Micron pen and ProWhite on Canson board. Original SOLD, prints available. picture 15.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Circular Art

Many years ago I did a pictured called "Steal Koi" and I have always wanted to do another similar themed picture. I got a round frame and bout a domed glass for it and decided that is what the new koi picture would be done to fit in. So here is "Mystic Koi", 7 1/2 diameter circle, Acrylic, Watercolor colored pencil, ProWhite and Micron pen on Canson board. Original SOLD, prints available. Picture 14.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Tiny and Fast

I got inspired late last night and did the sketch and was able to do the inking and color today. This is "Tiny Wagtail Gryffon", 3 1/2 x 10 (roughly), Acrylic and Micron pen on Canson board. Original SOLD,  prints available. Picture 13.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Finally More Art

Not sure how much more I will get done before Balticon and before my surgery. But at least I have one more picture. "Drummer Boy" inspired by a traditional Japanese print, 8 x 14, Acrylic, watercolor colored pencil, ProWhite and Micron pen on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 12.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Ram and Knot Coronet

Here is the finished coronet for the set of baroness' who commissioned first their coronets for when they were landed and now wanting these for their personal coronets. I love how this looks, but pictures just do not do it justice. "Ram and Knot Coronet", 22 1/4, Acrylic and fake half pearls on leather. 11

Monday, April 30, 2018

New Coronet WIP

This is the second coronet for the co-baroness from Bordermarch. This is the personal coronet for one of them. I love this design and hope she will be just as pleased.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bel Banner Finished

I had to make a few changes but it is now finished. This is the Heraldic Achievement of Arms for Belanna DeRouge. it is 26 3/4 x 46 Acrylic on canvas. 10

My Health

Well, it looks like I have to have Open Heart Surgery, SOON! They give me a good chance of recovery but I am still very very afraid and fear I will not live past the operation. I need a valve replaced and it needs to happen sooner than later, like in the next month. So if this weble/blog goes silent you know why.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Banner Almost Done...but wait!

OK, Here is the banner finished except for the award medallions being filled with the awards...BUT she just became Princess again, so I have to change the coronet from a County coronet to a Ducal. "Bel Banner WIP 7".

Friday, April 13, 2018

Good News For Those Who Own My Art

I have a severely blocked heart valve and will have to have heart surgery. So If I die my work should be worth more. So good news for those who own it.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Banner Continues

I am still working on this. Getting much closer to finished so I had to add stuff, if you look close you can see small penciled in circles under the shield. They will be the various awards she has earned.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Update on Old Pic

Well recently (today) the glass on this got broken, so I decided to get a picture of the whole thing and not just the art part. Glass will be replaced. This is a clock, "Guardian of Time", Full clock is 16 x 11 1/2, picture section is 8 1/2 x 14 1/2, Acrylic, ProWhite, Micron pen, Gold leaf, watercolor colored pencil on Canson board. The black frame/box/body of the clock is wood. Original $300.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Bel Banner WIP Again

Well I had hoped it would be finished today but it will not. But at least I have gotten a lot more done.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

SCA Banner Commission

I have been working on this for a while and should have posted the first 3 wips, but here is a banner I am painting for a friend. It is 28 x 30 in this detail (the whole thing will be 48 long when finished.)

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Peacock Coronet

Not a great pic of it, it looks much better in person. This was done for a lady I had done a Landed Baronial coronet for a while back. Her and her co-Baroness commissioned me to do their personal coronets. Acrylic and artificial stones on leather. 9.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Kitty in the Round

We have a cat climbing platform thing that was given to us and one of our cats loves it. He fits in the space so well. I had to take a picture of him all curled up and content. This is Jaeger sleeping in his favorite spot.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Mucha Maleficent

I needed to do some art that was NOT n my to do list, so I did this while working on commissions. This is a gift for a friend who is a huge fan of the Disney Maleficent ... I hope she likes it. Inspired by Disney and the works of Mucha.  "Mucha Maleficent", 9 x 12, Acrylic, watercolor colored pencil, Micron pen and ProWhite on Canson board. Prints available. Picture 8.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Spectrum Scam

So, I was in a book store today and looked for the latest Spectrum Art book. I found it for $35 and did NOT buy it. Now, I own many of the back issue and have found some inspiration in them but after a couple years ago when I attempted to get art IN that book, and had to pay, JUST for them to look at my work, I became to question the whole thing.

First you pay to get them to look at the art you submit. Now it is done electronically so the only reason you pay is so they get money to print the books...which they then charge exorbitant amounts for. And  the ONLY people who EVER get art in these books are already published, well known artists. So from everything I have seen it is a SCAM!

Of course once you send them submit art for them to consider, they will every so often send you email notices asking for more money, I mean asking if you would like to submit more art for them to ignore. 

I used to be on a blog that was by someone in the "industry" who was involved with the Spectrum books and when I made some of these observations was told I was wrong and that many new up and coming artists get into the books. Now, considering I can look through the dozen or so issues I have and recognize nearly ALL the artists OR the book cover that they submitted...I call BS!

Anyway, I used to look forward to the new Spectrum to come out and bought them when I could. But I guess just like the old saying about not wanting to see how the sausage is made, once I got involved in the process...I have gone off the whole thing.

IF they really wanted to promote new artists and showcase the beat, they should NOT charge you unless they use your work. OH, by the way, you pay and even if you get IN, you get NOTHING but the "exposure", you get NO free copy and nothing other than them being allowed to use your art for free to make a mint!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Every Day

Every day I watch my only child fight for his life! Every day I see my only child in pain! Every day I hear my only child being sick! Every day I watch my only child try to live another day! Every day I worry that my only child will DIE! And Every day I can do NOTHING to help!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Native American Gods

I am posting this here so I can find it easily. I will I hope do art based on some of these.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Heraldic Commission Part Two

These are the Arms for the wife of the person I did the other Arms I posted as the first part of this commission for. This is done on 14 x 17 recycled paper, in Acrylic and Micron pen. Picture 7.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Celtic Scroll WIP

I hate doing Celtic, I love how it looks when others do it but it is a pain for me. This is a back log scroll I owe someone, it is my own take on a fountain, done in a Celtic style (I am not happy with it). Calligraphy is all that is needed now...not my favorite thing to do either.  This is on real velum, done with Egg tempera, Acrylic, Pro White and Micron pen. It is 8 x 10. Picture 6.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Heraldry Commission part one

I got the commission to do a husband and wife's Arms from the SCA. This is his. 14 x 17, Micron pen and Acrylic on recycles paper. Picture 5.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Winter Hern Finished

I will have to get a better picture to do prints with as it is overcast today and this is not a good color match. "Winter Hern", 16 x 20, Acrylic, watercolor colored pencil, Micron pen, white gel pen, ProWhite on Canson board. Original is a commission but Prints will be available. Picture 4.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Winter Hern WIP 11

Much closer to finished. I hope this week is the last.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Another Tiny Scroll

This is the second of the tiny scrolls I have done for this weekends SCA event. It is for the Barony of the Bright Hills Order of St. Barbara, 5 x 7, Acrylic and gold and silver metallic paint on blue paper. This is based on/inspired by The Hours of Henry VIII, fol.191v lower half, French, 1500. Picture 3.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Tiny New Art

Well, this weekend is my SCA home groups baronial Birthday event and they are having a contest of miniatures.  So I did this based on The Black Hours of Galeazzo Maria Sforza,  Flanders, probably between 1466 and 1477, Calendar page for September. It is a blank for the baronies Order of Saint Barbara award. Done in Egg tempera and gold, silver and copper metallic paints on black paper. It is 5 x 7. Picture 2.


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Winter Hern WIP 10

Well I finally have color on all the leaves but there is still a lot of work on details left to do.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Winter Hern WIP 9

I have been sick fro almost 2 weeks but I am slowly getting the Holly wreath done. "Winter Hern WIP 9".

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Tipping is BAD

I have stated my dislike of the whole tipping system in America and that I do NOT tip except for extremely good service. Well here is an article that shows WHY tipping is bad and what I have said for years is true! EVERYONE should be paid a living wage and NOT rely on tips and restaurants that do NOT pay a living wage are cheating you and their workers!!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

TO Many Coloring Books!!

OK, I sent off for 20 of the Fantasy Men Coloring books and they sent me 100...I can NOT afford to pay for that many!! So If you want one they are $15 + $5 shipping.  This is be 32 pages, all male fantasy figures.
If you want one please contact me at