Monday, August 31, 2009

Imagination Etc.

I found this great quote (and a couple others) on another guys Weble, "I like nonsense it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. Its a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what i do. And that enables you to laugh at life's realities." Dr Seuss

Here is something from my imagination, one of the "Gods of Atlantis" series I did back in the 80's. "He Who Strides the Seas" Acrylic and watercolor colored pencil on Canson board, 7 x 11 or so. I love the piece but it never sold. I guess the Gods of Atlantis were just to personal to me.

Saturday, August 29, 2009


I have so much art I need to do and stuff I want to do and I tried drawing today, still can't due to the poison ivy on my hands. It is worst in the webbing between my thumb and first finger and pencil, paint brush etc all rub right where it is and I can't work.

So her is another older picture, this one was used on "Mythic Men" my first full color book (now out of print). I may get it redone by the new printers eventually. Anyway, this is "Hern Rising", 15 x 20, Acrylic and watercolor colored pencil on Canson board.

Friday, August 28, 2009

A Tempest Brewing

With the stormy weather we are expected to have this weekend I thought I would show one of my favorite Shakespeare characters and the quote that inspired 2 pictures so far. From "The Tempest" act 1 scene 2;
"All hail, great master! grave sir, hail! I come To answer thy best pleasure; be't to fly, To swim, to dive into the fire, to ride On the curl'd clouds, to thy strong bidding task Ariel and all his quality."
I did this in 1998, it is Acrylic and watercolor colored pencil on illustration board 7 x 15 (or close to that). I think I like almost everything about this picture.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

I Been Poisoned...

Well I have, just not how you might think. After 52 years of never having it I now have Poison Ivy! I am not happy about it and it is on my hands, legs, arms and a small area near my eye. I have tried many things to clear it up/stop the itching etc. so far with little success.

I know it's not poison ivy but this is the only art I have that has enough ivy of any kind to be representative of my problem. "Elf, Cat Tribe", 8 1/2 x 11, Acrylic and watercolor colored pencil on Canson board. The slight stripping is due to my old scanner that did that allot.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Dancing Deamon

This was a black and white done for my book "Darkness & Light". I slightly censored it (I don't recall why) for this color version...oh, right, it was for a tattoo design. Anyway, here is the colored version. Originally 8 1/2 x 11 ink on Bristol. Colored version done in acrylic. I added the black background to make it look best on here. Before it just had black inside the rings.

Monday, August 24, 2009

From Pain Comes Art

I had an experience that made me feel like a failure and in retrospect, I was not. It did inspire me to do this picture. While I only wish I looked like this, it is representational of me in some ways. The small shield on the baldric is my Arms in the SCA and the precarious balance is to show how off balance I felt at the time. "Baron's Folly" was about 15 x 20 on Canson paper (wish it had been the board). Done in Acrylics and watercolor colored pencil. Inspired by the works of Michael Parkes.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Over Stuffed Art

A few years ago, a friend (who became one after buying art from me) and another friend of his commissioned me to do a wedding portrait as a gift for a couple they knew who where getting married. They asked me to do very specific things in the picture. They wanted classical ruins, a red roofed castle, specific clothing and all 5 of the couples cats...oh and a dragon. Well, this was a large canvas (30 x 40 I think) but that was still a lot to cram into one picture and not make it look bad. I also had to work from photos of the people who I had never meet. Photos taken secretly as this was a surprise gift. In the end I think it came out well all things considered and the couple reportedly loved it.

On a side note, when I finished it, the people who commissioned it asked for one change. They thought the woman looked pregnant (not a lot, just a little). So I slimmed her tummy just a small bit and everything was good...but then it turned out, she WAS pregnant! Commissions are hard, some ask for to specific a picture and I can't work well, others give me no guidance, which is also hard to work with.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Night and Day

Back in 1990 I did a picture with the idea of the two sides of life, "Night and Day" with the "Vampyre" and the "Angel", Light and Dark, not exactly good and evil. I liked the set and made the mistake of cutting them apart and matting them separate. I should have left this as one picture. It was 15 x 20, Acrylic and watercolor colored pencil on Canson board. They sold to one person thankfully. Trying to keep "new" posts on this weble I am sharing these.

I am working on new stuff, a shield for an SCA event and a "realistic" dragon commission. I hope by sometime next month to have some new art to post.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Angels Unawares

In 1996 I did a black and white book called "Darkness & Light; Demons and Angels". This was the art I used on the cover. It was done in 1993 and appeared in my earlier book "NightChild". I have always loved angels and the Biblical quote "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers for thereby some have entertained Angels unawares." Hebrews 13.2 And having met a few true Angels in my life I try to treat every stranger with respect.

This was the cover art "First Flight" printed on yellow card stock and then hand colored with Acrylics. It's nice in black and white but I think it is stunning in color!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Welcome New Followers

Wow! 16 followers! Some of you I have NO idea who you are or how you found my Weble. I hope you will send me a note telling me who you are and that you will comment on my art as I post it. Thanks for signing up to follow my Weble.

This picture was done as the cover for my book "Manmagic" (now out of print). It was done in black and white and this is a hand colored version.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Number 42

I have done my first new picture since returning from Pennsic. It is simple and black and white but It has some merit I think. I love working on the black paper and this was quick being white Prisma Color on the black background. I love Selkies and while this isn't overt, it is a Selkie. 9 x 12. I forgot to mention, this is picture 42 for the year.

Another Book Cover

I have about 10 books that are in one form or another of layout and once I have the money I will get the next one printed. It will most likely be "Wonder Boys" but I have been urged by some to make it "Fey Folk" my Elf book. Here is the cover I have planed for "Fey Folk".

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Young but Old

Well, since I want to keep posting stuff and have not done anything new to post in a while, I have to post older stuff. This is one of my pictures that came back after living with others for a while. It has happened a few time that people buy my art, something happens (like they die or something) and the art finds it's way back to me. I adore this picture because it is simple, elegant and just pleasing to my eyes. It is small about 5 x 8 or so, Acrylic, watercolor colored pencil and Prisma Color on Canson board.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hungarian Colaboration

Before I went off on vacation I had asked an artist on Furr Affinity to do an Aztec anthro bat for me. He lives in Hungary. He did the sketch and sent it to me so I could ink it and paint it. I added the background. This is 8 1/2 x 10 on regular paper, Acrylic.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Light and Dark

I loved the way this came out and had planed to do more in this style but I still haven't and this was done in 1996... Anyway, I like the look and will maybe do more someday. "Starlight", white Prisma color on black paper, 8 1/2 x 11.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Back From War

Two weeks away, has anyone missed me? LOL

Pennsic was great! Not bad weather except some rain and a few cold nights. New art will be posted in a few days once I get recovered and back to work.

Just so you get a small feel of what I had, here is a picture taken from just outside our camp at Pennsic (I would have more pics but the stupid batteries on the camera were almost dead I didn't know it so did not get the pics I had wanted to take all war). The cars were only there because this was the last morning and people were packing up to leave, otherwise it was a great view without cars all war!