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Watery Garden

Watery Garden by Karen Gadient, 2014

Watery Garden. Created with Corel Painter.
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We come from the earth.
We return to the earth.
And in between we garden.
— Unknown

I suppose Earth itself is a watery garden—such a colorful and wondrous place.

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Eccentric

Eccentric by Karen Gadient, 2014

Eccentric. Created with Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop.
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When we allow ourselves to exist truly and fully, we sting the world with our vision and challenge it with our own ways of being. — Thomas Moore

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Messages

Messages by Karen Gadient, 2014

Messages. Created with Corel Painter.
Meant to be the colorful sound-dance of conversation.
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Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.
— Herman Hesse

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Sunrise at Summit Beach

Sunrise at Summit Beach by Karen Gadient, 2014

It’s been a while since I’ve done a dream post, but I visited an interesting place in my dreams the other night and wanted to make some artwork to remember it.

Much like my last dream post location, I’m pretty sure I was on another planet.

David and I were staying at a beachside resort at the base of a snowy mountain range. I don’t think the landscape was actually shades of red and orange as much as the atmosphere—and, like the last dream, twin suns—cast it to appear that way… but it was eerie and warm and incredibly strange.

So, where have you visited in your dreams lately?

Sunrise at Summit Beach. Created with Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop.

All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.
— Jack Kerouac

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Coral Metropolis

Coral Metropolis by Karen Gadient, 2014

Coral Metropolis. Created with Corel Painter (watercolor and pencils).
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How inappropriate to call this planet ‘Earth’ when it is quite clearly ‘Ocean’.
— Arthur C. Clarke

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Ambient Pressure

Ambient Pressure by Karen Gadient, 2014

Ambient Pressure. Created with Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop.
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The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. — Joseph Campbell

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Dusk to Dawn

Dusk to Dawn by Karen Gadient, 2014

Dusk to Dawn. Created with Corel Painter.
Moonlit still life at table with flowers.
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Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree. — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Companions for Clever Old Souls

Companion Karen by Karen Gadient, 2014

Just in time for our anniversary, here’s the companion ‘me’ to my darling husband’s Doctor (Who) portrait.

Although I don’t have regeneration as an excuse, I created a younger alternate self with slightly different features (hey, David got an upgrade and I wanted one too). I gave her my unevenly-cut hair, though; I’m always snipping the ends myself instead of going to the salon and I suspect I’d keep that quirk if I were busy with all that wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff.

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Spacegoat

Spacegoat by Karen Gadient, 2014

Spacegoat. Created with Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop.
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I did this one just for fun… but it’s not baaaaad, so I decided to share.

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Inky Tree

Inky Tree by Karen Gadient, 2014

Inky Tree. Created with Corel Painter while sampling the liquid inks.
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Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky. We fell them down and turn them into paper, that we may record our emptiness. — Kahlil Gibran

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Stygian Spirits

Stygian Spirits by Karen Gadient, 2014

Stygian Spirits. Created with Corel Painter using digital oils and inks.
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O wild and wondrous midnight,
There is a might in thee
To make the charmed body
Almost like spirit be,
And give it some faint glimpses
Of immortality.
— James Russell Lowell

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Subterrane

Subterrane by Karen Gadient, 2014

Subterrane. Created with Corel Painter.
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Friends depart and memory takes them to her caverns, pure and deep.
— Thomas Haynes Bailey

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Ocean Lava

Ocean Lava by Karen Gadient, 2014

Ocean Lava. Created with Corel Painter.
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Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time. — H. P. Lovecraft

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Impulse

Impulse by Karen Gadient, 2014

Impulse. Created with Procreate and Adobe Photoshop.
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We all have spiritual DNA; wisdom and truth are part of our genetic structure even if we don’t always access it. — Lama Surya Das

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Portraits of Clever Old Souls

Doctor David by Karen Gadient, 2014

When I first ‘met’ my husband, he was an El Aurian on a Star Trek RPG. Even being Betazoid in the game, I had a hard time figuring him out. He can be delightfully enigmatic. Back then, I did portraits of our characters. I can’t find them to show you, but it’s one of those things I did and do.

Now, a decade and a half later, David and I no longer play RPGS, but we’ve been watching Doctor Who together. He occasionally jokes about having once been a Time Lord and says he gave up all that for me.

Which is damn charming. And nearly believable. He’s always been so sharp and intense and yet silly and generous and wonderful and more adjectives than I can list. Old soul, as they say.

And so, since our wedding anniversary is approaching, I decided to make a comic-style portrait of him as the Doctor. Different, a bit—regeneration will do that to you—but still with the intensity and of course: epic facial hair (David and his mustache surely go back many lifetimes). And a scarf. Because I prefer Doctors with scarves.

I just realized El Aurians are sort of a Trek version of Time Lords. Slightly. Okay, not so much. Well, at least they’re long-lived. Not sure if I can imagine Guinan in a TARDIS. Picard would have been a fun companion. Nah. Data. Maybe.

Suppose I’ll have to draw myself up as his companion next?

Happy Anniversary, David!

I last did this style of illustration for the Fly Into Fire posters for Candlemark & Gleam. I had a lot of fun with this portrait, so I may make others in a similar style. If I do, I’ll list them for print. For now, this one stays on our walls.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Jones by Karen Gadient, 2014

Our handsome ginger fellow, Mr. Jones, says:
Happy St. Patrick’s Day from our family to yours.

May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart might desire.
— Irish Blessing

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Amaryllis

Amaryllis by Karen Gadient, 2014

Amaryllis. Created with Procreate and Adobe Photoshop.
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Put a grain of boldness into everything you do. — Baltasar Gracián

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High Spirits

High Spirits by Karen Gadient, 2014

High Spirits. Created with Procreate and Adobe Photoshop.
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Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy. — Albert Einstein

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Lillian: Portrait Experiment in Digital Oils

Lillian by Karen Gadient, 2014

Another attempt at loose portraiture. Still not allowing myself to get truly sloppy with the brush, but I like how this one came out. Lillian is a character in a story idea I had that never got written. Maybe someday. Well, at least if characters don’t get words on a page, they can still have color on a canvas.

What is either a picture or a novel that is not character? — Henry James

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Insomnia’s Daughters

Insomnia's Daughters by Karen Gadient, 2014

The other morning, I was watching Antiques Roadshow and someone had brought in a poster by Andy Warhol. I hadn’t thought about Warhol since the last Men in Black movie—where Andy Warhol turns out to really be an undercover MIB Agent (not much of a spoiler, I promise). So…

After coffee, I went upstairs and made changes to the portrait experiment I was working on. And the image with this post is what I did.

I haven’t been sleeping well lately. I kinda look like this in the mirror every morning, coffee or no. Fatigue is like a bad trip. Now that I’ve exorcised the sleepless eyes onto the canvas, maybe I can get forty decent winks.

Not being able to sleep is terrible. You have the misery of having partied all night… without the satisfaction. — Lynn Johnston

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