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
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
Another one of my cell phone photos. This is a fantastic shrine-like element within the Pied Cow Coffeehouse in Portland, Oregon. Right next to a table, so you can drink your brew and ponder the spirits likely sharing it with you.
We went there to kill some late-night time while awaiting our dear friend Sunnie, who was driving down from Seattle to see us. Although it was pretty darn dark when I took this picture, it came out clearly enough to share.
I’ve been to some wonderful coffeehouses in New York City and Los Angeles, but this place had really smooth coffee and a lovely funky vibe that encourages discussion and triggers writing ideas. Would totally go there again.
Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after. — Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Before we went out of town, I began playing with abstract portraits. I wanted to create something heavy on brushstrokes, with only a hint of actual portrait. Didn’t work; I kept adding lines. Sooooo, I kept the brushstroke layers that were the original sketches and worked them in. The results were what you see above.
Just an experiment, but figured it’d be fun to share! Haven’t yet decided if I’ll offer prints of these portraits, but will update when/if I do.
Blue Lady. Nope, not from a photo. Offset layers. Individual layers done in Corel Painter. Blending modes added in Adobe Photoshop.
An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it. — Paul Valéry
We spent the last week in Portland, Oregon. Truly one of my favorite places. While there, we had the fortune to spend time with many good friends and explore some fun Oregonian locations.
David takes the best photos; I only snap cell phone shots. I’ll post some of his photos soon, once he’s organized them. For now, some of mine:
[ Clockwise from top left ]
Pied Cow – Really Good Stuff – Voodoo Donut – Cape Meares
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Graffiti Angel. Created with Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop.
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Don’t worry, you can blink. Had to say that, given I’d just finished this artwork and ended up watching Doctor Who ["Blink"] that same night. Odd timing.
Angels. Yep, some of them are scary. I’ve done (not scary) art with them before. Well, I don’t suppose an angel in graffiti could come to life and getcha…
Anything’s possible: so, don’t blink.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. — Michelangelo
Flood in the Factory. Digital markers, created with Corel Painter.
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I had this powerful dream the other night. In it, I freed myself from an immense labyrinthine factory—levels and levels of alien pipework and and not a soul in sight, although I felt pursued—by calling the waters. Strangest thing. I rode them out and found myself on an alien shore with two suns rising.
So, I painted the factory. Maybe next I’ll paint the shore and suns. Instead of always writing down my dreams, I figured it might be an interesting experience to recall the visuals in color.
Do you keep a record of your dreams?
They say dreams are the windows of the soul—take a peek and you can see the inner workings, the nuts and bolts. — Henry Bromel
Utopia Canyon. Please click though the image to see a larger version.
I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.
— Lillian Smith
Sketchbook Roses. Created in Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop.
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But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes
Chroma Bubbles. Please click though the image to see a larger version.
My artsy version of bubble wrap therapy: simmering color.
Reverie. If you’d like to see the detail, click the image for a larger version.
Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Another one of those pieces I got lost in while creating. I’ve been getting more and more like Sherlock in his “mind palace”. Of course, I think that’s a good thing.
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There is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself. — Herman Melville
I had Green Fish, Yellow printed on metal. Thought I’d share how it looked when I unboxed it. The effect of brushstrokes on metal looks pretty darn cool!
Outside the Vein: Click through to see a larger image and other artwork.
Photographers, artists, poets: show us RED.
Islands from the Clouds: I’ve always loved the view from an airplane window.
Photographers, artists, poets: show us WATER.
I did this one for fun and not for sale, but please click through the image to see my other artwork. Thanks!
This was one of the most enjoyable pieces of art I’ve worked on in quite a while. Like a few of my other mirrored designs, it began out as one section, then was duplicated and turned. However, this time, I spent many hours painting after that, adding more lines and highlights, layering colors—
I got lost in it for a while.
It’s kind of a world in itself now, with a bunch of stories and little creatures hidden inside. Which is really what artists and writers and other creatives do: discover and map worlds. Nice to be back in that zone again.
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In looking out upon the world, we forget that the world is looking at itself.
— Alan Watts
I used to live in Las Vegas and we’re still there often. This weekend, we were in town and wanted to try Chef Stacey Dougan’s Simply Pure. We’re always on the lookout for vegan options in Las Vegas and since we’d had Ronald’s Donuts for breakfast—we needed a healthy dinner.
The restaurant (which was delicious, by the way) is a part of downtown’s new Container Park. We had no idea what the place was about, but it was so cool. Really nifty architecture: tetris-land, with food and shopping. It’s built from shipping containers and very shiny.
The night we were there, they had a live disco band (called Discolicious) in front of a huge play yard for kids—which was, in true Vegas-style, not far from a hip bar for the parents. The kids could whomp each other with pool noodles while we all did The Electric Slide.
Oh, I almost forgot the the giant fire-spitting metal mantis—rumor was he’d come from Burning Man—at the front of complex. Here’s a video!
I would definitely recommend a visit to Container Park next time you’re in Vegas. There’s no gambling, but it’s a great chill spot for couples and families alike.
I’ve never done a prompt before, but since I’m crazy for psychedelic art and have been experimenting with digital watercolor, this prompt really appealed to me. Thanks to Jackie at Lostinthot for leading me to the prompts blog.
Photographers, artists, poets: show us MIRRORED.
Created with Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop. I did this one for fun and not for sale, but please click through the image to see my other artwork. Thanks!
Coral – Digital watercolor. Created with Corel Painter. Click for the print.
And see the peaceful trees extend their myriad leaves in leisured dance—they bear the weight of sky and cloud upon the fountain of their veins.
— Kathleen Raine
Coral – Digital block print. Created with Corel Painter. Click for the print.
The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
— Vincent Van Gogh
Speaking of sea…
Just returned from tagging along on David’s business trip to North Carolina, where I got to see Natania again. Only a day together, but there was talking and and wine and food and games—so even a day was enough.
I’m grateful for the internet, but I wish I could see friends in person more often.
On the return flight, I had the honor of beginning to read her draft of Watcher of the Skies, whose narrator happens to be Poseidon. So: sea. Water and wonder. Life and depth and flow. It’s already one of those books I love to get lost in.
Sweetest melodies are those that are by distance made more sweet.
— William Wordsworth
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