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Riot of Color

Growth by Karen Gadient

Growth. Created with Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop. 2013.

I had a riot of color in my dreams last night. No idea what brought it on. Could have been the banana ‘ice cream’ I’ve been so fond of making for desert lately. Or maybe the old Doctor Who episode we watched before bed—black and white, but a colorful story line. But the dreams inspired me to share this piece of artwork I did last year for my art marathon and never shared.

Have a great weekend, friends!

There is at the back of every artist’s mind something like a pattern and a type of architecture. The original quality in any man of imagination is imagery. It is a thing like the landscape of his dreams; the sort of world he would like to make or in which he would like to wander, the strange flora and fauna, his own secret planet, the sort of thing he likes to think about. — G.K. Chesterton


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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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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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Graffiti Angel

Graffiti Angel by Karen Gadient, 2014

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

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