A commission to do the 6 days of biblical creation in on my plate right now, and while it isn't exactly my top choice for subject, it's turning out to be really fun. It's half done now, and I am really excited to get it done.
Here's the first half:
I decided to go with a sequencial page layout for it. The top chunk covers the creation of spaces, and the bottom bit will be the filling of those spaces, grabbing visual elements from spaces illustrations. I'll post the final in the next couple of days.
One more of the Zola commissions. An octopus in snowshoes.
Another big thanks to everyone that helped out. We ended up raising just over one thousand dollars, and most of that in the first forty-eight hours. Zola went home last friday, and is doing well. I haven't yet seen her since she got out, but will be sure to take some pictures when I do.
Here is a new painting. I just slapped the varnish on and the colors are lookin real nice-like. A big thanks to entomologist extraordinaire Christy Bell for letting me use her image for reference and inspiration. 24"x36" oils on maple ply.
Here's a beetail (hahahahahahahahaI'msofunny It's a detail. Of a bee. A Bee-tail.):
Hi again. I just wanted to take a second to thank all of the amazing people who have contributed to the cause either financially, or by sharing my post with others. I've already received a great response of activity and we are on our way to covering a good chuck of Zola's medical expenses. I am lucky to have such a caring group of friends.
For those of you interested, I visited Zola at the doggy hospital this afternoon, and she seems to be progressing nicely. A: she was conscious, and B: she wagged for a bit when I came in to see her. Her vitals are stabilizing, and her counts are recovering. Even so, it looks like she may be in for a few more days. She did have the strength to lift her head though, so it seems the half-litre great dane donation is doing the trick. Here's a couple of pics:
Zola is my dad's dog, and his only companion at home (though she goes with him to work each day as well). Any of you who have met my father know him to be a loving, but generally solitary man, and Zola is - to use the cliché - is his best friend. Zola was acting very strangely yesterday, and my father took her to the vet this morning. Tests were run, and it turned out she had some internal bleeding from an unknown source. She went in for surgery. She had massive bleeding from a number of her organs likely caused by ingestion of rat poison (my father didn't know where she would have picked it up, but it seemed the likely cause considering the rate of blood loss).
The good news is, the vet was able to find a solution, and - lucky for Zola - a blood transfusion from a great dane that happened to be getting his nails trimmed at that time, and who happened to match her blood-type. She is now recovering, but still in critical condition. The bad news is this: the bills for the tests, procedure, transfusion etc. have run into the thousands of dollars, and my father does not have that sort of money to spare. It mega-sucks.
I don't know how he plans on addressing this, but I figured I'd try to lesson the burden in whatever way I can. Considering my financial situation is not exactly amazing itself, I hoped I might turn to some of you. Here is what I am proposing: If you, or anyone you know, has seen a piece of art on here (or at my website) that you have thought you would like to own, let me know. I will be selling them at discounted rates, and most of them are available. Or, if you have a commission you'd like to have done, please drop me a line - again, these would be at far lower costs than usual. Alternatively, I've placed a little PayPal donate button below; if you use it, feel free to include a message of something you'd like to have drawn, and I will happily mail you a picture of whatever you can come up with (your mother, a velociraptor attack, your mother being attacked by velociraptors, whatever).
Please also pass this along to anyone you think might be interested in acquiring some fyne arte while helping a father - and friend - in need.
Thanks for reading, and for keeping Zola in your thoughts.
Oh man, oils, where you been at all these months? After an unintentional hiatus from oils, I hit it hard this afternoon (I'm only pausing to post and get some food in my guts). It turns out that getting good(ish) at drawing makes painting a LOT easier. Weird how knowing something, and doing it are two totally different things. WEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Here is the second piece I created for the Tarot, Mysticism, and the Occult show over at Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis, MN. Prints of this, and the Hermit tarot card (as well as the rest of the deck, and numerous other pieces by ome very talented artists) will be available once the show goes live later in October. The full color piece below is what will be in the show.