Thursday, May 27, 2010

BLECH! I'm a crappy blog designer...

So I'll distract you with a new speedpaint. Well, it started as a speedie but I'm incapable of calling it quits, even though I should be working on paying gigs. I TOLD you I was a bad multi-tasker! *scoff* (Painter9, ref used)

Friday, May 14, 2010

What is it about me and storms?

I just realized the last two pieces of art I worked on were very storm-themed. Could it be something wicked this way coming? Or just a reflection of Ohio's lovely weather? Bah. Either way, seems I'm only happy when it rains these days...

(The above is my entry for ArtOrder's 'Fantasy Pin-up' Challenge. She's a genasi. Anyone know how that's pronounced? Jen-ah-see? Jen-ah-sigh?)

And here's something I just submitted to DeviantArt for the club FantasyHunk's May project:

And now, I'm out of town to sneak a little surprise gardening in for my Ma's 70th birthday while she's in Atlantic City *teehee!* Oooh, hope it DOESN'T rain this weekend, come to think of it!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Discover a Muse!

Jon Schindehette, Senior Creative Art Director for Dungeons & Dragons® and host of the blog Art Order has masterminded a wonderful opportunity for artists to get some press and give to charity!

In cooperation with the lovely model/entrepreneur Veronika Kotlajic, they've created 'Discover a Muse'.

I'm going to do an original oil painting for this (dammit, yes, I'm gonna do it!) and I hope you will too. Great cause, great networking. And let's face it, we feel fantastic when we take a stand and help those who need it, specifically Childrens' Hospitals. Happy Humpday, lovely lurkers!

Monday, May 3, 2010


Not sure where else to post this; I only have a handful of followers, so I may not get the feedback I'm fishing for, but what the heck! We'll see what shakes out here.

The past year or so I've been struggling with myself, wondering what I should do, and how I should do it. Sounds pretty vague, eh? Okay, to fine tune my 'visionquest': I really want to do gallery (fine) art, but I'm leery to quit the commercial clients I've worked with for years. They're such good folk. And money, well, money is god-awful important. The e-book covers, mid-level collectible card games, the odd fantasy illustration or three...they've put change in my pocket for quite some time. It scares me to let them fall away. But if I don't, I won't ever have the focus to pull together a series of paintings to (hopefully!) peddle to a gallery. And I seem to have hit a plateau. I'm not improving the way I see my compatriots doing. Why? Dunno. Maybe it's lack of incentive. Maybe it's me, recognizing I need to head off in a different direction. Kinda scary starting from scratch again, though.

Has anyone out there done this? Scrapped your commercial biz in favor of fine arts and lived to tell about it? If so, I'd love to hear from you. Happy Monday, kids.