I will write more about this later, but I just want to mention how thrilled I am that I have been allowing myself to try some new things lately and for the most part they don't suck much. I told Derek today it would be boring if I felt I needed to spend the rest of my days painting trees because that's what works. Oft-given advice to writers is to "write what you know" and I have felt the same about painting. Painting what you know lends a sense of authenticity to each piece, right? Then again, I don't know shit from water dragons, and the first two have come out just fine! And besides -- how are you supposed to learn and stretch if you don't try new things. I hope I always consider myself an "emerging artist" because I always want to be experimenting with new ideas.
So, speaking of new things, I painted another rooster last night. HA HA HA! Thought I was done with roosters, but since two of them have sold already my barnyard had some extra room.
This is the last of the previously-painted canvas panels I have found. It started its life navy blue, then it became the orange and yellow with blue bits sticking through. I pull it out of the closet periodically but hadn't - until yesterday - figured out what it was waiting for. It was waiting for this rooster.
I think I'm going to work on a small series (small meaning 5" x 7") called "Midnight in the Garden of Fruits and Veg." Here is the first installment:
This is a lovely little piece in real life, if I do say so myself.
Now, getting back to the water dragons. My test dragon was painted on paper. Because I wanted him shiny, I needed to mount the paper on something else so I could varnish the crap out of it. This is how it looks now, and I'm keeping it forever and ever.
And remember that blue and white canvas I hadn't finished yet?
Cool beans, man. Derek is giving this as a Christmas gift. He thinks the dragon's name is Drac, which has historical significance. I think the dragon needs a backstory. Every dragon I paint will need a backstory. For this one, I hope the recipient will have her kids write it. For future dragons, I need to line up some kids. More on this later, as it develops.
And this brings us to poodle. I have resisted painting her portrait because I didn't think I could do a good job. Last night I told myself to try. So here she is:
My best good girl.