This was such a fun commissioned piece that I made as a gift for a member of Red Frog Event’s team. Their biggest event is Firefly Music Festival, hence the imagery! I kept the panel very bare, and to accentuate the natural wood grain, I added a slight stain.
I’ve started out my summer break of art making by working on these space-dwelling critters. It’s fun to play around with the possibilities of a critter who lives beyond the earth’s surface. Can they breathe? Have they adapted? What planets surround them in this new critterverse? With more narrative potential, I’ve been working on larger surfaces as well. 8X8 and 10X10 inch panels have become my new favorite sizes to work on. I’ve also been playing around with working quite small, but I’ll save that for another post.
Phew! I’ve been in art-flow mode for many, many weeks now. Even after my show, I’ve been busy with commissioned work, and developing a mini-series of space critters. I’ll save those for a later post. Here’s some of what I made during May and early June, in no specific order. Some originals may still be for sale at The Laughing Pint in Highlandtown, but most critters have been adopted. I’m hoping to work on making prints of some of my favorites as soon as the school year is over.
Fletch is the last critter that I will be posting until the second week of June. Why, you ask? Because I will be showing my entire project so far at the Laughing Pint in Highlandtown, Baltimore. The Show opens June 6th and will be up for about a month. I’m so excited to show everyone my critters in person, and I hope to have a lot of unseen work to show. Fletch is not as excited as I am, because he’s grumpy, and also because he’s just a painting of a fish on a panel of wood.
A few nights ago, I had one of those visually vivid dreams that really sticks with you. I’ve been sick, and I hate feeling under the weather, but I do find that a good head cold makes for some great dream imagery. I dreamt that my husband and I bought a new house without really looking through all of the rooms.
Our new home was magnificently huge and very diversely decorated. The kitchen was full of old, pastel colored furnishings and appliances, and the living room had what seemed like thousands of different tapestries lining the floors and walls. Right before waking up, I noticed that high above me, near the top of our vaulted ceilings, there was a staircase leading into the mouth of an animal. I woke up before I could see exactly what kind of animal it was, so I was happy to take the liberty of making it a white tiger for this panel.
Excitingly, this is panel 25/100! Though I doubt I will actually stop at 100, this is a big milestone. Below are a couple of group photos of the first 25 critters in the series.