Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bones Don't Float

So I finally got around to scanning this piece. It's a 26 by 38 inch oil painting. The moment I had finished it I was submitting it and putting it in shows. So I didn't have much of a chance to sit down and document it. Especially considering this baby took 19 scans to get the whole thing together! I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out--I may do some digital painting on it because I feel like with the process I used to paint this would look good with digital work on top of it. It was a fun painting to do and it took a really long time. Rewarding none the less to have it exhibited in shows.

Zombie Bone Eating Snot Worm

I feel like I should narrate a little bit about what's happening here: The center character is a mutated whale combined with human anatomy. He has faces growing on his muzzle. He's in the desert because I wanted the whole piece to convey a very dead feeling. He from there is very literally leaning over his grave having a discussion of his (and potentailly more peoples) death(s) with a zombie snot worm. While this conversation is going on giant missiles go off in the distance indicating the end of the world. It's all very dramatic.

These worms live at the bottom of the ocean and wait for whales skeletons to fall to the bottom. When the whales bones are exposed they float over and burrow root like anatomy into the bones and suck out the marrow. Whale falls are some of the most interesting deaths I've ever heard of--Inspirational in fact.

They provide so much food for so many different types of sea creatures it's insane. After all, that's a lot of meat. As the whale carcass falls its providing a lot sustenance for many ecosystems along the way. Such as sharks, eels, snot worms, etc... I just find it extremely interesting.

Aside from that the whole painting is a supposed to envoke an interenal or external discussion about death. Very morbid, but I figured I'd finish college with a bang.

Drawing and Digital Painting Practice

Howdy all! Sorry for the small lull in updating this! I've been busy helping my boyfriend move, working, entering/attending art shows I've been in, and drawing! This is Big Booty Wrinkle Cat, I did this in PrismaColor pencil. It scanned funny so I had to play with the colors quiet a bit to get them close to what they actually are. I hope you like it!

I've also been practicing Digital Painting a little. Remember this little lady? Well, I'm working on her so she can become a full blown digital painting! I just have to figure out a background for her and overall work on her a bit more.

This summer has had quite the beginning! Unfortunately/fortunately(for them) most of my friends have been moving away since graduating college. I'll miss them quite a bit--I just don't like saying goodbye. However, that's what the summer is all about. Everyone is working hard to make something of themselves and if that means moving elsewhere--then so be it. I wish everyone the best of luck. I have the utmost faith that they'll succeed. In the meantime, look at some pictures of me and friends at art openings! Photos Courtesy of Jacki Granger and Barbara Counsil (who helped Curate the Creature Feature show!!)

Creature Feature opening! At the Calvin Gallery on Division St!
my bees in their little nook
Miranda Sharp (Glucose Girl) in front of her rad T-Rex poster
The place filled up rather nicely the moment the doors opened!

I just realized I only have the pictures form the Creature Feature show. Pictures pending from the Festival of the Arts downtown Grand Rapids. Thanks to all for attending and thanks for stopping by my blog!

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