Demon A Day

Delaware Fun-A-Day art challenge accepted! (Again)

What is the Delaware Fun-A-Day challenge? Create a piece of art a day for the challenge month. This challenge asks participants to create art during the month of July. For this one, I’ll be creating a DEMON A DAY. Each day I’ll feature a demonic figure from different folklore and mythology. I’ve been doing some research to make sure there is a link to folklore for each figure I create.

Demonlogy Research!

Today, July 4, the demon is Lilith. Lilith is based in Jewish folklore. In biblical lore she was made from the same clay as Adam, and was his first wife before Eve. Lilith was cast out for demanding that she was equal to Adam. (The lore varies from cheating to disobeying Adam, but the general idea is the same.) Lilith/Lilit translates from Hebrew to “night hag” or “screech owl.” There are ties to a Mesopotamian Lilith (which may or may not be related) that grew from a tree, and relates to owls. I added screech owl feathers on her collar and a crown of branches. She is described in the Zohar, Leviticus 19A as “a hot fiery female who first cohabitated with man.”

Demon A Day: Lilith
4×6″, watercolor on 140 lb watercolor paper

New Piece- Elegant Chicken Legs

My latest piece, Elegant Chicken Legs. As Frank Reynolds says, “I don’t know how much time I got left. I’m gonna get real weird with it.”

Original piece pending sale to a private collector.

Title: Elegant Chicken Legs
Medium: Ink, watercolor

It’s That Time of Year Again- 12 Days of Ghosts

Fall is here. With it comes all the spooky art challenges. I’ve kept busy with commissions, submitting work for shows, and creating products for my newer work. This weekend I was able to fit in a painting for the #12daysofghosts challenge. The prompt was “seaside.” I’ll be doing a few of these quick pieces when I can. (Follow my social media for process photos and video.)

Without further adieu, I present “Seaside.”

"Seaside" 
Watercolor painting
9x12" on paper
“Seaside”
Watercolor, ink on 9×12″ bristol

Moons and Junes and Ferris Wheels…

The dizzy dancing way you feel. 

I’ve always been a little obsessed with moon faces. Perhaps its the dreamy vintage illustrations I have always adored. Perhaps its the art from The Smashing Pumpkins Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness from my early teen years.

Well, I got a new watercolor pan set over the holidays, so I put together this watercolor self portrait. Click through the album to see work in progress shots to the finished painting.

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Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

This winter there was a new addition to the family in the form of a brand new nephew. I wanted to gift something he could enjoy through the years, so I painted this for his nursery. It’s based off the children’s poem Wynken, Blynken, and Nod And Nod.

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
   Sailed off in a wooden shoe,—
Sailed on a river of crystal light
   Into a sea of dew.
“Where are you going, and what do you wish?”
   The old moon asked the three.
“We have come to fish for the herring-fish
   That live in this beautiful sea;
   Nets of silver and gold have we,"
            Said Wynken,
            Blynken,
            And Nod.

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Secret Santa Portrait Reveal

Finally! Today is the day! I can post this lovely portrait I did for the Sktchy app’s Secret Santa art exchange. I sent the piece off 2 weeks ago, but couldn’t post it until today to keep the surprise. We were provided a small piece of cardstock for the project.  I treated the cardstock they provided with watercolor grounds before painting over it, which gave it a fun texture.

Merry Artmas!

Sktchy Art Exchange

 

The Librarian

New watercolor piece inspired by library life.

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“The Librarian” 9×11, Watercolor on paper.

Free Classes This Winter!

I have two fantastic art programs I’m bringing to local northeast libraries. And because they’re offered through the public library they’re FREE.

Wine & Watercolor: On Thursday, January 19th adults age 21 and over are invited to come to the Delaware City Library for watercolor painting and beverages. Treat yourself after the tiring holiday season of shopping and in-laws! Please call the library at 302-834-4148 to register.

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Valentine’s Day Silhouette Cutting with Chocolate: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the classic art of paper silhouette cutting at the Rising Sun Library in Rising Sun, Maryland.  To make Valentine’s Day even sweeter, those who attend will receive complimentary chocolate. Saturday, February 4th. 1-2PM.

I leave you with a drawing.

christmas-girl-sketch