This is a bitter sweet post. I wish it was all good news regarding the Help For Hazel fundraiser, you know, that she receieved the surgery she needed and all went well. Sadly, that wasnt what happened. Hazel went in and had some x-rays taken, her lungs and body cavity were full of tumors. The doctor didn't give her long to live. We made the terrible decision to put her down the next morning. That was last Friday. She was a wonderful rabbit. We miss her a lot. Because she didn't make it, we stopped the fundraiser early. But we still had the drawing for the prize painting. The hat is all the names and tickets of the donors. The second picture is the winning ticket pulled from the hat, thanks Rachel!
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Our little rabbit, Hazel, is once again growing tumors on her belly. This time the tumor is over 6cm long. A smaller one can be felt just below the big one. She was jumping and playing around until a few weeks ago when I think the tumors just got to big to be comfortable. The surgery this time is going to be about $650 for x-rays and removal. The vet wants to see if there are more nasty things inside her before exploring around in her chest cavity. So, this time around, I'm going to be putting up the offer of a custom painting by me, as a fundraiser to help with the surgery. I know it seems like a lot of money for a little rabbit, but I really like her, she is our only rabbit that hasn't destroyed any of my expensive electronics. And she's messy like me. And she's really cute. So if you would like to help me keep her around for awhile longer and have a chance to get a painting of whatever you want (a value of $525 mind you) go to my wife's web site here: CLICK ON ME! It will make everyone's day better. Thank you.
Monday, April 01, 2013
Friday, March 08, 2013
Saturday, March 02, 2013
Good news everyone, I am going to take part in a daily doodle contest of strength. I found a list of words to draw every day on Instagram and thought it would be fun to take the challenge. Then I thought, hey, this would be great to get me blogging more regularly. As you are reading this you might be thinking "But today is the 2nd of March." And you would be right. That's why I am posting not one, but 2 doodles today. The first is "fresh" and today was "light".
Sunday, February 10, 2013
I don't know if anyone remembers my painting, "Reaching for the Starman". I painted it and donated it to be part of an art book to help raise funds to get Better Things: the life and choices of Jeffery Catherine Jones, the documentary of his life into production and distributed. I found out very recently that my painting made the cut and will be part of the book! I'm very honored to be among so many fantastic artists helping out with the important movie. Last May I saw a screening of the near completed movie and it was amazing. I still think about it. The impact Jeff Jones had on the fantasy art world and illustration was impressive. His story needs to be told. The link will take you to the Indiegogo fundraiser page. The only way to get a copy of the art book by some very serious talent with new works inspired by Jones is to help with the movie. If all you can do is share the link, please spread all across the interwebs, let's get this movie distributed. Here's the link: www.indiegogo.com/betterthings
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I finished a new painting. I call it "Reaching for the Starman". It's a tribute to an amazing artist named Jeffery Catherine Jones. I copied part of one of my favorite paintings of his, the spaceman on the left, and added my own style on the right. The figure on the right means different things, but mostly it's about me reaching to the stars of the art world for inspiration. I'm donating this for a Kickstarter project to help fund the final editing of a documentary made about Jones. I saw a version of it in Kansas City when I was there for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! It was a very deep and fascinating movie that really moved me. When I found out about the Kickstarter project, I had to help out. This little painting is a way for me to give back for the inspiration that Jones had on me and my work.
Better Things: The life and choices of Jeffery Catherine Jones. It's a fantastic look into a very interesting period in the history of illustration and fantasy art, and the life of one of it's giants. I didn't know her work by name, but after seeing the film I realized I've seen her work before and was already a fan. The "Spaceman" (my inspiration for my new work) had been my desktop wallpaper for at least a year. The solitude and the earnestness of the figure spoke to me. The form is fluid and alien. It's reaching for something, but what? It's vaguely American, but it could be another race all together. Sitting on a crescent moon, our figure in the helmet is perched in a surreal seat. It evokes the painting of an old master who I can't remember, where God is crouching with one arm down holding a compass and creating. This painting makes me think when I see it and I hope that my tribute does the same for you.