Mysterious Influence

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Mysterious Influence, 2017, ink on archival board, 10″ x 8″

I finished this drawing last night in a focused three hour session under a prickly cloud of late-in-the-day caffeine and headphone music (6lack and Pineapple Thief). Like the last piece, it’s mostly brush and carbon black ink, and a little fine tuning with a dip pen. As soon as it was finished I was already thinking about the next one. The 8″ x 10″ size is perfect for creating compact little worlds. There are 8 more boards in this tablet, so a series is tempting. Maybe just one more, before I go back to the Foundling. If you are interested in seeing works in progress, I document new works on my Instagram account See icon on this page).

Over the weekend I added another 1200 words to a new short story called Powerplant. It’s for a new collection called Dark Cloth, which I’m hoping – rather arbitrarily – to have done by the end of 2017. I also need to return to the novel I’m writing, tentatively, The Tangled Slope. I left my main character in a rather awkward position.

Richard.

 

 

 

 

Search Party

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Search Party, 2017, ink on archival board, 8″ x 10″
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Search Party – detail

This is a new piece called Search Party. I’m taking a break from some large pieces to execute some smaller ideas. For this drawing I used brush and ink for the main subject and a dip pen for the background. It was done on archival Cranson board. I’ll probably do a few in this vein. It behooves me to mention that this drawing is available for purchase in my webstore, where earlier in the week I added a few other small originals.

Earlier in the month I sent the copy-edited manuscript of my novel Necessary Monsters back to the publisher. The publication date has been changed to June 6. It is available for pre-order on Amazon and other on-line sellers.

I also sent a revised to manuscript of my short-story collection Magpie’s Ladder to another publisher. I hope to have an announcement around this project in then next few weeks.

  • Cheers, Richard.

 

Hypnos

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Hypnos, 2017, ink on paper, 11″ x 8″
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Hypnos, detail
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Hypnos, detail
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Hypnos, detail

I just finished this new drawing. It was originally intended to be called Neume (see earlier post) but a different character emerged in my mind as I worked on it. I’ve added a few details for a closer look. This work will be for sale on my webstore shortly. If you are interested, hit me with an email or message.

Richard.

Do We Make You Uneasy?

I am really thrilled to be showing my work with this diverse and exciting group of artists. If you are in the area don’t miss a chance to check it out. This kind of show is rare in London. I have 3 miniature prints available and 5 original works. This afternoon I had a chance to see some of the amazing works by my My Pet Skeleton and Sarah LeGault. Incredible stuff! See you there.

Neume

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Neume – work in progress

Last night, I cleaned out my trusty Rotrings so that I could do some pointillism work. I had an idea for a new drawing, a flower creature. This kind of drawing starts off as stream of consciousness, all about the sheer pleasure of line. The finish though will be very controlled and polished, as everything is pulled together into a galaxy tiny dots. What you see here is only the underdrawing. I like the collision of ideas: plant, animal, & sound. This piece is approximately 9″ x 6″ and will be available on my website soon.

. Richard.

Do We Make You Uneasy?

THE SHADOWOOD COLLECTIVE proudly presents their 7th show… DO WE MAKE YOU UNEASY? After 6 years of hibernating the collective crawls out of the shadows and presents a stunning collection of dark imagery. With original works from Clive Barker and Anita Kunz at the helm of the exhibition, not to mention a fantastic assortment of whimsical miniatures created by an incredible group of award winning artists, you simply don’t want to miss opening night! Special deals on much of the artwork will be exclusively available to everyone who purchases a ticket. We are especially happy to announce that “SEDATIVE” (Mark Thibideau) will be performing darkly ambient noises, beats and grooves to emphasize the themes within the show. In the lower gallery, we will be showcasing a collection of video installations, short films and music videos that involved several members of the Shadowood Collective (see the trailer for clues to what those may be, and yes the directors will be in attendance). For those who would like to imbibe within the shadows… this event will indeed be licensed. It’s worth noting that anyone who buys a VIP ticket will also get a very limited nickel enamel “Shadowood Collective” pin (see the design below, each one with a unique number etched on the back). A VIP ticket holder also gets an exclusive SHADOWOOD COLLECTIVE poster signed by the artist. Order your advanced VIP ticket now before they are gone… there are only 100 available.

You can also purchase the tickets directly at The ARTS Project directly at their box office here ~ 203 Dundas Street, London, Ontario 519.642.2767

Artists Included:

Clive Barker, Anita Kunz, Alex Garant, My Pet Skeleton, Sarah Legault, Sara Deck, Richard A. Kirk, Jeremy Hobbs, Ryan Price, Paige Reynolds, Gary Pullin, Justin Erickson, FN Vegas, Anthony Veilleux, James Zirco Fisher, Josh Deck, Chris Austin, Nidia Martinez, Sean Chappell

The show will run from Feb 7th – 19th.