Foundling is a new drawing that I completed for the inaugural online group exhibition by WOWXWOW called Lightning Bolts and Little Sparks. In honour of the show the site has posted a new interview with me. I hope you’ll take the time to check out this incredible show featuring the works of a truly diverse group of artists.
Foundling, 2017, ink, 27″ x 19″
Foundling Detail 1
Foundling Detail 2
Foundling Detail 3
Anguish of Mind, 2017, ink on archival board, 10″ x 8″
This is the most recent of a series of small pen and ink drawings of board. Now, it’s time to return to my large drawing Foundling. I’ll return to these little guys later.
Search Party, 2017, ink on archival board, 8″ x 10″
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.
Cover of Necessary Monsters, 2017, Arche/ Resurrection House
I am very excited to show you the cover of my new novel Necessary Monsters, which will be published this May and is now available for pre-order. I can’t wait to share this novel with readers. I re-wrote the book many times over the last few years, refining it to the book I saw in my head. It is, to paraphrase the publisher, true to my art. This observation pleased me immensely because I wrote it to explore the worlds I love through my characters stories. This is a novel filled with books, crumbling cities and unsettling landscapes, magic and of course, monsters. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.
Other stuff: I spent the last few days moving my website from one platform to another, taking the opportunity to simplify, and cull some older images. The flexibility of the new platform will make it a lot easier to keep the site updated. What can you expect to see? The work highlighted under the Portfolio tab is personal work and ranges from 2009 to present. The Illustration tab highlights various publications, which I either illustrated or contributed to. Over time, I will turn some of those images into gallery links, displaying images from the various projects. But that is phase 2 and will unfold time permitting. Another page, which will be more dynamic and added sooner, will be called Available Originals. My plan with the Available Originals page is to showcase original works appropriate to all budgets. Works on this page will typically be unframed. As an aside, I am very careful with the shipping of original work – at minimum, works are placed in an archival mylar sleeve and shipped sandwiched in 3 pieces of stiff foamcore, within a plastic bubble envelope. For those interested in purchasing a print, they are available in my webstore.
This fall I did some drawings mixing pointilism and ink wash. They were originally intended as illustrations but in the end I went in a different direction. Here are a couple of my favorites from the group. Both of these are available. Send me a message if interested.
Sea Lily, 2016, ink on paper, 13″ x 9″
Little Goblin, 2016, ink on paper, 13″ x 9″
I am happy to announce that I will be releasing a new print in early 2016. The image is called Amnesiac’s Library. It will be printed by LUNA 7 on 17″ x 11″ 285 gsm Hahnemuhle Torchon paper.
The first 25 prints will be signed, and accompanied by a small sketch on a blank card. This card can be personalized. The cost of the print will be $40.00 US + shipping.
The print will be available through my online shop. Stay tuned for an announcement on when the print will be available for order. If you wish to be personally notified, please message me and I will add your name to my list.
In addition to creating prints for me, LUNA7 has created high quality prints for many other artists including Clive Barker, Menton3, Tom Taggart, Dominic Harman, Don Bertram and Ted McKeever.
I’ve been working on silverpoint for the past few days. Today I thought I would share a new piece called Ptah, Lord of Eternity. It’s the second in a cycle of images that started with Flowers of Wisdom (see my previous post).
Ptah, Lord of Eternity, 2016, silverpoint, 9″ x 6″
Ptah – detail 1
Ptah – detail 2
Ptah – detail 3
As you can see, it was a rainy morning and the light levels were low. Never the less, I thought I’d share this photograph of “Panspermia,” framed and ready for its journey to the Alexi Era Gallery in Mascoutah, IL.
Inquiries should be made to the gallery.
The framing was done by Rivertown Galleries in Byron, Ontario. Anna and Brian have come through for me countless times over the years and always do a fantastic job.
The Fish Parade, 2004, ink on paper, 10″ x 14″
Moon Gathering, 2015, Pigma ink on paper, 11″ x 15″
“I tell you, there are more worlds, and more doors to them, than you will think of in many years!”
― George MacDonald, Lilith
I’ve been thinking of doors to different worlds for many years. Or maybe its the same world, just many different doors. The first drawing was done in 2004, the second this summer. The theme is similar, a child accompanied by fantastical creatures on a journey to somewhere. The earlier one was done when my daughter was small. It’s a portrait of her. The second was from a photograph of a Victorian child, in somewhat different circumstances than I have depicted here. I wonder what the adult, which the child later became, would have thought of my drawing?
On a technical note, the top piece was brush and ink on heavy Arches hotpress paper. The bottom piece was my first largish work done with Micron Pigma pens. The inks are designed for archival purposes, so I felt secure using them. All in all though, I prefer my carbon black Liquitex.
PS. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Moon Gathering is currently available from Copro Gallery in California. It was part of the Roadside Attractions II show, curated by Cris Velasco.
Drone, 2015, silverpoint, 4″ x 3″
Drone is the 3rd Symphonist, a series of commissioned silverpoint miniatures.