The wilderness takes our leavings
For wild we are, and to the wild we shall return.
The piece above is a redo of an older piece I did years ago, I believe soon after I graduated from college:
I’m actually terrible with color in general. I use a color palette I made a long time ago for everything I color digitally. Lately I’ve been working some with Posca markers, which necessarily has its own limited color palette and has therefore been helpful.
My lack of facility with color is why I tend to work in black and white. It feels to me like doing a 100-piece puzzle, where working in color often feels like working with a 1,000-piece puzzle instead.
I’ve been trying to push myself as an artist more, however, and I love painting in itself - watercolors are my favorite - which is why I’ve been doing more color pieces recently. You can see them on my website. I don’t think I’ll ever be a very proficient digital painter, but in any case, traditional painting pulls on me in a way digital art can’t. (No disrespect meant to you digital artists out there.)
Anyway, the black-and-white mushroom piece is in a show at Falls Church Arts, Wild. I’ve also got a piece up at the Art Enables gallery in DC, in their exhibition Outside Forces. Info for that show, if you’re interested in going to see it, is here.
Also, this weekend I’ll be tabling at Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD. Later this month I’ll be tabling at Del Rey Artisans’ event “Halloweird” in Alexandria, VA, which is going to be fun.
Finally, I recently received notification that I was selected for an artist grant. Haven’t signed the papers yet, so I can’t give details now, but I might announce it more concretely next week.
This has been one of my longer updates, so thanks if you’ve managed to read it the whole way through. Hope you’re all doing well, and I’d love to see you at any of the above events if you’re so inclined to visit.