I'll be displaying my new stuff, and some of my 'golden oldies', in the days ahead and maybe even offer them for sale to those who want more than pretty pictures on a screen to enjoy. For now I just want a venue to show off my stuff. It's an ego rush, for sure.
Harvey at IMAO says he's going to make my Little Worlds the Link of the Day tomorrow, Dec. 4, which is great, but I reckoned I should have a little more 'product' on display for the 'Grand Opening'.
Well, it turns out I have a "Special Collection" of work from the past few years which is 'On Hold' because a friend wants to buy them but can't afford them just yet, so I promised to set them aside until she asks for them. So that's what I'll show off today. The 'Tease' is that even if you wanted to buy them, you can't, so just enjoy!
The first one, from 2010, is what I called a fractile because I didn't know how to spell fractal.
|Blue Crosses. 5/17/10|
The next one is a sort of a first in two ways. It's the first in which I used metallic colored pencils, and the first in which I experimented with wing-shapes.
|Wings of the Arc-Angel. 4/4/11|
Several of these I would classify as part of my "Fun With Circles" series. The middle of these designs is pretty straight forward, even repetitive. The challenge is answering the existential question, "What do I do with the center and the edges?"
|Order receding. 3/2/12|
The title of this next one is a play on words, and partially a protest of the way TV shows tend to represent Angels. The devils, vampires, werewolves and other boogie-monsters get to dress in leather, and be all big and bad, but angels get the 'Florence Nightingale - I'm just here to help' treatment. Seriously, no one messes with Angels if they know what's good for them!
|Torched by an Angel. 3/26/12|
This next one represents an idea I got from a short story I read years ago. According to the story, when war broke out in Heaven, all the angels chose sides, except for one. Because he couldn't decide which side to support, Randomness was unleashed into the universe. His punishment was to supervise an infinite number of monkeys tapping randomly at an infinite number of typewriters until they managed to produce a complete folio of the works of William Shakespeare. personally, I use randomness in most of my designs to some degree. The fun is using the randomness to bring out aspects of the design I couldn't have foreseen if I'd meticulously planned every pen stroke. So here's a tribute to the random element.
|Uncommitted Angel. 4/1/12|
This one shows the serendipity that appears when I let the randomness run wild (or at least on a loose leash). The control comes back in when I decided to add a layer of yellow between the brown and the black, but it works, I think.
|I Saw it With My Eyes Closed 2. 5/4/12|
This one was going to be titled "Tesla's Tower" but serendipity stepped in again. Do you see that tiny little pointed bit at the top, center of the design? I thought it looked like the great pyramid at Giza, seen from a distance. So, I colored it in a two-tone sandy motif, to help along the pyramid idea, and counted on all the hype about ancient astronauts and 'pyramid power' that's going around to help sell the implied story.
|Beneath the Pyramid. 5/8/12|
In this one I tried to combine 2 very different kind of designs, what I call a dream-catcher (fun with circles) and a 3-D-ish structure.
|Soul of the City (Civic Spirit). 5/22/12|
|Green Lantern. 5/24/12|
This one falls into the "Fun With Cubes" category.
|New & Improved Hyper-Cube. 6/21/12|
This next one is a personal favorite of mine. I drew the design, then picked two sets of colors, one light and the other dark, and started coloring the design from the top and bottom, alternating layer after layer, in a race to the center. It turned out kind of Ying-Yang-ish.
|Which One Wins? The One You Feed. 7/1/12|
This one is sort of Yingity-Yangity also.
I wondered what would happen if I stretched a circle into an oval. Now I know.
This one is just kind of weird, but the colors are pretty.
|Ghost Circle. 11/5/12|
Last but not least, another Cube with attitude. Note the date of this composition.
|Fundamentals Don't Change. 11/7/12|
Well, did I tease you with a sampling of my skills? Leave comments if you like, but remember that I'm a sensitive artistic type (with split personalities and a safe full of guns). Thank you.