My latest painting series started on a solo flight home from Japan last Spring. I was already sad having to leave, as I always am, but I made the sadness so much worse by watching an animated Hiroshima movie. After it finished playing I started sketching what just last week became “the Duchess”.
She has a Marie Antoinette’s court kind of vibe and is painted with acrylics on a wooden panel. She has a tiny chickadee in her hair to the left. You can still purchase this piece HERE! The minute I began re-creating her on the wooden panel I started to think of other lovely otherworldy ladies I wanted to create in a similar style.
Next up was my Unicorn Fairy Queen. She sold minutes after I listed her on my etsy painting page.
I began the original superhero “Chrysanthemum” here while I was still finishing the Unicorn, and I actually rushed so I could devote all of my time to her. I saw her vivid teal hair with neon flowers playing off rich violet and coffee skin tones so clearly in my mind and could not wait to get her realized. I feel, for the first time in a long time that she actually came out even better than I had imagined her. The lace neckline detail is a particular bright spot for me. She is still available for now – click HERE.
Finally we have the sweet Irish Sheep girl fairy. She came to mind immediately upon the completion of “Chrysanthemum”. I wanted to play with the lace detailing a little more and I really wanted to paint a Ginger with freckles. I JUST finished her today. She is available HERE.
I am really loving this painting series and I see them complimenting my creepy skull portraits so well. I am not quite sure what is next, but I will be creating more. Feel free to share your ideas and/or requests!
As most hardcore comic book fans, Batman and the characters within the universe hold a special place in my heart. I have been painting these characters on my earrings and cuffs for years. I thought it high time to feature them all here on my blog to remind myself and my fans of what I have to offer!
Up first we have Babs! (Possibly my favorite) The name of each piece will take you to the item to purchase. Clockwise from top left: Kawai style, Batgirl cuff, batgirl/oracle earrings, and classic Babs earrings
HARLEY Quinn through the years hand-painted earrings. CLICK HERE to buy.
If you’re feeling Green with envy over these Poison Ivy painted earrings, get your own HERE.
These next earrings were just featured in a viral social media video that I caught wind of this week. It features a gorgeous Latina woman named Nicole who is obsessed with Wonder Woman. Words cannot express my excitement. Here is the link for the video and the link to the earrings.
A little Romance with this painted Batman and Wonder Woman cuff!
Is it Wrong that I had such a huge crush on the Psychotic Joker-like Jerome on Gotham? I had to paint him. Had to. PURCHASE HERE.
Finally, and most importantly: Gay for Days. When I was little I knew I was gay and I dove into the world of comics quite often when life wasn’t so kind to me. Even in that world I felt a little hurt because I never saw any gay heroes, any example that let me know that I wasn’t alone. Clockwise from top left: Batman and Robin, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, Catwoman and Poison Ivy, and Batman and Superman!
Just a few days ago my friend Seasons and I headed to one of our frequent refueling spots, McMenamin’s Edgefield. She often gets a room there for a real recharge, but I never join in. In fact, I don’t believe I have ever purchased a room for myself while still “at home”. That changed on Thursday when we stayed over, ate gluten free pizzas and soaked in a nearly empty soaking pool. The soaking pool was amazing enough for me, but Seasons assured me it is often much warmer. The heavy rain cooled it down quite a bit, but also kept the masses away.
Staying the night at a hotel before a long snowy and slushy hike really turned it into more of an event for me and made the cold slush easier to endure.
The day began with clear skies and snowy hills. We opted for the Multnomah-Wahkeena loop. The trail from the Multnomah side ascends quickly, so we were hiking in snow in no time at all.
Many people turn back halfway through the 11 switchbacks, but if you soldier on you will discover dense forest and many more waterfalls. The rushing waters were made more spectacular after all of our recent rain and snowfall, but they also swallowed up many of the banks we usually spend time on.
After you pass 2 more truly impressive falls (Weisendanger and Ecola) the hike becomes a smidge tedious in winter months. The elevation keeps increasing and the snow is melting due to runoff underneath it and even the most waterproof boots become soggy. And then the clouds roll in and a downpour hits you on the head. You look at your friend and wonder, “Is she enjoying this? Am I?” The answer becomes yes after you realize you have a better waterproof coat in your pack and your friend is always happy in the woods, sogginess be damned. And also you see things like this:
We returned to Edgefield after completing the hike with a descent that was wet as hell, but miraculously free of any wipeouts. A quick coffee with some uploading to instagram, Etsy and Facebook while nestled in a quiet nook brought me back to life. I was asleep by 10:30, and I’m a 3AM guy.
This little getaway and hike recharged me in the best way though and I was able to create beauties like these:
Sunrise in India – Vintage Gold leaf necklace with paisley rose quartz gemstone
Our Lady of Labrador – Rose gold necklace with violet flash labradorite gemstone