Ok, so I said that I had to take a small break. Regardless, my posts will more than likely continue to appear unpredictably haphazard until I am well and truly settled.
I would like to share some work that I have been attempting to finalize over the past month or so; I seem to have recently developed the rather irritating habit of obsessing over fine details. It never used to be this way! But nowadays, a piece of work will remain hidden, sometimes for weeks on end, until I am finally satisfied with it as a whole. Whether this suggests any advancement in my technique, an attention to detail that shall ultimately benefit my endeavors, or else a shattering collapse of nerve, I have no actual idea.....The following images are just a small few of those which have passed the initial test of nit-picking finicky-ness, that somewhat obscene stage of the process in which all flaws are evident to the naked creative eye. Well, my little eyes anyway.
Of healing and new beginnings. I envisage her as a sort of cross-cultural faith healer, whatever your actual faith, or lack of, thereof. Her creation was also semi-influenced by Japanese folklore, lunar myths and the usual staple of classic fairytales.
She resides, for the most part, on the moon, along with her dovecote companion (instead of the usual three black ravens). She is a distant relation of Dulcimer (whooda guessed???), although apart from the voluminous hairdo, they do not have a great deal in common.
I have several versions of this particular image on file. The decision to add the gnarly tree border, along with the little elf houses was a very last minute affair (neighborhood watch?). I think...... I'm quite sure, that it is finally complete ~
All in a Row
Ornithology and pretty maids.
Aww, what a sweetheart. But how on earth does she manage to perch with such incredible poise without tumbling forwards (or backwards) and breaking her egg? She evidently has access to the same, arcane secrets that dear old Humpty Dumpty possessed, I dare say. Sadly, Humpty did eventually topple over....No!
Incidentally, the three ravens have names. They are the same three ravens that feature in many of my past works; Nigel, Rafiel and Tom O' Bedlam respectively.
A new series of darkly young ladies, inspired by Victorian Spiritualism and a book that I have been reading called 'The Other World'. (please see large for textures and details, or visit them in single file over at Flickr)
Now, before I run along to resume my blog break, I would love to share these wonderful, musical MySpace links. I am enjoying all three very much!