Don’t be an art critic, but paint, there lies salvation.
My artwork has increasingly become over the years an act of catharsis. But lately it has become more illustrative of stories that I alone can see. I have had images of situations and conversations that will become my first novel. I start with an image in my head and the situation just before, during and after that image are simply there in my head, waiting to be written. After I write the scene, I then work on the illustration that inspired it. Ultimately I don’t know how this artwork will be used with the novel but its seems to be all tied together for me.
I decided to start posting pictures of my old artwork and as I finish the illustrations for my book I’ll post those too. Today’s picture is one I did over 20 years ago. The media is watercolor and oil pastels. The technique of speckling in the sky was achieved with a fairly wet wash of color and a sprinkling of rock salt. It’s a exciting technique that I will use again.