Adjectives and Painting (from my Patreon page)

Yes, I said that.  Just a wild thought, but some techniques used to accentuate areas in a painting could be considered like adjectives in writing.  For instance, using a very dark hued palate for a painting to depict a somber, sad, or evil image is similar to using adjectives like black, stark, or malignant.   On the opposite end, a bright-colored palate for a happier subject can resonate as lively, sunny, or cheery. 

Using a painters knife to cut in thick, defined texture to rocky areas is a visual means (one I have not mastered) of showing rough, angular, and solid stone.  Airbrush painting is a popular method of achieving soft, smooth effects in paintings such as silky, glassy, and gentle are for writing.  Basically, artistic techniques are visual means of enhancing the meaning of a subject much similar to using adjectives to enhance the meaning of literature.

Well Shame on Me (from my Patreon page)

I just realized that I had not posted anything for my $5 a month patrons.  I ask for forgiveness since I have been fighting a sinus infection, which is making me queasy a lot.  To make amends, I will post last weeks and this weeks pictures together.

The first image is a photo I did for art class back in the eighties.  The title is “Healing the Dark Crystal”, which means it is a painting of the Gelfling Jen preparing to make the Dark Crystal whole again.  This is one of the few acrylic paintings still around from that time frame.  I loved working with the colors and contrast of light to dark.  Also, trying to capture the translucency of the crystal was fun.  Obviously, the image comes from the movie “The Dark Crystal” directed by Jim Henson after the success of Yoda in “The Empire Strikes Back”.

The second image is a collection of random drawings and sketches I have done over the years.  There are a lot of skulls and a dragon.  Also, an early study for the painting “Rodeo” that you can find on my Deviantart page.  I started reworking “Rodeo” as a digital painting, but put it aside when the Tiger kept begging me to work on it and the fact that I could not come to terms with the background for “Rodeo”. Hopefully, as I work on other images, something will come along.  Anyway, enjoy these scribbled ideas and painting from my past.

Canvas of the Imagination (from my Patreon page)

If you have looked at my Deviantart page or seen my works in other places, one of the things you will notice is that I use unique canvas sizes. For me, the area to paint can be as important as the painting because it helps define your goals.

I actually had a canvas custom-made for a painting of a grizzly bear I created.  Like the canvas size for “Quiet Strength – Silent Vulnerability” it was tall and thin.  For the digital painting “Sundiver” I tried such a canvas size again, hoping to evoke the vastness of the sun and the smallness of the man, while still allowing some closeness to the man.  Unfortunately, I was not happy with the results so someday I hope to redo the painting with some other canvas.

In other cases, I choose the opposite dimensions where the height is small compared to the width.  Usually, I do this so I can emphasize the scale of the background to the focus image.  I did this with “Universal Eyes – Infinite Sadness”.  I wanted the side view of the galaxy to expand well beyond the face of the wolf.

Finally, there are times I choose a canvas for the challenge or I have no thought about it at all.  I have a huge oil painting I have not finished  that I chose simply for the challenge of its size.  Hopefully someday I will finish the painting and share it with you.

Blog Tour

Does anyone want to do a blog tour with me to help promote my Patreon page.  This will be my first one ever so I will be learning as I go and would appreciate any help.  Also, I want to promote art and SFF writing so anyone interests in these areas can join in.  I will start working things out once I see if I get any takers.  Just follow my blog (should be able to connect to you that way) and leave a comment letting me know.  Thanks.

Patreon Page

Well, it is official.  I have finally gone live with a Patreon page to support my writing and artwork.  If you do not know what Patreon is, Patreon is a website that makes it easy for creators (artist, writers, musicians, directors) to share the content they create directly with people who can support them financially.  Some creators ask for patronage by the content uploaded, while others like myself chose to ask for a monthly patronage and upload content throughout the month.  As many of you who have come to this blog know, I am currently putting together a collection of my Science Fiction and Fantasy short stories titled “Mystics and Misfits”.  If you become a patron, each month I will upload one of the stories from the collection as a PDF and Rich Text file.  In addition, for a little more money, I will also be uploading more samples of my artwork including files showing the stages of development for my newer digital works.  You can still go to my deviantart page to buy prints but you will have access to jpeg versions that can be used for wallpaper.

So please help me fulfill a lifetime dream of building a life based on what I can create.  Please share with anyone you think might like my work because you will help me and hopefully energize them.

My Patreon page is:  https://www.patreon.com/gkarlives

P.S.  Please do not judge my work by my intro video.  I am a much better creator than I am a speaker.  Also, I just uploaded the first story and a little something extra.

In a Good Place

I am currently working on a tattoo design for my nephew.  I made the design a year or two ago but did not have the means to properly transfer the image to the canvas to do the painting for him to reference and so it sat just colored in with markers.  Meanwhile, I have been watching the progression from traditional to computer created artwork and am amazed by what is being achieved.  However, I held back because I personally felt that because the computer was doing some of the work, it was cheating.  I know, stuck in the stone age.  Still, I do have some qualms, but I have decided to do the tattoo digitally.  I am having fun playing with things and trying to create like I did with paint.  When I get finished, I may post it to my deviantart page.  In another venue, my first short story, Vengeance, has finally been published in the anthology Tales of the Sword by Red Skies Press.  I will warn that the editing is a little shabby in some of the stories but still readable.  One of  the standouts so far was the story Elijah’s Fear by fellow writer Nila White.  Please consider giving the collection a look on Amazon.com.