Well, fall is upon us up here in Maine. It's my favorite time of year; the days are shorter, the air smells of burning wood, and of course, Halloween is just around the corner.
In this vein, I have been working on the largest piece I have ever done for my gallery's October show. The piece is entitled Psychopomp and it measures 12' x 4' on 4 stained birch panels. I don't want to spoil the surprise, so here are some teaser shots. I will show you the entire thing when it's done! And if you're local, stop on by October 1st to see it in person at the gallery and to say 'hi'.
I am also working on some small pen and ink illustrations for the shop that will be dark and somewhat Halloween related. I try to offer a couple of small and affordable original pieces each Halloween for my fans. I'll keep you posted when those go up.
So, I have found yet another photographer who does some great work. John Myers has a beautiful website (which is always a nice surprise) and he appears to do both conceptual and almost photo journalist type work. A sense of humor runs through all of his work and you just can't stop clicking through. Plus, down in the lower left hand corner, you can find out if you have character or are a character. I love it!
Have you seen the work of Steve Morris yet? Wow. There are a few examples below and take a look at his site for more work. I love him because he has a lot of different styles and techniques depending on the project. He's not a cookie-cutter artist. The work below is by far my favorite, both the colors and the Hansel & Gretel + mean things theme makes me laugh. Great work.
It's no secret that I love the circus, the sideshow and carnivals. If you've read this blog long enough, you know how much of a fan I am. Well, I have a book recommendation for you folks who love this stuff as much as I do. Step Right Up! by Dan Mannix, is a real page-turner. Apparently, Mannix joined the circus in the 40's just to write about it. More specifically, he joined the sideshow and learned a ton of things like sword swallowing and knife throwing and the like during his tenure. It's a fascinating non-fictional account of carny life that I highly recommend. I think it's out of print, but not hard to find.
Plus, the different covers are sort of neat.
Until next time: unpleasant dreams...