Before I do some posts about me and comics, I thought I'd share some more paintings I've done of Mythical Ladies...
|Artemis, 1999. Gouache and blackboard chalk.|
First, we'll start with a goddess. This was a portrait of a friend of mine and fellow bookstore employee who wanted to pose as Artemis. (I took a reference photo of her in the breakroom of the bookstore holding a yardstick and a dowel rod as her bow and arrow. )
(Note the use again of blackboard chalk for the clouds and mist.)
Since posting this picture a few years ago online, I had a request for it to be used as an illustration in a British pagan magazine for an article about Artemis.
I didn't get paid for it, but I got a year's subscription! Sweet.
|Leaf Faery, 1998. Gouache.|
This is my ubiquitous Leaf Faery. (Yes, I know, she probably combs her hair with a rake...)
She showed up in an earlier watercolor painting I did about autumn, standing in a wheat field and holding a basket of produce.
Her next appearance will be in the painting I started of the poet John Keats and his poem , "Ode to Autumn."
Here's the original rough drawing from my sketchbook that I transferred onto bristol paper (vellum surface) to also be painted in gouache.
|Snow Faery, 2003. Gouache and colored pencils.|
What you can't see very well in this photo of the Snow Faery is that the background is painted in silver metallic gouache which makes the snowflakes easier to see.
Photos never do gold or silver paint justice...
I purposefully put sprigs of wormwood in this faery's hair---one of the key ingredients in absinthe.
And that is quite an elusive shade of lipstick she's wearing...
She and the Snow Faery must buy makeup at the same goth shop.
|Pine Faery, 2001. Gouache.|
The Pine Faery I actually started on a canvas. In oils. Well, water-soluble oils to be exact. I've always been impatient with oils--not only do they take forever to dry, they take forever to clean up, smell funny and I don't like the greasiness on my hands.
Being a true Water Sign, I thought maybe water-soluble oils would be the solution to my oil painting annoyances...
Nope. For me, at least, water and oil still don't mix and I grumpily started this painting all over again in good ol' reliable gouache.
|Kitsune, 2004. Gouache and colored pencils.|
Now onto a different type of faery altogether...
This is a kitsune, a Japanese fox spirit.
They are supernatural foxes who can shapeshift, usually into the form of a desirable man or woman. Some live to cause havoc; some are benign and actually marry humans.
As the fox ages and grows in power and wisdom over the centuries, it grows additional tails. Eventually a one- thousand-year old fox will become completely white and have nine tails.
I have a fondness for foxes and love kitsune myths. I have many books about their Japanese and Chinese variations.
|Samurai, 2002. Gouache,acrylic medium, colored pencils.|
I thought they needed a little Girl Power up there so I did this samurai woman.
This is one of the first pictures that I experimented with putting small drops of acrylic medium in the gouache to make it waterproof. What was much better was my discovery that they actually make acrylic gouache in tubes and now I do a sort of "underpainting" in the acrylic gouache (I use Holbein Acryla Gouache) and then paint and blend on top with my good ol' Windsor & Newton "regular" gouache.
But what led to my trying this out was actually painting the designs on her kimono!