Friday, July 17, 2015

Back To The Muse

I took on too much, and the muse fled. For over a year. She wanted nothing to do with me. Then, at the beginning of the year, she came in flutters and teases. 

While she was gone, I played mostly with photography. I figured, when the time to paint again came, I'd have plenty of my own reference material. And so I do. 

It never ceases to amaze me how just a few hours spent in the company of other artists can spark the creative flame that calls the muse back. This week I had an art date with my son, now converted from an Engineering major to Fine Art and doing an internship in 3D virtual reality modeling, and Karen, our painting teacher who inspired us both so much.  I worked on my years-old painting of my sister-in-law's dog Sam, and Karen was doing an eagle, and Bran was doing an under painting for a dramatic sky with fighter planes (something I've said for years he should do). 

Still a work in progress, but the timing is perfect since Felicia's birthday was this week and we are going to celebrate tomorrow, so hopefully he will be done if not dry. 

I've also been painting pewter gaming miniatures, which is sort of my guilty nerd pleasure, but I really enjoy all the fiddly detail painting. 

These figures are 1" tall. 

And yesterday my project was a logo for our guild in our Savage Worlds RPG (tabletop). Okay, fine, I have more than one guilty nerd pleasure. 

It's almost done. The moon will be red, and it will say Night Owls on the scroll. Which is supposed to be silver but not sure I'll do that. Yeah, it's nerdy as hell but hey, I arted, and I'm pretty proud of it. One of the things I want to work on is new henna designs and honestly, this could be one. And I have some confidence to do more but I definitely need new micron pens. They wear out too fast. 

So yay, I think I'm back!