This piece practically flew out of my pens. It was fun to experiment with the black paper, and I haven’t worked in color in quite some time; it was refreshing to do so. I like the variety of colors, and the intermingling of the Stardust and Metallic inks on the petals appeals to me as well, as it makes the flowers glimmer as the angle of reflection changes when the viewer moves. It’s unfortunately hard to capture in digital photos, but it’s very pleasing.
This is a small piece I did in my ‘thinking time’ at work. It was inspired by the holiday season, which coincided with the time I spent on it. I greatly enjoyed how it came out;the density of the presentation in particular appealed to me, as did the subtle angling of the arms of the cross. (The appeal was in spite of the fact that it’s wildly asymmetrical.)
I worked on this piece over a weekend at my studio in Jerome, which is in a pleasant corner of the woods in the Irish Hills area of Michigan. The woodpecker is a garden-variety redheaded, whom I saw on the suet feeder outside. There are a few aspects of this piece that I would have done a bit differently had I known how they were going to come out, but I’m pretty pleased with the overall result.
(Bonus: can you find the fish?)
This piece seemed to take forever to produce, but I think the effort was well worth it. It’s very dense with content, which I like a great deal, and the details worked out very well (though there are one or two minor errors.) It pays homage to Adel Termos, who sacrificed his life and undoubtedly saved many others by tackling a suicide bomber who was moving toward a crowd. It also honors the victims of the horrendous attack in Paris, in which 130 people were murdered by thugs from Daesh.