Heart Asunder

Heart Asunder. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. 6

Heart Asunder. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. 6″ x 6″

This piece came out of a heartbreaking incident that’s too personal to go into, but caused me a great deal of distress; hence the subject matter. I especially like some aspects that were experiments in form and coverage (such as the flowers and vines.) Though I don’t think it’s my best work, it’s generally pleasing to me. If I were to do it again or come back to it, I might tweak the droplets to give them a bit more depth, and add some details to a few of the patterns. 

Floral Arrangement II

Floral Arrangement II. Gelly Roll pens on Strathmore 400 Series Black Artist Tiles. 6"x6"

Floral Arrangement II. Gelly Roll pens on Strathmore 400 Series Black Artist Tiles. 6″x6″

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.

Heroes and Victims

Heroes and Victims

Heroes and Victims. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol paper. 12″ x 12″

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.

Blind Eyed Turned

 

Blind Eye Turned. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol paper. 12

Blind Eye Turned. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol paper. 12″x12″

This was the first piece I completed after a seven-week hiatus in which I was coaching a couple of youth soccer teams. (It’s hard to find the time to do art properly when you’re working on it outside of a full-time job and running practices four nights a week.)
I’m still undecided how to feel about this one. I had some unusual technical problems with my pens, which may have to do with the change in humidity as winter comes on, and that affected the quality of the larger dark areas. There are also a few places where the work didn’t come out quite as well as it usually does. However, I’m pleased with the overall effect. The content references the horrendous suffering of the people fleeing Syria, and of the non-European areas of the world largely ignoring the problem – The U.S., for example, has taken in all of around 1,700 people so far.

Lost Lightning

 

Lost Lightning. Micron pens on marker paper. 8.5

Lost Lightning. Micron pens on marker paper. 8.5″x11″

 I’m very pleased with how most of this came out, though I wish I’d written down the details about the make and model of the paper before I’d left the Art Supply Depo, where it was purchased as an individual sheet. It pays homage to the late great Oliver Sacks, whose brilliant analyses pushed research on the structure and function of the brain to new heights. His insights struck like lightning in the field of psychology, hence the title of this piece. 

Bells and Birds

Bells and Birds. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. 6

Bells and Birds. Micron pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. 6″x6″

I like this one. It started as an experiment based on the off-centered flower representation, and evolved to have much more depth than I anticipated. It took a while(!), as I went over many of the lines twice, which really makes them “pop” off the paper.

Holy Grails

Holy Grails. Gelly Roll Metallic and Stardust pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. Laser-cut plexiglass frame with aluminum anchors.  6" x 6"

Holy Grails. Gelly Roll Metallic and Stardust pens on Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Artist Tiles. Laser-cut clear plexiglass frame with aluminum anchors. 6″ x 6″

I was pleasantly surprised with how well this piece came out, given that symmetry isn’t typically my strongest suit. One thing that’s not readily apparent in the picture is the reflectivity of the Gelly Roll Stardust ink, which flickers like glitter as the viewer moves from one perspective to another. The subject matter was inspired by the aptly named Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which happened to be on TV recently. (Note that this isn’t the carpenter’s cup. Heh.)