The Girl With No Name: Work in progress

This panel illustrates the process I’m taking for my latest painting. The drawing was first sketched and lightly inked. In this particular piece, I’m avoiding the use of solvent. A solvent that I’ve used before when there is abundance ventilation is Winsor & Newton Liquin. I’ve tried many non-solvent medium and have yet to accustom to any of the them. My range of painting thinners are OMS, Liquin, linseed oil or walnut oil, or a combo of these. I’ve also experimented with solvent containing medium and Liquin is one I like the most. For this solvent-free painting, an underlayer consisting a mixture of watercolor and acrylic black and white paint were used. This allows thin layers without the use of solvent to begin with. Once dried fully, I started to paint in oils with just black and white to create the grisaille or the “dead layer”. I’m careful to minimize the use of linseed oils to avoid breaking the fat over lean rule. Once that’s dried to the touch, I started the color layer as shown in the last image. Stay tuned as I apply addition color layers to the painting. Thanks for watching.

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Vasapira, The Uncounted: oil on birch (18″ x 24″).

This queen renews life with no ideal bounds where death had apparently devoted the body. She pursues nature in its darkness, conceiving the horrors of secret toil. She carries a crown of horns from the decaying elements of uncounted years. Her senses once again gratified and refreshed by the taste of life’s nutrients, and she returns to a sight of uncanny beauty. The blood countess is the master of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter!

Vasapira the uncounted

Vasapira the uncounted close up

After feeding, the degraded and wasted once again flourish, filling the capillaries abundance of life force that rises to the surface of the skin to fill the face with the most needed texture of the living, blossoming the cheeks that had grown pale.

Vasapira face closeup

 

 

 

Orpheus

Wandered many days round the fines of hell, Orpheus rose to the surface broken. The spirit of his departed love seemed to flit around and cast a haunting shadow. He was given diligent instruction not to speak or look at his beloved Eurydice as he guides her to the light of the upper world. It was a magnificent gift of a second chance in life granted by Hades and Persephone, king and queen of the underworld, after their indulgence to Orpheus luring music. With his body tingled with uncontrollable sensitivity, heart raced rapidly, and anxiety mounted to agony, Orpheus turned around and gazed upon Eurydice. With an instant of horror filling their meeting eyes, she plunged into the abyss forever. Now his life, as it passed thus, was indeed hateful to him as he sat for days, with dark melancholy clouded every thought and forgetting the passing cares of life. It is finished, the beauty of that dream has vanished, and breathless horror and disgust now filled his heart. One day, ­­­­his body would be torn to pieces and his head will roll down a river in the company of Maenads. It will be in death that he will taste joy again.

Orpheus, 36" x 36", oil on wood

    36″ x 36″, oil on wood

WIP: I’m working on this fantasy portrait. It’s 18″ x 24″ on birch panel. This is the inking stage that I sometimes use after the sketching, more heavily than usual in this cause with an aid of a wet brush for blending. Display here are the warm grey markers I’m using, but I have so many that it varies what type and brand I use.

blood countess WIP

The Girl, the Horse and the Last Flowering

48″ x 48″, oil on canvas

The girl, the horse and the last flowering: “This was a luxury of sensation that I could not endure for long. The bodily exertion produces misery in my spirits that transcend all bounds of reason and reflection. I must become a free creature that breaks the bond, carrying the last flowering for a brief moment as I ride to the sunset with swiftness through the wind to everlasting tranquility.”

Warriors of Serpent Island

Of the scattered wasted bones of distant relatives embedded in the fiery stones, two warriors of serpent island stand high in battle, one is of human kind and another of a serpent hybrid. Determined to stand victorious, they tread through the organic land, side by side, clad in skin, bones and metal, clearing path of the violent thirsted creatures born of mutated waste. 

36" x 48", acrylic on canvas

36″ x 48″, acrylic on canvas

If this painting seems different than my other paintings, it’s because I used a different approach and was done with ink, water color and acrylic paint.

Amphitrite and the Siren

The completed painting:

30" x 60", oil on canvas

30″ x 60″, oil on canvas

The stages of the painting. Unfortunately, more stages could have been shown before the last image because that was the biggest leap and the most time consuming transition where I build up the layers of colors.

Amphitrite and the Siren - Stages