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Holy Diver

About the Artwork

Holy Diver is a study which I also used as a tutorial on perspective and story (which I’ll post at the bottom of this page in a few days). Originally, this quote from Douglas Adams inspired me: “The silent thunders of the deep.”

However, while coming up with a layout for this, I was going back and forth between putting sharks and a diver there in front of the creature. I knew I wanted something there to showcase how big this guy truly is. My husband saw the tiny diver I’d put in my thumbnail and started singing the song “Holy Diver” by Dio. Immediately inspired, I decided to make the diver be doing some sort of underwater exorcism against what I can only assume is some kind of demonic beast-dragon-leviathan-eel-thing.

So, a big thanks to my amazing hubby for some inspiration for the story behind this one!

I’m going with a new layout for these posts. The image is bigger! The closeups are bigger and closer-up! And right here, without needing to go to the gallery to see them! Also, if there’s a tutorial/video associated with it, that’ll be at the bottom. Sometimes those get posted a few days later than the rest, so be sure to check back or subscribe to my YouTube channel.

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May

About the Artwork

May has a beautiful, colorful butterfly on her shoulder!

Went for some softer colors again with this one, for the most part. I’ve been pretty busy with commissions lately, so my Calendar Gals portraits are about all I’ve had time for. I have plans to start in on some more studies again today, though!

This painting will be a part of a calendar that I’ll be putting together around the end of 2017, for 2018. Join my mailing list or follow me on your favorite social media to see more, and to find the calendar when it comes out!

Be sure to view the full-size image in the Portraits section of the gallery!

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April

About the Artwork

April showers! Because we should all put aside the umbrella and feel the rain on our face occasionally.

I’ve been waiting for April because I was looking forward to painting this one. Those water droplets were a lot of fun! Be sure to check them out in the closeups (in the gallery)!

I love the rain. As a child, I would put on my rain boots and go “puddle stomping” frequently.

This painting will be a part of a calendar that I’ll be putting together around the end of 2017, for 2018. Join my mailing list or follow me on your favorite social media to see more, and to find the calendar when it comes out!

Be sure to view the full-size image (and closeups) in the Portraits section of the gallery!

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March

About the Artwork

March was, alas, not finished in time for March. I had to redesign another of my websites. Between that and taxes, I was swamped for over a month and didn’t have time to paint.

However, she’s here now and she’s celebrating Spring and all that it brings!

When I was growing up, in Spring, we would go outside and frolic in the flowers. Most years, that involved holding a buttercup (some people use a dandelion) up to our chins to see the yellow reflection on our chins. The petals are highly reflective, so it makes this beautiful yellow-orange glow. The degree to which it glows is supposed to mean various things, depending on which version of the folk story you grew up hearing. The most common version tells you if you like butter.

Kinda silly. I don’t need a flower to tell you that I like butter.

But the glow looks pretty and always reminds me of Spring.

This painting will be a part of a calendar that I’ll be putting together around the end of 2017, for 2018. Join my mailing list or follow me on your favorite social media to see more, and to find the calendar when it comes out!

Be sure to view the full-size image (and closeups) in the Portraits section of the gallery!

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February

About the Artwork

February was, alas, not finished in time for Valentine’s Day. Which would’ve made much more sense than releasing it at the end of February. Alas, c’est la vie!

I had fun designing those heart-shaped glasses, and they only took me painting them about 8 times before they finally looked right on her. But I’m very happy with how they turned out. I also love the tones and colors of this one and think they’re very appropriate for February and Valentine’s — what with all the roses and pinks and peaches.

This painting will be a part of a calendar that I’ll be putting together around the end of 2017, for 2018. Be sure to join my mailing list or follow me on your favorite social media to see more, and to find the calendar when it comes out!

Be sure to view the full-size image (and closeup) in the Portraits section of the gallery!

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