Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Batman Christmas Decor

This Saturday, Eric and I are throwing our first Christmas party and we decided to do something a little special. This isn't going to be just any regular Christmas party, you see. This one will also celebrate our love for the dark knight himself, Batman! Here are some of the little projects we've been doing in preparation of this shindig:

Little bats with little hats

Christmas bats!!

Hand drawn place cards for the food

Christmas cards the guests will leave with

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Music to Make Painting Love To 12-6-12

While I enjoy these songs a lot, they're just among the ones I happen to be listening to in the studio tonight. Hope you enjoy 'em too.

"No One Does it Like You" by Department of Eagles

"Fade into You" by Mazzy Star

"The Gardener" by The Tallest Man on Earth

A Bit of My Process

When I'm ready to go in my studio and paint, I won't begin until I have something to drink (today it's ice water) and some music playing on Pandora (I had Fade into You by Mazzy Star trapped in my head all day, so I decided to tune it to their artist station). I need a water cup filled halfway and a primed surface ready to push paint around on. I normally prime my raw canvas with a little of a certain color mixed into my gesso.
    For this piece in particular, I sketched out a very basic (and slightly inaccurate) profile silhouette in a pastel pink. With my Decorators, I have been afraid to address things like hair and suggesting value and contrast and placing my oceanic forms in a way that would make sense with the shape and contours of a human face. So I'm going to try to work through those things this time around. 

My first shape was of coral. I placed it so that it is suggestive of hair crowning the skull. The layer of paint is thin, so another layer or two is needed to flatten it up. I then added the shape of full lips but with my signature tentacle things emerging from the mouth. Two strokes of paint are starting to define the area of the nose.

I decided to make this figure's eye very Cleopatra. Long lashes will later be added to that area. I used the same color to add a nostril and a couple round ovals along the chin.

Next I mixed a light peach color and painted a collected area of circles and went back over the mouth tentacle flaps. The background is starting here.

Here I added the eye (shaped like a crab's of course) and stuck on a couple of coral pieces while my brush was wet with that particular shade. 

More images are to come, but this gives you a rough idea of how I think during the opening stages of a Decorator painting.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Success at Unveil South Main

        What a night! Thanks to all who helped make this show so splendid for me. Thank you to my grandma Momo for the delicious shrimp antipasta and Pinot Grigio for the opening and to Mom for her ceaseless loyalty during the stressful day of hanging where I showed just how koo-koo I get under pressure and to the lovely ladies of Muse, who let me take over their store and offered tons of help putting the show together nicely and keeping things replenished and people happy during the opening. And of course I must thank Eric for his mad designated driver skills which allowed me to partake of as much free wine as I could hold without completely embarrassing myself.

Thanks to the strangers with cameras who photographed me in front of my largest painting and to fellow artist, Betsy Bird, whose kind words about my paintings filled my heart with crazy joy. I wish I knew the names of everyone who came out so I could thank them too. It was a blast. Looking forward to the next one!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Who Wants This Painting?

Because you can start bidding on it now through December on the Unveil South Main site. Undecided? Come see this bad boy in person this Friday at the Jack Robinson Gallery and then come to Muse Inspired Fashion for my individual opening from 7 to 9 pm. My wonderful momma and grandmomma are supplying tasty shrimp antipasta and wine and you get to see me in a pretty outfit at my most socially awkward. Who'd want to miss that?

Again, don't be a square. Come to this thing. It'll be fun for everyone.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas in the Bat Cave

Don't Forget to Attend

That, or be:


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Yellena James

Yellena James makes some dang beautiful paintings. I would love to be this good. Look at those wonderful crisp edges! I'm also dying over the intense amount of layering and details. See more of Yellena James's work here.

Hello There

It's been a while. Lately, I've been attempting to press on with the Unveil South Main prep, but then I realized I could afford to buy all the volumes of Batman: The Animated Series on dvd. My priorities as you can imagine, have turned away from art-making to laying in bed watching Batman cartoons and eating Count Chocula. Did I mention I'm 12 years old?

So today, I took action. I grabbed some coffee from my butler, Alfred and strolled into the Bat Cave where I keep my easel and paints and suited up for victory. I'm pleased to announce the birth of two new "Decorators." They still have a way to go, but here is some progress for ya, m'dear. 


Friday, November 2, 2012

Oldy One

I found this photo on Memphis College of Art's website of an old painting I did. I forgot all about it. The layering is kind of nice, but I'm not fond of that palette. It's cool to be able to track your progress. I think I've come a long way.

Chloe York "Untitled" Acrylic on Canvas 2010

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I'm Writing A Book

More or less. I'm writing it, but Eric is making up the story. It'll have that sort of generic quest in a mythical land formula, but with super cool and nasty monsters.

The Wendigo from the comic series, B.P.R.D.

Alice and the Mock Turtle

We also want to stay away from a lot of the cliches that frequent fantasy literature, especially the irksome idea that a whole other magical society  can exist right under our noses and all of its citizens know everything about humanity, but choose to keep themselves secret. Why? What's so wrong with humanity, fantasy land creatures? Nobody in the whole entire freaking universe knows about this superior magic race until some lucky protagonist comes along and finds out all about it and then the reader does too. No. I've had enough of that.

So our story will have that fantasy world, magic creatures living among us thing, but the catch is that the magical creatures don't know about humans either. The two universes are separate and completely oblivious to the other's existence. For the most part.



The main protagonists are brother and sister, Atticus and Eloise Taine. They are imaginative youths who spend their time playing in the woods behind their house and making up stories revolving around their small town's folklore and legends. Their favorite tale involves a cabin that supposedly exists somewhere deep in their woods. Something really awful happened there, but the story always changes with the teller. The two decide that they must find that cabin to know for themselves which of the horrible stories are true if any. After that, the real fun begins. In other words, the fantasy land full of cool monsters!!

The outline is still in progress, but I can tell you there will be kappas, a landscape that is constantly moving, mechanical maps, inter-dimensional travel, and the best part: detailed collaborative illustrations by Chloe York and Eric Quick!

Eric Quick "Eel"

We've been researching tons of myths and creatures from around the world and can't wait to incorporate as many as we can into our first novel. Based on what I've revealed here, would this be a story you might be interested in? Cause me, I'm writing the book I want to read.


Nigel Peake

I discovered Nigel Peake's work while in a Seattle bookstore. I stumbled upon "In the Wilds," his collection of drawings based on one of his trips to the country and decided I had to have it. I love his details, precision of line work, and of course the abundance of pattern. Check out more of his work here.