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.

Check Out my Feature on The Electric Beef


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Holiday Bazaar Preparations

I am so excited to be able to participate in the wonderful art sale/fundraiser, Memphis College of Art's Holiday Bazaar. It's always lots of fun. Hopefully I'll see you there. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Nope, this Can't Wait

I know this was supposed to be a surprise, but I just couldn't keep them to myself. Two new Decorators. I'm especially proud of XIII because I spent more time thinking about variations in color versus using a bunch of different colors and I'm happy with the outcome.

My space for Unveil is going to be Muse Inspired Fashion by the way. Come check me out next month and see these and others in person. It really makes a big difference.

Chloe York "The Decorator XIII" Acrylic on Canvas 18"x18" 2012

Chloe York "The Decorator XII" Acrylic on Canvas 24"x36" 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Here is my largest "Alaska" piece entitled, "Melt." I decided to try mixing up the scale of the forms and making the black stripes a chevron pattern in a few areas. I'd like to maybe go back in and thicken up a few more areas and maybe put in some subtle variations in the white background area. I also think I should break down the shapes of some of the larger planes. This is one of those pieces I am going to stay away from until I make up my mind about it. Consider this image a progression to be finished another day.

Chloe York "Melt" Acrylic on Canvas 3'x4' 2012 IN PROGRESS

I also completed "The Decorator XIII" last night. But I won't be so forthcoming with an image of it. You can see it at the Unveil South Main opening, where it will look ridiculously better than a teensy pixellated image on your computer screen. 


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Horror Movie Month Calendar

I promise this blog has not been forgotten. I've finished another painting for the Unveil show and am currently working on a second, but I want to try not sharing images just yet. I think I want to just make them a surprise. That's right. If you care to see some new work from me, you'll just have to wait for the unveiling at Unveil South Main. I can tell you though that the enormous "Decorator" painting will be on display and available for purchase as will several others of the same series.

I've also been spending my time partaking in a different scary movie each night starting October 1st and I've even arranged a little schedule of my absolute must-sees. Some of these titles are terrible, some are amazing, but they're all helping to put me in just the right Halloween spirit that I love. Here is my list. It may change, but I'm liking the way it looks presently.

October 1st: The Omen
October 2nd: Psycho
October 3rd: Poltergeist II (the original wasn't on Netflix...)
October 4th: Slither
October 5th: Darkness Falls
October 6th: The Thing
October 7th: The Hunger
October 8th: Pumpkinhead
October 9th: Candyman
October 10th: House of the Devil
October 11th: Let the Right One In
October 12th: Ghostbusters
October 13th: Night of the Comet
October 14th: Rocky Horror Picture Show
October 15th: Night of the Living Dead
October 16th: Alien
October 17th: Hocus Pocus
October 18th: The Caller
October 19th: Trick 'r' Treat
October 20th: An American Werewolf in London
October 21st: 28 Days Later
October 22nd: From Dusk til Dawn
October 23rd: The Exorcist
October 24th: Red Dragon
October 25th: Troll 2
October 26th: Snow White: A Tale of Terror
October 27th: Killer Klowns from Outer Space
October 28th: The Howling
October 29th: La Horde
October 30th: Suspiria
October 31st: Halloween

What are some of your favorite Halloween titles?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Hello there, Autumn!

This is by far the best time of year. We got pumpkins, hayrides, haunted houses, and the escape from icky sweaty weather and ridiculous A/C bills. Here's what I'm doing to celebrate.

Horror movies every night

Hollowed out pumpkin with sliced apples, butter, cinnamon, and a splash of hard cider. Pumpkin seeds roasted with salt for ultimate snackage

Fall loves me back

Unveil South Main

I really don't think life can get much better right now. Out of something like a hundred submissions, I was selected to take part in this exhibition with some great artists including illustrators Howard Paine and Michelle Duckworth and a talented former class mate of mine, Jennifer McClish. Just to even be considered in the same league just blows my mind. 

The exhibition opens Friday, November 30th. More information to come. I need to go paint now.