Monday, May 30, 2016

Abdundance (Not Safe For Work - Nudity)

I am a fat woman.

I say this not as self-derision but a statement of fact regarding the physical space I take up in this world.  It's more than the average woman.

I'm fat, yo.

As such, I've struggled with self-image over the years.

Two things have helped me come to grips with my self-image: the fat positivity movement, and art.

I like painting and drawing fat bodies. I like being able to see a drawing or painting I've made of a fat body moving, or dancing, or merely existing without shame, and feeling like I've created something beautiful.

In turn, I feel a bit better about the body I inhabit. That it has beauty as well. (There's a guy I share my heart and home with.. he tells me it does.  A lot. But I don't always believe him).

This is not a self-portrait, merely a celebration of body type that I share.

I call her 'Abundance'.

Acrylic on 10x12 wood panel
I pulled a bit of inspiration from religious imagery, with the aura around her head, but I also feel like the green/blue background evokes nature, land and water.  She's kind of an Earth Mother figure.

Reagan said she looks like Ariel. I think she's got some Melisandre in her as well (Gord knows, she likes being naked).


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Oil Tank Tulips

I am not a gardener, by any means.

One of the previous neighbors, I believe, was.

Every year I have about a half-dozen tulips that come up beside my oil tank.

That is my 'garden'.

Acrylic on 8x10 Masonite board

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Death Has Been Into His Record Collection

2016 has been a shitty year, for musicians especially.  Droppin' like flies.

Acrylic on 9x12 Masonite
I still like the concept. Execution could be improved. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Over by Chris P's Parents Place

This a quick post, since I have been working on stuff lately, but not posting as much. After getting a few projects done, I've hit a wee bit of a slump.

So I'll do some posting instead.

8x8 acrylic on gessoboard
I saw this picture on a friend's Instagram feed and (almost) immediately asked if he'd be okay if I painted it (you know, after getting over the whole 'would that be weird?' thing).

I'm pretty damn happy with this. This was my first time making use of matte gel, since it was a very muted palette (which I'm not totally used to).  As well, I did a bit of knife work to get the weathering on the wooden boards.

Check out Chris' comics and other work on his instagram