Folk art has been a huge influence recently. This idea of a tree inside a whale came to me out of the blue, and I tried to research where this may have originated but only came across stories of a man inside of a whale. So I primed a small sheet of plywood and doodled away. This is the result:
I used acrylic paint, an oil paint stick, and paint markers to create all the detail.
This piece is created by gluing two pieces of plywood together. The whale is one piece and the water is another.
"Leviathan and the Tree of Life" is about 36 inches long and 18 inches tall.
Lately my art has been inspired by folk art and space (see The Sun and The Moon), and my third painting of 2014 added to the celestial series. I painted my version of one of my favorite constellations: Ursa Major, or the "Great Bear".
I used a large canvas that had been sitting in my studio for a little over a year. Sometimes oversized canvases just stay blank, looming over your head, saying "paint me paint me..." And you're too scared that you spent all this money on canvas, just to mess it up.
Thankfully, I didn't mess this one up.
The only in-progress shot I took.
And all of it! Super hard to get a decent photo of this.
After posting it on Instagram, a friend asked about it. He stopped by the studio and took it home with him! This is the first time I've ever painted something for myself, then have it sell within a month of completion. Wow!