Thursday, October 31, 2013

An Eye for a Pumpkin

Happy Halloween everyone! Once I started carving pumpkins this year I kept coming up with ideas for more. Here's a giant eyeball pumpkin I carved with wire eyelashes. 

I wanted it to look correct when it was lit up so I carved it in the negative so that the thinnest parts would be the most lit up. 

And here it is keeping watch at my house!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Spooky Scary

Halloween is nearly upon us, which means that it's time for pumpkin carving. I had a lot of fun with my pumpkin sculpture of Slimer last year and wanted to do another one to work on my skills. This year I decided to do an original character with pretty decent results I think.

During the carving stage (Dana Carving stage, that is)

I decided he needed ears, of course, because I'm a glutton for unnecessary work

To make it more Halloweeny I decided that he probably had a lobotomy at some point and needed stitches

Spooky Scary

All lit up

The mustache was probably a bad idea too. Much more work than I anticipated

And finally its home on the steps

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Insect Buddies!

Sorry for the wait, friends!

Here are the final two pieces from my show. If you're familiar with my work you may recognize these guys from previous paintings, but this time there's a whole new spin on them. Enjoy!

The original drawing of this guy can be seen on my website (with his full story!)

                          That's a Sphinx Moth around his collar, it's what Mr. Marvelous will eventually turn into.                           I have have been wanting to update the original drawing of this guy for a while now and
 I'm pretty happy with the results.

The original drawing of this guy can be seen here in all his kaleidoscopic glory!

Friday, October 11, 2013

We've Been Bugged

Here are two more pieces from the Insect show. These two were an experiment in turning people into bugs. David Cronenberg's "The Fly" is one of my favorite creature movies and was definitely going through my mind when I was working on these, even though they don't even come close to being as grotesque. You might say I was going for something a little more subtle. 

Faceless Woman

Despite what some people think, that is not a Star Trek uniform.

Fly Guy

I probably had the most fun with him.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


I really wanted to create new work for my show at Flutter (that I actually uninstalled yesterday) and I knew I wanted to continue exploring working with ink wash and wood, so it seemed like a natural medium to use for this show.

Lately I've found myself fascinated with insects and as such I've decided to incorporate them into my art. I've been thinking about how the world of insects exists almost as a parallel universe to our own, while at the same time inhabiting the same space. We are increasingly being made aware that we are more dependent on each other than ever thought before and I thought it would be interesting to try and bring those universes closer together visually and thematically. These pieces take a step into imagining a world where insects instead of mammals grew to be the dominant wildlife on Earth.

While I don't feel like these paintings address all of my ideas, I do think it's a good start and I look forward to investigating these ideas further. Here are two pieces from the show with more to come later this week.

Portrait of a woman with Rain Beetle hat and Millipede Boa

A boy and his Rhinoceros Beetle


All pieces are painted with an ink wash.