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The Watcher II is finished, and you can see it at Chattacon!

I have been working overtime on finished the new version of the Watcher, and its finally finished. As a review, I have repainted this because it was originally the first painting I professionally ever finished. That was in 2002. So I wanted to paint the same subject and see how far I had come.

 

Here it is, close to finished from a week ago.

 

I also launched a Kickstarter for preordering prints. which can be accessed below.

 

But this post is bout Chattacon, which is happening next weekend! I will have some newer work, but the Watcher II will be shown for the first time ever at the show! Paul and I will also be in the dealers room, so come visit!

-mike

 

Update to the Watcher Kickstarter

I spent last night painting and listening to tunes and got quite a bit done. At this stage it is a lot of smaller things, adding highlights, making sure that things sit right within the space, adding glazes, ect.

Here is a quick photo after last night:

Also, I added a small bio of myself on the front of the kickstarter project.

Thanks, and live the fantasy!

-mike

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Silicone Mask Cast – The Demon

Some of you may remember this guy from a few months ago when I first sculpted him. Ok, ok, it’s been almost a year.

Well, we have been so busy at the shop that we have not had time to get photos and get him on the store for sale. Today I decided to use some old Ecoflex that had been in storage for a while, before it went bad. I did a quick casting and it turned out really nice! I have just enough to make 2 more masks, so I figure I will pop a couple more out and get them up on the site. Hopefully next week we can get some photos of them being worn and then posted up for all of you to see.

 

Demon Mask "Darkness" 2013.
Demon Mask “Darkness” 2013.

New Kickstarter – The Watcher Oil Painting Print Run

Hey everyone,

The other day I spent some time at the easel painting and I was thinking of new ways to reach new art fans. I have had so much success at Kickstarter, I decided I wanted to try my hand at an art focused project.

One of the big gambles making art is that you spend long hours planning and executing a painting, then print costs come into play, which can often be an expensive gamble for the artist. I have often finished a painting, thought it was the best thing I have done, run a bunch of prints, then never have them sell. So with the latest painting, I wanted to use crowd-funding to see if it is worthwhile to run a large print run.

So I launched this:

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 I am really excited about this painting, and hope that its worth running a large print run!

Larry Elmore Painting class

In 2012 I was once again lucky enough to be able to attend a class with Larry Elmore. I took my first Elmore class in 2010, and I went up a couple of levels in painting, and this time around I learned all new feats and gained another level at least.

Larry class is set up for people of all skills, and to keep himself from going crazy, he gives us all a drawing to start from. This may seem unhelpful for those who are already experienced in painting, but it cuts out a whole other section of teaching, composition. That is a week on its own. So if we all get the same drawing to start off with, Larry can concentrate on teaching us his exact painting techniques.

I just wanted to share my evolution of the painting from the 2012 class. First I will show of the finished piece, then you can follow the journey in the gallery below.