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The Symbolist Sphinx

The Symbolist Sphinx

1. Fernand_Khnopff – The Caress, 2. Sphinx , 3. bernard1, 4. the sphinx by Von Stuck

Not much to say, just pretty things to see.

I really wish I knew more about the lower left image. Supposedly it’s a black and white image of a painting by William Sargeant Kendall, and is called The Sphinx. This is kinda believable and kinda not. If you look at other black and white images of his work, you can see some similarities, but this work was supposedly done at a time when photography was new and also when similar images were taken of actress Theda Bara, as Suzanne of Wurzeltod points out to me here. Perhaps Kendall had seen those images and was also inspired by other symbolist sphinx works by Knopf, Von Stuck and other artists.

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Odds & Ends

Jason and I are still preparing for Stuntkid & Friends Show this coming saturday in Norfolk VA. It’s pretty rad having a bedroom full of art by artists that you’ve admired for a long time through the warped lens of the internet. It’s better in real life.

In stark comparison my studio area seems to be full of unfinshed paintings. I may need to get a dehumidifier to deal with my paint refusing to dry to workable point.

This weekend I got to take some concept photos with the adorable burlesque performer Marla Meringue. Which means no one will see anything that came out of it for quite a while, but she definitely helped me plan on a few future paintings.

Here’s a peak at some portrait studies from school and home.


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ouija ouija ouija


Who knew Norman Rockwell illustrated a couple playing with a Ouija board? I love this. I hope I can find a print of it someday. Once upon a time I wanted to arrange a talking board show where artists designed their own versions. Someone else beat me to it. Copronason put on a rad show dealing with that exact subject. Maybe I could arrange another one in the future. There are also some great sites out there that catalog all the different versions of spirit boards and their history. If interested you should check out the Museum of Talking Boards or WilliamFuld.com. I also recently purchased a hand carved planchette on Etsy.com from Lejans Wood Creations and am eager to get it.

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Inspiration & Shared Influences

I have been salivating over these silver planchette rings on etsy for ages now, and was thrilled to realize that the artist behind them also had a piece in the Speaking in Tongues show in Philly! I contacted her and showed her my work and we’ve both been amused at sharing so many of the same influences. Her name is JL Shnabel and she is a painter, jewelry maker and writer based in Philadelphia PA.
blood milk ouija

Check out her art blog and etsy shop for more spiritualist and magic inspired jewelry.

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Purples and Greens!

color palette
1. Opium Poppy, 2. Amethyst, 3. Underwater Glow, 4. Aurora Borealis

I’m currently taking painting classes at my local community college. It’s great. I’m learning a lot and seeing improvement in my work every day. What I can’t seem to get away from is my preferred color palette. Purples, pinks, cool beiges, greens, greens and more greens. It just comes so naturally and I’m finding it very difficult to willingly stray from it. I find myself questioning whether I should, whether these colors are a bad habit and crutch or that if leaving them behind even temporarily would a step down the wrong road. The answer is really obvious. Learn how to use other colors, especially for flesh tones, but always keep my preferences in the back of my mind so as not to lose what makes my work mine.

I’ve never been one of those students or artists that believed education may dull whatever edge I could have, but I understand the idea. I think it happens when you have a combination of professors with overwhelming personalities/very specific art movement agenda around you and a young mind ready to be molded. Ha, I am not exactly old but I am not right out of highschool. Some of my painting habits, for better or worse, aren’t going anywhere.

Above is an image of color inspiration taken from my flickr favorites.