Frost Princess started out as a vivid idea for a lighting and color scheme in my mind's eye. Initially, to, it just featured the fox character. But as it evolved, I added the girl whom I've pictured as perhaps the little sister of the Snow Queen. She leaves a trail of frost wherever she and her fox companion trod.
This was created as a summer promo/personal piece. It's inspired a bit by Miyazaki movies, a bit by Ray Bradbury's book Dandelion Wine, and a whole lot by the feel of summer! I like how the face in the haystack turned out looking barn-owl-ish
Dragon Blossom is an image inspired by both the beautiful spring blossoms in Virginia and the recent trip I took to San Francisco, where I attended the Cherry Blossom festival in Japantown.
It started with the idea of a little boy curled up reading in a blossoming cherry tree, only the tree is really a dragon and his reading material is an ancient scroll. Perhaps the dragon is somehow imprisoned as a tree and the boy keeps him company by reading to him?
(Note: I made up the "language" on the scroll, as I did not want to embarrass myself with a nonsensical cut and paste job of any real language.)
A painting that started with the thought: "what if a magic cauldron boiled over"? Naturally this would be the fault of a negligent and sleepy apprentice boy who is supposed to be stirring the pot.
This sailing artist's palette was created as a visual play on my last initial 'D' because it reminded me of a ship's billowing sail as I was doodling around for a new logo image. I later expanded this to a full scene to use on a printed portfolio of my work. Because of this, I was perfectly happy to bask in my favorite signature glowing gold and dark cerulean color scheme.
This concept came from one of my mid-morning sketchbook brainstorms over jasmine-green tea. It was a glimpse of a young boy standing in a circle of snow hares, being crowned their king. Like many of my self-motivated pieces, the image did not need to arise from a full understanding of an entire story, but rather came from trying to fully envision and illustrate the scene I had snared in my mind's eye. I'm still having fun imagining the story behind the scene.
Golden Fish had its beginnings one night when I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep. An image of glowing fish popped into my head and would not leave. After tossing and turning with fish swimming in my head for a good hour, I decided to get up and sketch it out -only then could I get to sleep. The painting was completed in the weeks following.
A piece of "fan art" for my favorite Christmas/winter movie EVER: Raymond Briggs' - The Snowman. An amazing animated short, simply a work of art.
Autumn Magic had its beginnings in a morning sketch... but initially it wasn't a "fall" piece at all. It was a child sitting over a mini tree (I wasn't necessarily thinking bonsai) and behind him a giant/old tree. The fall colors crept in when I went to do the color sketch. Surely inspired by the gorgeous autumn weather we've been having here these past few weeks... And the leaves she is "magic-ing" just seemed a perfect fit.
Firefly Magic's inspiration comes from the feeling of a balmy summer's evening and the mysterious qualities of twilight. I spent many a childhood summer's night in my backyard with a canning jar. I still grow mesmerized when these fairies of summer appear.
This Slide of Winter
"This Slide of Winter" was inspired by an old German playground slide that I pass every day on our street. The slide is located in a little "garden" plot surrounded by gnarled old trees and underbrush, overgrown from winter disuse. The slide fascinated me, something about the distinct design reminded me of a archway or doorway. Combine this with my longing for beautiful fluffy white snow and you have the seed for this image...
I love how closely this piece matches my original vision: warm morning sunlight, a cute little Irish gal, and dragon that looks so happy I can hear it purring.