Category: Oil Painting

Illuxcon 2015

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Thought I would share the selection of new paintings I’ll be taking to Illuxcon for this year. My paintings, Sky Burial #2 & #3, Rendezvous and Buddha Returns will be hung along with my latest work.

So without further ado, here they are.. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Breakdown . Ankaris Project . 40″ x 16″ . Oil on linen

 

Desert Wreck . Ankaris Project . 52″ x 20″ . Oil on linen

 

Kunzum La . 60″ x 23″ . Oil on linen

 

Traveler . Ankaris Project . 30″ x 12″ . Oil on linen

New Painting For Illuxcon 2015 – Kunzum La

Howdy folks!

Long time no post.. Quite busy teaching this year among other things and have only managed two new large oil paintings for Illuxcon 2015. Two others I have abandoned for another time.

I’ll cut to the chase and let you look at some art., here is the first of my two new paintings – Kunzum La

Enjoy!

 

 

First Pencil Sketch

 

As you can see I flipped the image for the final painting.. still like the original composition!

The gouache studies were done for the benefit of my students. Studies two and three were art directed by my students. They had to describe a lighting scenario for me to paint.

 

Gouache study 01

 

Gouache study 02

 

Gouache study 03

 

And the final painting.

Kunzum La . 60″ x 23″ . Oil on linen

 

And here are some detail close ups..

 

 

 

 

On The Road to Illuxcon 2014, part 1.

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Thought it was about time I posted a review of my time at Illuxcon this year. However before I get to the actual event, I thought I would go through some of the planning and logistics involved in the lead up to the show, particularly some of the costs.

Allentown Art Museum . Illuxcon 7

I had been selected to show at Illuxcon for three of the last four years prior to this year, one year I didn’t bother as my circumstances simply wouldn’t allow it. Getting to the US from Australia for such a show is no small thing and requires many elements coming into alignment just to get there. This is no doubt true for artists traveling from many other countries in the world.

My career has been on course correction since 2006. Whilst working on The Fourth Magi film project, my desire to paint SF paintings in oils resurfaced and around late 2007 I started setting up a basic studio in my second bedroom. I needed to just start, I needed to take that first step as they say and get on with it. I’d been putting it off for too long. The first few paintings I hacked together were garbage, which I knew would be the case, but slowly my painting technique started coming together. Those paintings were mostly landscapes and some re-paints of my existing digital work. In time I would start painting the SF I wanted to see. Sky Burial #1 was the first SF painting that actually came together.

Around that time I had read about this show called Illuxcon, dedicated to showcasing traditional SF/F work. Awesome! I had a plan. But first I needed to create the work and crawl back into some semblance of financial stability. Around mid to late 08′, the GFC hit and the film project I was working on died, so had almost every other film or tv job out there too and what funds I had saved were soon drained by existing financial commitments, tax, tax and more tax (mostly me avoiding them.. take heed kiddies, do your taxes!!) and I was in the red. Suffice to say it was and has been a challenge getting back to some sort of even keel.

So getting to Illuxcon has not been easy to say the least. It goes without saying of course that the artistic side of the coin must also be strong enough!

 

Here is a run down of the costs involved:

1. Cost of show admittance.

2. Extra cost for larger wall space at ILX. I had larger paintings and needed wider wall space.

3. Painting time or in other words, funds to cover myself during the months leading up to the show where I can’t take on other work. This means monthly bills etc.

4. Scanning my art, colour corrections etc for eventual printing and digital backup should the originals get damaged.

5. Framing of the artwork.

6. Shipping in both directions. Although some paintings sold at Illuxcon, enough came back to almost equal the cost in outgoing shipping.

7. Airfare to US.

8. Accommodation in the US.

9. Cost of several prints, new business cards and post cards to hand out at the show.

10. Cost of one full size repro and framing of my painting Sky Burial #2 (to replace the original which ended up at the Spectrum Show at the Society of Illustrators).

11. Any other expenses associated with traveling.

12. Ongoing bills and costs back home whilst I’m away and for the month/s afterwards should work be absent upon my return.

 

The above list was something that would financially fall into place as the year went on, or it wouldn’t. Had I missed one or two jobs this year, I wouldn’t have made it to Illuxcon. It’s a delicate balance between having enough time to paint and time to work. It’s been four years of trying to get the financial and artistic balance just right so that I could get my foot onto the next stepping stone. This year I finally managed it.

My goal has been to paint SF full time and transition out of the film industry altogether. Not because I don’t like film, it’s great.. I just love painting SF more.. way more!

And Illuxcon cemented that for me this year.

 

In Part 2, I will talk about some of the artistic choices leading up to the show, how I planned out the wall space and how that somewhat related to what I painted and the size of what I painted. I will also touch on the shipping of art. So stay tuned!

 

Most of my paintings unpacked and ready to be hung at Illuxcon 7.

 

Spectrum Exhibit, Society of Illustrators

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Thought I’d share this pic taken by the guys hanging the Spectrum Exhibit at the Society of Illustrators. My painting Sky Burial #2 is back there waiting to be hung. Many thanks to Irene Gallo for posting this on FB and to Evan Shipard for alerting me to it.

In a few days I will actually be able to update this post with my own pictures from the artists reception. Can’t wait!

Many thanks to the photographer!

Paintings ready for hanging at the Society of Illustrators ©Society of Illustrators

 

To be updated…

As promised here is a picture of Sky Burial #2 hanging at the base of the stairs on the lower level of the Society of Illustrators. I shot this after my return from Illuxcon, not on the night of the artists reception… explains the lack of people!

If you ever get to NY, you must drop in and see what they have on their walls.

 

Sky Burial #3

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Here is my latest and last painting I finished before Illuxcon. I’m writing this a week out from flying to the US for the show so I should have this hanging on the wall directly in front of me by the time you read this. I wanted to hold this one back until Illuxcon opened.

This is the latest in the series and another large-ish sized canvas. A little more intimate than the others with a closer look at some characters in that world.

I started this one almost three years ago in rough form so I’m glad it’s finally come out.

Enjoy!

 

Sky Burial #3 . 60″ x 23″ . Oil on linen

 

Detail 1

 

Detail 2

 

Detail 3

 

Detail 4

 

Detail 5

Fine Art Prints . Ankaris Series

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Just letting you all know that fine art prints are now finally available of four of my Ankaris Series paintings.

They are:

Sky Burial #1, Sky Burial #2, Levitation, Rendezvous.

The series is limited to 250, signed and numbered.

Image size: 650mm x 250mm, (25.5″ x 10″), Paper size: 720mm x 320mm (28.3″ x 12.6″)

 

New Price USD$95 inc shipping.

 

Head over to my Print Page for more images and info.

 

Enjoy and thanks!

 

Levitation Fine Art Print
All of the prints laid out.

 

Levitation

Howdy Folks,

Here is the scan of my latest science fiction painting, Levitation. This is the final version of the painting that started life as a small watercolour thumbnail way back in 2001!

The actual painting is currently being framed and will soon be heading to Illuxcon along with eleven other paintings.

Here is the final with some detailed images.

Check out this post for a look at past variations of the painting. There are aspects of each that I like but no one version has it all.. so who knows, there may be another version yet to come.

For those interested, there will also be limited edition prints of this painting available very soon.

Enjoy!

Levitation . 46″ x 18″ . Oil on Linen
Detail 1
Detail 2

 

New Science Fiction Painting . Rendezvous

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A new painting from my Ankaris Project to share, fresh from scanning and the latest ready to be framed and shipped off to Illuxcon.

There will be limited edition prints of this painting available soon on both paper and canvas so stay tuned.

For those interested, I get my paintings scanned by the guys at Cie-Elle Digital Imaging who use a Cruse Scanner. Their scanning and printing quality is fantastic so check them out if you live in Sydney.

 

Enjoy!

 

Rendezvous . 40″ x 16″ . (102cm x 40.6cm) . Oil on linen
Rendezvous Detail 1
Rendezvous . Detail 2

Detail 2 gives you a good idea of how awesome the scan is!

Rendezvous . Detail 3