Sunday, January 22, 2012

Satanica Naturalis on Tumblr

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Well it's been about a week since I posted my "Satanica Naturalis" painting on Tumblr, which I'm pretty new to.

I don't totally understand how pictures become featured on certain pages on the site, but since mine was featured in the tattoo section, I've watched the number of notes (people liking it and reblogging it) shoot up and up and up.  And now it's at over 3,600 notes!  Yay.

It's been very satisfying to find that the painting has affected so many people.  

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My Interview on xLegion!

I was interviewed for the xLegion website, which is based out of Italy, and is translated in like, every language in the world.

So that was totally awesome.  Please click the picture above to read my interview.

And, they also added a gallery of my paintings to the site.  Click on the above picture to view it.  Honored to be shown among so many other great artists.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Satanica Naturalis

"Satanica Naturalis"
11 x 14 inches
acrylic on birch panel

Here's my finished painting, "Satanica Naturalis".  I'm very happy with the way this came out.  

I had an idea in my mind that I wanted to create a painting about Satanism that avoided the normal cliches, and didn't have any black in it at all.  I've always been of the mind that the color white can seem much more evil and creepy than black, and I wanted to take that even into the albino ravens.  I wanted the vibe to be something along the lines of, "so evil and black it's white".  Like Spinal Tap, "None More Black".  If that makes any sense at all.

The imagery depicts a white goat skull with inverted pentagram carved into the forehead, surrounded by an ornate metallic colored ring.  The two albino ravens represent the two types of Satanism; Theistic Satanism (left) and Atheistic Satanism (right). You can tell by their height which one I lean more towards (atheistic), but I would never completely subscribe to any religion.  

I think that all organized religion is inherently wrong, but I wanted this piece to make people think twice about Satanism; if they know nothing about it, it is worth investigating and aspects of it can actually be quite beautiful.  It's never wise to stay in a state of blind ignorance; it's better to find out the facts and then judge for yourself, not just believe what others tell you.

The ravens are flanked by narcissus, a flower that in Floriography (Victorian flower language) stood for egotism, self-love, and self-esteem.  This idea of putting yourself first is an important aspect of Satanism.  The birds are also holding onto several branches of pussy willows, which form the shape of an inverted pentagram. In Floriography pussy willows hold a similar significance, that of freedom. 

Here's the progress shots...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Menagerie Postcard

I'm so honored that Modern Eden Gallery has featured my "Forest Beauties" painting on the postcard for Menagerie II!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Forest Beauties

"Forest Beauties"
acrylic on birch panel
18 x 24 inches

For Modern Eden Gallery's "Menagerie II" show
part of the proceeds of the sale of this painting will go to the San Francisco SPCA
email or 415.956.3303 for inquiries

There's two foxes getting pretty with roses, bluejay-dove hybrids, a brush and mirror and the roses symbolize beauty.

Here's the progress shots again:

Monday, January 2, 2012

Catapult Art Mag

Here's my pages in the new Issue #5 of Catapult Art Magazine!

Click HERE to read the whole issue!