For the past year my primary art form of puppetry hasn’t been happening in the way I want it to (too busy, dealing with too much personal stuff, collaborative partners not close by to keep my creative momentum going, and a few other excuses). But what has happened has been a resurgence of one of my earliest artistic endeavors: painting.
My grandmother was a painter, and took me and my sister to oil painting classes at some point in my youth. Also, my wife is a teacher of literature and theater and has often used my mediocre art skills for her class projects. That said, up until recently I’ve rarely painted “for me”, at least not until I happened upon some small 3″ x 3″ canvases in the craft section of a store when my daughter needed some color of acrylic paint for something she wanted make.
Something about that size of canvas struck me as interesting (I love seeing people who can fit detail into small pieces, though I have little hope of being one of those artists myself), and I picked up a few. Well one thing led to another and as I started painting various nerdy themed pictures I found I was accumulating a stash of paintings that I had no home for. So, I started to photograph them in a little virtual (aka made-up) gallery with my Tom Baker as Doctor Who action figure, and send them out into the world.
Below, and above, you’ll see a selection of my first rounds of paintings. I’ll follow this post up with some photographed in their new homes later, once I finally get the second round of them shipped out.
Oh my goodness, tiny canvases + action figures = adorable and hilarious, but I can’t explain WHY.