Thursday Art Assault – Big Dark Painting

I’m wandering in a strange artistic realm.

Somewhere between this and this.

On a rainy Saturday, with a glass of scotch in hand and Chris Isaak roaring in the background, I decided to consume my largest remaining canvas.

…and paint green clouds, dark terrain, and tall, hollow tombs.

Introducing the Grave Towers:

The final painting. Bleak and green. Were I a better photographer, you’d get the deep shading and details.

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This is the background, which I painted on a chilly Friday night. Some people have told me they prefer it without the towers. Meaning…I’ll probably paint a tower-less version soon.

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J Edward Neill

Painter of shadows

Thursday Art Fart – Two Dark Towers

We’ve recently ended our long-standing Thought for Every Thursday series.

It may one day make its return.

But for now, please enjoy the first installation of  Thursday Art Fart

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Dark cities…

Wasted landscapes…

Unholy dwellings…

These are among my favorite types of art to create.

And so I have.

City of Nowhere

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City of Nowhere – 24×48″ is among my more massive of my works. To make it happen, I slathered an entire canvas with red and black paint. After the base layer dried, I carved a stencil into two large poster boards and applied white spray paint to the non-blocked out areas. And then, to top it off, I dotted a few white stars and added some glossy black acrylics to the individual towers.

Boom. It’s huge. And I’ve nowhere to hang it…

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Dark Oasis

The stencils for City of Nothing were so time-consuming to cut, I felt I had to use them at least once more before tossing them. And so the necropolis of Dark Oasis was born. Creating the clouds with spray acrylics was a blast. Detailing the swirls within the towers…also fun. Dark Oasis is smaller at 18×24″.

I’m not sure which one I like more.

Oh well.

Prints are available here.

For purchase inquiries, hit me up on Facebook, Twitter, or via email.

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J Edward Neill

Painter of shadows

Painting with Darkness – Part XI

It’s been a little while.

I’ve been focused less on art and more on invading the universe with my latest novella.

So anyway…

I recently decided to go over the top with another shadowy dark city painting. I love using the black & white color scheme…and I love eerie, otherworldly images.

Thus was born ‘Dead and Dreaming,’ the latest of my acrylic paintings:

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It all started with a blank 16″ x 24″ canvas. I blended water, black, white, and a splash of glow-in-the-dark paint. While I’ve yet to expose the painting to enough light to activate the glow paint, I noticed this particular blend made the swirled pattern go on super smooth. Those white dagger-like things…well they’re the first of many towers to come.

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The most daunting parts of this painting? 1. Using a bookmark as a straightedge to get most of the towers with nice, flat sides. 2. Doing the math to make sure a large percentage of the towers were directed at the right angle to ‘surround the swirly abyss.’

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So…after I added all the white towers, I moved in with my preferred color: black. I wanted the dark towers to be taller and more swordlike, almost as if they wanted to reach all the way into the swirly abyss. The effect was a trippy, alien cityscape. I was pleased.

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You might have to enlarge the image to see it, but this is where I started to add shadows and ghostly windows to every…single…tower. I’ve done paintings like this before, particularly with The Emperor’s Vision, but the added challenge here was rotating the painting to make sure I didn’t miss a tower.

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The finished painting. Hundreds of towers. Thousands of tiny windows. About 12 hours of painting time. I’m ecstatic pleased with the result. After a few matte coats of varnish, this one is going up on my wall until it sells.

The original canvas for Dead and Dreaming is now available for sale right here.

Prints and other materials are available for sale on my Society6 page.

For previous Painting with Darkness entries: Part I, II, III, IV, V, VIVIII, IX, X.

J Edward Neill

Of Gunslingers and Forgotten Worlds

There are moments in your life that you don’t see coming. You don’t know when they are going to happen. There is nothing you can do to prepare for them. And even in the moment you have no idea what kind of impact the event is going to have on you going forward. One day you were one person and the next you were someone different… and you didn’t even know it.

the dark tower

I’m having one of those moments right now. You see I’m reading The Dark Tower series. And yes, I realize that it shouldn’t have taken me so long to get around to reading it. In my defense I swore to myself years ago when I heard various friends going on and on (and on) about it that I would avoid it until it was completely done. I mean, the last thing I would want is to get really involved in it and then have to wait years at a time to get the next book (cough, cough, Game of Thrones).

I am at the beginning of book 4 – Wizard and Glass.

This series makes me want to break my fingers.

There was a point today, while I was reading at lunch, that had I not been surrounded by other people I would have cheered, yelled something. I kept all of that inside because I didn’t want them to call the white coats to come and take me away.

I have no idea where the series is going (to the Dark Tower, stupid!). Everywhere we turn we get to see more and more of the destroyed world. Is it Earth thousands of years in the future? Is it some parallel world?

Does it really matter? King weaves his way through this place, showing us slightly familiar things and then turning them on their heads. But to say that little bit doesn’t do it justice. The mundane things feel exciting, even when they probably aren’t.

I just got done reading a whole bunch of riddling chapters, and I couldn’t wait to see how our heroes managed to get out of that predicament.

But the biggest way that I know the narrative is working for me? I’m picking up speed as I read. I’m lingering for a little while longer… just 5 more minutes at lunch… I come home and tell my wife the little moments that made me happy.. heck I’m blogging about the damn series this week. To say it is on my mind is an understatement.

I’m even wondering about the rest of King’s works. I know various things tie together in odd ways, sometimes with a character or a place, but I’m turning that corner about wanting to know what those things might be. I even found a blog where the guy broke down what books to read when. And I read it… though, my insanity has some limits that don’t include taking a detour through all of his other books before finishing the second half of the series.

Or maybe I do…

And I’m currently working on a book – The Edge of the World. And I’m reading this epic by Stephen King. And I want to break my fingers.

Not because I don’t think I’m going to be good enough in my writing. But because I have to step up my game. Again.

And that is annoying.

 

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John McGuire

John McGuire is the author of the supernatural thriller The Dark That Follows, the steampunk comic The Gilded Age, and the novella There’s Something About Mac through the Amazon Kindle Worlds program.

His second novel, Hollow Empire, is now complete. Each episode is only $0.99. But you can go ahead and purchase the full novel (all 6 episodes) right now for $4.99 with the above link!

He can also be found at www.johnrmcguire.com.