Last year I painted a well received Jackalope and I made sure to tell everyone he was the first in a new series. Then I had one commission after another and the series was put on hold. Until now!! Say hello to The Alchemist. Yes, I know he’s a fox but he’s an alchemist too. He’s part of an ever evolving series of paintings called the Mystics.
The idea came about last year when I was planning my painting for the EBSQ Mythological Creatures Exhibit. Gatsoh Elder, or The Elder, was the result. In my head the jackalope was the elder of a jackrabbit warren (gatsoh is the Navajo word for jackrabbit). It’s a, you become an elder when you get your horns, sort of deal. Afterward, I thought what a fun idea for a series of portraits.
While The Elder hails from the American Southwest, The Alchemist’s home is Victorian England. Once I came to that conclusion, adding a steampunk element was inevitable. Prints for Mr Fox will be available starting next week in my Shop.
What’s next in the Mystics series?
The Seer – A blind owl from Asia (where in Asia remains a mystery for the moment).
The Warrior – ??? I’ve been playing with some ideas here, still working it out. I thought the warrior would be a Bear, but she could be a Lion too. My daughter’s vote is a Tiger.
What do you think?
Whether you do the warrior as a tiger or not, I’d love to see a bear for something… maybe tied into the Norse myths?
I’ve been thinking about bears a lot, there’s definitely something on the horizon. I’ll keep the Norse idea in mind. Time to do some research!