Saturday, April 20, 2013

Keeping Busy

I'll be finishing up with a couple book projects in the next two weeks.  Then I can get back to a few portraits that have been collecting dust... literally.  There are about three things that I've worked on since the middle of last year that I still can't talk about here.  Publishing can take some time, and I've just finished a painting that has yet to be unveiled.

I do have a creative and useful accomplishment to mention however.  For years my dad has wanted to build a bookcase and just recently we purchased the right tools.  We got together a few weekends ago and built the bookcase you see here.  I was in serious need of this thing as I was constantly moving books and paper from desk, to chair, to desk, and couldn't do several things at once because of the clutter.

The wood was cheep pine and probably not worth what I paid so I can't brag about that.  I painted a faux finish to give an aged look.  On the edges I added a bronze enamel, which gave the feel of old wood peeking through.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Carter of Mars With A Twist

I saw the film "John Carter" a few weekends ago.  It was a cool movie despite what critics say.  Not long after watching it, I started to wonder what would have happened if the movie had a different protagonist?  What if another Civil War veteran had been transported to Barsoom instead of John Carter?  Someone like...

How would the characters relate to his somewhat erratic and "fiery" disposition?  How would the warring Tharks have received him?