I started the year with a few good plans. Painting projects I was ready to start working on and hopefully finishing this year. I mentioned one (Barry the Bat) already. But then I took a friend out for her birthday.
Started with a great dinner of food she’d never had before (Puerto Rican – I can recommend a great place in North OC). Then we brought her to see some friends at their gallery for a night all about celebrating David Bowie.
Watching The Labyrinth and then watching some amazing artists (the birthday girl included) paint from the inspiration of the night was great. I found myself quite inspired as well. But in truth I was not feeling up to joining them. I’m a pretty slow painter still and that’s after I’ve thought about the piece for a while.
So, I thought about what I would have wanted to paint (if I hadn’t chickened out) over the next day. And that night I sat down and challenged myself to just do a study as fast as I could. I had hoped to get something in about 2 hours. But in just under 1 hour I had this: I think he’s so ugly he’s cute. He’s inspired by one of the goblins in The Labyrinth and I just LOVED his expression. “Listen, she’s going to say the words.” Besides he’s a Jim Henson’s Muppet, based on Brian Froud’s design, from a movie with David Bowie and Escher-esque scenes . . these are a few of my favorite things!
I’m pretty proud of the bug-eyed little guy. And so, I’ve put other projects mostly on hold while I work on a more detailed painting of him and one of his big goblin buddies. I just can’t get them out of my head until I’m done.