The Year of the “Goblinses”


As I mention in a previous post, I’ve been Distracted By Goblins this year.

So, I painted one little guy to try it out and I liked him so much I painted another of 2 goblins.  Well, apparently I can’t get enough of them.

So, I find myself working on my third goblin painting (fourth actual goblin if you are keeping count).    This one is from my own strange mind.  I starting thinking how fun it would be to make a bunch of goblins, who each had their own personality, skill, job or identity.

I’m going to call the series of characters “The Goblinses” (pronounced: /ˈɡɑb·lən/iz/).  I’ve started with a Goblinses version of the Tooth Fairy.  I guess the Tooth Goblinses?  I’ll work on the title.


I’ve also got a partial list of other Goblinses I can work on for the series.

Tooth Fairy Princess
Witch Playboy Bunny
Book Worm Witch doctor
Doctor Roller Skating
Ninja Skiing
Rock Climber Hang glider
Lovestruck Miner
Vampire Foodie
Cowboy Red Queen
Painter Camping
Mad scientist Sleepy

This is just a start for this, just me playing around with some ideas.   I’d love to hear what ideas other could come up with.  Let me know what you think would make a great Goblinses character as a reply below.


Bad Babysitters: Progress in pictures. .


My Goblins (Bad Babysitters) painting, took me about 5 weeks.  Which is amazing for me, because that’s much faster than normal.  But when you look at it closer- there were a lot of very long days in there.  So it’s also the most intense push I’ve ever done to get a painting finished.

Either way I’m pretty darn happy with these creepy cute fellows.

These photos were all taken with my phone as I was working on this.  So forgive the quality.  We’ll get a better one of the final shot soon.

Goblin final - bad pick wartermarked

Distracted by Goblins


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: goblin studyI 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.


Have you met Barry?


Barry the fruit bat 4x6 watermarked

I’m excited to introduce you to Barry the Fruit Bat.
Technically this project started some time ago, but I’m hoping it will see some major progress this year.

I challenged my daughter to write a children’s book and I promised I’d work to illustrate it.  Late last year she sent me the text and it’s adorable!  In answer I painted our first official design of what Barry would look like.   This may even end up the cover for the book.

It’s going to be quite an endeavor for me, because I’m feeling like this is a possibly a bit of a stretch on my abilities.  Also, while I’ve gotten faster in my art, it’s definitely going to be a LOT of work as I’m thinking we are looking at quite a few pages I need to draw/ paint.

But for now, say hello to Barry.  You’ll be seeing a lot more of him.