"The Possibilities are Endless" - mixed media on canvas, 24" x 20" Available here and at Artfinder.
The texture! Oooooh la la! Another donated canvas, this one with a thick undercoating of gritty texture. This beastie's coat is magnificent thanks to that underpainting.
Friend Marlene asked me "is that a dog?" Hmmmm. I don't know. It's a beast. Let it be whatever your heart desires, I say. :)
You may recall a little peek into a photo shoot at our house recently? Well the results are in! And OMG! Digital painter Carl Stoveland is a magician, I say. First up, the portrait of Pongo and my hubby, which will become a large canvas in Ron's office.
I just adore the look on Pongo's face, which is pretty much how he is whenever he is nervous or not sure why humans are doing what they do. Stoveland captured both Ron's cool swagger and Pongo's quirky anxiety. And a little corner of a Stan Kurth original painting over Pongo's head. Brilliant! We're going to enjoy this one for a long time.
Stoveland made this a breeze- it will be printed on deep canvas and floated in a white frame. Easy peasy.
Next up, a series of head shots for me. These will be used for publications, promotions and any time someone needs a photo of the artist. Stoveland magically inserted my own art into a digital painting of me! He is now officially the king of PUT A BIRD ON IT!
If you meander around on my website, you will see each of these images imbedded in my cyber home. Oh so groovy.
There is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about digital art. I've seen it time and again in competitions where digital paintings aren't give the same "fine art" respect as others. After working with Stoveland, watching his process, and seeing how composition, value, color, texture and line are part of his toolbox, there is no doubt in my mind that I could not do what he does - it is an art form which requires all the training of a traditional artist, plus the mastery of technology.
If you're looking for the ultimate portrait, or for a mash-up of you and your own creations, give Carl Stoveland a shout. This, dear readers, was the best shenanigans of all!