Beyond the Five Known Senses

First of all, here's something from last year that just came my way! It's the Pangolin (what in the world is a pangolin? find out!) painting I did for the "Inside Out" show I had last March. I actually didn't get a chance to scan or photograph this before the show but luckily it went to one of my best friends, Jeff ,who sent me this photograph this week. It's nice the see the weirdo again. A cool thing about this painting is that it has tons of iridescent detail work that pretty much...no one will see except for maybe Jeff.

I figured that since I have a little downtime I'd talk about supplies for a second, in case anyone is actually curious haha. All of my paintings are done on bristol vellum almost always exclusively with brushes. Since I work so small I basically stick to very small detail brushes though I do have a few (still small) moderate sized ones. After much searching the best and tiniest seem to be these:
Loew-Cornell 18/0 Round and Spotter. The short squat handles offer a really good grip and the points are suprisingly versatile.
so teeny tiny!

At this point I primarily use three kinds of ink. The first two I appreciate mainly for their vivid and concentrated color:
They're both very watery and fluid but the color is so concentrated that it isn't much of an issue. The fluidity makes it really easy to get a nice continuous line. The Liquitex has a very slight gloss to it which irritates me because I like for everything to be totally matte, but the colors are really good and can be great for mixing with thicker paint. The absolute most essential and recommended ink/paint I use though is this:
I first bought a jar of black Pelikan Plaka in college, mistaking it for a basic ink. It's actually a highly opaque casein emulsion paint, which dries perfectly matte. I can say with some certainty that their black is the BLACKEST BLACK I've ever found, and has none of the iridescent qualities of other black inks. While the black and often the white are pretty easy to find in most art supply stores in the U.S. , I've only ever found a full selection of the colors at one place. In addition to all these I have no qualms with using any kind of water-based paint, from cheap acrylics or gouache, to craft store 35 cent paints, to flourescent and glow in the dark tshirt paints. I also occasionally use these koh-i-noor watercolors for backgrounds:
Annnnnyway, if you survived all that shop talk, I also wanted to mention the H.P. Podcraft H.P. Lovecraft literary podcast that Mike and I have been listening to. I highly recommend it! They love Lovecraft but have no problem poking fun at him and critiquing his work and offer a lot of interesting context and background for his stories and ideas. Haha of course it doesn't hurt that they also reference Suicidal Tendencies and Futurama. ALSO, I just listened to their podcast about The Chronicles of Dr. Herbert West (featuring Stuart Gordon as guest commentator) and was startled when they made the same connection I did in my post about the Women record cover , between the experiments with transplanted dog heads and Herbert West. Excellent! I just wish there was one of these for Robert E. Howards work.

Just slugging along doing work for my show! At some point I need to write up a little bio for here, and one for a hang tag for the shirt I did for my friend Carol's store. I don't know how to talk about myself in the third person without wanting to vomit though.

Oh and hey, if you live in philly, check out the Exhumed Films Ozploitation double feature this friday. Road Games and Patrick!


:: smo :: said...

this is kind of funny because i was actually just about to ask you what materials you use. i had sort of assumed everything was painted, but they're opaque inks? and i had no idea you worked at such a small scale! i prefer working small but lately my eyes have been freaking out when i try and focus on small details and crap, it's driving me nuts!

but yeah i'm a sucker for process stuff, thanks for sharing!

wanderinggenie said...

I'm really glad that that's interesting to you too. I also like chatting about process, and while I don't like shilling products some of these might be things someone else is interested in trying out so why not!

I really do work small. like a crazy person. It's very rare that I do something over 12in. You might want to look into a magnifying light for smallness. It could take some of the pressure off your eyes and it makes it possible to paint way smaller with a greater deal of accuracy. It can be really strange staring through it for a long period of time though.

Tamara Waite-Santibanez said...

I just bought a jar of Pelican Plaka black at your recommendation! I'm looking forward to trying it out.

wandering genie said...

soooo matte soooo black!

Anonymous said...

i LOVE the pangolin painting! is there someplace online where someone several states away could buy your work? i stumbled upon your blog entirely by accident today and i really like what i've seen.

wandering genie said...

hey thanks! unfortunately I really don't have my shit together when it comes to selling work. If there's something you're interested in feel free to email me and I'll let you know if I have a printable scan of that piece and how much a print would cost (depends on size and whether or not I have a print order together at the time). They're high quality artists prints btw not crappy kinkos deals. Sorry I haven't worked out a better way yet, and thank you for the interest!