It's been a while since I've written anything art-related in this blog, and I guess it's because I've been in a kind of slump lately. I enjoy etching, you see, but there is far less freedom of design choice when working with such a medium, than there is with sketching or painting. I had been wanting to branch out for a while now, but I was always afraid to start something because it had been so long since my last painting (in fact, probably since high school!) In an effort to force myself to set out in a new direction, I took a personal vow not to etch anything new (with the exception of custom orders) until I had gotten at least one painting done! It took me quite a few rough sketches before I would finally put a brush to canvas, but once I started it was like riding a bicycle! I worked on my first painting (in a gazillion years) from start to finish in two days, and ended up with a finished product that I'm actually very proud of!
I call him "The Cheshire Cat and The Tea Rat". I started with Cheshire Cat because I thought it might be a fairly simple design to ease myself into painting again, but now I think I may just do a whole Alice in Wonderland series, with my own take on all the characters! I've already framed this piece, and I'm trying to decide where he will go, but I would like to make prints to sell, if I can only get the materials I need together! If anyone out there in cyberspace *might* be interested in a print, I would certainly appreciate if you would drop me a line of encouragement to get my arse in gear and get it done, lol!