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The Adventures of Infinity & Negativa

Ch. 24: Celebrate!

How appropriate the last painting in this series shows the twins celebrating their newly heightened enlightenment. I feel the same way since I’ve learned a tremendous amount about painting and I’m ecstatic to have completed just in the nick of time–the weather turned very windy and cold the next day after I put the last … Continue reading »

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Ch. 23: Out of the Box

For the fifth week in a row, I completed another canvas. Not only is this the penultimate painting, but it has been the least time-consuming to prep and paint. Quite convenient, given the fact that my schedule was “off” due to a few novel activities. Normally, the best way for me to complete a project … Continue reading »

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Ch. 22 Painting: Come to Jesus Meeting

I took stenciling to a whole new level when I prepped this canvas. In order to scale this properly, I quartered the picture by cropping it and zooming the sections on four different pages. Then I cut out several pieces and reconstructed the “puzzle” on the canvas, omitting things in the shot I didn’t want. … Continue reading »

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Ch. 21 Painting: Infinity Pancakes

Once I put the gooey maple syrup on this tall stack of blueberry pancakes, I craved pancakes!  I used stencils for everything, including the twins. Only challenge was omitting their chairs.  I figure since they are mathematical characters, I could justify having them levitate in a seated position. In this chapter, Infinity explains how cooking … Continue reading »

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Ch. 20 Painting: Reoccurring Patterns

An artist friend described painting #20 as “full and chaotic.” She also said it was her favorite of the series so far.  That one review makes the enormous amount of time spent last weekend on prepping this canvas totally worth it. I was happy it had turned out so decently since I’ve invested a lot of time … Continue reading »

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Ch. 19 Painting: Food, Friend or Foe

Up until now, I’ve always had plenty to critique about a newly completed painting. Yet, this canvas, despite whatever flaws my hypercritical eye discerns, makes me so incredibly happy I’ve continued this endeavor. Although the twins mostly look good because I used stencils, the faces are my all mine. And what faces they are! The … Continue reading »

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Ch. 18 Painting: Cyber Pimping

Initially, I wanted to create a grid for the background with tape. The painting tape had other ideas. I went with it. Although I had no idea what “cyberspace” looked like, those lines reminded me more of sound waves. Yet, I chose a night sky blue with some shooting star action behind Infinity with the palest blue … Continue reading »

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Ch. 14 of The Adventures of Infinity & Negativa

This painting comes from chapter 14 of my second novel, The Adventures of Infinity and Negativa. At the end of the previous chapter, the main character, Nuru, has just drowned in the Caribbean Ocean, off the coast of Honduras while attending a 24-hour, underground music beach party. The title characters, Infinity and Negativa are twin … Continue reading »

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Adult Fairy Tales

I’ve been struggling with my second novel, The Adventures of Infinity and Negativa, for the past five years. Along the way, I’ve experienced some powerful insights. The first came when I concluded that I didn’t have the means to pay a graphic artist.  My solution? Paint the beginning of each chapter, which always began with the title … Continue reading »

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Painting Inspiration

The title of this week’s blog is a little misleading. I’ve not received inspiration for a new painting or even improving my latest work in progress. Instead, I’ve been inspired to do something cool with the pictures I’ve taken of my paintings. The organized teacher in me has been taken pictures at every stage of … Continue reading »

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