Monday, December 21, 2009

Still Life

The old painting muscles are a bit flabby it seems. The still life below was painted on a wood panel, about 13.5 X 20.5 inches and I worked on it until I ran out of steam. Still life paintings are difficult for me in the best of times, but they are good exercise and so worth doing.

I’m working in a smallish space these days. Perfect for comics, but not so ideal as a painting studio. Nevertheless, my goal is to have a canvas up pretty continuously. And now, since I mentioned comics, I should ALSO mention that there is a Zita the Spacegirl short webcomic posted over that the First Second blog. It’s the first ZSG webcomic I have done in ages. Click on the thumbnail to see!

Oh, Christmas, I can hear you coming this way. Don’t hurt me!


J. Jackson said...

This question may have been addressed already, but do you have any idea when the first Zita book will be published? I'm definitely buying a copy.

On the topic of still life painting, are you familiar with the work of Tim Jones? Well, I guess that's a silly question since he was interviewed over at Smallpax back in August and you probably keep up with the posts there. Anyhow, he has a wonderful gift for still life paintings.

I don't think the still life painting you posted today betrays any kind of flabbiness, and the subjects fit your "Art and Adventure" theme perfectly. Marvelous work.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Oh poor Zita... lol that's the first of the comics I've seen. I've got to get the book

Oh and hey, Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Ben Hatke said...

You too Anthony!

I'm afraid the release of the first Zita book is still quite a few months away. In fact, I don't have a date yet myself. When I do, I will try to put up a counter.

There will be webcomics between now and then too.

But, yeah, I'm having a hard time waiting myself.

As for the painting, that is a really horrible photo. I'm going to see about posting a better one.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where I can find free online grant applications?

Jenee Galante said...

Many times I hear people refer to their wood paneling as dark, depressing and they are desperate to do something about it. thanks for your post