Monday, March 31, 2014

Just a reminder.. you can come see me & my artwork this coming weekend, April 5th, at Exterminator City, in Seattle. We'll be there from noon to 6 and I would love to meet you. I'll have zines, my new coloring folios, and some prints and original art! Speaking of original art… This is one of my most recent monster paintings. I do the watercolor first and then go back and add the ink embellishments. (Ok, maybe I got a little carried away.) This is part of a series, though I have not come up with a title for the series yet. He is available on Etsy.

And here is a peak at some art that will be in my new zine, Stories and Dreams, which is going to get printed tonight…

I hope you all had a creative weekend!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

And Some Monsters

I am still drawing and painting monsters. Not just the little ones, but bigger ones too. This is a snapshot of a detail from one that is 12 x 16". i need to properly scan it. I am thinking of making prints or posters with the image. What do you think?
I am working on several other monster paintings of large and medium sizes. I've got some more ideas, so we will see where this ends up going… Also, for those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you know that I used to publish zines. I am reprinting 3 of my classic zines:
They will be available at Exterminator City in Seattle, April 5th. After that there will be some in my etsy shop. If your want to make sure you get one, you can always Email me. I will also have a NEW zine with recent work, and a NEW coloring folio available! Happy Creating!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Watercolors in the naiad color palette & Special Offer on Etsy

This was an experiment I did a few months ago where I limited myself to a specific color palette and created several paintings. Thinking back I think I used:
Indigo, Cobalt Blue, Quinacridone Magenta, Phthalo Turquoise, and a bit of flesh color on one of them. I also used some white ink and white colored pencils on some of them. I was really happy with the cool colors. I used one of them on my own holiday card - I wanted something that felt wintery without being overtly in support of one winter holiday over another!

A couple of these have some but two are still in my Etsy Shop.

In other news - Thru Sunday March 23rd, spend $75 or more in my etsy shop and mention this offer, & get a free unframed mini painting . ( I can also sell you a frame at cost if desired.) this will be a new mini, not one of ones already on etsy - though I can take requests for colors, etc. pass the word! The minis are ~3x3".

Monday, March 17, 2014

octopus ascending

octopus ascending by megan_n_smith_99
octopus ascending, a photo by megan_n_smith_99 on Flickr.

This is a watercolor I finished recently. It is 9x12". It was inspired by some of H. P. Lovecraft's stories, with a lot of input from my own imagination. The architecture is inspired by Islamic architecture, run through an Arabian Nights filter.

I guess when you are an artist, you are making creative soup all day long. Your ingredients go in, what you chose to look at, read, explore... But you never quite know what is going to come out. I don't think I am done with this idea yet, so don't be surprised if you see some more sea creatures emerging from my watercolors.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Fox Shaman

I started doing small animal paintings earlier this year. I think partly because I had been working on some really large paintings earlier this year and it was a nice little change. I actually am almost done with one of the large paintings - I think It will be done later today and I can show you soon! It's watercolor & ink. This little fox shaman is watercolor & ink and he is 4 x 6"
I will always want to use autumn colors and paint autumn themes, not just in fall. It seemed appropriate for this fiery little guy. I have been collecting these elaborate frames and creating artwork specifically with them in mind. So I think my elaborate little worlds work inside these baroque borders or fringes. The fox is available on Etsy. And now, I have made a cup of black tea with half and half & maple sugar ..back to the art supplies!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mini monsters.

Mini monsters. by megan_n_smith_99
Mini monsters., a photo by megan_n_smith_99 on Flickr.
do feel badly about how neglected this poor little blog is. I have not stopped making art, or talking about art, or thinking about art. I've just been keeping it mostly to myself, I guess.

Early in the year I started working on some larger pieces to use in future shows - though one sold already. Which was actually kind of nice. I still have 1 watercolor in the works which is about 11 x 17 or so - huge for me. I hope to get it done soon.

And I've done some pen and ink work - started a new pen & ink sketch journal & have done some work on a new comic.

And more recently I've been painting some miniature watercolors to go in these great frames I've found. They are a lot of fun to paint. Painting them is like eating potato chips. The two square ones shown here are 3x4". to give you an idea of the size. and i use tiny little size 0 brushes to do the details.

so much art! so little time. i have so many lists of ideas for more things i want to make. And I also work full time. So I do my best to do as much art as I can by not having much of a social life and not keeping as tidy a house as martha stewart. and i don't even get to read as much as i would like, though i do listen to a lot of audio books while i am painting!

Two of these little guys are available in my Etsy Shop.

More news, here is an event coming up that I will be at - please come and join me at

Exterminator City.

What do you think of my little guys?