Original art is painted directly onto the book page, some puckering results, but the result is a spectacular addition to a treasured book. The remarque on left is inside Gene Wolfe’s second volume in the series,”Claw of the Conciliator”.
Citadel of the Autarch, 4th voulume of Gene Wolf’s Book of New Sun’s remarkable series has been given a facelift. Since its release as a cover in 1982, I have wanted to adjust the figure. This last remaining original has not been offered for sale so I could do some additional work. I had been happy with all other parts in the painting but the character, Severian, felt unresolved. I adjusted the flesh tones then added focus and drama to the lighting.
Forest Encounter is an 11″ x 14″ oil on canvas painting begun on location in a Florida park near a tidal stream. The initial purpose was to add an animal to the location later in the studio. I added the animal then, a figure , and then something for them to look at. This painting and a few others have been recently added to my website gallery at: www.paravia.com/DonMaitz
Pencil remarque added to a mass market edition copy of Desperation. Proceeds from this donated book and original drawing benefit creative persons in dire circumstances. This auction is now live at: <http://www.ebay.com/itm/201046897946?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1426.l2649>This book comes with the original preliminary pencil sketch of this image which may be framed.
A year ago (February13, 2013) I posted on this blog Tree Huggers as a painting I did on location. It has lingered in my studio and I had not been comfortable with the image as it seemed unbalanced and lacked a dynamic focal point. My imagination kicked in and I wondered what might be going on at that location when no one is looking…
For many years, I have added to the silly season with my own form of silliness in the form of a twisted card offering. As I have a hearing impediment that restricts my hearing to only one ear, I am sure that I miss I or misinterpret much of the conversations around me. I have taken this situation as an excuse to delve into the traditions and sayings of the holiday season with the idea that if, miss heard, strange images come to mind and out the paintbrush. The inside reads: ” May the blessing of the Season feather your nest.”