Here’s some work I did four years ago. I love wasps as the amazing, space-craft-like, organic attack-ships that they are, with their amazing sci-fi colour schemes. I know most people are afraid of them, and find them far from beautiful. I decided to do a series of works exploring how ‘unsettling’ wasps could be……playing with scale…… and unusual nesting places…… Alice made a cameo, too, posing with her ‘pet’ wasp (:
This is my fabulous Alice… she is Creaturina’s sweetheart (:
As I explained in A Brief Introduction to Creaturina, I was told my Creaturina story had no story arc, because Creaturina was indestructible/had no weakness. To give Creatuie a story arc, I introduced Alice, whom Creatuie loves as only Creatuie, who does everything with implacable totality, can love. Please note the scars on Alice’s midriff, these are how she met Creatuie.
I originally developed my Alice as part of an illustration assignment, where I had to create a book cover, for which I chose Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland…
… she was my first digital painting, done using a mouse. I really liked her, and developed her further, and lots darker. In the next painting, you’ll see she has not only beheaded the White Rabbit, she’s stolen his watch, and is using his scalp for a hat… this was my first PsychoAlice/BadAlice…
… PshychoAlice developed into Lady Alice…
… the child of incestuous British aristocracy, a stone killer, a brutal psychopath who, by seventeen, had mastered all known fighting arts, and entertained herself by, as well as shooting her schoolfriends, going to the seediest seamen’s bars, and beating all the hapless seamen to death, she was also into cage fighting, at which she was, of course, undefeated. When she turned eighteen, Alice set out to travel late nineteenth century Europe. Just outside Lithuania, her luck ran out. This was, however, a good thing.
Alice and Creatuie have now been together for over 100 years, they are inseparable, and love each other more as time goes by. Alice bares her scars with fierce pride, because they are how she met her fabulous, fearsome warrior partner. Alice is not indestructible, Creaturina’s love for her is Creatuie’s weakness because Creaturina is not indestructible, either, but no-one knows that… yet.
I know many of my current followers have never bothered to peruse my older work, so have no idea who Creaturina and Alice are. This is who they are (:
Ok, so… lovely Maria is now sketched out on my canvas, which is 710mm x 560mm. I know the sketch doesn’t look much like my original painting, but that is always the way, I suck at drawing, but experience has taught me that I have got it right, and it will all work out. Most of my current followers have no idea of my physical painting skills (not talking about you, Pearl and Alli (: ), so I thought I’d show some of my physical paintings here…
… this is my last physical painting, my gorgeous, lethal Alice, whom I love to bits, she is Creaturina’s sweetheart, and a force of nature on her own, without the help of her fabulous Creatuie, who invented the concept ‘force of nature’.
These are Anne Francis, and two Marilyn’s … my intention here is to show that, despite my crap drawing skills, I get there in the end with my painting skills (:
Alice continues to progress. Even though I am trying for a slightly looser style, this work is still taking a long time. While my hand recovers from it’s recent injury, I simply cannot spend hours at a stretch painting, which is a drag, but it’s also good for me to keep trying, as constant exercise is what my hand requires to improve. I have to establish a balance of pushing through the pain barrier, and not being stupid and giving myself RSI on top of arthritis.
My latest Alice continues to look awesome (: