It’s easy to feel so very irrelevant given that the white people of the USA just elected the literal worst person available to lead us into oblivion and shit is getting worse everyday for just about everyone ever, unless you’re an uber-rich oligarch or an heir thereof; nonetheless, I did manage to put together a short speed art video this week so here it is.
Hopefully you enjoy and I’ll come up with something more pithy and insightful to say about things next time.
I still have a 15% off thing going on my etsy (coupon code EARLYYULE2016). Self promotion hasn’t been something I’ve been much into oh, for the entirety of my life, but even less so lately given that we live in a caldera full of putrid racist shit and bile. Anyways.
Love y’all and hope you’re holding it down out there. See you soon.
Is fall finally here? Is it real? I see that the sun is gone but will it be 80 degrees F tomorrow? Who knows. I think we need to get used to the fact that we have 2.5-3 seasons now that we’ve fracked the shit out of everything and done our best to kill the atmosphere. Anyway….
In other news, for the past month or so, two of my paintings (Full Moon in Soong and Soong-age Daydream) have been hanging up at the LGBTQ Center of Durham as part of a show titled “Questioning Ourselves: Queer Identity in Art.” Here’s a photo of my paintings hanging in the show:
It is really very grainy because I had to bump the ISO up very high due to the fact that the lights were off and there was a meeting going on which meant I couldn’t turn on the lights, lol. BUT I always like to catch photos of my art hanging when I have the opportunity. And I have a phone camera that I can use to take pictures in the dark. Pretty sweet.
Even better? These paintings found a new forever home and I’m always very stoked when that happens!!! I really appreciate the opportunity to show my work at the center. So many nice folks there.
If you wanted to get your hands on these pieces and weren’t able to, never fear. Prints are still available in my Etsy store, Mountain Witch Arts.
And like usual, Samhain is just barely over but already I’m thinking about Yule hahaha. Ready to put some delicious milk and children out for Krampus! But no really. I have a few yule goodies/treats that I’m gonna be showing off soon. I SWEAR! NO REALLY I ALREADY STARTED MAKING THEM OK.
Anyhoo, I’m back to wage-work tomorrow, but I’m feeling ok and I hope everyone is having a lovely dark Sunday evening. Smooches!
In a good way, I mean. Let’s tell a tale in pictures shall we?
So this came via ups today.
I recently got a sample pack of Red River photo papers. The polar pearl metallic was especially interesting to me bc so much of my work has metallic inks and paints in it.
So I printed up some samples and whoa. It totally works and gives any negative space a sort of ghostly glow.
It’s hard to make it translate in photos but:
The only way to explain it is that the silver looks silver and the shiny looks shiny. See the blue in the nips and lips on the left? It’s a metallic sakura gellyroll pen. In a standard print, satin or glossy, it just looks vividly like that blue. This is a close up of how it looks on the metallic paper:
Still doesn’t pop like it does in person, but the point comes across I think.
I’m going to be selecting 3 or 4 pieces to do some limited edition 8×10 prints with this paper, so stay tuned for another shop update soon!
Hi y’all. I noticed that it’s November now and the onslaught of gift-giving is soon to commence. AS SUCH, I’ve updated my Etsy shop, lowered the pricetags on my originals, and there’s a coupon code for 15% off- just in time to fulfill your needs for weirdo-gifts, pre-yuletide. Click on the giant etsy badge to see my store!
I managed to squeeze a thing out of my consciousness in time for Samhain. Just a little tiny thing. So smol. But it’s a drawing and I like it and I managed to record myself making it. Without further ado:
I kept recording and ditching narrative for the video. And then I tried explaining the narrative in the description box thing on youtube but it kept saying I was adding brackets and any number of things and wouldn’t let me add my commentary, which was pretty simple but now I’m spiteful about it. Go and look up “The Green Ribbon” if you’re interested. It’s one of my favorite little scary tales bc I feel like it’s a story that’s more complicated than it seems. AND heads rolling around. BC Halloween.
And with that, I’m done working for the evening! Hail the dark Goddess, say hello to the shadows, jump into a pile of leaves, and blessed be. ❤ ❤
So I’ve made a goal to do SOMETHING to honor the 8 standard holidays that mark the wheel of the year this year, to be more involved in my own spirituality, etc. and so forth. When I realized that Lughnasadh/Lammas was coming up I decided to look into it, and low and behold I think I’ve decided it’s going to be a thing from this point forward in my life.
I’ve always really loved the part of the wheel-turning that marks the solid entrenchment of the fall, and since I now have a job that’s very involved during the summer, I appreciate that season even more. And Lughnasadh as a kickoff to harvest season is just perfect. So I created a painting that I’m not sure I will sell (but I might! Keep an eye out for updates if you’re interested!) to kind of work out my feelings on that holiday, and the painting has a little sigil in it and some symbolism and stuff. I made a video of the process of the painting, which you can check out (don’t forget to thumbs up and subscribe to my youtube if you’re into it!) It’s bigger than some of my most recent stuff has been and so I can’t fit it into my scanner to make prints. I might come up with some limited-edition special thing for it, not sure. Ideas?
I didn’t do a lot of ritual work, tho, because I’ve been having health issues that mean taking potent pain medicine and my brain is somewhat foggy and unfocused. I’ve had to miss work, etc. It’s been hard and tiring. I’m coming into a phase where I feel a need for transformation, but I lack the financial means. I’d be interested in feedback from folk who don’t have the luxury of financial support/being able to do their awesome hobby-that-should-be-their livelihood as a livelihood, or from youtubers/bloggers/etc other artsy people who do find it necessary to maintain a 9-5 so as to keep a roof over their heads. A lot of people that I have followed over the years on youtube have mentioned having financial assistance from a spouse or having an already-established art career, I don’t hear enough about the nuts and bolts of being a working-class or a blue-collar artist. I’m keen to hear from people with that type of experience! It’s felt very alienating and slow and like I’ve been swimming in molasses trying to pull the bits together just so that I can make a few art videos and put them out into the universe.
At any rate, the wheels keep turning, don’t they?
If you like what you see here art-wise and want to see more of it, or perhaps have some of it in your house, check out my etsy shop!
I been sitting on some things for a bit because it’s never the right time, and realizing that it’s literally Never. The right. Time. I’ve decided that the days around the full moon are as good as any.
I made a video this week for facebook. I don’t talk or show my face in it, I just have some beethoven going in the background (which is copyrighted ? but it’s beethoven? anyway.)
Here’s the video:
New painting for this week, I’m calling it “Full Moon in Soong” even tho the moon in it is technically waxing gibbous. Because that’s how I am. And I refuse to apologize for it.
Here’s the painting:
The thing I have been sitting on “official announcement”-wise is that I have an etsy shop now and things available for sale (art prints and original pieces.) This piece isn’t up yet, but I am going to do a shop update tomorrow evening, and announce it here and across my socialmedia-scape. Look out for it! I have to pay for some dental work very soon!
Second one in a month. I am BLAZING I tell ya what.
Here’s a google-collage thing I made that shows the painting’s process:
I started with a sketch, as usual. This sketch was on watercolor paper. I tend to do a fairly in depth pencil sketch and then just incorporate the lead into everything else. I usually work with colored pencil as an “underpainting”-ish thing and then go with a bunch of layers of thin coats of paint to build up the face and all the areas where I have painted acrylic. The red, tho, is one of those water-soluble markers that I used to color the entire background, then went over it with varnish. It’s very vibrant. Lots of glitter and all that.
Here’s a .gif of the process, tho it’s not v detailed:
Here’s a nifty hi-res scan of the finished thing:
Jerris Gibbs Copyright 2016. Steal my art, I hex you. ❤
I’m trying to find a catchy name for this piece. I believe it carries on the theme of androidness.
Hey did y’all know you can follow me here and also I’m on youtube? I’m feeling squirrely lately, I reckon.
Well hi. It’s been a minute, as usual. I wanted to pop on in for a few minutes.
I been working on things. It seems like for years now. BUT. I have a couple of things I plan to unveil/reveal/etc. in the coming week.
I know, I know, you’ve heard it all before. But do be a bunch of dear sweetie pies and keep your eyes and ears open in the next week! I’m excited. It’s one of those “ok good lord it took a damn while but some shit’s finally coming together” kinda things.