Les Nouvellegamines- Pascale

“Les Nouvellegamines” is a project I started 9 years. In that years that have passed, appropriate art subjects have changed drastically. But these young women were conceived as retro parallel dimensional adventuresses. Each one had a different set of interests. “Pascale” is pure Air. She’s loves ballet and photography. Her favorite author is F. Scott…

Year Compass

I downloaded the “Year Compass” here. It’s free, but you can donate to them or buy a print version. Well, my year in review was slightly less depressing than last year’s. 2016 was a disaster for me, but halfway through 2017 my life began to improve. It’s ending on a high note and my bff…

Maid Marian

Maid Marian, from Disney’s Robin Hood. 8″x10″ #gouache I had such a great time painting her. The medieval period is my favorite for costumes. I gave her a green & gold houppelande and a double hennin. She also has black undersleeves to mimic the black legs of foxes. While I was doing research, I found out that…

Mad Madam Mim

“Silvery voice, long purple hair… Black sorcery is my cup of tea!” If you haven’t checked out her hilarious song, I definitely suggest you YouTube it. I’d say the first picture, with the pinker skin is more color correct (hopefully on your device too). 5″x7″ gouache on Canson Acrylic paper. Sealed with fixative. This is…

Misery is a Butterfly – Kazuo Umezu

The cool weather showed up on Halloween. It always signals a shift in my viewing/drawing/reading/listening habits. All of a sudden it’s a supernatural overdrive that lasts until at least March. Today I was listening Blonde Redhead’s beautiful album, “Misery is a Butterfly,” which reminded me of Kazuo Umezu’s story, “Insects.” In “Insects” Megumi has a…

#meettheartist

The drawing is from my #princesswitch series that I did a couple of years ago. The whole thing can be found on my website, http://www.nouvellegamine.com , under books. I didn’t put my dislikes on here, but in no particular order they are: Twitter, Facebook, the Kardashian/Jenner/West celebhydra, politics all the time, and loud people. One of…

Drawlloween -Werewolf

#mabsdrawlloweenclub2017 #artforsale 5″x7″ #pencil on 98lb #cansonpaper UPDATE- SOLD This was the first drawlloween I sketched out, but it I’ve only just now finished her. I love monstrous women. This is no doubt because of my own experiences as a young woman of average prettiness, but with many undesirable qualities. Getting dumped for being poor, having a volatile family with ambiguous…

Drawlloween -Grumpy Owl

Just a fun sketch today. Happy Saturday! I know he was a barn #owl in the movie, but I wanted him to still look a little like #davidbowie . Labyrinth and Legend were on perma play when I was a kid and a teen. So obsessed! 

Drawlloween -Ghost

#pencil on 98lb #cansonpaper $20+ shipping. Email me at nouvellegamine@gmail.com if interested. Originally, I was going to draw a lady ghost. Something reminiscent of Kate Bush if she appeared in Oingo Boingo’s, “Heard Somebody Cry.” But somewhere along the line I started thinking about “La Belle Dame Sans Merci,” by Keats. I’ve had drawings sketched out and drawn for…

Drawlloween -Creepy Twins

“Vertigo” #artforsale SOLD 5″x7″ #pencil and green ink. 98lb #cansonpaper email me at nouvellegamine@gmail.com if interested. I’ve already done the Grady twins for another #drawlloween prompt, so I decided on #Vertigo . Granted they’re not technically twins, but I think that it could be argued that it’s a case of #haunting and #doppelgangers. The underlying theme of possession, first from Carlotta, and then Madeleine is fascinating….

Drawlloween -Witch

“The Witch” 5″x7″ Pencil on 98 lb Canson paper. SOLD I didn’t get to post her yesterday because I was working on a commission, but I was able to finish her up this morning. I was reading a book recently about #witches and their #animal#familiars, which became the inspiration for this picture. “Witches, Werewolves, and Fairies: Shapeshifters and…

Drawlloween -Bride of Frankenstein

“When Lightning Strikes” 5″x7″ SOLD #mabsdrawlloweenclub#drawlloween #drawlloween2017#frankenstein #brideoffrankenstein This was the prompt I was most excited about. I’ve been drawing the Bride since I was a kid. I’ve even seen the 80s movie with Sting and Jennifer Beals way too many times. I’ve also included a nod to the #scarystories of the girl with the red ribbon around her neck….

Drawlloween -Munsters

“Graveyard Lily” 5″x7″ -SOLD #pencildrawing #mabsdrawlloweenclub#drawlloween #munsters Here’s Lily Munster with her white stripes and her coffin shaped black lace. When I was a kid, tv was so good. Reruns provided weird kids with a treasure trove to constantly dig into. “Bewitched,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “The Addams Family,” and “The Munsters” were on daily and usually the weekends…

Drawlloween -Black Lagoon

“Eat, Prey, Glub”  5″x7″ – SOLD #pencildrawing#mabsdrawlloweenclub #drawlloween Even Creaturas need a day (night?) by the water with their beach read. I LOVE Universal monster films. I’ve been playing them for the kids whenever I can this month. So many of them are really sad. From the tragedy of the Wolfman, Frankenstein’s Monster and the Bride, The Mummy,…

Drawlloween -Grim Reaper

“Mr. Tod Asks For Dance” #grimreaper 5″x7″ $20 + shipping. Email me at nouvellegamine@gmail.com if interested. #pencildrawing #mabsdrawlloweenclub#drawlloween As I mentioned in the wip (down below), I wasn’t planning on doing this one. I don’t actually like drawing skeletons very much. But what I do like is Medievalism. And a sizable portion of that is images of the…

Drawlloween -Mothman

“#Mothman” #pencildrawing 5″x7″ $20 + shipping. Email me at nouvellegamine@gmail.com if interested.   #mabsdrawlloweenclub #drawlloween#drawlloween2017 “Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.”- Zhuangzi Like everyone else, I fell in love with Death’s Head moths courtesy of Silence of the Lambs…

Drawlloween -Vampire

“Strix” #pencil 5″x7″ SOLD #mabsdrawlloweenclub #drawlloween My lady has risen from her tomb with her grave flowers still in her hair. In folklore there isn’t a very clear distinction between a #vampire, a #witch, or a #werewolf . They were all malevolent nocturnal beings. And frequently someone who was a witch in life could easily shift between being a werewolf and a…

The mirror crack’d from side to side

“But in her web she still delights  To weave the mirror’s magic sights,” I take A LOT of photo reference and always have. And believe it or not, I did clean this mirror before I took this photo reference. I wrote about it on my blog once, but the person I see in the mirror…

Questing for the grail

This started out as a tiny Robert McGinnis inspired sketch. I expanded it, added a cup, and  soon realized she reminded me Circe or a Grail Maiden. I wasn’t particularly in the mood to draw a femme fatale, so I played a little game. I drew her as Circe, with a cool reserve, but I…

The Dog Days of Summer*

My blog isn’t a lifestyle blog. It isn’t really ever concerned with current affairs at all. I didn’t write about Paris or London and I didn’t write about the election. I’m not, as anyone who’s ever read this blog can tell, a writer. I actually loathe the piling on and self flagellation that occurs whenever…

Happy Anniversary!

9 years of marriage, 10 years together total. I love you so much and I’m so happy that I do indeed, “I got you to hold my hand I got you to understand I got you to walk with me I got you to talk with me I got you to kiss goodnight I got…

The Golden Sigil ~ inspiration

I had a breakthrough with my health. Things are looking up and I am back to creating art. I’ve been reading books about my beloved Pre- Raphaelites again as a distraction. For my birthday, Mikael got me, Rossetti: Painter and Poet, by J.B. Bullen. It’s been a really, really long time since I’ve done anything…

Bowie Station One, Mars Hab: Aquired

We bought a house. Going from Northern California, in an extremely crowded suburban area to a much, much sparser suburb in Southern California feels like we’re on another planet. We’re in a valley, surrounded by snow capped mountains. The desolate earth on the mountains is orange with pale green shadows. It looks like Mars. I…

Patterns for Sale- Colette

These patterns have sold- As I’ve been cleaning and packing I took a good, hard look at my sewing supplies. I haven’t sewn in years and I’m going to blame the baby. Realistically, it’ll probably be another 3 years before I have the time. And to be honest, when I do start up again, I’m…

News and “Fox Face”~

Spring and Summer were stressful and busy. Spring brought me 1, maybe 2 kidney stones and the continuation of my inflamed, painful joints. I wasn’t sure, exactly if I was going to be okay. The good news is, I may have found out my problem and how to treat it. Due to my alkaline kidney…

Air and Alchemy

Air 4″x6″ gouache and pencil on Canson 185 lb paper After being sick for the last few months- (kidney stone) I’m finally well again. I still have to be very careful with what I eat, no wheat, very few grains, and now low sodium, but as my large intestine has improved, my hands have improved…

On being an adequate mother~

Oh Mother’s Day, no other holiday fills me with as much ambivalence as you. So here’s my two favorite mothers and their words of wisdom: “How long have you been a smoker?” “22 years.” “Well I think you should quit.” (yes, I know the second picture is from a different scene, but I love her…

Disney Sleeping Beauty Princess Aurora Brigitte Bardot Original Art

6″x8″ Pencil and watercolor I’ve been wanting to do something with Disney princesses for a while and have had a very specific idea that I wanted to get out. Luckily, Charleen Juliet organized “Storybook Sundays” on Instagram which gave me the push to get to it. A few years ago, Mikael and I saw an…

“Do you know that looks like you?”

“Is that supposed to be you?” “Why do you always draw/paint yourself?” “Yeah, but do you KNOW it looks like you?” Ad infinitum. I have to admit, I’m always puzzled by this question and its variations. A man drawing his wife or girlfriend never has to answer this. No one would ever comment on it…

Wolfsbane and Wolf’s Paw – Werewolf Lasses -Paintings

I finished 2 painting last week! Wolfsbane and Wolf’s Paw are available in my shop. They are gouache and gold paint on Canson 185 lb. Acrylic paper. They are each 8″x10″. I’ve written before about how much I love werewolves. I’m also terrified of them. There’s nothing as frightening to me as losing control- although…

Alice in Wonderland English Rose

  All in the Golden Afternoon- English Rose from Alice in Wonderland. Based on Marianne Faithfull. Pencil and watercolor on thick Canson Acrylic 185 lb/400 g paper. She is sealed with Krylon Matte Finish spray. Available in my shop~ I first read Alice when I was 8. My school library had a volume with both…

Jem!

I participated in the Instagram #80scartoonartfriends art party this month. Once I saw Jem was on the list, I knew I couldn’t say no. She’s 6″x8″, pencil and watercolor on 185 lb, Canson Acrylic paper. She is unframed and available in my shop. I straight up fell in love with the cartoon when it came…

Aida

retold by Leontyne Price, based on the opera by Giuseppe Verdi, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon Aida is the story of the beautiful Nubian (Ethiopian) princess who is captured by Egyptian soldiers and made a slave in the palace. She keeps her identity a secret, but her nobility, gentleness, and beauty shine so brightly…

Cupid and Psyche

Retold by M. Charlotte Craft. Illustrated by Kinuko Craft. I know everyone hates Valentines Day because it makes them feel horribly alone, but I can’t help but love it. Not because I’m married either.  I’ve always loved it,  even when I was single.  There’s so much candy! And, to be perfectly honest,  I love when…

Sirin ~ Pinterest Inspiration

Most of my inspiration for my painting “Sirin” came from my general love of Russian Fairytales and Medieval painting. I spent a lot of time looking at 3 books I have on Russian Lacquer Miniatures. The art is usually on a black background with strong red and orange colors, with some lovely blue and green…

Sirin ~Songs of Joy

Sirin 9″x12″ gouache, acrylic, and pencil on 185 lb paper I love Russian fairytales, folktales, and Slavic mythology. The Russian Sirin is thought to be a descendant of the Greek Sirin. Said to reside near the Garden of Eden, they sang beautiful songs of joy. Some stories tell that only truly happy people could hear…

Books, Books, Books

This year I’ve gone through my books and sold quite a few that I realized I was never going to use, mostly sewing related. As I did, I noticed some holes in my collection. I asked Mikael for a few and he ended up getting me everything, including a surprise James Jean book. We have…

Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat~ Elstir Wips

“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at! Up above the world you fly, Like a tea tray in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at!” ~Lewis Carroll As I mentioned before, Elstir is supposedly an Irish version of Esther, which means “star”. I like that she’s my…

Elstir Pinterest Inspiration Board

Before Pinterest I used to have stacks of paper all over. I’ve written before about how Pinterest’s feed change made it useless, but it’s still very useful if you actually need a place to store images. The idea, drawing, and color palette for Elstir came first. But afterwards I went through some of my favorite…

Elstir ~completed painting

I finally finished Elstir. She started as a postcard for the Bat World Sanctuary charity. I liked the drawing so much that I really wanted to make it into a painting. I’ll eventually scan her in and add her to my portfolio, but until then I took some photos. The top picture is the closest…

It Rained Last Night

I always feel like listening to Nick Cave when it rains. Taking a break from Drawvember this weekend because the world is crazy.

The Blood is the Life

After 8 years of vegetarianism I’ve started eating meat again thanks to my gluten intolerance. I’m also not able to eat tofu, so it was kind of a done deal for me. But I have conflicting feelings about it. I don’t generally talk about it unless asked but, I became a vegetarian because I’m not…

Drawlloween is over but Drawvember is here!

I had an amazing time doing Drawlloween. It helped me loosen up and be less self conscious about posting sketches and off the cuff drawings. As soon as I finish painting “Elstir” I have a couple of these to refine and paint. I found it deeply inspiring and over all so much fun. And, it…

Pinterest~ Realgar and Gold

The top left image is from the Halloween Tarot by Bajema. Even though I don’t collect tarot, I fell in love with this project and ordered them.  The golden film stills are from Fritz Lang’s two part epic, “Die Nibelungen.” Everyone is far more familiar with Wagner’s version, but the plot here is different. It’s…

Drawlloween: Werewolf

If you’re already following my Instagram these are old, but what I love about my blog is that I’m able to talk a little more about them. I love drawing werewolves. The first two are from about 7 years ago, inspired by the Warren Zevon song, “Werewolves of London.” I had read a great story…

Beauties of the Night~ tonight!

If you’re in the Mascoutah, Illinois area, please check out Alexi Era Gallery’s show: Beauties of the Night. “Beauties of the Night” is an awareness and fundraising exhibition for theBat World Sanctuary. The Exhibition will feature artworks on postcards from artists all around the world. All postcards will be priced $5-$50, and available to take home…

Drawlloween: Devil

Beelzebub, the Spanish Fly. I’m painting and making Halloween banner today, so I’m posting an old, very old (10 years) pen drawing that I still love. He’s a saucy gent! I love his bedroom eyes.

Drawlloween: Ghost

“Come and play with us, Danny. Forever… and ever… and ever…” The Shining scared the ever living crap out of me when I was a kid. I remember thinking that Jack Nicholson turned into a werewolf and was chasing his son through the maze. If you get a chance, watch “Room 237,” a documentary about…

Drawlloween 2015!

Drawlloween is here! I won’t be able to participate every day, but I’d like to do 2 times a week. Here’s the list in case anyone else would like to join in!