Monday, July 26, 2010

New Prints!!

     Hello my friends. Monday is website/print day.  Now thank goodness I have a scheduled day that I can work on these things and get my site up to date, and keep it that way. I have so many updates to add it's not funny, but because of deadline pressures in the past, I  was always at the Mercy of if I had any free time before I had to start my next painting.
     I am attempting to add 8 new prints today, so keep your fingers crossed please.  Changing gears for a moment. Most of you know that I was trained by Master Daniel Horne, and fantasy legend Todd Lockwood. Master Horne has started an online forum that is opened to all. He is a Master of Oil painting, Doll Making and Mask Making.  He is also outstanding with digital art. He can teach you anything you need to know in your favorite medium. Daniel is a really nice guy, and you'll find me hanging out there all the time as well. I hope that you will take a minute to join. I promise, you will be glad you did. Go here to join.
    Well so far its been a very busy day. It took me 4 hours to change files and sizes to make prints, but I have 8 new ones, and now I have to put them on the website. This is a lot of work. lol  But they are up now, and you can go here to see and purchase a few of them for your personal collection.
    Please stop by and show your support please. Much love my friends. "May the Darkness Comfort You"

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Back from Vacation and ready to Rock!

     Hello my friends.  Above is part of a larger painting I am doing for Horrorbound magazine. This is just one part of it. But I am so pleased with how the painting is coming, I thought I would share it with you. I am very motivated again, and am ready to turn out some really awesome new works for all my friends and fans.  It is amazing how much harder you work and how much more you look forward to it when your doing your own thing.  So now, I have 3 continuous projects going on all the time, and I have to set aside time to ship out prints as well. That takes time to prepare each one to ship. I shipped out my first batch today, and that took most of the day, and then to head to the post office and get them shipped, and get more info about shipping overseas as well.
     Lets take one thing at a time.  The vacation was awesome, and it was the first vacation I have had in about 12 years. I don't count conventions as vacation, your working and networking the whole time you are there.  They are a lot of fun, but you sure as heck don't get time to relax at them.  I am going to do local ones, and maybe ones in Ohio and Indy, but other than that, unless someone is flying me and so on, I probably want  be at other ones.  We went up north a couple of hours to a very charming town on the coast. Our hotel was right on the beach and was equipped with a steam bath, whirlpool, and a indoor pool, and about 100 feet from the Lake Heron.  This visit, there where waves much like the Atlantic ocean, just not as high, but it sure had that soothing sound of the ocean.
      We ate like piglets the whole time we where there and I actually got the kids eating Dots and Jujy Fruits!  The whole place just had a very relaxing laid back feel to it. Madison took some wonderful pic's  of the ships and all.  We went on a sight seeing tour of all the docked Massive boats.  Madison's daughter swears that she saw a sea monster. I think I am rubbing off on her. lol  All in all it was wonderful. I got a little cranky at one point, but I got over it. I love the kids with all my heart, but it's been a long time since I have been around young ones 24/7,  but I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world.
      On the business front, a lot has been going on, and Madison is now the owner of Wicked Kitty Studios. I will be doing the art, but she will own and be running the business. For one, that leaves me totally free to just create, and she deals with people and business far better that I ever will be able to. This also protects me and my work in many, many ways. We have a lawyer setting it all up, and it's a done deal now, but I didn't want to say anything until it was done. There is a lot more to this as well, and I will share more in the future.
     This was the first week that we put prints on sale, and to be honest i figured like all things, it would take a while to get off the ground. Well, when we got back from Vacation, we where blown away by all the orders we had. I busted my butt today to get them all ready to mail out, and made it to the post office with minutes to spare, and I have only released 2 prints so far, and a special order for a very polite young man.  Very well mannered. If this is a gauge of how prints sales are going to be, Wicked Kitty will prosper over this coming year more than I ever guessed it would. I just want to thank all of you for supporting the work I have done in this manner, and the work coming this next year is going to be even more awesome. I promise.
      While we where at the beach, I got a lot of writing done on "The Book of Rose" and I am excited like you wouldn't be believe. It is like I was meant to write this series of books. Is this the Idea that the Gypsy told me about? We'll find out in 2012. The tag line for the series is "You will Believe!" but outside of showing you some art from it here and there. I have to keep it top secret. I have several low life's that keep trying to steal my idea's.  
     Well, that's it for this time, and next time I see you, there will be more art.  Much love my friends. "May the Darkness Comfort You."

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Setting the record straight and Vacation!

      Hello my friends, a lot has been going on since the last time we talked including my studio  flooding. Talk about panic and a mess. That has never happened before, but in 20 minutes it rained 3 inches. It was so bad that when I looked out the kitchen window, I couldn't even see the car which is only 10 feet from the window.  Luckily when I set up the studio, I put everything up of the floor with red bricks or crates, and then decorated everything like they are supposed to be there. There was no damage except to me throwing my back out and using muscles I didn't know my body didn't have. lol  The water was 3 inches in some places so I had to move everything around to be able to get to the water and direct it to the drain. Another good thing I did was run all my wiring from the ceiling down instead of the floor up, so there is no chance of getting fried  from electricity.  I have chalked everything in here now with clear silicone chalking.  The water was coming from where the wall and floor meet, so hopefully that will help next time we have a storm like that. I am also going to get a wet/dry shop vac to keep down here. On top of everything thing that happened that night, the power was out too. I had one flashlight and candles, but I was afraid to use the candles because I store the oxygen tanks down her for when I need them.  Oh well, lesson learned, let's move on.
     One thing I feel I need to clear up is this. I don't want to talk about negative things, but because of others stupidity, I feel I have to just for a minute. Ok, everyone knows about the 2 interviews where I spilled my guts about my childhood, and a 3rd and 4 th one are coming soon.  I did this because, I am seeing a Therapist, and he told me to get this off my chest.  When I do interviews, I tell it like it is, I don't glamorise my life or lie about what publishing is like, and when I asked where all horrible images come from, I tell the truth, which seems to upset some people. But the one thing I DO NOT DO IS TELL NAMES. For instance, when i was talking about my step father, and I had 3,  I never once mentioned his name, his younger brothers name or there spouses. I have no desire to embarrass anyone.  What is done has been done, there is no way to change it. By talking about it makes me feel better as the Therapist told me it would, but I never intended for anyone to know there true identity. But alas, along comes "The Brain" and his pet trying to start a pissing match with me on a public forum, and guess what the "Brain" (We gave him this name several years ago, when he begging me to help him when I was an Art Director. Several of us used to hang out together we gave him that name, not because he was smart, but we where being sarcastic.  He really thought we thought he was "Smart") did, since he knew my family, he started putting all of their names out there. So now people have a name to go with the people I was talking about.  He also let the group know what a wonderful person my stepfather was.  Considering this man used to beat the living hell out of my mother and me because he had a bad day and treated my mother and me like we where his personal slaves. Knowing this and knowing the public know this about him, it says a lot about a person to say publicity that the Stepfather is one of the best men he knows. .......  Really? Darn "Brain" that says a whole lot about your character, and I pray to God that you don't treat your family like that. Ok, enough of that, I wanted to set the record straight and I did.
      Well, In a couple of hours where heading up north for a 3 day vacation.  I know Madison really needs one I am looking foreward to getting out of the house for a few days. She told me the name of the place we are going, but I can't remember it. Everything around here has a native amercian name and I have a hard time with names as it is. I know where staying on the beach, and there is tons of things for the kids to do, so it should be fun. I am looking forward to the day when we can do something like this without the kids. I love them and all, but you know what I mean. We'll be back sometime on Wendesday, and I will be able to get back to work then as well. I had hoped to work the last 2 days, but  having to put the studio back together took much more time than I thought.
      Finally, I have Nick Rose prints for sale. The first 2 we released are "Brainburgers" and "Zombie Kitties" These are very high quality prints and are numbered and signed to 250 each. The price is 10 dollas, plus 5 dollars shipping. If you order 2, I throw in one of the prints I was doing back during my Masters Training for free. Go Here to order yours today!  The sooner you order, the lower number print you will get.
    Well my friends, I have to get moving and packing and all the things you have to do before a trip. Much Love everybody. "May the Darkness Comfort  You."

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Just so much awesome things. This week Prints!!!

      My friends, much love to all of you. Finally after 3 years I am offering prints again, and these are prints of the new work, and the new work to come, including the oil paintings of Movie Star and Super Model Suzi Lorraine. Here is her website in case you didn't know it. By the end of the year we will have several new works of her, and this is turning into a franchise.  In the long run we are not just looking at prints, but calenders, collections of art books and so one. Of the 3 major things I am doing now that I have retired from working as a cover artist, this is one of the big ones.  I want to talk to you also about what I will be doing and want be doing so everyone understands where I am heading, and I just can't thank all of you for the hundreds of letters of support you are showing me.  I believe you understand that this will be a much better creative outlet for me, and I am very excited about the work I will be doing for you, my friends and fans.
     First thing I need to tell you is that finally after 3 years, I am selling prints of all the new works and the works to come.  This is very highly prints with your choice of glossy or matte paper. The prints are made as they are ordered, and they will be numbered and signed to no more than 250. If requested, I will personalize them for you as well.  An it gets better, they will be 11 x 14 and sell for 10 dollars each. That is half of what most artist sell them for, and shipping and handling is only 5 bucks, no matter how many you order,  inside the United States.   You can go here to see more info and the prints themselves.  We are starting with "Brainburgers" and "Zombie kitties" and adding one new one each week.
      This has to be one of the happiest times of my life. I've been writing the "Book of Rose" the last couple of weeks, and it is really coming together. In a way it is a graphic novel, but not really, and in another way it is a journal, but not really. Everyone is going to taken by this, because I have seen a couple of things that where similar, but nothing like this, and right now I am planning on releasing 4 of them.
     It is really hard to explain the excitement that is going on here now, it is like a magical kingdom or something. My studio is on it's way to being every thing I ever dreamed of it being like. I just have to get 2 more bookshelves, a couple of Gargoyles, and plenty of artificial plants and it will be a dream come true. One of so many.  Every morning, I am so excited to come down into my dungeon.  Today I worked on my website, and tomorrow I am going to work on links to the people I support and call friends, and hopefully get some original art up for sale as well. I have had a lot of interest in that lately too, and there seems to be a buzz now that i am picking up the pencils and brushes again.
    As far as prints go, i am only going to release one a week, except for this week where I released 2.  I would love to her what your favorite pieces are, and more importantly which ones you will buy.  By you doing this, you will really help me get our new business off the ground.  I run the show, but the wicked kitty studio is owned and operated by my life mate, Madison.  So she handles the money, bank accounts the whole nine yards, and she buys me anything my little ole heart desires for me to do my job better. I am even going to be teaching the kids how things run as well as far as making prints and shipping, although they want be doing that until they are older, but one day all that I do will be for them and my grandnieces.
     If I can live at least another 20 years, i will leave behind quite a legacy for my loved ones, and the doc's are telling me I should be around at least 30. Just the thought of being able to live as a REAL artist and work and draw and paint my visions is the best reward I could ever have for all the hell I was put through in my young years by my step father and his younger brother.
      And Therapy is really working an helping me in ways I never thought it would.  My other dream has always been to be a better man, and I am becoming a much better man.  Now if I can get my sisters talking to me again, i would truly be happy.  Well anyways everyone, from the bottom of my heart.  Much love, and "May the Darkness Comfort you"

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Big Annoucment.

        Hello everyone.  This blog is going to be short and sweet. I will have new art for you in the next blog. After a great deal of thought and talking this over with Madison, I have decided that I am retiring from being a cover artist.  Instead I am going to be doing my own projects and start my own company.  The truth is that in most cases I have not been happy illustrating someone else's ideas. There are a few exceptions, but over all I get burnt out and find myself wishing I had time to do the paintings I want to do.  So from here on out I will. You will still see my work on some covers though,  mainly if a publisher buys the rights of a existing piece to use. I have contacted the people involved to let them know before I made this announcement.
     So this means I will be painting a lot more paintings that the horror crowd will like.  We will be offering  prints and other merchandise. Also this will give me the time I need to develop online classes for people if they're interested.
     I have been wanting to make this change for some time now and I have my chance and I am taking it. This will also give me more time to work on my projects with Suzi Lorraine, my "Book of Rose" and 100's of horror paintings that will be done mostly in oils now that I won't have deadlines breathing down my neck.
      So with this announcement, a new chapter in my life begins.  Now I can even get back to my Master's training and really bury myself in the things I love most. Much love to all of you and I hope you are as happy about this as I am.  "May the Darkness Comfort You"