Friday, August 10, 2012

Artwork ... 'Bandito'


This is sort of an abstract piece, though not quite. The germ of the idea for this painting began when I was reflecting upon an earlier piece of my art, my 'Dee' painting. In that painting, I was focusing on scratching out or sort of blurring the singular character within, in part because he is a mage of sorts. "Bandito' came about while I was thinking about how to expand upon the notion of a dark, blurred central figure within a painting.

I admit, this is not a favorite piece of mine, and I think the earlier "Dee' painting works much better. Still, there's a quality of this painting I kind of like, the textures of the yellow with the canvas, though unfortunately most of that is lost in the photo image above. The central figure here is more cartoonish than I anticipated, but the general feel I was going for is mostly there. The yellow, too, is a bit brighter here than in the actual painting, being washed just a little with a light brown shading.

Still, even when I'm not overly fond of one of my pieces, I don't consider it a waste. Each is a learning experience, an experiment with the brushes and the paints.


Charles Gramlich said...

got a kind of zorro feel to me.

David J. West said...

I like it, and the Dee piece too which reminds me - those were the first stories of yours I ever read-good stuff, I'd like to read more of them.

Ty Johnston said...

Charles, yeah, the Zorro thing hit me, too. I almost named it "Z" or "Zorro."

David, glad you liked some of my Dee tales. I've recently released an e-book collection of all 16 Dee stories I've written so far. The collection is titled "Sands of Time" and can be found at Amazon here:

If you, or anyone else, is interested in a free copy of "Sands of Time," please let me know and I can set up a Smashwords freebie coupon.

David J. West said...

I'll take you up on that Ty. Thanks

Ty Johnston said...

David, the Smashwords coupon code is: ZE24M

Not sure how familiar you are with Smashwords, but the coupon is good for a free copy of "Sands of Time" in an e-book format of your choice.

The direct link to the e-book is:

Depending upon your interests, the first half of the collection is more fantasy, Sword & Sorcery. The second half of the collection is more horror oriented, with a couple of sci-fi stories at the end.

And for anybody else reading this, you're welcome to use the coupon as well. That's why I'm posting it here.