This is the space for our members to discuss and share their creative projects, ranging from written works to drawings, photography, and even craft projects such as knitting and woodworking.
Self promotion is welcome (websites where we can view and/or purchase your work). Please do continue to preface if content is NSFW and be sure to properly spoiler/link such content.
Hey, folks! The “Paper Chase” Guy here once more, and especially happy to host this week as, after the intervening week of wrestling with a number of WordPress issues (atop the ones most of us already had on our plate), I finally put together a general art website.
I’ve been posting a webcomic and illustration blog for over two years now (even if the former’s been on hiatus for almost a year) and, given all the painting I’ve recently been doing, I decided it was time to put it all together in gallery format. Some of you have already seen some of the work featured; there are a couple of NSFW pieces within, but they’re contained in the painting and graphic work submenus at the top and are, thus far, simply Mannerist-type female nudes (and both dealing with the classical myth of Artemis and Actaeon). So, here it is: http://wendellmckay.com/.
I’ll still update the illustration blog every now and then, and I certainly plan to finish the webcomic at some point, but adding to the main site will likely be my ultimate focus even as I test-drive ideas and pieces here and on Instagram (if curious, @orphantanist). Hope you enjoy any visits!
People are starting to sign up for hosting slots, and if you’re interested, the sign-up page is here: https://the-avocado.org/sign-up-sheets/?sheet_id=6 . Creative commenters are strongly encouraged to sign up for a week (or two, or several!) to host the thread and showcase your work.
Though I was fine with posting my illustration work, as I’ve been doing that now for a while, there was just a touch of trepidation with posting the paintings as I’ve only started doing those towards the end of autumn. Knowing a few experienced painters who liked my work certainly helped alleviate any reluctance, but it was hard to avoid in the first place, and I thought the experience might make a good discussion question (and CineCraft’s comment last week and the resulting discussion definitely provided food for thought). What issues–personal or external–do you encounter in exhibiting or publicizing your work (that is, if you do so)?
Today’s featured image is Samuel F.B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre (1831-33; itself at the Terra Museum of American Art in Chicago, which I didn’t know about before going in April and which I’ll certainly hit if I ever make my way back there). Better known for inventing the modern telegraph, Morse was primarily a painter, and his reverent portrayal of one of the world’s most famous museum collections reflects not only the common exhibitionist practice of the time, but also the near-religious devotion most American artists of his day held towards the Old Masters (Charles Willson Peale named nearly all his kids after them, though at least he was somewhat equal opportunity, as Angelica Kauffmann Peale and Sofonisba Anguisciola Peale got the same treatment as Rembrandt, Titian, and Rubens Peale).