I've never done Inktober, but I thought I'd close out the month with a gouache-on-black-paper drawing inspired by the music-hall song about Ann Boleyn. youtube.com/watch?v=-eX-K_CHd0

Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo starts tomorrow (Saturday) -- and I'll be premièring my 2019 winter-holiday card at the Boston Comics Roundtable table (Table D01-02) at Lesley U's. University hall. micexpo.org/

I'll be Location #55 for this weekend's Cambridge Arts Open Studios (CAOS) (cambridgema.gov/arts/Programs/). In addition to framed comics art on the walls, I'll have printed comics for sale. Plus I'll be painting these portraits of "Count" Cagliostro and his acolyte, Baroness Elisa von der Recke. (Both shown here with contemporary portraits.)

The sun actually set over the Deschutes River over a very flat-terrained island covered with pine trees and shrubbery.

I find it much easier to blend colors on the paper with watercolor, and even with colored pencil. Conté crayons are literally a blunt instrument.

I tried using the color Conté crayons to draw the sunset on the Deschutes River when we were visiting a friend in Bend, OR. She didn't know the name of the hill here (probably Something Butte, as even the conical formations are called Buttes in these parts).

The Conté set has only 12 colors, and if there's a way to blend them on the paper, I don't know how to do it. (Any suggestions? I just get a smear with the last color dominating.)

Not wanting to take my watercolor gear on vacation with me last month, I bought a toned-paper sketchbook and a set of color Conté crayons. Warning: If you decide to use these, wipe down your scanner platen after scanning, as (unless you use spray seal, which I don't) it's dusty as heck.

I don’t have my own table at FanExpo Boston this weekend, but at the Boston Comics Roundtable table (A1200), they’re selling the new BCR Playing Card Deck – and my art for <i>Le Roi de Coeur</i> (King of Hearts) is the King of Hearts. Go visit, say hi, and pick up a deck! bostoncomics.com/order-bcr-pla fanexpoboston.com/content/dam/

Here's an oldie of mine from 2005. I'm not much of a gardener, so it wasn't until someone pointed it out to me that I should have made the gardener's tan with white hands for gardening gloves.

Much on my mind lately, as I've now got gardening gloves (that fit my tiny hands!), and doing a lot more yard work than I did before I got them.

Plein air painting with New England Watercolor Society at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence on 5/18.

Finished (finally) color STUDIES of Spirits & Seekers, pp8-9, and color study for page 10 with completed panels 1--3 and tone/lighting washes for panel 4.

It's taken too long, but here are finished color STUDIES for Spirits & Seekers, pp4--7. Of course, there will be changes between these and the final art.

Because I laid out a floorplan for Johann von Medem's mansion, I had to repaint Panel 1 of Page 2 of "Spirits & Seekers".

The tent came out looking darker, so I had to paint over the tent in other panels. I also took the opportunity to revise shadows on the figures and toned down Karlchen & Jeannot's outfits so they didn't outshine Cagliostro.

"Before" & "After" versions of pp 1-2 here. I messed up lettering "Tetragrammaton" & redid it on another sheet.

Progress report: 1st stage watercolors for revised Page 2 Panel 1 of Spirits & Seekers: Cagliostro in Courland. Not happy (yet) with the shadow of the tent on the wall where the balcony is (curtains closed), or with the lettering for "Tetragrammaton" on the banner. The shadow can easily be made darker, but I'll have to go over the lettering with Acryla-Gouache and try lettering again.

I'm painting this as a bleed so I can chop it off in Photoshop. Will also cut it when pasting over original.

Spirits & Seekers: Cagliostro in Courland:

Due to finally drawing a floor plan of Johann von Medem's palace -- a REVISED version of which is here -- I'm having to re-paint a panel from Page 2, which I'd already painted.

Here are the old painted Page 2 Panel 1, and the pencils of the new Page 2 Panel 1. The Egyptian Freemasonry tent is the same, but the space it's in is a ballroom with a balcony.
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For the first time in over 30 years, my art will be in the Boskone Art Show, which is this weekend (15-17 February) at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. Original art is for sale by silent auction, prints by direct sale off the rack. Opening reception Friday night 9:15--11 PM! boskone.org/program-event/art-

Opening this Friday, Boston Children's Museum has an art show *Comics: Heroes, Myths, and Tales*. I'm one of the 10 Boston Comics Roundtable artists featured in the show.

The art I'm including consists of Pages 12--16 from my near-wordless comic book, _Laird MacGuffin's Treasury_ (see pp12-15 below).

This Friday evening 6--8 PM there will be a Meet the Artists event, and I'll be there! Friday evenings 5–9 PM, Museum admission is only $1. bostonchildrensmuseum.org/exhi

The tone layer of the color study for Spirits & Seekers Page 004 has been changed to reflect the fact that there are windows on two walls -- Page 003, which shows light in the windows of the corner room, should have tipped me off long ago. In this study, I lifted as much of the old color as I could, but there's only so much I could do. This is why I do color studies -- so I have room to make mistakes!

Images I've already posted here -- including the "final" version of Page 002 of Spirits & Seekers -- may have to change. I finally sat down and sketched the floor plan of the 2nd floor ("Upstairs" of the Upstairs/Downstairs dynamic) of the Mitau (Jelgava) home of Baroness Elisa von der Recke's father, Count Johann von Medem.

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