by Todd Powelson
My artwork (above) will be hanging in the Springville Art Museum’s upcoming 30th Annual Spiritual & Religious Exhibition. The show opens this week on November 18th, with an opening reception that same night from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, and will hang until January 12, 2016.
In addition to myself, there are many other talented artists who will also have their work hanging, like my sister and brother-in-law, Tonya & Steve Vistaunet, Jeffrey Hale, Brian Kershisnik, Justin Wheatley, and many other artist that I look forward to meeting. I’m happy to be included. Stop in and check it all out!
My piece is pretty much based on the old Norse myth of the great wolf Sköll eating the sun. I’ve thought a bit about that story over the years and mulled it over in my imagination since I first read it as a little kid. This is also the first piece from my series, Songs from the Earth.
Was the end and a beginning.
Running free and wild,
He leapt and grabbed the
Sun between His fierce teeth.
Laughing as He chewed, flames flutter.
Firebirds spread their wings,
Streaking like comets
Across the sky.
I guess I did this artwork in part to remind myself that an act of destruction is also an act of creation. Not only out in the cosmos with the sun and stars, but also on a personal level. It’s hard to remember and see that, but I hope so.
Its been kind of a busy and productive week. I’ve felt sorta pressed for time, but one of the things I make sure I do every day is walk my dogs up the canyon. Its so nice and beautiful up there right now, with all of the leaves changing and falling.
Every year around this time I start to think about an old digital painting I did a few years back called “Maple”. I like to wipe off the digital dust and take a look, because it gets me all sentimental about fall.
I’ve never posted my picture here before, but its always felt like November to me. Even though we are well into fall, and as I look out my window I see the first valley snowfall of the season, this picture feels like November.
“Nov. 1, 2009” – Andrew Jones
It was probably sometime around 2001 or so that I first came across the website conceptart.org and it’s forums. At that time I was getting serious about learning how to translate my artwork into the digital format, and many of the people over on that site had it down. Working digitally in Photoshop and Painter, creating amazing pieces. One of the website’s founders, Andrew “Android” Jones, became somebody whose work I sought out and followed. And it was easy to do, because his output was always amazing.
What first caught my eye was Jones’ self portraits, because for years he was uploading a new one every day, and every single one was fantastic. That is just… intimidating!
Jones’ artwork has been used to promote everything from video games, software packages like Painter, events, magazines, albums, and a whole lot more. You can also hang it on your walls. Jones is also known for his live painting events, creating digital work as a performance, in front of an audience. No doubt about it, he has got his technique and methods down.
I recently logged onto Facebook and noticed he has opened a new shop, making his prints and work easy to find and obtain. Just in time for the holidays! Check it out:
And be sure to take a look at what else he has done by clicking through these links below:
An Interview with Android Jones