I spent the week nursing my poor back after the painting marathon I put it through last week. I was sore for a few days, from my lower back to my neck. Note to self: look at ergonomic alternatives for the studio! Later in the week, I carefully continued working away on the models painting as well as a new watercolor project inspired by music and color wheels. Really looking forward to showing that one off, soon!
I couldn’t make up my mind about an artist to write about today, so instead we’ll look at some really nice tattoos that have made their way to my news feeds. Which reminds me, I never did a proper post about my new tattoo. I’ll have to remedy that soon…
Lotus tattoos always catch my attention; before February I looked to other lotus tattoos for inspiration on creating my own. It’s great seeing different artist’s take on them. They come in a huge variety of colors and have many different meanings. I really like the way the petals unfold in the flower above; the colors are very selective and minimal, giving it an airy presence. The glowing blue really makes the pinks pop.
Quite a detailed cover-up! Rich colors always attract me to a tattoo design regardless of the subject matter. The solid block colors in the flowers on her feet are balanced out by the swirling blue/yellow clouds in the background. I’d like to see if this foot-sleeve goes any further up. This would be fun to show off in the nice weather (with plenty of sunscreen, of course).
The double-eye motif is one I see frequently in tattoos, in both animals and people, but have yet to understand. It can be jarring to look at; your brain sees the two sets of eyes and becomes confused because they’re not what your brain expected. The fur is flowing, textured and colored carefully. There are several other repeating bits of fur that mimic the eyes and cause a weird effect, almost like the tattoo is moving on the skin. This looks like it would be a great arm piece and would work well in a sleeve.
Foo dogs! Thick outlines and bold colors really bring this character to life. The combination of blues and purples give a mythical feeling to this design, the varying line-weight giving it depth. Folklore and legend provide amazing subjects for art, illustration and tattoos. Painting my foo dog tables was so much fun that I’m starting to consider repeating it.
This is a great twist on the gypsy-style of tattooing that has been so popular lately. Not only is the girl’s hair rendered beautifully in sea-green, but the octopus is fantastic! All the tentacles and their shadows would’ve taken forever to do; I would find myself easily getting lost in a design like this, so I’d really have to take my time with it. She looks like a mistress of the ocean. The selective color palette of oranges, greens, and pinks really unifies the design. Bravo to the artist here, very impressive work! I wonder how many sittings this one took?
Going to try not painting myself onto the couch this weekend. Cheers, and happy father’s day to all the dads out there! My father has been a huge inspiration to me, both through music and art. He’s played acoustic guitar ever since I can remember and took up oil painting while I was in middle school. Having so much creativity around has had an obvious influence on me, shaping me into what I am today, a lover of both music and art of all kinds. Thanks Dad! 😀