Moon Reflection (2019-11-24)

Finished 2019-11-24.

This actually started out as a painting of a tree on a hill. When I was done painting it, I wasn’t very happy with it, so I left the tape border on for about a week while I thought about what I actually wanted to paint. You can see a little bit of the original painting where the paint bled under the tape.

I only used black & white here because I wanted to focus exclusively on values (light & shadow) instead of colors. The paint is actually slightly bluer than what you see here, even though I didn’t mix in any blue to the black & gray tones. It’s such a subtle shade that I think it might be part of the black pigmentation, and not the colors of the previous painting showing through.

Recommendations: May 2021


A Blind Eye by M. H. Ayinde (Daily Science Fiction)

Disenchantment by P. H. Low (Fantasy Magazine)

Safe as Houses by Avra Margariti (Daily Science Fiction)

The Cabbit by Maria Dong (Nightmare Magazine)

The Frankly Impossible Weight of Han by Maria Dong (khōréō Magazine)

The Woman Who Destroyed Us by S. L. Huang (Lightspeed Magazine)

Throw Rug by Aurelius Raines II (Apex Magazine)


I Do Not Want to Write Today by Shing Yin Khor (Catapult)

It’s All Just a Draft by Tobias S. Buckell


How to Evolve Vowel Harmony Systems by Artifexian (Youtube)

Sunset Clouds (2019-11-12)

Finished 2019-11-12.

This is the sixth acrylic painting I did, and the first that I actually liked. I didn’t actually set out to paint a sunset or clouds – I originally intended to paint a galaxy using yellow/orange/red/black. I didn’t work, and I started painting clouds instead.

I made a ton of mistakes with this painting – not using enough water, not blending the colors well enough, and not having a plan on what I was going to paint. Unlike the previous paintings I did, I wasn’t frustrated with this one when I finished it. I liked it – and still do like it – because I this was when I first started to get the hang of acrylics. All of my later paintings are much improved compared to the first five.

Above the Clouds (2019-08-25)

Finished 2019-08-25.

This piece took around 5-6 hours, but I worked on it on-and-off for about two weeks. Unfortunately, I only saved one in-progress image, with is the original sketch with the lineart over it:


I actually added values to the sketch, which is something I basically never do. It was definitely useful when I was deciding what areas to place lighting and shadows. It’s probably something I should do more often, and it’s probably something I’ll forget when I sketch my next piece.

I also colored the lineart in some areas – the lighter ones – which is something I don’t think I’ve done ever since. Then again, I don’t typically have lineart in pieces like this. Perhaps that’s something I should experiment with in the future?