Wednesday, December 14, 2005
It's a little strange to get a Christmas card in the post with a url link, but if you followed it, let me just say that, to me, it makes far more sense to send you someplace that gets updated regularly throughout the year. So bookmark this page, and check back in a month or two and then send me an email. The address is on my website--linked to the right.
It's been an eventful year. The highlights have had me completing two books--an early reader in comic book style for Innovative Kids, and interior illustrations for 'Why I Hate Other People's Kids' due out by Simon and Schuester. I can't post images from either till they're published, but stay tuned.
I'm starting to show up in galleries. You'll notice a few paintings on the site painted for specific shows. Last October I visited the University of Indianapolis for a week as a guest artist which coincided with a gallery showing. Soon I'll have three prints of my work hung permanently in the U of Indy Admissions office.
About the painting. I remember riding in the back of our station wagon on the road to see family on Christmas when I was about 7. I was thinking, 'with enough time and drive, a person could probably do just about anything'. And by that, my idea of 'anything' was to draw or paint something really well. An image of a flimsy little nativity puzzle I still own came to mind as my ideal 'good'.
Now that I do draw and paint well, I felt as tho a good image was due. It may not be my best or last nativity, but it is my first, which is always a nice place to start.
No matter your beliefs this season, or any, thanks for being a friend. And I hope to see you in the new year.
David W Swain
Friday, December 02, 2005
I wanted to do something in the same vein as my Four and Twenty piece, and I like the imagery in Opera, even though I've never developed a taste for the music. I look at it and think of the few bars I know of a score 'Hannibal Comes'. I believe that the prince is returning to the woman in blue, but will end up with the lady in the green window. I'm not sure who is commenting from above.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2005
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Sunday, August 21, 2005
Friday, August 05, 2005
Cole Porter's song 'Friendship' has the line, 'If you're ever in a mill and get sawed in half; I won't laugh'---great inspiration for a drawing. Another one to paint...soon.
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
I wanted to have fun today, but I couldn't think of what I wanted to draw. Then a finger slipped as I typed a message to Mari, and out came the word 'pigture'. Combine that with a random memory of Laverne and Shirley skydiving, and Voila!
Monday, August 01, 2005
Simple Simon met a pieman,_Going to the fair._Said Simple Simon to the pieman,_"Let me taste your ware."
Said the pieman unto Simon,_"Show me first your penny."_Said Simple Simon to the pieman,_"Indeed I have not any."
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Asked this of me,
"How many strawberries
Grow in the sea?"
I answered him
As I thought good,
"As many red herrings
As swim in the wood."
I want to do this as a painting eventually, time permitting.
Monday, July 25, 2005
There are still people in this world sporting handle bar mustaches. I wish I'd given this guy a sea captain's hat and a telescope.
Sunday, July 17, 2005
The first image (see above) has to do with there being more than one wolf in the world out to do you in. This one is about what can happen to those wolves once they grow complacent and overly comfortable in their cushy new role as Grandma. You piss off enough little girls, and I think you can expect a revolt.
Friday, July 15, 2005
This was done as an update to a book dummy I'd put together. I like the subject matter and I really like the perspective. It's just fun. I'll restage the story at some point, but my yammering on about it here won't help that get done. So I'll shut up for now.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
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Wednesday, July 06, 2005
A great aunt used to have an old abandoned chicken coup behind her house. I'd sneak in there and find bits of bone or feather fluffings mingled with dirty, musty hay. I suppose I was a little scared the place was haunted by flocks of slaughtered poultry but I never stuck around long enough to find out.
Resolved to have a battle,
For Tweedle Dum said Tweedle Dee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle.
Just then flew by a monstrous crow
As big as a tar barrel,
Which frightened both the heroes so
They quite forgot the battle."
I am certain that the author fully intended the brothers to be guinea pigs and simply forgot to mention it.
No one looks at this lady and assumes the pie is poisoned. From my standpoint, I'd call that success.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
I decided to forego that tradition for this nursery rhyme. With a queen in the parlor, a king in the counting house, the knave could very well have been in the john, but I'll leave that to your imagination.
Influences for this piece also came from 'The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily', Alistair Graham's 'Full Moon Soup' and Eyvind Earle's backgrounds for Sleeping Beauty.