Mind No Mind

Mind No Mind

Howdy!  Still drawing and painting, even thought I haven’t posted in quite some time.  Today I decide to post something that I was working on in the beginning of the year, and as I opened up Killing Jar Studio I was greeted by a notification from WordPress  wishing me a happy anniversary on one year TODAY.  What a coincidence.

I read once that another name for the mental state-of-mind that many know as “in the zone” is “mind no mind”.  It’s that state when one gets lost in their sport or activity (in this case, painting)  to the point that they lose all track of time and often block out all peripheral sounds etc.  The hours seem like seconds and a sort of tunnel vision occurs.  I’m certain many of you know the feeling.  I named this silly painting, Mind no Mind, because that was the state I was in while creating it.  It is a lot like what I sketch freely in my sketchbooks, however nothing like my public works.  Done in acrylics on Masonite board.  Note: The muscle man in the upper left corner is my husband, he’s much more handsome in life, and often appears in my drawings.

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Insect Girl

Insect Princess

So Vani suggested that I paint something uhh a little less technical.  He told me to begin with only paintbrush and paints.  NO pre-drawing, NO planning and NO thinking.  Grrrrrr!  I worked at it for days and I’m still not sure if I like it or if it’s finished. She went through several incarnations before settling on this one.   She is similar to the Lilliputians that I draw in my sketchbooks, but they rarely meet canvas and paints.  Any suggestions-positive or negative- are welcome.  The painting can use a name too….

Don’t Judge Me!

Bro has been Zombified!

Bro Zombified

Oddly, Bro here is a proud zombie.  He doesn’t care what you whisper about his sickly green complexion or if you gasp at the way he eats  brains like a slice of pizza.  He’s never conformed to any expectations, and he’s not about to start now.

Zombie Boy Plays Host to Carrion Beetle

Brandon Jombified 2015

Brandon’s been Zombified!!                                                                                                                                                         This is Brandon, he’s had a rough couple of days. But at least he has company, a busy little carrion beetle preparing to lay her eggs into his rotting flesh.  Did I just hear, “Eeeew, gross!”?

NewZie

New Z

Yup, another zombie.  While creating this creature I was consciously imagining his story.  Crazy thing, but it got me feeling for this poor sad-sap.  Not the usual googlie-eyed, silly zombie that I usually draw for my own amusement.  Sad-Sap here is a newbie, only recently turned, confused and pained….

I imagined that his skin colors would gradually change from, well, fresh and alive to pale and peaked, lifeless. His eyes would start to dry and maybe shrivel-up. And eventually, only decay.  I waited a few days to post, but he still does not amuse me.  I guess he never will.

Screamer

What’s better than a zombie creep?. . . . . a screaming zombie creep.  I imagine his scream is, well, a sort of typical zombie scream.  But his starts low and grumbly only to intensify at the ending into an almost electric shrill. Can ya hear it?  He’s also got an awful twitch – characteristic of most zombies.  Think he needs a name.