September 21, 2014
Illustration for “Something Wicked This Way Comes”, a 1962 novel by Ray Bradbury. This is one of my favorite books of all time, and I am excited to be working on a series of illustrations for it. This painting was originally created in conjunction with an Illustration course I took at California College of the Arts.
"Will and the Dust Witch"
Watercolor & pen/ink
10in x 8in
2014
The scene: The Dust Witch visits Jim and Will’s neighborhood to mark Jim’s roof with her magical hot air balloon. To protect his best friend, Will leads the witch on a wild goose chase away from Jim’s house, scrambles to the rooftop of an abandoned old house, and shoots her balloon with his little bow and arrow, effecting her disappearance (for the time being!). 

Illustration for “Something Wicked This Way Comes”, a 1962 novel by Ray Bradbury. This is one of my favorite books of all time, and I am excited to be working on a series of illustrations for it. This painting was originally created in conjunction with an Illustration course I took at California College of the Arts.

"Will and the Dust Witch"

Watercolor & pen/ink

10in x 8in

2014

The scene: The Dust Witch visits Jim and Will’s neighborhood to mark Jim’s roof with her magical hot air balloon. To protect his best friend, Will leads the witch on a wild goose chase away from Jim’s house, scrambles to the rooftop of an abandoned old house, and shoots her balloon with his little bow and arrow, effecting her disappearance (for the time being!). 

September 20, 2014
Flashing back to a year ago, when Lil Bub herself (+ owner Mike) posed in front of some awesome Bub art. This was my first Spoke Art show (those are my three pieces in wooden frames on the lefthand side of the photo!). It’s been a fun year! Thanks to Spoke for including me!
PS: There are still some originals left from the show, including my Bub piece with Jack McBrayer, aka Kenneth from ‘30 Rock’! Check ‘em out here: http://spoke-art.myshopify.com/collections/lil-bub-art-show-original-paintings

Flashing back to a year ago, when Lil Bub herself (+ owner Mike) posed in front of some awesome Bub art. This was my first Spoke Art show (those are my three pieces in wooden frames on the lefthand side of the photo!). It’s been a fun year! Thanks to Spoke for including me!

PS: There are still some originals left from the show, including my Bub piece with Jack McBrayer, aka Kenneth from ‘30 Rock’! Check ‘em out here: http://spoke-art.myshopify.com/collections/lil-bub-art-show-original-paintings

September 18, 2014

"Eyeless Portraits 1, 2 & 3" or "Who they were"

Watercolor/pen&ink

8inx10in each

2013/14

"Eyeless Portraits 1, 2 & 3" or "Who they were"

Watercolor/pen&ink

8inx10in each

2013/14

“Eyeless Portraits” arose from a deeply traumatic experience my family and I went through in late 2013/early 2014. My little sister suffered a traumatic brain injury that landed her in an ICU for a week, followed by months of rehab. I think her injury and our experience of it changed all of us, mostly for the better, but at the time, it felt devastating as it took its toll on everyone. I had to be away from my sister, mother and brother (pictured here) during much of the experience, after having only spent a week with them during the most critical moments. It was during this separation that I painted these portraits.

In creating these eyeless faces, I grappled with the identities of my family members as they changed before my eyes, several states and seemingly a million miles away. I was looking at these trite old snapshots of them and realizing deep inside – “No, this is not them anymore”. At the time that I painted the portraits, it felt awful, like I was destroying my family’s perceived identities. The only tangible explanation I could muster was that it was a (very dark) acknowledgement of their blindness in the face of an uncertain future. In hindsight, I realize that it was my way of admitting and understanding that none of them would ever be the same. 

***Footnote: As I went to post this tale and an en explanation of each piece, I realized it’s much too long for Tumblr. Message me for the whole thing if you’re interested—there’s a small story behind each image selected, and the family members who are not shown. Thanks for reading!

September 17, 2014
Detail shot of a recent painting — will be posting some personal works soon! Just gathering the courage… 

Detail shot of a recent painting — will be posting some personal works soon! Just gathering the courage… 

September 10, 2014
"Ludwig Van Looks On"
Watercolor/Pen&Ink on Arches watercolor paper
8x10in unframed; 11x14in framed
Sold!
Alex DeLarge’s bedroom is amazing—especially that Ludwig Van window shade. Another painting based on the Kubrick classic, “A Clockwork Orange”, “Ludwig Van Looks On” is currently on show at Spoke Art gallery at 816 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Go see the whole show—it’s a great one! If you’re not around our lovely city this September (and this is the best time of year to visit), you can also check out various other original works and prints still for sale from the show Here. 

"Ludwig Van Looks On"

Watercolor/Pen&Ink on Arches watercolor paper

8x10in unframed; 11x14in framed

Sold!

Alex DeLarge’s bedroom is amazing—especially that Ludwig Van window shade. Another painting based on the Kubrick classic, “A Clockwork Orange”, “Ludwig Van Looks On” is currently on show at Spoke Art gallery at 816 Sutter Street, San Francisco. Go see the whole show—it’s a great one! If you’re not around our lovely city this September (and this is the best time of year to visit), you can also check out various other original works and prints still for sale from the show Here

September 10, 2014
"Alex vs Alex"
Watercolor/Pen&Ink on Arches watercolor paper
18x18in unframed; 22x22in framed in custom built wood frame
SOLD!
Part of the Kubrick show currently up at Spoke Art gallery, this piece is based on the “free will” versus “tamed” versions of Alex DeLarge in Kubrick’s amazing classic, “A Clockwork Orange”. Had a great time imagining the physical confrontation of Alex’s two selves. Stop by and see the show this September, 2014—it’s a good one!

"Alex vs Alex"

Watercolor/Pen&Ink on Arches watercolor paper

18x18in unframed; 22x22in framed in custom built wood frame

SOLD!

Part of the Kubrick show currently up at Spoke Art gallery, this piece is based on the “free will” versus “tamed” versions of Alex DeLarge in Kubrick’s amazing classic, “A Clockwork Orange”. Had a great time imagining the physical confrontation of Alex’s two selves. Stop by and see the show this September, 2014—it’s a good one!

September 4, 2014

Details from my paintings for the Kubrick show opening at Spoke Art this Saturday, September 6! See you there, my droogs…

August 21, 2014

Did a little tweaking of the original image file of my painting “The ice was thin on purpose.” for a side project. See the original, (feminine) version here

August 21, 2014
I owe this blog some updates! I took an illustration class I took this summer at CCA with the awesome Justin Gabbard and have a few new pieces to show that stray outside of my usual repertoire. Here’s a little “self portrait” I did a few weeks ago. Fun to do something in Microns. Anyone else ever feel like this at their day job?

"Office Selfie"
Pen&Ink on Arches watercolor paper
8x6in

I owe this blog some updates! I took an illustration class I took this summer at CCA with the awesome Justin Gabbard and have a few new pieces to show that stray outside of my usual repertoire. Here’s a little “self portrait” I did a few weeks ago. Fun to do something in Microns. Anyone else ever feel like this at their day job?

"Office Selfie"

Pen&Ink on Arches watercolor paper

8x6in

August 20, 2014
Social media worlds are colliding! Follow me on Instagram for work I’m too slow to upload here on Tumblr, process sketches, and various occasional photos of friends and/or nature. http://instagram.com/christinearia  
Thanks a bunch!

Social media worlds are colliding! Follow me on Instagram for work I’m too slow to upload here on Tumblr, process sketches, and various occasional photos of friends and/or nature. http://instagram.com/christinearia  

Thanks a bunch!

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