By some horrendous luck, I have managed to live 32 years without having been exposed to H.P. Lovecraft. I can sense the more literary among you castigating me severely, and with what little information I have gathered in the last 10 minutes, I duly deserve it. But apparently that silly "I Write Like" website that's gone viral thinks that I write like Lovecraft. I had vaguely heard of his Cthulu character, most recently in an artwork by a truly amazing artist I initially discovered on Redbubble, David Lange. So I decided to take a glance at Lovecraft's story "The Call of Cthulu." The very first paragraph is absolutely fascinating.
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age."
For anyone interested, I have 3 new works in my "Ocean Invasion" series up over at my Laughing Mantis Studio website.
Well, I've done what I've been meaning to do for quite some time: put together my artwork in a bit more coherent way.
To this end I've created my new Art Website/Blog:
Prints of my works are now available in my Redbubble store at http://LaughingMantis.redbubble.com
Here is the second in my Ocean Invasion series:
"Ocean Invasion #2: Nectar for the Orcas"
This is the first in a series of pieces I'm doing.
"Ocean Invasion #1: Octopus arborealus"
Click for larger. NOTE: actual resolution quality of the piece is MUCH higher than these compressed jpeg images.
I was asked by another artist whether my inspiration was the "Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus" campaign. Honestly, I actually had never heard of such a thing, and was a wee bit disappointed to learn of it's existence Then again, a tree octopus is too cool an idea for to have not already been thought of.