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Greenseer's Raven and IBA Vol.3

Greenseer's Raven, 12"x 10", oil on paper on masonite, 2014. ©Fantasy Flight Games

When it rains, it pours.  I have always found this statement to be strangely true.  I may go a long time between jobs, but once I get a new commission a couple others will follow.  And like yesterday, when I have news to tell (like a blog post that was well overdue) a couple other tidbits came to my knowledge within an hour or so.
Firstly, a card commission I have been waiting patiently to show for the past year, has finally been released!  It's called "Greenseer's Raven", and it is part of the "Secrets and Schemes" deck of the A Game of Thrones LCG from Fantasy Flight Games.  I was very excited to get this commission last year; firelight and animals are always fun to paint.  There isn't much of a story behind this one though, I found reference of a raven, and just improvised from there.  I tried to work in as many diagonals with the tree branches and had to create a nice glow coming from the moss and flame, but it was a lot of making it up as I painted.  It's my favorite way to proceed with a painting.  I tend to not plan out color comps or anything too much.  I have a good idea of how it should look in my head, but that's as far as I go with preparation. 
The second bit of news I'm able to release is that my painting "The Truth Can Be Hard" has been accepted into Infected By Art Volume 3.  It is always amazing to be accepted into annuals like these.  It confirms that I am on the right track with the types of painting I like to compose.  Thank you to all the jury members and people involved in this publication.  It's truely an honor.

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