Chocolate Cupcakes

•March 1, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Chocolate cupcakes is what I’ve titled this one.
The painting measures 16″ wide x 20″ high.
Chocolate cupcakes art

Prints of this art can be had HERE.

Magnolias

•December 30, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Another expressive painting measuring twenty inches across and sixteen inches high on stretched canvas.
The title is magnolias.

Magnolias painting by Aarron Laidig

Prints of this art may be found here on Society 6 and also
here via Pixels / Fine Art America.

When I was in my early twenties I bought a house. Actually I guess I should say I had a house built for me.
Anyways, it came with no yard and I didn’t have landscapers come in and do it. I wanted to play gardener myself.
Among the various things I did to my yard to transform it from raw brown dirt was plant a few trees and shrubs.
In the very front of my yard I planted a magnolia tree. It is actually considered shrub because it doesn’t grow over twenty feet and has that weird craggy bark, but I think of them as trees so that is what I’m calling it. I’ll refrain from telling about which sort of magnolia tree it was specifically because it is irrelevant to the art. It wasn’t irrelevant to me however as it was my favorite type magnolia tree.
Magnolias are hardy. Most anyways. This one was perfect for my yard. Where I planet it was perfect for the magnolia. Partial sun, good shade with three to five hours of direct sun daily depending on the time of year… I planted it right where all could see it and I watched it carefully.
It did not grow as it should. It grew at maybe a quarter of it’s expected speed.
Two years in it ceased growing almost completely. It then got a type of lichen growing on it. I had an arborist come look because I wasn’t sure what it was. I knew nothing about that sort of thing and thought it was killing my magnolia.
The arborist said it was fine and normal. It didn’t hurt a thing. He did say the tree was not particularly healthy though. He couldn’t tell me why however so I sought a second opinion. The other arborist also knew jack shit about why my magnolia wasn’t thriving. Bugging my landscaping clients turned out to be a waste of time. I learned that most landscapers don’t know jack shit about anything with plants besides how to plant them and tear them out.
Over the next few months I secretly became an expert on all things magnolia. They are pretty cool. They have been around since the frigg’n time of the dinosaurs. A hundred million years easily, and maybe longer, but mine wasn’t doing well.
Anyways… I did everything I could to pamper the stupid tree. I even bought another (which did just fine) to be it’s friend. Since it didn’t perk up I eventually dug up it’s friend and moved it to another place where it again did just fine.
My stubbornness didn’t end though. This was MY magnolia in the front of MY yard.
Years went by with me fiddling with the tree. It always bloomed for me, but never grew.
Eventually I sold my house. It was the house I’d gotten with my first wife. She had become my ex-wife and I didn’t wish to live in what once was a house we’d had together even though it was solely mine.
In selling my house I lost my magnolia tree and a few other things which were of importance to me for various foolish reasons.
I drove by my old house a year later and saw my magnolia wasn’t doing well. I drove by a few times the year after. On the third year when I drove by I found that the new owners of the house had had all the trees removed. My magnolia was gone.
I’ve not been by that house now in many years. There is no reason.
So many hours of reading, learning, care giving, and in general trying ended up being for nothing. I learned it really doesn’t matter how much work we put into things sometimes. The tree will grow or not all on it’s own no matter what we do.
We can appreciate the blossoms while they are there. That is about it.

Again – prints of this art may be found here on Society 6 and also
here via Pixels / Fine Art America.

Edge of a tulip garden

•November 20, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Edge of a tulip garden is the title for this painting. It is also the description.

Edge of a tulip garden by Aarron Laidig

I did this in a very loose, fast, and frenzied style with just a couple round brushes, a bit of splatter, and a sandwich bag.
Yes, I said a sandwich bag. I wanted a bit of control and repetition to my paint splatters and blotches that I just couldn’t achieve without getting very messy so I decided to pour bits of paint on a plastic sandwich bag and use that as a sort of stamp. To keep it a bit random still (because to much repetition doesn’t jive with floral type things) I held it above the canvas while it was laying flat and dropped the painty bag six or seven inches each time. It worked well. Now you all know my art secrets.
My recommendation though is not to copy them. There are better things to use than sandwich bags, but I was being lazy and there was a box of them within reach. Nothing is safe from me if I’m in art mode. I’ll pretty much grab anything near me and give it a whirl.

Prints of this painting can be had HERE.
You can also get posters, cards, phone cases, coffee cups, and a few other fun things featuring Edge Of A Tulip Garden HERE via Society6.

As an FYI … this painting is sixteen inches wide x twenty inches high. It was painted on a stretched canvas. It doesn’t need framed. At the time of this posting it has no home and is available for purchase.

Peony Twilight

•November 13, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I have given this canvas the title of Peony Twilight.

Peony Twilight by Aarron Laidig

You can get prints of this painting HERE.

I also did a cool remix of this one.
You can see and get the Remix HERE.

Amur leopards

•November 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Amur leopard tattoo
This tattoo is of focuses on the Amur leopard.
Amur leopards are one of the coolest cats in existence and very endangered.
So endangered that not even a hundred of these critters exist in the wild anymore.
Though these guys once inhabited vast lands spread throughout China, Korea, Russia, and Japan, their last remaining viable wild population, which is estimated at under 60 cats is just a tiny area in the Russian Province of Primorsky Krai. They think there are around 10 or so somehow still living in China, but most likely these are leopards which are from Russia and crossed over.
The biggest threats to the remaining Amur leopards on earth are currently poaching, forest fires, and encroaching development into their last small areas.
Want to get involved or learn more about the Amur Leopard Crisis?
Check out these links.
https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/amur-leopards-conservation/
http://drakehs.org/academics/seadisc/endangeredspecies/2009/amur%20leopard/how_help.htm
Here is a multi view of the tattoo so you can see it at various angles. The one point view just didn’t do it justice.
Amur leopards by Aarron Laidig

Orange Peacock Rose

•May 13, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Orange Peacock Rose is the title of this painting.
It is 16″ wide x 20″ high on stretched canvas.
You can get prints of this painting
HERE.

Peacock with orange rose art by Aarron Laidig

I also did a remix of this one.
It is available via Society6.
The remix was an iffy thing. I messed with it for a pretty long while to get something I was satisfied with.
In the end though I think I pulled it off.
Remix of peacock painting

Amalgamated Hamadryads

•May 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment

This one is 16″ wide x 20″ high on stretched canvas and titled Amalgamated Hamadryads.

Prints are available HERE.

There are tons of stories and myths about dryads and hamadryads. and if you have ever read the Metamorphoses of Ovid you are familiar with hamadryads.
Mythology seems to be a not so popular subject nowadays though so I’m guessing you haven’t.
Dryads are basically oak nymphs, or oak spirits, in Greek mythology. Though the word was specific to oak trees with the ancient Greeks it has changed over the centuries to be a generic term for any sort of tree spirit. They were super shy and basically kept to themselves except on rare occasions.
The only ones they liked to chill with regularly that wasn’t one of their own or another sort of forest creature was the goddess Artemis and in a few tales the goddess Demeter which is in some stories the mother of Artemis.
I did a watercolor of Demeter back in 2012 titled “Demeter in the view of mortals” which you can see here… HERE.
Anyways, that is what a dryad is basically.
All dryads were connected to their trees and lived centuries. Hamadryads though were more like an actual part of the tree. If a dryad’s tree was cut down for example it would cause the dryad pain and the dryad would be hurt and need find a new tree. If a hamadryad’s tree were destroyed the hamadryad would die. The Greek gods punished any mortals who harmed a hamadryad’s tree for that reason.
The best story of it (or one of the best) is in the Metamorphoses of Ovid.
It is about this dude named Erysichthon who was the king of Thessaly.
He wanted to build a big house of fine wood and sent his men to cut trees in a grove which was considered sacred. The grove happened to be a favorite place of nymphs and such and also a place that the Goddess Demeter really liked. He was probably F’d just by having that done in itself, but we shall never know because he went a step further.
There was this one really massive oak tree covered with votive wreaths which symbolized the answering of prayers by Demeter herself. That freaked Erysichthon’s men out so they wouldn’t touch the thing. Erysichthon got pissy and cut it down himself. The oak was the home of a hamadryad, or maybe it was the hamydryad itself depending on how you wish to view it. The hamadryad came forth and the hamadryad’s last words were a to put a curse on Erysichthon. Hamydryad curses aren’t worth much, but when the goddess Demeter is on your side it changes the situation. To punish him Demeter asked another goddess named Limos to put a special curse on him. Limos was the goddess of starvation among other things.
An odd note here is that in most mythology concerning Limos and Demeter they are at odds because Demeter was the goddess of the harvest which is pretty much not in lines with famine and starvation.
Anyways… Limos lays a big ass curse on our foolish king. From then on he was so hungry it was his only need and desire to eat food. Sounds bad enough, but with each bite he’d take he’d get hungrier too. It was a never ending and always increasing need. He lost his kingdom and all his money, he sold his daughter as a slave, and eventually got so hungry he ate himself.
Moral of the story? Leave the hamadryads (read trees) alone.