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.
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

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.

Every Night

•May 6, 2017 • Leave a Comment

That Smirk - A Poem by A Laidig

I may never again view
that smirk you make,
or hear you giggle
with sweet delight.
The touch of your hand
on my cheek may be no more,
but every night
when I drift into sleep
I will hold you tight
and tell you that I love you
with all that I am.

© Copyright 2016 Aarron Laidig
A Coffee Stained Heart
Available on Amazon as an art book or on Kindle for you digital media types.
Poetry and prose revolving around love, heartache, and romance with accompanying illustrations created with ink and coffee.

This isn’t Camelot

•May 6, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Far Far Away Poem By Aarron Laidig

This isn’t Camelot
and we’re not going far far away.
We are who we are
and this is where we will stay.
There will be no happy ever afters,
not for the likes of us;
we ruined our chances,
replaced dreams with mistrust.
Don’t get upset now,
because I speak what’s true.
Don’t feel slighted,
I didn’t do this to you.
It’s just how it is
in our modern age I guess.
The magic has left us,
all we get are some sad songs,
maybe a daydream to help us along,
but in the end we know
that life won’t be that kind.
The magic has left us,
left our whole world behind.

© Copyright 2016 Aarron Laidig
A Coffee Stained Heart
Available on Amazon as an art book or on Kindle for you digital media types.
Poetry and prose revolving around love, heartache, and romance with accompanying illustrations created with ink and coffee.