Hammer of the Smith by Jane Sibley
This is the painting for the book “Hammer of the Smith“. As it was a wrap-around cover, I had to have spaces good for writing on on the spine, and back and front. In one incarnation I had the lower back showing a workbench with all the tools from the Mastermyr find on it- but then switched it to different types of coal so they could put the upc code in that section. The roof went through several incarnations as well- from thatch (in a blacksmith’s shop? unlikely!) to shingles, and finally to the twig covered with bark covered with turf I found references for in (I think) Iceland.The fourth wall would probably start just about where the bottom edge of the picture is- but one has to include everything.
This is the cover for a program booklet for the Market Day at Birka, an SCA event.The serpent on the sale was the design for the site token.
This is the Divine Thunderbolt for Jane Sibley. I guess I’m still not thrilled with how the clouds came out. I had no idea how hard clouds are. Thor is playing with ball lightning, Zeus is using cloud to ground lightning, and I discovered that cloud to cloud lighting actually gives the inspiration for the “lighting whip” wielded by Marduk (and I threw in Indra in a back cloud).
I’ve also done portraits of people as Tarot Cards: fun and inexpensive, I sell them as color your own, or I’ll paint it for you.