MIKE "GABE" KRAHULIK TWEETED THAT HE LIKED MY WORK, screamed the "inside my head" voice. The tweet came late on New Year's Eve and I replied with thanks right away because I am a dork. A polite dork. (See it all here: "These are so great!")
Working with another artist's style is fascinating. As I paint and lay down lines, I'm also working to stay true to Mike Krahulik's art--his color choices and gestures. I work to honor what he's created and bring my sense of play to these paintings.
I paint in the margins of the day. I wake up most mornings at 5:30 am and head to the studio with a cup of hot tea and the dog, and get to work. In winter the studio is cold. But there is no place I would rather be at the start of every day. If I can paint at the end of the day, I do.
It can be hard in that daily rhythm to have a sense that the outside world notices the work. The tweet from Mike was a little miracle to this emerging artist. I had done justice to his work. It truly is Fine Art Fan Art. And I'm having a blast.