natural wonder

It's not difficult to find inspiration in the beauty of nature, many artists do. But how the artist represents and arranges it is what separates one from another. Not often representing it in traditional or literal fashion, I add my elements of erosion and illusion of 'age' that's typical of my work. Beauty is not exclusive of flaws or age, if one has the eyes to see it that way.


Starting with dark and distressed, which is typical of my style art, I added the feathers in vivid pops of color. A contrast I hope makes for an eye-catching composition. Dark themes often work well when contrasted with something light, bright or whimsical.   


'Hidden Tiger' was originally created to donate to a silent auction. I wanted a piece that was arresting in color and composition. It took several effects layers to accomplish the vibrant tropical foliage and, as is typical of my work, added several textures, one of them an intentional water damage. 


The inspiration for this artwork came from my sister-in-law who asked me to draw her something as a gift. Her gift, representative of her faith, inspired me to take a few of the elements and modify it as a sister image. Supplication and Freedom represents finding peace and freedom through diversity and pain.  


Originally titled 'A Lonely Boab and Its Clear Reflection', admittedly that's a mouthful so the title was shortened it to 'A Lonely Boab'. It represents the times in life when one feels alone. While many fear solitude, it can be a time to clearly reflect, without interference or distraction, on life's worth and purpose. 


This whimsical piece, with a mid-century flavor, started as a photo my sister-in-law snapped at Corona del Mar Beach in Southern California. I wanted to create a piece that clearly says: Southern California, where even the gulls love body boards. 

© 2019 by Victoria Caro Johnson / The Sketchie Beast

 Ecclesiastes 3:11