When Boreas blows cruel and hard,
He shivers through the leafless yard;
When Helios rises at yellowed dawn,
he wakes with a colossal yawn.
Boreas & Helios avoiding an age of reason.
causing the light to never go out of season.
- inspired by Robert Burns’ “A Winter Night”
I’ve stumbled upon something new for my work, that I am extremely pleased with. I’ve been getting back into traditional painting and trying to figure out a way to bridge digital and traditional mediums. This is my first attempt at that, and I have to say it looks fantastic.
"Boreas & Helios" is a rare limited edition mixed media painting. It is first printed as a work in progress high quality giclee print and then mounted onto a 9” x 12” deep cradled wood panel. Each print is then hand painted with gouache for several hours and embellished with finishing touches. The panel itself is then painted black on the front and back and sealed with a protective finish. The poem “Boreas & Helios” is adhered to the back of the panel.
Boreas & Helios is created in a one time limited edition of 10 and will be available on Friday, February 28th at 12 Noon PST via www.jamesreadsmerch.com
A view into the shop flat files - these prints are all available at www.jamesreadsmerch.com for a limited time!
I made these flowers for you, I hope they’ll do.
"Flowers for Vincent" is an 18" x 24" high quality giclee print on archival paper with a 1.5" white border. Prints are hand signed and numbered in a limited edition of 50, and are available for $50 at www.jamesreadsmerch.com
"Fading, Fleeting, Retreating" is an 18" x 24" high quality limited edition giclee print inspired by the endangered salt marshes.
There are still some prints of “Fading, Fleeting, Retreating” available at PangeaSeed.org. Proceeds go to helping the endangered Salt Marsh Habitats.
I’ve also put up a very limited edition of hand painted art prints in my shop this past weekend!
"Finding Alazkazoo" is a 20” x 30” high quality giclee print on archival paper with a 1” white border. Printed in a limited edition of 40, each print is hand signed and numbered and is available here
When I was three my father gave to me,
a magical gift you’d just have to see
it was a bird dressed in the brightest blue,
and he told me the bird was from Alakazoo.
This bird was a singing thing
and a dancing thing
a talking, walking squawking thing
not at all a boring thing
but a fun and joking thing
a jack of all trades kind of thing.
But his bright blue complexion began to lessen each day
it muted and paled and turned a sadly old grey.
He grew weary and tired and wouldn’t come out to play.
My best friend just slept in his favorite place to lay.
My father told me there was only one thing to do,
we’d have to bring my bird back to Alakazoo.
So off we went in search of a magical place,
to return a friend i could not replace.
We travelled to the edge of it all
until we arrived at a pale white sprawl.
And then there it was doused in green and blue,
the long forgotten and secret land of Alakazoo.
This place was real, a way into dreams
and lively were it’s glistening streams.
My bird felt right back at home,
his blue hue returned yet I felt so alone.
Even though we had to leave him behind,
the bird I loved will always stay in my mind
When I grow old, i’ll go find my way back to Alakazoo,
and again be with my friend in fantastically marvelous blue.
- 3 Round 2.5” stickers (pictured above)
- A pack of 24 Prisma Visions Postcards (pictured above)
- A set of 2 high quality pure hemp artist notepads (also above)
The fool believes he is something he is not
wading through waters for something unsought.
The magician plays tricks in the dark of the night
twisting the glimmering light for some future sight.
"The Fool" & "The Magician", two 8" x 10 high quality giclee prints available at www.jamesreadsmerch.com for a limited time.