Down the Dark Path Home of author and artist, J Edward Neill

Painting with Darkness – Part XIV

March 25, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

Lately I’ve moved away from standard acrylic, oil, and ink paintings. …and into pencils, charcoal, and graphite. Away from trees, dark towers, and spooky cityscapes. …and into beautiful women. And so, Painting with Darkness Part 14 is all about a little (actually it’s huge) graphite canvas I’m calling Mother of Midnight. Here’s a few progression […]

Painting with Darkness, Part XIII

November 30, 2016 | Art! | Permalink

It’s almost my birthday. And I thought I’d celebrate by offering up one of my favorite subject matters to paint – demons. Typically in the Painting with Darkness series, I reveal the entire process from start to finish. But with this next piece, I painted it quickly and without planning… And thus Scavenger of the […]

Painting with Darkness – Part XII

September 12, 2016 | Art! | Permalink

I like to paint trees. A lot… Sometimes, even when I start a new canvas with every intention of painting a castle, a spooky city, or some other dark imagery, my brain misfires and takes control of my brush. Before I know it, I’ve painted yet another tree. I can’t help it. I’m a slave […]

Painting with Darkness, Part VIII

March 9, 2016 | Art!, Darkness! | Permalink

In recent weeks, I’ve been working with my paintbrush more than I’ve been writing. Turns out slashing with paint gets the darkness out of my system much faster than hammering on a keyboard. And so I thought I’d share: * * * Fire Lens is 3 lbs of canvas. It’s huge! The photo here is somewhat muted, […]

Painting with Darkness – Part III

May 5, 2015 | Art! | Permalink

After four weeks of slaving over a huge canvas, I’ve finally finished my new painting, ‘Brothers.’ It’s acrylic and watercolor on a white 42″ x 28″ canvas. It was fun to paint…and sublime to finish. Here’s the progression:    While writing philosophy, dark fiction, and literary fiction are my true loves, I’ve got to admit… …painting […]

Painting with Darkness

January 14, 2015 | Art!, Books! | Permalink

Used to be, the term ‘starving artist’ implied romanticism. Just hearing it, one can imagine an eccentric painter in a room full of wet canvasses, a poor poet reading by candlelight in a downtown dive bar, or a writer surrounded by unbound manuscripts after forty gallons of coffee and seven sleepless nights. Used to be. Not anymore. A long […]

Painting with Extreme Darkness

December 4, 2015 | Art! | Permalink

A few months ago, I got it in my head that I wanted to paint something huge. Something to be the centerpiece of an entire wall. Something that if people walked by, they’d have to stop and look. And of course, it had to be dark. Because…well…you know. I present to you: Ocean of Knives   […]

Fun with Wood Panel Paintings

September 17, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

At DragonCon 2017, I wandered the art gallery for what seemed like eons. I encountered stunning fantasy art of all kinds. I found light, darkness, and everything in-between. But then I stumbled upon something I’d never really seen before. An artist – I admit I don’t know her name or website – had created a […]

New Painting – Night Emperor

August 26, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

On a lonely Friday eve, long after midnight slid by, I stood before a black canvas with the last drop of white paint clinging to my paintbrush. Sounds a bit dramatic, right? Anyway, I made good use of the white paint. And out came my latest painting, Night Emperor. Prints are available here. For purchase inquiries, hit me […]

Two New Dark City Paintings

August 13, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

Dark cities… Wasted landscapes… Unholy dwellings… These are among my favorite types of art to create. And so I have. * City of Nowhere – 24×48″ is among my more massive of my works. To make it happen, I slathered an entire canvas with red and black paint. After the base layer dried, I carved a […]

Huge New Painting – Sylvan Eternity

July 30, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

I’d just finished working on several highly-realistic sketches. …and my pencil hand was tired. To ease my mild suffering, I picked up a huge (24×48″) canvas and went after it with green, black, yellow, and white paint. The result was…well… * …big. I enjoyed every second of painting this giant landscape. Now it’s back to […]

2 New Asian Inspired Paintings

July 16, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

I suppose I’ve always been fascinated by Asian style art. Trees. Landscapes. Buildings. Dragons. …all so different from Western work. I tried to let it inspire me while painting a duo of large acrylic canvasses. Did I succeed? You be the judge… Tower of Souls was sort of an accidental painting. I painted a deep […]

New Painting – Escape

May 21, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

Finally, after two weeks without rain, a storm washed over my little suburban house. My garden needed it. My trees were happy. But more than anything, my creativity blossomed. And I painted a story about a lost city, a dark cave, and a cold, cold sky… Escape prints are available here.  The original is 16″ x […]

New Huge Painting – Grave Towers

May 13, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

I’m wandering in a strange artistic realm. Somewhere between this and this. On a rainy Saturday, with a glass of scotch in hand and Chris Isaak roaring in the background, I decided to consume my largest remaining canvas. …and paint green clouds, dark terrain, and tall, hollow tombs. Introducing the Grave Towers: Grave Towers prints are […]

Tiny Painting – Callista

March 12, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

My latest fix has been painting portraits of beautiful girls. Some are friends. Others…well… I enjoy the challenge of capturing certain expressions, especially the look in a serious woman’s eyes. So… Recently I sketched, inked, and watercolored a girl appearing in my latest novel Darkness Between the Stars (and its upcoming sequel Shadow of Forever.) […]

Fresh New Darkness – The Abyss

November 20, 2015 | Art!, wormholes | Permalink

Just thought I’d share a quick, dark little canvas I just painted. Ever since I finished the massive ‘Falling In,’ I’ve been addicted to splashing black trees against swirling colors. The Abyss might be my favorite thus far:     I finished ‘The Abyss’ in just three nights. That’s pretty fast for me. For my […]