Down the Dark Path Books, Paintings, and delicious darkness from J Edward Neill

Category Archives: Art!

The Starving Artist and His Kid

August 16, 2017 | Art!, humor, Life | Permalink

I wouldn’t have it any other way. With that said, single dad art-making ain’t always easy. Almost six years ago, my son (the G Man) burst into my life. He was the Kool-Aid Man breaking through the brick wall of me. Upon his arrival, I prepared myself for sleepless nights, hours upon hours of crying, and the end of all […]

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 […]

Reality is Best Served…with Red Wine

August 10, 2017 | Art!, Books!, Philosophy | Permalink

In J Edward’s latest book, he promises to drain one bottle of red wine per chapter. That’s the rule. There’s no breaking it. And while deep in his cups, he takes readers on a sometimes funny, sometimes poignant journey.  Playful yet serious, funny yet honest, the bounce between bottles takes readers on a stroll through everything. Dating. Religion. Politics. That one […]

New Huge Painting – Doomed Kingdom

August 5, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

Artist T. Morrison and I have got it in our heads to sculpt and paint mushrooms. LOTS of mushrooms. We did this. And then this. As our shroomy confidence built, so too did the size of our canvasses increase. Until we decided to paint something really big… Doomed Kingdom – 24×36″ – our largest sculpture/painting yet. […]

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 […]

New Beautiful Girl Sketch – Nadya

July 23, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

For my latest round of short stories, I’ve decided to sketch my own cover art. It’s a challenge. …and I love it. This next piece is a sequel to this. Here’s a quick progression: * * * Nadya, the Deathless – a character in the novel Hollow Empire. Thanks for stopping by. More paintings are […]

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 […]

Spilling water on paper

July 13, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

My co-painting collaborator has been down and out lately. While she’s under the weather, I’ve been busy with my new favorite style. …watercolors. Here’s a few I’ve slathered up. Please enjoy: * For Stygian Tree, I wanted a slightly Asian theme. Bold colors, stark lines, graceful curves. This painting was both fun and rewarding to […]

3 New Paintings – Deadly 3D Girls

June 27, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

Collaboration is the name of the game. Sculptor T. Morrison & I have been doing it in spades. She invents wild ideas, sculpts them with lightweight spackle, and I add deep, dark backgrounds. She even did a funny tutorial. Our latest pieces have been getting ever darker. We held a challenge via Facebook to select a […]

Sketching Pretty Girls

June 15, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

Ages ago, I was a student in a small Atlanta art school. I wasn’t searching for a degree. Or a job. Or to become the next Boris Vallejo, HR Giger, or Picasso. I just wanted to learn how to draw. Particularly people. Especially beautiful bodies and faces. After I finished school, I ended up getting […]

New 3D Painting – Enchantress

June 12, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

Artist T. Morrison and I have decided to smash our art styles together. She invents wild ideas, sculpts them with lightweight spackle, and I add deep, dark backgrounds. We’ve had a few successes. She even created a funny tutorial. Our latest piece – Enchantress – was definitely the most challenging. She labored for days sculpting […]

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 […]

New 3D Art – Haunting

May 13, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

Usually… I prefer to work alone. The quieter, the better. If I can hear a mouse squeak, a human sigh, or a sound other than the wind at night, sometimes it’s too much for my creative self. But this time I stepped outside my comfort zone. I worked with up and coming artist T. Morrison on a […]

New Painting – The Forever Furnace

April 26, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

I’m going through a stretch of painting alien worlds and eerie landscapes. In that vein, I just finished a fiery new piece. I used all the reds, yellows, golds, and umbers I could find. Presenting ‘The Forever Furnace.’ Forever Furnace is 12″ x 24″.  Reach me here if you’re interested in the original. If you liked […]

New Beautiful Girl – The Sorceress

April 23, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

No man dares to cross her. No death is deep enough to bury her. Please enjoy The Sorceress: I really enjoyed drawing her. She’s based on a friend who was brave enough to pose for me. She’s about 18″ x 24″. Pencils on watercolor paper (which tends to hold graphite really well) Here’s an early […]

How to Date an Artist

April 13, 2017 | Art!, humor | Permalink

…Tips for Dating Artists… A completely unscientific exploration of the perils of sleeping with art junkies. * #1. Consider dating someone else. As in, someone who might love you more than they love blank slabs of canvas and empty sheets of paper. 🙂 #2. When planning dates, dinners, or long nights on the couch watching Netflix, consider […]

The Dangers of using Powdered Graphite

April 11, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

I’d painted hundreds of canvasses. I’d gone through a thousand tubes of acrylic paint, wrecked dozens of brushes, and cleaned up countless spills. None of it prepared me for the horrors of using graphite. You see, I wanted a change. Not that I’d grown bored of using acrylics and watercolors; I hadn’t. It’s just that […]

New Painting – Apocalpyse Vale

April 5, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

After a looooong stretch of working with graphite, charcoal, and pencils… …I’m back to dipping my brush into colors. Presenting – Apocalypse Vale, a little piece I painted with alien worlds and eerie landscapes in mind. Apocalypse Vale is 12″ x 24″. Here’s a funky super-color version: If you like Apocalypse Vale, you might also […]

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 […]

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.) […]

New Painting – Firebirth

March 8, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

I rarely paint composition pieces. Actually…this is my first one. Introducing ‘Firebirth’ – a little painting about a dragon, an egg, and a burning forest… Firebirth – 16″ x 20″ – Watercolors and acrylics on canvas If you like this painting, you might also like these. More fires to come… J Edward Neill

New Painting – The Hecatomb

March 3, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

Not exactly forever ago, I wrote a novella. I called it The Hecatomb. To support it, I decided to paint my own cover art. I’d done cover art before, but usually only for smaller, cleaner, non-fiction books. Here it is: It’s ok…I guess. I’ve never truly been satisfied with it. It lacked the sharpness I desired. I left […]

Two New Paintings – Worldheart and Emme – the Pale Queen

February 20, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

I’ve been staying up extra late this year. …painting, writing a sequel to this, and painting some more. The writing pays the bills, but it’s the painting that makes me oh so happy. Here’s two of my latest: I call this one Worldheart. I had no specific plan when I painted it…other than to add a […]