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

Category Archives: Art!

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 […]

The Starving Artist and His Kid

May 2, 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 […]

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 […]

New Painting – Where Dreams Die

February 12, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

In the world’s deepest, darkest woodland, all dreams perish. …and all thoughts turn to despair. My latest painting, Where Dreams Die – available in a variety of print sizes at Society6. The original is a three-panel painting. It’s available for $200. Photos available by request. If you like Where Dreams Die, you might like these. J […]

New Painting – Blood Princess

February 6, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

So I decided to challenge myself. I wanted to create something using several different art styles. In this case, I desired pencils, inks, watercolors, and acrylics. Turns out I was enjoying the lull between writing two books when I the idea hit me, and so I had more time than usual to work on painting. …and thus was […]

Ashes for Ande – Sketching a pretty girl

January 10, 2017 | Art!, Books! | Permalink

Sometimes…every once in a while, I decide to step up my art. Usually I work on abstract paintings with lots of deep, dark color, like these. But lately I’ve set my sights on something realistic. I’m calling my newest painting Ashes for Ande. It’ll eventually (hopefully) be a book cover for my next series, Ashes of Everything. For […]

Darkness Between the Stars – Cover Art Reveal

January 10, 2017 | Art!, Books!, Sci fi novella | Permalink

A new brand of sci-fi fantasy has touched down. A young boy will journey into the Darkness Between the Stars.  And he may never return… I 20 softcover editions to give away as ARC’s (advance review copies.)  If you’d like one, and if you’re willing write an honest Amazon review, look me up on Facebook, Twitter, or via email. And […]

New Painting – Specter Ship

January 1, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

My first painting of the new year… It all started with a challenge when a good friend dared me to: A. Painting something using a rainbow theme B. Don’t include any trees (which is kind of my calling card) When I started, I had no idea what I’d end up with. I slathered a canvas with […]

New Painting – Spirit City

December 27, 2016 | Art! | Permalink

With a huge canvas on my easel, I dreamed up a plan to paint an utterly realistic forest scene. And then… At the last moment… I veered off course and went totally abstract. Spirit City 24″ x 36″ Acrylic and watercolors on canvas. If you like this painting, you might also like these. And if […]

New painting – Chasing Death

December 10, 2016 | Art! | Permalink

Sometimes I go off the reservation with surreal art ideas. My latest painting, Chasing Death, is one such effort. I grabbed a random canvas from my stash, mixed together a fairly random color palette, and voila: Chasing Death – 18″ x 32″ Paintings like these are my favorite. No forethought, no plans, just colors and […]