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

Category Archives: Art!

My Top 10 Painters of All Time

October 18, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

Here’s ten artists who’ve shined a powerful light on me (and my walls.)  They’re in no particular order. * * * Allen Williams Allen Williams, master of graphite powder, lord of graphite, is among the most interesting illustrators and conceptual artists I’ve ever stumbled upon. He’s done film work, but the works I’m struck by are […]

How to Write 10 Books a Year (and how not to)

October 11, 2017 | Art!, Life, Writing! | Permalink

Part 1 of 2 – The ideal schedule 6:30 AM – Wake up, enjoy a light breakfast, read a few writers’ blogs, look up new art posted by my favorite artists 7:30 AM – Drive to the nearby forest trail, walk briskly for 90 minutes, return home feeling amazing 9:15 AM – Shower. Open all the […]

New 3D Painting – Perfect Organism

September 23, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

When in doubt, emulate H.R. Giger. At least…that’s what I say. Recently, sculptor Tahina Morrison carved out a beautiful woman and paired her with a face hugger. And then tasked me with the not-so-easy job of painting a terrifying background. As ever, I do her bidding…  Perfect Organism 18″ x 24″ Thanks for stopping by. […]

New Beautiful Girl Sketch – Nadya

September 22, 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 […]

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 3D Painting – Ariel

September 10, 2017 | Art! | Permalink

I recently collaborated with sculptor T. Morrison to create another 3d painting. She sculpted the girl; I splashed deep blues and greens all over the oceanic background. Presenting Ariel, the not-so-little mermaid: * Check out those tentacles! And yes…the shells are real. A few years back,  I plucked them from beneath a wrecked ship off the […]

Free Art Contest!

September 5, 2017 | Art!, Books!, Free Stuff, Love & Relationships | Permalink

Here’s what’s up: In my latest book, 101 Reasons to Break Up, I’ve hidden a little Easter egg. It’s true. One of the 101 break-ups is mine. I’ve changed my name, but the story is 100% true. To the first reader who guesses which of the 101 tales is mine, I’m giving away a free […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]