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

Category Archives: Art!

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. The original is available for purchase. Additional photos available by request. If you like Where Dreams Die, you might […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three New Shadows

November 20, 2016 | Art! | Permalink

Finally… I’ve settled in my new house long enough to reboot my creative engine and slather up some new paintings. I’ve got new lighting, a cabinet stocked with all manner of deep, dark colors, and a set of brushes sharper than any sword… Please enjoy: Sylpha – 12″ x 12″ Sylpha is a character from […]

Buy J Edward’s original dark art!!

October 23, 2016 | Art! | Permalink

 I’m selling the ORIGINAL canvas art for my most popular paintings. If you’re interested, reach out to me on Facebook, Twitter, or via email. If you want/need better photos, I’m happy to provide. Prices and available canvasses are below.  Shipping costs are not included. Paypal and cash (if you live close) are accepted.     I have […]

New Painting – The Forever Tree

October 22, 2016 | Art! | Permalink

Higher, higher, burning fire. Making music like a choir. Or something like that. Here’s my latest dark painting, The Forever Tree. The Forever Tree is 24″ x 30″.  It’s acrylic on canvas. The original is for sale ($150).  Send your inquiry here if you’re interested. Prints and other materials are available here. Much love, J […]

A New Painting – Dark Tower

October 20, 2016 | Art! | Permalink

Today I’m sharing my latest canvas, Dark Tower. I painted this during one lonely autumn day. The rain was heavy, the wind sharp, and the mood just right. I mixed up some reds, browns, yellows, whites, and blacks…and a spooky piece was born. Dark Tower is 10″x 22″ acrylic on canvas with a matte finish. Please have […]

New Painting – The Demon

October 16, 2016 | Art! | Permalink

Hello dark art lovers, I veered off the path of spooky trees and dark cities long enough to paint this little monster: The Demon – 24″ x 24″ (Acrylic on Canvas) The original is for sale at $125. Reach out to me here. Prints and other materials are available here. J Edward Neill

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 […]

J Edward’s Dark Art Gallery

August 29, 2016 | Art! | Permalink

The ORIGINAL canvas art for my most popular paintings is now available for purchase. If you’re interested, reach out to me here: jedwardneill@downthedarkpath.com If you want/need better photos, get in touch with me. I’m happy to provide. Prices and available canvasses are below.  Shipping costs are not included. Paypal and cash (if you live close) are accepted. […]