Painting can be a lonely process, hours of solitary work at your desk (or easel) diligently bringing that image in your head into reality. If left unchecked the less occupied parts of the mind can wander, like an unruly child disrupting the class, they can hamper the proceedings if left to their own devices.       In earlier times artists employed poor but literate children to read novels aloud to them as they worked in order to alleviate these tendencies. Today these diminutive orators have been replaced by electronic counterparts in the form of youtube, spotify, podcasts and audiobooks etc.
    One of my long standing favourites is hppodcraft A podcast begun in 2009 to discuss with literary fiction of the author H.P. Lovecraft, that has since expanded beyond the original brief to cover the wider 'weird fiction' authorship and at the time of writing runs to over 360 episodes. Chad and Chris have a great rapport and and easy, irreverent and entertaining style, and the subject matter is thoroughly to my personal taste. If you're a fan of Lovecraft, horror or weird fiction i'd encourage you to give them a chance, not only for their great content, but also because you will be introduced to a wealth of literature you may never have discovered on your own.
    The image below was inspired by episode 322 - The horror of the Heights by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Though not a direct illustration of the story (the enormous aerial villains of the story being organic in nature) it was inspired by the imagery of a lone biplane pilot breasting into the sunlight above the clouds over southern England to be confronted by an anomalous and gigantic entity  (here its a robot).
    I hope you like it, it was fun to paint.
    You can listen to Chad and Chris podcast at www.hppodcraft.com  or at their subscriber site http://witchhousemedia.hppodcraft.com/  yes i am a subscriber, its on $6.66 per quarter, and absolute bargain for quality entertainment imho.  :)


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