NIGHT CRAWLER by Michael Whelan
I often take walks at night to give my eyes a break and to stretch my legs a bit. Late one foggy night I was out on our street when I came upon a bare, oddly shaped tree in a neighbor’s yard, looking very mysterious in the glow of a nearby streetlamp. Staring at the ghostly shape my imagination added a naked pale creature twisting there in the fog, clambering around amid the branches with some unknown intent. Hmm.
I immediately went back to my studio and sketched the scene out, altering the lighting to look as if the tree and it’s denizen were caught in the headlights of a passing car. I tidied the painting up later, but it was no problem because the image in my mind stayed there and nagged at me until I got it down.
Don’t ask me where these things come from!
SWEET DREAMS by Michael Whelan
Oils - 5” x 7”
A very small study done as a technical experiment, painting the large masses of the image with colored acrylic gessoes, letting that layer dry, then completing the painting using oil glazes. The skull is one I have in my collection [though the lock and key are made up], and the flowers are inspired by ones I saw growing next to the track at Danbury High School.
LOVECRAFT’S NIGHTMARE by Michael Whelan
These two original paintings are being offered by the Frank Collection at live auction on October 26, 2013. Internet bidding is currently open on the Heritage Auctions website.
The diptych (one image on two panels) was originally commissioned by Del Rey to be used for 6 separate covers for books by H.P. Lovecraft. The images were later reproduced in Whelan’s second art collection Michael Whelan’s Works of Wonder, and they remain two of his most popular horror images.
The prints are still available as a set in our shop.