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Change of plans

Posted in art, philosophy on May 12, 2012 by propraetor

salve, citizens

it would seem propraetor has been taught a paradoxical lesson in artistic humility and pride.

a while ago, i started a new piece, which i was hoping to finish in time for the premier exhibit of the new “people’s gallery” in waterloo. turns out the piece is not going to happen. the drawing is simply not coming out the way i was hoping and the surface is not taking the ink (that should have been a sign right there).  the lines look great and the image has mood and spook factor, but it’s just not coming together the way i need it to.

a good friend of mine and i recently discussed the idea of allowing a piece of art to take a long time to be completed if it means putting out a piece of quality work, rather than forcing the issue to make a deadline. it took me five years to complete galatea and i’ve pushed through pieces that should have taken a lot longer, solely to make a deadline for a show. conversely, it took me a month (which is short for me) to complete ovum simplium.

in short, i’m starting this piece over again. i should be able to complete it for the big show in August, but for now i just need to set it aside and focus on edictum I. i‘ll be damned if l am going to create a sub-standard piece of art just to meet a deadline.

more on the propraetorian works coming soon.

vale. and the red windows

Posted in art, news with tags , on March 31, 2012 by propraetor

salve, citizens.

first off, as the astute observer will have noticed, the website domain name has changed to as a result, the domain is properly mapped (which means that, when you go to click on my bio, it reads “” instead of “[bunch of numbers]/about.”

it seems much more professional. therefore, everyone update your bookmarks.

also, for those visitors who are not following me on facebook, i have a facebook-only gallery called the red windows. generally, i try to keep my various online presences different in small ways from one another. this gallery features a series of crimson sketches and vermillion daydreams. they have no deep meaning, not a lot of detail and are in no way as polished as any of my other works.

you see, when i create, my routine is to go to a cafe or coffee shop with a sketchbook and a concept, plug into some dark music of some sort, then see what comes out. sometimes i get nothing, sometimes i get a handful of interesting ideas. since it takes me so long to finish a single ink drawing, owing to the scale and the detail i put into them, the windows serve to at least give some of these images a semi-finished presentation. one or two of them might even find their way into larger production.

here are a few. if you wish to see more, i suggest you visit my facebook page (hit “like” while you’re there) and check out the gallery.



the unveiling of proprætorian xxxi

Posted in art, news with tags , on December 12, 2011 by propraetor

salve, citizens.

it is with profound pride, no small measure of exhaustion and a tincture of fear that atelier proprætoria unveils the thirty-first proprætorian work: opvs homo favstvs iv: dictata cvm mercvrio.

this piece was a tortuous one for me to complete, for various personal reasons. it is the first addition to the traditional galleries in two years. i vow, however, that i will ensure a return to my proliferation of old.

this is a moment of celebration, children.