Painting My Depression

“Existential Dread” acrylic on canvas 18”x24”
Existential Dread, acrylic on canvas 18”x24”

It’s summertime and that means summer monsters. My family watches Jaws as our 4th of July family movie night and I share a birthday with H.P. Lovecraft, so you can imagine that summer and sea monsters are inseparable in my mind.

This latest painting was inspired by my own dysthymia — chronic depression characterized by existential dread. I drew on my love of horror and the deep instinctive terror that the open ocean at night inspires.

The lighting was particularly fun with this one! I worked hard on that element, and it really paid off in the final look. I even added metallic paint to the suckers to highlight their otherworldly gelatinous texture. You can see the full painting process video here.

This painting is now available in my Etsy shop here. I’m planning on bringing it with me to the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival this weekend in beautiful Grant Park beside Zoo Atlanta. If you’re in the area, come out and say hello! I’ll be at booth A11.


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