Sandy DeLuca, New Series

I’ve always been a fan of comicbook art. As you know, one of the first pieces of art I sold was a comicbook painting.

Recently, I’ve hauled my DC Poster books out of storage for a bit of inspiration. I’ve watcher JOKER a multitude of times; revisited THE DARK KNIGHT and viewed THE SUICIDE SQUAD.

This figurative series began in color. And then, I moved on to black, white and gray. I’m posting some of the pieces here.

As always, thanks for checking them out.

Sandy DeLuca,

June 6, 2020

Gotham Inspired Abstract Paintings

JOKER is awesome. Yeah, I finally got a chance to see it. Better late than never. Right?

I love that iconic dance. I’ve watched the movie three times…so far. The character is damaged, sad…homicidal, the kind of dude that fascinates, but only from a distance…only in fiction. The acting is brilliant. But have you taken a good look at the scenery? Those buildings? The grafitti on the walls? The sky? Even the pavement?

All of it has inspired me. And over the past week, I’ve been painting small flashes of what I’ve observed…and felt…after viewing the show.

The pieces are all abstract, on pieces of 9 x 12 inch paper; ambigious like the film.

Take a look…

Visual notes for fiction…

During the pandemic, I’ve had a lot of time to work on both fiction and painting. The arts blend together. And I often see or feel scenes and characters when I work.

Back in January, before Covid-19 took over all of our lives, I visited my great-grandfather’s house–actually my cousin Ann Marie’s house right now. It’s a place where I grew up, surrounded by cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents…and even great-grandparents for a while.

There’s a river below the property, an abandoned place, visually stunning. That waterway, along with the old house, inspired a novel–one still in progress. In addition, a novella came to life–a thing that I thought I’d finished, but each time I do a “final edit”, I add to it.  Then there’s the prose poems, written in an oddball sort of way. There’s five of them now.

Anyway, some “visual notes” (relating to my writing in progress) are here. The paintings and drawings express the past; partly the wonder of growing up–some dark years later on, too. And these are things, real and imagined–always there. Thing is that you get past childhood and beyond– teens–early twenties. You love and cry (sometimes)…and then you move on. The loves, the laughter, the heartbreak…it all follows you…and your imagination makes it wilder, darker, scarier…and you write…and maybe you paint, get lost in music, dance…you live.

Dark Past 2

Ravens from a Dream

Why do I paint ravens and other blackbirds?

Ravens symbolize wisdom, secrets, freedom, prohecy, death and the magical ways of the universe. All those aspects have consistently appeared within my fiction and poetry over the years.

A long time ago, I visited a tropical bird shop in New York City. There were parrots and other colorful birds there. A poet friend and I wandered from the well-lit area of that store, and  into a backroom. There was a raven there–beautiful, feathers shiny black, eyes filled with wisdom. A curious creature that grabbed onto a pair of glasses, that I carried, as I walked by its cage. We got into a playful tug of war over those spectacles.

I remember my feathered friend fondly as I paint these days…that being hidden away, appearing to  artists and poets because they’ve wandered off the beaten path. Because they journeyed into a secretive place where the raven waits.

I got to thinking that maybe we’re all in some sort of tug of war with our secrets, our sense of freedom. And don’t most of us deny magic as we strive to make our way in this material world? Don’t most people deny mortality until old age?

Deep thoughts and speculation are a trademark of the creative mind. Maybe those thoughts are silly to the mainstream. No matter…I paint ravens…at least for now…

 

 

Sandy DeLuca, May 12, 2020

Cover painting for Illumen Magazine

"Spring 2020 Illumen: With a kickin’ cover by renowned artist Sandy DeLuca, and with Francis W. Alexander as the Featured Poet, Illumen presents genre poetry you don’t have to be afraid of. Read it in the privacy of your own home."

“Spring 2020 Illumen: With a kickin’ cover by renowned artist Sandy DeLuca, and with Francis W. Alexander as the Featured Poet, Illumen presents genre poetry you don’t have to be afraid of. Read it in the privacy of your own home.”

 

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Projects During Isolation, 2020

This is has been a difficult time for most of us. Because of the coronavirus, not leaving my home except for occasional supply runs, has become normal. Time spent in solitude has granted me more time to create. I’ve recently rewritten and expanded my 2011 novella, INTO THE RED. (originally released from Damnation Press). At the time of this post, it is at Crossroad Press awaiting final edits and proofs.

In addition, I am working on a novel inspired by my great grandfather’s house and the surrounding area. AND I’ve decided to expand several short stories–written over a decade ago–into novellas.

Those of you who know my process are familiar with the sketches and paintings that accompany my written work.

I’m posting some of my pandemic paintings here.

As always, thanks for checking out my work.

Books

 

Midnight Town at Amazon

Switchblade at Amazon

DESCENT at Amazon

Messages From the Dead at Amazon

From Ashes at Amazon

Manhattan Grimoire at Amazon

Hell’s Door at Amazon

City at the Edge of the Earth at Amazon

Reign of Blood at Amazon

Darkness Conjured at Amazon

SIN for site

Settling in Nazareth at Amazon

I spent the first part of the December, 2019. completing a piece of cover art for a publisher. Later in the month, I took the first vacation that I’d had in a while, spending time clelebrating the holidays with my family. I also did a lot of reading and binging on Netflix. In mid-December, I also celebrated a birthday.

During that period, I also took some time to decide what I wanted to do with the remainder of my life. I remembered a shopping trip when I was young, meeting an older woman–a friendly soul– while browsing racks of paperback books and magazines. She told me she’d led an interesting life, and in her older years, she wanted to write…base some fiction on her experiences. I thought, one day I’ll do the same.  

I’ve been writing a long time, but I’ve also painted, illustrated, been a photographer and worked in banking for many years, too. Maybe at this time…after that birthday…I’ll write like never before…draw inspiration from journal entries…from memories…from everything…just write, and then write a bit more.

Previously, I’d been discouraged with fiction and vowed that, while I’d continue with it, I’d never pen another novel. However, December brought me the realization that I have to do so.

So, with the new year, I resurrected several manuscripts I’d put aside, deciding that I would indeed complete them. A new idea surfaced as well, and I’ve begun research on that project.

I want to bring to light several novels and novellas that are currently available at Amazon. Various publishers have given me the opportunity to offer my work to readers. And last year, my book “Midnight Town” won a BookBub featured spot. There are a few out-of-print books that will be available again shortly as well.

Over the next year…and beyond…I plan to complete more novels and to make an effort to make my work available to a wider audience.