Artistic & Magical Creations to engage your intellect, enrich your soul and enchant your heart

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Summer Faerie

Summer Faerie
The Four Season Faeries – Graphite 16” X 20”

Herald of the summer solstice; certainly the most care-free of all her sisters Summer Faerie maintains harmony between prolific spring and fruitful autumn with the long, warm, tranquil days of summertide.StevenCarlson-SummerFaerie


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The Peace Wizard

The Peace Wizard

Wizard IV
Wandering Wiseman, Pax Consensio
Graphite on board 16”X 20”

Ancient lore tells of an old man, a wanderer who travels with his faithful gazehound (greyhound). His peregrinations take him far and wide, over mountains, through valleys and deep into the forests. He speaks the language of the rocks and the trees and the birds of the sky. Everything about this unique wizard exudes peace and harmony; look close and you can see his robe is embroidered with spells and enchantments of peace and harmony–pax consensio.

Look attentively for him when you are feeling the most troubled, but keep in mind he may choose to appear as a friendly bird or affectionate four-footed critter.

Wandering still, searching for the pure of heart and those in need, he gives his peaceful invocation to all who will receive it.


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Sleight-of-Hand

Sleight-of-Hand

Sleight-of-Hand
Graphite 16” X 20”

This pencil drawing is still in progress. I sketched the original back in 1972, I was still in high school. My intention was to paint it however I never finished it and it has since been lost. I decided to start it up again and see where it would take me.

In high school I was very interested in this fascinating art movement called Surrealism. It greatly influenced my art at that stage of my young life.

Surrealism began around 1920 its objective was to combine incongruous images blending dream state with reality. Probably the most famous surrealists are Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte and Max Ernst. The word “surrealist” was coined by Guillaume Apollinaire.


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Gandalf the Grey

Gandalf the Grey

“Do not take me for some conjuror of cheap tricks!”

Not Gandalf the Grey! He’s the real deal, only real magic here. And Sir Ian McKellen is certainly the real deal when it comes to portraying the perfect Gandalf.

This is a graphite portrait I’ve been working on for some time; it’s not quite done yet. It’s one of those pieces I’m just doing for my own enjoyment but I did want to share it. It’s 16” X 20” the medium is graphite on board.


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100 year-old wooden crate

100 year-old wooden crate

Actually it’s a brand new wooden crate it’s a prop I made for my magic performances. It’s made from brand new wooden crates, the kind you find at craft stores. I took them apart and reconstructed them so there were no spaces between the slats.

The logo was created in Photoshop. I wanted it to have a turn of the century, carnival genre look to it. I hand painted it on the crate.

The aging process of the wood was done in two stages, distressing the surface to make it look worn and scarred through years of use and then further enhancing the illusion of age through discoloring and staining. The natural aging process has a definite quality that’s subtle but distinct, surfaces that are handled more wear and color differently it was a fascinating study. I visited antique and junk stores observing the distinct qualities of the aging process.

The metal trim is actually aluminum angle stock (aluminum for lighter weight) this was aged to look like weathered copper or rusted steel. Two products were used, one that coated the aluminum with super fine steel particles and then another product that caused rapid oxidation of the surface creating rust. I gave this a light brushing of steel wool and then some subtle hints of patina.

I’m more conditioned to take something very old and make it look brand new again. This was an interesting challenge because here the goal was to take something brand new and make it look very, very old.


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Panthera Leo

Panthera Leo

Panthera Leo

Pastel – Steven Paul Carlson

Suitably named the King of Beasts, the regal stature of this noble monarch is caught here in a moment of repose.  The last rays of the setting Serengeti sun wash across his majestic face and mane.  A nocturnal hunter by nature, the coming crepuscular hour marks the beginning of the lion’s workday.

Revered for its legendary strength and bravery, the lion has been a symbol of supremacy throughout recorded history.  The full grown male conveys a grandeur and self-assurance like no other animal.  His magnificent mane is reminiscent of a king’s ceremonial headdress or an Indian chief’s war bonnet.  His roar, a low grumble building in intensity sends a vibrating signal throughout his domain and literally makes the earth quake.  All these unique qualities, and more, make the lion the undisputed king of beasts, the Monarch of the Animal Kingdom.

Gicleé prints are available.