Alexa Bliss: LotusSchamberger Labs
Ink, acrylic and watercolor on watercolor paper
Artwork by Rob Schamberger
Printed on 11" x 14" 130 pound uncoated cover stock, perfect for framing!
Not only is this Alexa Bliss painting my last painting of 2019, it was my last painting of the decade. I didn't realize that while working on it, it was more a case of "I need to get X amount of work done by a certain date or the holidays will screw up everything."
It's a reality in the final weeks of each year. There's a combination of dealing with a huge influx of orders that need to ship quickly, WWE corporate being out of the office for a couple weeks, and my normal life commitments of getting together with family around the holidays, usually culminating in a week-long trip with Katy's family. I need to bank up work so that the trains can all keep running on time and that's what this painting was. It was the third painting I'd made in a week and when I was halfway through it the significance hit me:
This is the last painting of the decade.
It's an arbitrary thing, how we measure time and mark its passage. It's utter nonsense if you stop to think about it, especially if you change your perspective to how it would be measured outside of our solar system. All time is forever measured by the Earth's rotation around its star? And it's recorded based on one of that planet's religions?
So, I wish I'd had longer to work on this and to have properly recognized what it was, but that said I think it shows how much I've grown as an artist over the past ten years. A decade ago this would have been the best work I'd ever done, and now it's me hitting a consistent level of quality and hitting deadlines. I'll take that as a major win any day and I'm eager to see what my level of quality will be ten years from now.