Belated Thanks for a Great Archon!

I had a wonderful time at Archon weekend before last (Oct. 2-4,2015). Archon is one of my favorite science fiction conventions.

From my perspective as a panelist and participating artist, everything ran smoothly. I need to send a big shout out to the concom, especially the programming team, the art show team, and the volunteers: Awesome job, ya’ll!

Thank you shout-outs also to Alan D and his awesome first aid skills  (No worries. It’s just a bruise!); the Dread Pirate Meghan, The Fourth Doctor, and Skerri Sherri for graciously agreeing to stand still while we sketched them; Clare Ashgrove and David Pedersen for being awesome panel moderators, and Yard Dog Press authors and fans for putting on another gut-bustingly funny road show readings with interpretive dance.

All in all, it was another successful convention. I’m already looking forward to next year!

Penciled Peppers, 3 views




Penciled Peppers 1, 4×6, watercolor pencil on Canson 140#
Penciled Peppers 2 and 3, 2.5 x 3.5 (ACEO), watercolor pencil on Canson 140#
I stumbled on a great deal at the outlet store — a set of 24 Derwent watercolor pencils for a pittance. Here is a 4×6 pencil painting of three peppers, drawn from life. (And they were tasty, too.) I also did two small ACEO-sized pencil paintings of the peppers, from different angles.
Lessons learned:
1. Painting from life is easier than painting from the imagination.
2. Painting with pencils is a layering process and takes a long time.

Red Peppers, 4×6 OSWA

Red Peppers 1, 2, & 3, 4″ x 6″ watercolors on Arches

Here are three different approaches to painting part of a red bell pepper.

Red Pepper 1 relies on the reds and yellows to create depth and shadow.

Red Pepper 2 relies on the blues and purples for shadowing, but I think it feels “labored”.

In Red Pepper 3, I stopped trying so hard and slapped paint where ever it “felt” right. And then I stopped. I think I like this one the best.

Pears, For Practice


Three Pears, 6″x9″, watercolor on Arches 140#

I painted these three pears while I was working on my color studies last week. I’m fairly happy with the pears and the shape of the shadows. I’m not happy with the way the darker pigment deposited itself within the shadow. I would have liked for it to be smoother.