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!
Pile of Pumpkins, 8″x10″ watercolor on Arches 140#
Another pile of pumpkins, for the season.
Pile of Jack Wannabee’s, 8″x10″ watercolor on Arches 140#
A pile of pumpkins, for the season.
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.
Sitting Pretty Purple, 2.5″x3.5″, Watercolor on Canson 90#
Another mini-painting on the Sitting Pretty theme. Limited pallette, using quinacrodone rose, ultramarine blue, and viridian. Quin rose and ultramarine mix a beautiful purple that granulates. The eyes are hansa yellow. The gray is mixed from ultramarine and burnt umber.
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.