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    IlluXCon 5!

    IlluXCon was magnificent! That's the only word for it.


    I have resisted posting about conventions I attend, for fear I'll leave one out and offend the world, but I cannot resist this one. I learned so much, and it was utterly amazing to be in such a creative atmosphere with the top professionals in Imaginative Realism! There are so many people who helped me-- Bob Eggleton, Marianne Plumridge, Todd Lockwood, Jeremy Caniglia, Mark Nelson, Jane Frank, Kristin Kest, Julie Bell, Michael Whelan, Rowena Morrill's SISTER!... I am leaving out so many, I know!!! Please leave me a comment if I left you out! I HUG YOU ALL!!!! :)


    Here are a few works I did as painting-a-day daubs:This is a watercolor over a sketch I did in the car on the way back from the convention. In the UK I found that on the train, I could sketch nature with very little looking down at the paper (and hence little to no motion sickness!) because the motion of the vehicle as it micro-jostles your arm produces natural-looking stippling for trees and such! I did this sketch as a composite of many of the views we saw-- that striking willow on the side of the road looking ghostly next to the dark undergrowth with the blaze of fall colors coming over the top, the RED red barn across the road, and of course the beautiful rolling hills and farmland of West Virginia. I call this one "Ghost Willow, Red Barn."

    Here's a color sketch in watercolor over pencil of a painting idea I've had ever since seeing a photo of a monastery in Bhutan called "Tiger's Nest." I immediately thought of it as a perfect dragon habitat, and people living and working alongside them, and OF COURSE as a nod to the place of inspiration, I've made the dragons tiger-striped. Now that I've done this one and mulled it over, I think I'm going to try composing it in Landscape orientation and tweaking the placement and sizes of the different elements in the picture. This will one day soon become an oil painting.

     Speaking of oils, Marianne Plumridge, one of my artist friends at the convention, inspired me to start getting more comfortable with the paints by doing a painting-a-day exercise with oils. This is the first one I did of these-- photo snapped with the iPad after dark, so the colors and blurriness is a bit wonky. Once it's dry I'll have a proper scan made. I call it "Apparition." 

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