I will be attending Illuxcon 6 starting this Wednesday, the 11th of September. Illuxcon which is being hosted by the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown PA. is the premier event for imaginative traditional painting and sculpture and I am very pleased to be a part of the show.
Patrick and Jeanie Wilshire have built a show that respects traditional narrative painting. Illuxcon displays quality work created by artists who choose to work in commercial fields and sets high standards for excellence.
You can find samples from the participating artists on the Illuxcon website
as well as information on show times and programming tracks for the week.
Illuxcon 8 is fast approaching and I am working to get everything ready before I leave next Tuesday.
I will have 8 new paintings and a number of drawings this year as well as some prints of favorite images.
This will be my fifth year showing my work and my fourth time in the Main Show.
If your going to the show make sure you stop by and say hi.
Only the Stars Endure 9 x 12 oil on panel
I’ve decided to take the plunge and reenter the world of science fiction and fantasy conventions this year. I will be attending a local convention to show my art and participate as a guest. The convention is RavenCon
in Williamsburg VA and the dates are April 29-May 1 2016.
It’s been over twenty years since I was actively involved with science fiction and fantasy conventions. At one time I was attending ten or more of these events a year, showing in the art shows and participating as a guest or sometimes an artist guest of honor while working a full time job and working part time as an Illustrator.
Those early years my work was different in that I didn’t work outside from life as much as I do now. Part of my enjoyment creating this kind of work now is that I can marry the two disciplines together in much the same way the 19th century genre and narrative painters did.
My recent successes with Illuxcon over the past few years and my sales at the World Fantasy Convention in Washington D.C. in 2014 have helped my decision to branch out to other local imaginative venues. I’m really looking forward to being able to introduce my imaginative work to a contemporary audience.
Illuxcon 9 is Oct.19-23. I will be there from Wednesday through Sunday. I’ll have 26 new oil paintings for the show. these were painted in between my regular gallery work during this year. I hope people will come out and see the work of the artists there. I am honored to be included in this show with such talented people.
I will post some images and a write up after the show, probably next Tuesday since Monday is a travel day for me.
This is a week late. Sometimes life gets in the way and things like this blog get waylaid. Most people don’t know but Diane and I rescue animals when we can. We have a few cats and a dog here.
We also tend to collect strays; not permanently, but on occasion, if we see abandoned animals we get involved and try and help them either get back to their owners or get them to a rescue where they can be adopted.
In the weeks leading up to the Illuxcon show, we were involved with rescuing a mother cat and her kittens. The mother had been abandoned in our neighborhood. It was only after we started to interact with her that we found out she had kittens. Before we could trap them and rescue them they were attacked in the woods behind our house. We thought they had been killed but over the next few days, the mother brought them to our garage. Unfortunately, one kitten subsequently died while we were caring for them and tested positive for rabies forcing both Diane and myself to undergo rabies vaccines.
All of this was going on while I am preparing for one of the biggest shows of the year for me. I literally had to get one of the shots the day before I drove up to the show with all of my stuff so that I wouldn’t break the vaccine schedule and then I had the last shot on the Monday I drove home after the show.
the surviving kittens
Once I arrived though everything that had been a worry seemed to melt away as I entered the bubble of goodness that is the IX show. The Goggleworks in Reading PA is the new venue for the show for the next five years. The space is much bigger and allows for more work to be shown by the artists in attendance.
photo by Will Dudla
The new Hotel is a great space with plenty of nooks around the lobby and conference rooms for casual conversations between small groups of people.
All of the volunteers work very hard to get the artists the help they need to set up and break down as well as any other things that may arise during the five days of the show.
Meeting other artists, catching up with old acquaintances, and making new ones are what make this show special for those lucky enough to be juried in. Pat and Jeannie Wilshire have built something truly amazing and it is reflected in its success with sales now topping half a million dollars.