Another event to announce, although those with their pulse on these things have seen me on the exhibitors list there for months now.
The Spectrum series of books began when I was towards my end of art school. This means I saw it begin, and have never known a career in which it didn't exist. For a few years I didn't submit at all. I got in pretty early on with a piece I did collaboratively with Quinton Hoover, but we failed to get a transparency of it to them in time for print. A transparency. That's how long ago it was.
I got in a few times along the way since I started submitting more regularly. It's done a lot to raise the awareness of fantasy art in general, for which I'm thankful. It's a great overview of the genre, and the place I'd take someone to first who doesn't understand what fantastic art is. Well, I suppose I'd take them to my own website first, and then Spectrum.
In any case, after spending a few years at places like San Diego Comic-Con and seeing how a convention that once celebrated the creators transformed into a giant behemoth that pushes the product instead, the Fenners who are behind Spectrum decided to put together a show that goes back to the roots. Spectrum Fantastic Art Live is something like IlluXCon, only bigger and broader. It's the Spectrum book, in person. Painters, digital guys, comics, related gallery artists, concept art guys. IlluXCon, by contrast, is very much about fantastic art done traditionally, appreciation of the physical art.
The list of exhibitors is large at Spectrum, and I'm among them. I'll be traveling to Kansas City, MO then in May to put on a display. Frightening is that each artist will be given a 10'x10' booth to do with as we please. That's a lot of space. I've never been asked to fill that much space. It will mean framing more stuff, shipping a ton of stuff, and so on. It's a little worrisome, I admit. It'll also be probably the largest exhibit of my original paintings I've put up yet, with roughly 30x5 feet of wall space covered, if all goes well.
That's where you come in. The main reason I or any artist would travel across the country and go through the hassle and expenses is so that folks like you can get face-to-face with us and our art. Getting our art out there on the interwebz is fine, but nothing beats seeing people's reactions to paintings, watching them get their noses right up close, being able to talk and answer questions. And yes, the wonderful warm fuzzies I get when someone enjoys a physical painting so much, having seen it in person, that they part with their own hard-earned income to take a piece home. The income I live on, but the sense of validation that transaction gives is beyond words. To me, it's the ultimate sign that I've communicated something significant with another person by my art, to know it will hang on their walls and be appreciated there. That someone treasured it enough to actually part with their treasure.
Because there is nothing like an original painting. No book, no hi-res scan can compare to the sheen, the depth, the richness of the pigment, the archaeological record (in a sense) of a creative mind at work. Heck, I'll have to maintain discipline to not disappear from my booth constantly to go soak up others' art!
So, if you can make it, I hope to see you there. Stop by and say hello.
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