Art Shows

Dragon*Con Wrap-Up

Whew! Dragon*con is over and with that, the 2019 show season is over for me as well. This year I opted to do fewer shows than last year. Last year’s show schedule was grueling and I couldn’t keep up that pace this year, so I skipped a lot of smaller local events that I participated in last year. Next year I hope to participate in more events and some outside of Georgia, but it’s early to announce anything yet.

I was so happy to return to Dragon*Con this year and participate in the new art show. The art show management changed this year and I think it was a big improvement from my point of view, although some people were unhappy the auction was gone. I don’t know if the auction will come back next year, but I hope to participate again. It’s a juried event and I never know if I will pass the jury or not. Sometimes my art just isn’t their cup of tea! Fingers crossed, since it is one of my favorite shows.

Unfortunately I got really sick after Dragon*con and I am playing catch-up now. I hardly ever catch “con crud” so I was surprised I got so sick and was definitely not planning on taking a week off to recuperate. I am still coughing quite a bit but feeling fine otherwise! Here are some pictures I took during DC. I spent a lot of time over the summer upgrading and revising the booth equipment and layout, and I think it really looks pretty snazzy. I’m excited to take it on the road again next year.

My husband Luke is the best show assistant I’ve ever had, but he makes taking serious pictures of the booth a little difficult sometimes!

My husband Luke is the best show assistant I’ve ever had, but he makes taking serious pictures of the booth a little difficult sometimes!

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By the last day we were out of a lot of popular prints and running low on everything else.

By the last day we were out of a lot of popular prints and running low on everything else.

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us, and welcome to all of you who just found me at the show! I hope to see you all again next year with an even bigger and better booth. <3

LibertyCon Wrap-Up

I’m home from another wonderful year displaying my art at LibertyCon! This year I was on several panels ranging from faeries in pop culture to art and science intersecting. Someday I’ll make a video explaining why art is a science, but for now I’ll just show you some pictures from my weekend.

LibertyCon has a classic convention art show setup with 4’x4’ pegboard panels that you hang your art on with pegboard hooks. They are better than most conventions about lighting the panels, though.

My art show panels (4 of them) with my print shop table in front.

They are also smarter than a lot of other conventions. Instead of having a cluttered print shop, they put a table in front of your art with your prints on it.

“Meditation”, oils, 2018/2019, won best 2D by popular vote.

This has been a difficult year for me in a lot of ways, one of lots of artistic and personal growth but also some really painful adjustment periods that have sucked the wind out of my artistic sails. So I was shocked and honored to find that “Meditation” had won best 2D. I wore my medal for the rest of the day. I have really struggled this year, and there are always so many amazing artists at LibertyCon, so getting this medal really made a lot of it “worth it.”

My little charity painting of a rocket ship speeding away from some space tentacles. Acrylic on canvas, 6”x8”(?)

I also participated in a little charity art jam - basically four artists working with some unfamiliar materials and trying to produce a finished piece of art in 2 hours. We were given the theme “space opera” and then instructed to choose a small toy out of a bag without looking.

Personally, it was a great weekend. I always enjoy Chattanooga and I was delighted that several restaurants had gluten-free food (I have a wheat allergy) so I was able to eat a decent variety of nice sit-down restaurant meals with my husband. Usually when we go to conventions or on trips I am stuck with the few fast food options we know are safe, so it was a really nice change to eat a delicious deep dish pizza at Community Pie and some southern-style food at Tupelo Honey. I will definitely be back to both in the future. Hopefully sooner than later for that pizza, gelato, and iced Earl Grey tea at Community Pie.

It was also lovely to see many of my “art friends” again, and to spend a weekend alone with Luke. Too bad LibertyCon only happens once a year!