AbleTalks Print Gala October 6th

I'm one of over 25 artists participating in the 1st Annual AbleTalks Print Gala, October 6, at The Old Post Office in  Fayetteville, Arkansas. The event is one night only. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase art prints for $25 each. The proceeds will go to benefit AbleTalks, a local non-profit which serves young adults with autism and other disabilities. Here are some details from the Facebook Event:

Limited edition prints from over 25 artists for $25 each. All sales benefit AbleTalks, a local non-profit which serves young adults with autism and other disabilities.

AbleTalks, a nonprofit based in Fayetteville, Arkansas, will host its 1st Annual Print Gala on October 6, 2016 from 6 to 9 pm in the Fayetteville Old Post Office located at 1 W. Center Street. The event will feature limited edition prints donated by 25 artists working globally in the fields of illustration, animation, and fine art. Money raised at the gala will be used to support the programs of AbleTalks, which provides educational and emotional support to adults with autism and other disabilities.

The event will coincide with the last First Thursday of the year and is free to the public. All ages are welcome to attend, and guests can expect light refreshments, alcoholic beverages, and live music. After the one night event, select unsold prints will be avalible online for those that can't attend in person.

I'm very pleased to be able to participate and contribute to this worthy organization. Those attending will have a chance to purchase a very special print of my painting, The Alchemist.

Summer in the Studio

The level of busy in the studio during the summer months is usually dependent on one thing. The Dragon Con Art Show. Am I in the show? Yes. This means June, July and August are all about making art for show, prepping prints, framing art and preparing for the panel I'll present. It's busy, but I wouldn't have it any other way. There's a large percentage of art already set and ready for the show, but I also have a few pieces I want to finish to bring. The Dragon Con Art Show is one of the largest shows in the south for Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Horror Art. And the attendees come to buy the art!

Here's a peek at my Summer Agenda:

1. I'll be delving into my Earth Rituals series. For the last few months I've been developing ideas centered around the idea of reconnecting with the earth. It's a blend of nature and myth, with a little magic thrown into the mix. In many ways, it's a culmination of my passions all coming together for the first time.

The image on the right is a crop from the figure for my current work in progress, Forest Dreams. I'll be bringing the finished painting to Dragon Con as a framed canvas print, limited edition 1/1 (meaning this is the only canvas print in existence). I'll have a couple other limited canvas prints in my gallery this year.

2. I'll also be working on some original graphite and watercolor paintings for the Art Show. These will connected to my Earth Rituals series, but not a direct part of the series. Examples: Magical Skulls, Magical Animals, Magical Items... You see the theme here. 

3. I'm once again giving a presentation for the Art Show Programming. This year I'm going to take attendees through my digital painting process. There really is no right or wrong when it comes to digital painting. Every artist has their own process. I have an outline for my presentation, now I need create my Powerpoint and refine my thoughts. Here's the description for my panel:

A detailed look into the process behind a digital painting. Gathering reference, models, the final sketch, using textures, painting techniques, and the myriad of decisions that go into a large painting. Slideshow presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

The panel, titled Digital Painting: From Sketch to Finish, will be held on Monday 9/5 at 2:30 p.m. in Grand Hall C of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Other Summer Obligations

1. I'm a member of the Changeling Artist Collective, founded by Rachel Quinlan. Our first auction is underway now! This month's auction was themed Bugs & Beasties. Below is one of two pieces I have in the auction. You can see all the available art here:

2. The Bird Whisperer Project, created by Melissa Gay and I, is still going strong. We post each month, around the middle of the month, on Facebook. We now have a third member, Erica Lyn Schmidt! Here's my offering from June:

It's shaping up to be a busy summer. See you on the other side!