JordanCon 9 was simply a blast!! Every year I gain more and more friends among the many Robert Jordan fans and the other artists; this year was no different.  As you can see from the print at the bottom of the picture above, this year's Wheel of Time™ piece was Prince of the Ravens... depicting Matrim Cauthon surrounded by all the elements that define his character.  So the previous clues were (Spoilers this sentence!) the symbol for the Snakes and Foxes, the Andoran Lion which I placed on a dragon to symbolize Mat's dealings with Elayne, and the Seanchan flag as a symbol of Mat's marriage to the Daughter of the Nine Moons.  

I know I'm not the only one suffering from post con depression, so as a little tonic to ease the pain, I'm offering $10 off the web price of all prints on my official website beginning Sunday, April 30, 2017 and lasting through the month of May.  This means that for a limited time you can purchase prints at the same lower prices I charge at the conventions, plus the cost of shipping.  Simply type in the promo code JORDANCON to receive the marked down price.




One of my favorite things about JordanCon is the chance to spend time with the members of Robert Jordan's family, the Wheel of Time™ team, the Special Guest Artist, my fellow ArtShow artists, and  the JordanCon staff.  This year I had the chance to chat with Harriet McDougal, Mr. Jordan's editor and widow, who took the chance to update me on the announcements concerning the TV series progress after she found out that I missed the Opening Ceremonies due to setting up my dealer space.  Harriet is always so kind and supportive of my artwork, and I owe her so much for the opportunity to create my own visions of the characters.  Also supportive of my work is Robert Jordan's "cousin as close as a brother," Wilson Grooms.  I especially enjoyed discussing travel with Wilson, and he underscored one special travel spot that had long been on my bucket list!!   I got to spend time with my friends Alan and Amy Romanczuk... so Amy and I could talk art, and Alan and I could talk choral music and ancestry.  I got to sit in on a little of my friend Joe O'Hara's tWotCast event, where I learned a new game called "Sculptionary" and some humorous details about some of Maria Simons early editing jobs.  I had a quick bite of dinner at the table of Joe's lovely wife, Lauren, who flaunted her job finding skillz to help out my wife's job search.  I received a critique and great advice from one of my very favorite fantasy illustrators, Stephen Hickman, whose style and use of golden light have always been inspiring for me. Such a generous man.  And I got to hobknob with my  fellow artist pals from the Artshow, including my ever entertaining art neighbor, Paul Bielaczyc.  I swear it's worth the price of admission just to watch him "hold court" at his dealer's table!!  And who could forget my favorite "bad girls" Tylin (April Moore) and Dark Min (Leslie Annis), who make every Artshow an enjoyable event!  Usually I don't attend the costume dance party... but this year's "pajama party" seemed too easy... hence my Midnight Mat getup!  Maybe next year I'll actually get on the dance floor!  LOL  Until then, congratulations to Jennifer and James Liang and the volunteers... once again, all your hard work paid off in a spectacular, intimate convention.



So Julie was in the hospital for a week and a half, which created havoc for her learning her lines for On Golden Pond, and also for my completion of artwork for the JordanCon Art Show which starts next Friday, April 21st.  Fortunately, she's fully recovered with no damage to her eye, and we're both finally catching back up with our end of April deadlines.  Yesterday, I sent my completed painting out to the printer, and since we're getting close to the actual convention, I thought it would be fun to throw out a couple more clues for those who'd like to guess this year's Wheel of Time subject.  Have fun honing your deductive skills!!


2017 is starting off to be a wild ride of a year, and my best laid plans for my paintings for the JordanCon 2017 ArtShow seem to have been constantly waylaid!  Like any family with a high school senior, we are trying to help Cole in his decision on where to attend College.  But for us, this is coming at a time when we are finally at a point of feeling the loss of Julie's income. It's the first time the family is solely reliant on my income, which makes me jittery.  And then on top of that,  probably ten people from my office have either left or been let go since the end of December, several being some of my best friends for the past 17 or more years.  The staff upheaval created an extremely stressful work environment, and many evenings when I should have gone home to paint, I just went straight to bed emotionally exhausted.  Work is only just beginning to get back to any sense of normalcy.  But our biggest scare came two weeks ago, when Julie went into the hospital for a freakish inflammation of her right ear that almost resulted in the lost of vision on that side.  She came home Monday, and amazingly the eye has gone down from the size of a half orange to normal.  And her double vision is almost entirely gone!  Thank you, God above!!  

Anyway, I'm finally getting back into a regular painting schedule, and I can say that all this has taught me that painting is truly therapeutic for me, and I could never completely give it up!  I'm never happiest than when I'm planning a new concept for a painting and trying to lay it out.  And I'm so glad that I'll still be able to offer at least one new large painting in the Art Show in April.

 I love the element of surprise, so I won't completely give away the whole painting.  However,  I Also don't want to leave my fans hanging, so here is a progress teaser in the form of before and after snippets!  

The painting was planned as part of a larger grouping, which I had hoped to complete by April.  However, it still stands on it's own, and it actually may be more fun for the grouping to unveil over time.  Some people may or may not want the whole grouping in any case, so I had always planned for each image to be complete in itself.   Personally, I'm really excited about this whole group, and really pleased with the progress of the first piece.  

Of course none of my pieces would be complete without one of my signature Edselonian borders combining Art Nouveau and Deco elements.  In this corner of the border I've included one of my favorite cultures in the entire Wheel of Time series.  The reference should be pretty clear to even the most casual Jordan fan, although this form is my own personal interpretation of his descriptions.  

The first image shows the original line work and some flat colors, and the second image shows the same area after painting in the three dimensional aspects.  Hopefully it gives an idea of how detailed the final piece will be, and evokes curiosity over the subject and it's final form!  Enjoy and speculate!!

I had also started a smaller character piece as a repaint idea.  If everything goes well with this primary piece, there is a small chance that I will still complete that piece as well.

See you all in April!!










Note:  JordanCon is a fantasy literature convention focused on  series The Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan.  The annual convention is held in Atlanta, Georgia and the JordanCon 9 convention is being held at the Atlanta Marriott at Perimeter Center April 21-23, 2017.

This year's special guests are author Charles E. Gannon and fantasy illustrator Stephen Hickman.