Artdog Quote of the Week

Some days it requires no effort (when we’re lucky).  Other days, you definitely need the club.  Just keep at it.

IMAGE CREDIT: Many thanks to Goose 501st/TK Bear Crew member’s “Diary of a Death Starlette” blog.

Look for me and my artwork at these three Midwestern SF Conventions in May and June!

Now that I’m home and able to access my finished artwork again, I have accepted guest invitations from some of the science fiction conventions in the region.  Please come to these fine conventions and look me up!

Demicon 25 
Des Moines IA, May 2-4, 2014

Demicon 25 will be held at the Holiday Inn Northwest.

The theme of this year’s annual science fiction, fantasy and gaming convention is Hi-Yo, Silver!  Celebrate Away!

Demicon 25 will be held at the Holiday Inn Northwest, 4800 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA.  There will be an Art Show (I’ll have work there), Dealers Room, Gaming, music, parties, programming, and much more.

I’m really looking forward to attending this convention, which I haven’t had a chance to attend for several years.  I have only good memories of Demicons past.  Watch for me on programming!

ConQuesT 45
Kansas City MO, May 23-25
The theme of ConQuesT 45 is ConQuesT Noir.
The longest-running SF convention in the Midwest is moving to a beautiful new hotel in downtown Kansas City, with more room than ever for its many popular and enjoyable events. I’m not the Art Show Director this year, so I’ll have time to be on programming!

KC Downtown Marriott: new home of ConQuesT!

Of course I’ll have artwork in the Art Show, and I hope to be on several panels–perhaps also a paper sculpture demonstration, or maybe even a reading from my new SF novel Dogged Pursuit.
ConQuesT 45 will be held at the elegant and spacious Kansas City Marriott Downtown. 200 W. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO.

This is my hometown convention, put on by the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (KaCSFFS), of which I am the Communications Officer and a longtime member.

Soonercon 23
Oklahoma City,

OK, June 27-29, 2014
(okay, technically it’s in Midwest City, OK).

Reed Convention Center again hosts Soonercon.

Soonercon bills itself as Oklahoma’s oldest and longest-running fan-run extravaganza. And it is! My family and I have a long and pleasant association with Soonercon, and we’re looking very much forward to attending this convention again.

Housed at the beautiful and convenient Reed Convention Center, 5800 Will Rogers Road, Midwest City, OK, Soonercon always boasts a large number of interesting guests and panelists, and many events and activities. I’ve signed up for programming, and also plan to be in the Art Show.

Artdog Quote of the Week

At least, if we do it often enough, the voice may eventually be silenced. Some of us have rather persistent “internal recordings.”

IMAGE CREDIT: Many thanks to

–> Goose 501st/TK Bear Crew member’s “Diary of a Death Starlette” blog!

Artdog Quote of the Week

IMAGE SOURCE: Many thanks to Goose 501st/TK Bear Crew member’s “Diary of a Death Starlette” blog, via Marian K’s “See Beauty” Pinterest collection.

Artdog Quote of the Week

Not to be confused with “The Boy Who Lived,” but they live in the same neighborhood.

IMAGE CREDIT: From JoAnn Rutherford’s Quotes” Pinterest collection.


Artless Walls

As I have previously mentioned, I’ve been spending time in California recently, with my daughter (and now my son), clearing out the condominium of my recently-deceased aunt.

One cool thing about this home was some very nice artwork on the walls.

In her dining room over the buffet/bar.

My aunt was an art lover (and something of an artist herself, designing and tailoring clothing for herself when she was younger, and exploring photography and collage in more recent years), and the walls of her home hosted a gallery of work.

Up the steps into the loft.

Recently, however, we’ve taken all the artwork down.

It had to be done.  We are entering the final stages of packing up. But oh, how stark the place looks, just from that one change!

In the loft.

Taking the art down was kind of like removing the home’s heart.  It changed the condo from looking like a home to looking much more like a semi-emptied living space.

Removing the art left a mark–some places more than others.

As an artist, I’m probably more attuned to the “art as the heart of the home” idea than some people, but I hope I’ve been able to illustrate my point.

IMAGES: All photos are my own work.

Artdog Quote of the Week

IMAGE SOURCE: Many thanks for this quote from Nietzsche, paired with the image, are due to D.S. Brennan Photography, found via Mel McDaniel’s “CherishedWords” Pinterest collection.