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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Last shows of the season.

CECE in conjunction with ToyCon ToyShows present
the Non-Sport Card Annex & Collectors Gathering!

2 Shows, 1 low Admission!

8:30am to 2pm $ 4.00/person
8:00am Early Bird $ 6.00/person

Welcome Guest Artist Connie Faye

Bridgeview Community Center
7900 S. Oketo Ave., Bridgeview, IL.
(Just South of 79th St., 1 light West of Harlem Ave. 5 mins.
from I-55 expressway!)

Also for the Geneseo IL folks, I'll be at the "Home for the Holidays" Arts & Crafts Fair on Nov 9th.


Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Video Re-Edit

Re-Edited… to add music that I could actually use and I wanted to do better titles but I’ve since deleted the original video capture files from my hard drive to make room. >.<  So I had to work with the existing Windows Media Files. >.<  But I was able to squish both parts into one video. =)

Friday, October 04, 2013

re-evaluating & getting back to what I love...

These last few years I feel like I’ve lost my artistic voice.  I’ve been so concerned with what’s going to sell, that I’ve gotten so far away from the art I love doing most.

When I watched ‘Beauty is Embarrassing’ there were some things that Wayne White had said that really kicked me in the pants.
Follow your heart and pleasure in art.
Don’t do what you think is gonna be making you money,
or what your parents want you to do,
or what that beautiful girl or guy thinks you should be doing.
Do what you love.
It’s gonna lead to where you want to go.

So I’ve decided to re-evaluate a lot of things that I just haven’t been happy with.  First task was to get my room in order.  Second - I’m just not cut out for ‘light fantasy’, my heart just isn’t in it (unless it’s a dark faery, I won’t be going there).  Three - I need to up my game.
I need to get back to drawing & painting what I love, after all that’s where my heart is.  If I do what I love hopefully it’ll speak to others and they’ll love it too.

Empty - progress...

Friday, September 06, 2013

Canson / Arches Paper Changes...

After all of the hassle with my supplies delivery, come to find out that Arches had changed their Hot Pressed watercolor paper on the blocks.

There is a HUGE difference in the texture of the paper.  The old (orange cover) has very smooth texture like smooth bristol, the new (pink cover) even though it’s labeled the same (Grain Satine), it’s rough like rough bristol.

Why do these companies have to go and screw around with a good product?  Crescent did it when they merged with Strathmore - their watercolor board became crap.  I had been using that since I was in the Marines (late 80’s - early 90’s) till about 8 years ago.  And now Canson / Arches has gone and done the same thing.

I have serious concerns about it.  I’m actually afraid to use this new paper for the commission I need to start penciling today.  I don’t want have a product malfunction when I start painting.   Also this other project which will total about 80 paintings… I was planning on using my regular (arches) hot pressed watercolor paper for it…. Now I just don’t know…. I won’t ever be able to use liquid mask on this new paper because it’s way too rough and when you remove it it’ll take half of the paper with it.

I’m starting to feel kinda sick to my stomach over this. =(

Monday, August 26, 2013

GenCon 2013

I'd like to thank everyone that made it to my booth at GenCon.  Hopefully I'll see ya'll next year!

A few really awesome things happened this year... One is that a local gaming shop is now carrying my prints.
Check them out.  >> http://gamerslinkgames.com/

I've completely updated my etsy store, lots of new artwork, the remainder of my sketchbooks, magnets, keychains and ACEO's.   >> http://conniefaye.etsy.com/

Monday, July 22, 2013

GenCon INDY on the Horizon...

Ok!  Portrait Commission has been packaged up, and is ready to go out.

Now to start with the GenCon prep craziness.
2 weeks - Artwork I'd like to get done:
  • some kind of new dragon (been far too long since I've had a new one)
  • finish that Capt. Jasmine Steampunk pirate.
  • Maleficent Fan Art painting
  • maybe try to squeeze in that Gandalf portrait (the one on gray paper)  
  • *Get cracking on that 2013 Sketchbook*
From an earlier list:
The Landlady from Kung Fu Hustle
(some kind of pin up pose with her in that night gown & rollers with her husband face first on the ground with that flower pot on his head)

Marla Singer from Fight Club
(in that really bad bridesmaids dress with a cig hanging out of her mouth or something)

Michonne from TWD
1 week prior to GenCon:
  • Inventory Prints, get reprints made, all printing done.
  • Assemble: New Merchandise (magnets), restock KeyChains & Get Sketchbook Assembled.
  •  any other Misc stuff that needs to be done (aka cut mats & frame stuff)

Thursday, July 04, 2013


After today's severe google/blogger screw up of my blog reader I'll be looking for a new place to host my site. They had a huge error that dumped all of the blogs I was following and they couldn't even admit to having a problem with their services.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Show Added!

I almost forgot about this!

[ click the picture for more details ]

Friday, April 26, 2013


As I was plugging away making new images for my gallery I came across a painting that I really wanted to re-work. I've been unhappy with several parts of it, but time constraints at the time didn't allow for changes.

Progress so far:

You can keep track of the progress here.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Site update coming soon.

Looks like this week I'll start updating my gallery pages, maybe even try a new layout?  I have a ton of new artwork to add to the gallery pages, and samples to add to my commissions list.

Hopefully it wont take longer than this week to get that done.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

I made this for my YouTube channel.

I wish I could find another site like RockYou to make an updated slide show, this one is from 2009.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Olive is determined to lounge on my desk while I work...

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Tumblr Updates:

Sat, 09:56: I have a couple of new prints. Treebeard (5) & Butterflies (2). 25.00 each, US Destinations: 5.00 Priority Ma... http://t.co/WOa039NQ

Sat, 13:58: http://t.co/7C0jC2bz

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Moment of truth... in a bit I'll be able to take the liquid mask off. I can't tell you how nervous this makes me.