This year has been brutal for the arts. However, I'm trying to find a silver lining in the fact of all the live events having to move on-line, by participating not just in my usual local SFF cons, but also joining a couple that I would not have been able to attend if they were in-person. In November I had art and a reading at Philcon, and coming up in January will be Art Gallery, readings, and panels at Arisia, plus Capricon and Boskone in February.
This month I'll be presenting an on-line class on World Creation for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers. It is currently open only to Broad Universe Supporters, but stay tuned in case they start opening them up to a wider audience.
After resisting it for a decade, I've finally begun posting on Instagram. My intention is simply to post glimpses of my joy, and I hope they bring you a little joy, too.
In other belated news, in case you're wondering where my Etsy link went, I've stopped posting my work there. I found last year's policy changes to be insupportable. However, as I can now send Square invoices, it's easy to purchase items directly from my web site here, should you feel so inclined. Simply send me an email saying what you want, and I'll send an invoice that you can pay by credit card or paypal just as you would do any on-line purchase. Thanks for your continued support!
Things just got crazy for everyone. All my upcoming shows, readings, lectures, and events are being cancelled or postponed. In the meantime, don't forget the power of art to soothe a stressed-out soul. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments about art and writing. You can also follow my blog (a series of posts on nursery rhymes and illustrations through the end of April), see artwork on-line at gallery twist, or purchase items to be shipped or picked up in person while carefully maintaining a 6-foot distance! Stay home if you can, stay safe, and keep washing your hands.
I'm honored to be part of the eight-person show at gallery twist, "A Room With a View." Check it out! Or come by on Feb. 18 for my demo in the gallery.
This month I'll be presenting a lecture "The Fantastic Bestiary" on the history, science, art, mythology, and morality of medieval bestiaries, and my inspiration for On the Virtues of Beasts.
Then, at the Arisia con I'll be doing readings, offering block printmaking workshops, and participating in a variety of panels.
Also, don't forget to sign up for my printmaking workshop in March at Needham Adult Education. I'll be including lots of card-making techniques, but all sorts of rubber block print projects will be options, as well.
The Kickstarter awards are mailed out, and On the Virtues of Beasts of the Realms of Imagination is now available!
Be sure to check out my Kickstarter Campaign for the bestiary of mythical creatures. Already 250% funded, but it's not too late to join in!
Another award: Art Show Judge's Choice Award for my "Body of Work" at the Boskone 56 art show!
Check out my Mini Interview in the Boskone blog.
Also, I am delighted to have won the Art Show Co-Directors' Choice Award at the Arisia art show for my series of mythical creatures.
If you're interested in my block printmaking class for adults in March, details are in the catalog here. (And you may notice that I am the cover artist for this session!)
I will also be doing block printing mini-workshop sessions at Arisia in January as in past years, and this year will be doing a little hands-on printmaking demo at Boskone in February for the first time, as well. I'll also be doing readings and participating in some panels at both Arisia and Boskone, as well as running a workshop on the use of poetry in world-building at Boskone.
It's time once again to repeat my ongoing plea: Please remember that we small-time artists rely on our fans to get out the word about our work. If you've enjoyed my artwork and/or my books, here are some ways you might consider helping me. (And thank you for all your wonderful support!)
* If you have a web site, Facebook page, or Twitter account, link to this website.
* Post a review of a book on amazon.com. (My goal is 20 reviews for each book, and I'm still a long way off!)
* If you have a Goodreads account, or another book sharing site, post reviews there, too.
* If you use Etsy, mark my Etsy shop (NydamPrints) as a favorite.
* Ask your local library to add my books to their collection.
* Lend my books, check them out from your local library, recommend them to your friends.
* And, of course, if you know anyone who might like my art or books, tell them about me!
Registration is now open for my adult block printmaking class, four sessions in October, run through Needham's community education program. Info here. This class will be suitable both for beginners and for those who have some experience or took my previous class in the spring. I look forward to working with you!
Sign up all your favorite children for Printmaking classes this summer with Needham's Summer Explorations! (Sorry, the "Artist Workshop" session is full, but there are still spaces in "Printmaking.") And don't forget to visit artists' locations all around town during Needham Open Studios May 5-6.
Whoops, I've neglected the updates for a while, but there's plenty going on.
1. January 12-15 is the Arisia Convention, at which I will be exhibiting in the Art Show, doing a reading of The Extraordinary Book of Doors with other authors of juvenile SFF, participating in panels exploring writing faith in SFF and use of maps in SFF, and running two printmaking mini-workshops.
2. Registration is now open for my first adult block printmaking classes, run through Needham's community education program in March. Info here.
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