Notes from the Studio

Category: Studio Notes

Stardust the movie

Okay, there’s lots of web activety on the Stardust movie front so I thought that I’d post a few links and show some pictures. This is Michelle Pfeiffer as one of the Lilum. She’s on location on the Isle of Skye, up on the west coast of Scotland. The very real wind is whipping past as she stands on a cliff’s edge: I am told that that wind was so strong she had to be staked into the ground for fear of it blowing her off. Here are Clare Danes (Yvaine) and Charlie Cox (Tristran) walking in that same mountainous landscape on Skye. And here’s a link to lots more photo’s from the movie:

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Foreign travels

In mid July Karen and I headed off for two weeks in Sweden and Finland. I’d been invited to be a GoH at FinnCon in Tampere Finland over the last week in July so I took the opportunity to see a part of the world that neither one of us had ever been to before. Gorgeous weather throughout the trip made all our traveling easier. First we spent several days in Stockholm, a city filled with public art everywhere you looked.

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Into the Green, a Charles Vess art exhibition

Into the Green is a journey into the fantastical mind and mythological world of award-winning artist Charles Vess. This exhibit is at the William King Museum in historic Abingdon, VA through September 27, 2015. The show features a 150′ gallery mural that will be painted over at the end of the show, so don’t miss it! The museum is open 7 days a week and admission is free. For more information call 276-628-5005, or visit the website

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If you drop by here looking for content please follow this link:!/profile.php?id=623344714 to my FaceBook page where I post quite often. If you’re not already a ‘friend’ I’ll be happy to accept your request as long as you include a short note, okay?

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World Fantasy Award #3!

Last Sunday afternoon my friend Ellen Kushner (who WAS attending the 2010 World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, OH) called me from the banquet saying that she’d just been informed that I’d won the award for “Best Artist.” Did I want to write an acceptance speech which she would then read when she went up on stage to accept the honor in my place? I had an hour. Panic mode quickly set in as I frantically tried to type out some coherent thoughts. 45 minutes later I e-mailed her with these words: “If I were standing here right now you would see a look of dumb founded surprise written large across my face. I mean, really! You just heard the list of other nominated artists, and all of them do nothing less than brilliant work. Anyway, those on that list and many more besides, both the living and the dead, are always right beside me in my studio, whispering in my ear, coaxing me to put that bit of extra effort into a painting, or a drawing, or a sculpture that will make it tell its story with clarity and with truth. I enjoy doing so and appreciate your acknowledgment. So

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