The painting I did, a few days ago has generated some of the kindest and nicest email I have ever recieved. Most especially nice were words from Bette and Phillip Jose Farmer who really love the piece and want to own it.
And another comment was gotten from someone who doesn't really like Sci Fi/Fantasy art, and her response was amazing, and made me feel like I was really doing, from time to time, something that mattered and stood on it's own. I had another person email me a copy of some painting I did-one of those gawdawful airbrush things I used to do-and the comparison was amazing and, stark. I've realized since dropping the airbrush over 10 years ago, my health has improved and, my work has improved into the stratosphere. I like work that LOOKS like a painting, not a glitzy photo! That's what the paintings a day have done. I also got the same kin of comments on two Mike Resnick paintings I did-one for his IVORY book.
Paintings like VENUS ON THE HALF SHELL are pretty much turning points for me. It came out exactly as I 'imagined' it would. And people liked it who don't necessarily like Sci Fi. It doesn't get better than that. Not that I really consider the book VENUS ON THE HALF SHELL, "solidly" science fiction. Has the trappings, the visuals...but it's far far more. It's a search for the meaning of life, as I saw it. That needs something more than tentacled creatures.
As can be evidenced by the below works for Lumley, I'm turning somewhat darker. I get asked why I have this predilection for horror and am even turning alot of Sci Fi pieces into something dark. We live in a dark, largely unhappy world. That's how I see it anyway, if people can convince me differently, let them try. My feelings and work reflect this darkness and horror that I see. That's also a mission of art, not to show you what you will see as a happy thing but sometimes, the frightening reality-at least it's a metaphor for that. If someone wants "sweetness and light" then go look at them Kinkades...