There is a place called "Crystal City" in the Metro DC area but this isn't it. I created this imaginary cityscape using forms from real quartz crystals, something that a lot of modern architects do. I also included the John Hancock tower from Chicago, visible at right. My Chicago architectural experience of mid-2000 had a major influence on my art. I added a thunderstorm to further evoke the turbulent weather of the Windy City. I'd love to go there again.
I've got a question for my little handful of viewers, some of whom collect art. This picture was done in 2000 for a specific art show at Philcon, the Philadelphia regional science fiction convention. I took extra time and did a whole series of pieces in traditional and mixed media, all small and experimental. Most of these pieces sold, but for modest prices (under $50). I am currently debating whether to enter an upcoming convention art show at Balticon. But this is 13 years later and a lot has changed with me. I still work with conventional media when the client wants it but I also do a lot of digital work now. But most of all, I have my day job which I didn't have in 2000 and is currently taking up a large amount of my time. My question is, should I again do this time-consuming job of preparing small originals for a convention where I will not sell enough work to pay for my expenses? Would collectors pay for prints of digital work? In my experience, collectors will buy them, but they won't pay as much for a print of a digital work as they would if the piece were done in "artisanal" hand done media. The collectors do not take into account (maybe they don't know) the fact that making a really good digital piece takes just as much time as doing a "conventionally" done piece.
This production of small originals for shows is also more like amateur art than professional work, which I am still seeking. I know that many of my fellow artists are in the same quandary as I am. If it were my decision I would do digital work and attempt to sell prints, even if they were for a lower price, but that would not pay for my expenses staying at the convention. Any thoughts from By-Product readers?
"Crystal City Storm" is mixed media on dark grey paper, 7" x 10", November 2000.