Salve, citizens. Some news from the frontlines....
This year has been a bit of a tough one for Atelier Propraetoria. I had moved from Kitchener to Hamilton at the end of 2017, which brought with it all manner of other changes, some of which have bled the treasury, so to speak. Mercifully, there has been a recent upsurge in sales of original pieces and commissions, which has helped. That said, times are still tough. I'll return to this in a bit.
Currently I am hacking away at a couple of pieces. I am doing a commissioned portrait for a good friend of mine who also happens to be one of my two "concert buddies". This one is slow going, but it will be interesting. Also on the board is a stand alone occult piece entitled "Verbis Morte". More plague doctor works are also on the horizon and album work for 2019.
Concerning convention actions for 2018, unless the aforementioned financial situation changes substantially in the next few months, I will be limiting it to one - Frightmare in the Falls.
I've been looking forward to this convention since last year. This year it boasts some interesting and inspiring guests (the one I am most excited about is Doug "Pinhead" Bradley, whose "Spinechillers" recordings have given me no small amount of food for creation) and the usual galaxy of brilliant vendors.
As a result of this, however, this means that I will very likely not, after all, be showing up to Horror-rama or any of the other horror cons in Ontario, until next year's Shock Stock.
On the other hand, I am currently pitching my works to galleries in Ontario once again. Hopefully I can find a few spaces to show my work which will not require a sacrifice to Saturn. Gallery showings may not be quite as lucrative as conventions, in general, but I feel most visual artists will agree that there is just something about having a collection of your work on the wall of a gallery or salon or even a cafe.
I will be posting gallery appearances here and on my various social media as they are confirmed. In the meantime, Keep your eyes to the sky and your ears to the ground. This is the deep breath before the plunge.
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