|Me painting my GenCon entries after folks went to bed while |
we were staying in a cottage in PEI this summer
This past year has been a real rollercoaster for me with new classes and responsibilities at work, trying to keep up with two growing hellions...er....children at home, and working to organize my new house and still find time to show my wife that I love her (hi honey!).
Paint and hobby time were stretched pretty thin and in that time the blog had to be in hiatus.
As the school year drew to a close and I could see a tiny smidge of breathing room coming my way, my incredible wife told me to make painting/hobby work my priority during the month of July so that I could have something I was proud of to show at GenCon this year.
It had been several years since I competed (and TBH a few more than that since I showed up with something genuinely finished to a true competition level) so I really worked my butt off to see if I could even still be relevant, let alone competitive, in a showcase filled with some of the finest painters from across North America and around the world. Heck I was still painting in the hall on the day of competition just to get one of them done to enter! (the other having been finished in the hotel room the night before ;P )
And then, against all odds and reason, I actually won.
So among the other things I had intended to show over the next months I have been working on preparing a series of articles on the creation of my GenCon Machines of War category winning model and my Privateer Press Grandmasters Diorama Category winning scene.
I find myself totally reinvigorated. This is a fresh new start, for my blog, my painting, and my competitive spirit.
I look forward to seeing what this new chapter brings.
Below is a slideshow of some pictures from Gencon - including some shots of really cool models that I saw. Thanks to all the people who shared their work, who talked and who listened to me and who made for a truly memorable 4 days - and most of all to my wife who supported my return to competition and apparently to form!