Ever since the new version of my website Meadowhaven went live in 2012, it has been missing half of its beating heart--the Guest Artwork galleries! It's a 2015 resolution of mine to make Meadowhaven whole again, and I've stayed up way too late every night since New Years Eve starting to make that happen.
The "Not All Kings Wear Gold" Guest Art gallery: "The Secret Room" is now FULLY UPDATED AND LIVE! Click the bottom gallery and enjoy all the gorgeous artwork and interpretations of the "Not All Kings Wear Gold" characters (Fenwyn, Sali, Luke, Diana and such) sent in by very dear friends and talented guest artists! Nearly 500 glorious images in 13 years! @______@
The "Wars of Avenan" Guest Art gallery: "The Borderlands" is next, featuring guest artwork and interpretations of the "Wars of Avenan" characters (Faeren, Morgan, Falen and such), and is already in progress! Nowhere near finished yet, I am working on getting the image titles/descriptions and artist credits in place, but with my schedule it's going to take me months to finally reach the end (800+ images over 15 years!)! You guys are amazing!
(If I'm missing any artwork you might have sent me or if I've got the wrong name/url credited, please let me know and I will fix this immediately! Some artwork and contact information was lost when my old site went down and my laptop died, but I've hopefully been able to retrieve most of it online and from folders stored on my old art comp.)
Thank you all so much for your enduring patience and the inspiration you have brought to my life these many years! I am forever honored and humbled and amazed, and found myself in tears more than once as I went through each artwork to be uploaded. They all hold so many memories, so many vibrant dreams and secret stories, so much life shining through that I have missed quite terribly. Your gifts breathe new life into my characters and sustain them during the times when I am unable to.
I'm starting to feel that gentle nudge of inspiration again, a longing to get back to drawing from the storylines and maybe even share some of the chapters and writing snippets that I don't hate from my old books, anything to reignite the passion and joy that has been too long stifled and buried under the constant clamoring of work and bills to be paid. I think what I would really like to do is to put together a series of story-themed artbooks with writing to accompany the illustrations. Not a graphic novel, more like a condensed version of my fantasy story (the whole story I had originally planned out before the series was discontinued), accompanied by artwork. I want to focus on several groups of characters individually, so their stories would be singled out instead of lumped together as a whole.
For the moment, however, this is all just wishful thinking--I've no way to actually pull it off, or the financial stability to even attempt it. I'm hoping that this new year will somehow afford an opportunity to change that! Hope springs eternal. Perhaps I could open a Patreon account for that purpose? I'm open for suggestions about what sort of thank-you incentives and rewards I could offer for patrons. What would you all be interested in?
(P.S.: Thank you so much to the anon who renewed my DA subscription for another three months! That is so sweet of you, and a wonderful New year surprise! It helps me out a lot and I appreciate it so much!)