|Hanging out with one of my heroes: veteran author Janny Wurts
|Some of Janny's gorgeous art for her Wars of Light and Shadow series
|Don Maitz in his & Janny's studio
|Janny in her art workspace
|Don with some of his recent work
Janny and Don were wonderful hosts, and after their decades working in art and publishing, they have a wealth of fascinating (and sometimes heartwrenching) stories to share. I knew about the changes in the publishing industry that have been squeezing out the midlist, but I had not realized a similar sea-change happened in the art world, as publishers turned to photoshop/stock-art covers and stopped commissioning many original paintings. It's a hard thing to see income streams vanish and have to reinvent yourself at a time when you should be enjoying the fruits of a long career. But Janny and Don are not the sort to bemoan changes they can't reverse; instead they are seeking out new ways to reach readers and art patrons alike, and continue doing the creative work they love.
|Janny with her Paravia sketchbook, full of beautifully realized scenes from the Wars of Light and Shadow. Seeing this was a huge treat for a fan of the series like me!
|Oaks adorned with spanish moss
|Black vultures sunning themselves
|Hiking through native forest
|We don't get green like this in Colorado!
|Janny at Clay Gully: watch out for the alligators!
|Janny with her favorite tree, a truly massive oak
|Enjoying the view from the tower
|They just need to add a Faraday cage to the tower and it'd be the best place ever for thunderstorm viewing
|Looking down at a forest clearing
|Don's swivel gun; Janny had a wonderfully funny story about how she got him the cannon as a present, and how hard she had to work to keep the gift a surprise
|A perfect ending to a perfect day