more from the trip

September 6, 2013

avenger

Avenger Field and the WASP Museum

There isn’t much of the original air field left.  Some hangars burned awhile back, and there’s now a community college on the site.  But the WASP Museum is housed in one of the original hangers, and there’s a replica of the old Wishing Well along with a monument to the pilots.  Mostly, I really appreciate the whole thing as a celebration of the accomplishments of this group of women during a difficult time.

Darrell K. Sweet

The Artist Guest of Honor at Worldcon was Darrell K. Sweet — in memoriam, since he sadly passed away a couple of years ago.  I have a confession:  I haven’t really been a fan of Sweet’s cover art.  It’s everywhere — for a long time, he was the go-to artist for epic fantasy.  He did the covers for Jordan’s Wheel of Time series.  But at the Worldcon art show, I got to see many of his original paintings — and I loved them.  Seeing his art printed on book covers flattens them, but in person they absolutely glow.  He also has a lot of western-themed paintings, in the Remington and Russell modes.  Great stuff.

But the painting in the show that stopped me in my tracks was the cover he did for Robin McKinley’s The Outlaws of Sherwood.  Because I’ve owned that book for 25 years and didn’t realize he’d done the cover for it.  I love this cover, and seeing it in person was one of the highlights of the con for me.  I’m reading the book again now, because how could I not?

 

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