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Art Collectors Assemble!

Some of you out there collect original science fiction and fantasy art, I know.

(I do. Mostly I buy covers and other illustrations based on my own writings. Not entirely, though. Sometimes I just see a piece of art I love in a gallery or convention art show. I've been collecting art since... well, since I looked like that guy in the thumbnail).

If you liked Ted Nasmith's artwork for the 2011 "Calendar of Ice & Fire," maybe you've dreamed of hanging one of his originals on your own walls.

Well, now's your chance. Ted's paintings of the castles of Westeros are going up for sale, along with a lot of his stunning Tolkien art and other work. You can download a PDF of the catalog and peruse the offerings at http://www.adcbooks.co.uk/catalogue-2010-11.pdf

If you like what you see, and want to own your own Nasmith original, remember... he who hesitates is lost. Four of the paintings are already spoken for, I understand -- King's Landing, Oldtown, Dragonstone, Castle Black. ((Two of those by me, myself, and I, heh heh.)) The rest remain available, but who knows for how long?

I should add, for what it's worth, that original art makes a great investment. Way back around 1974 or so, Frank Kelly Freas offered to sell me the original of his ANALOG cover for my story "Second Kind of Loneliness" for $200. That was my very first cover, and I loved it, so I was sorely tempted. I had only been paid $250 for the story, however, and I was still a VISTA volunteer, just barely making the rent, so I passed, and bought one of the interiors instead. I have rued it ever since. I mean, I do love the B&W I bought, but that cover... last time it changed hands, I think it went for $10,000, and THAT was twenty years ago. I'd be scared to learn what it was worth now.

Actually, though, the money is secondary, of more concern to my eventual heirs than me. I'll likely never sell the art I've collected. What you want to do is buy artwork that you love, that you will enjoy looking at on your wall for the rest of your life. That's what we do.


Mar. 2nd, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
Why do such opportunities only come up when I am on financial thin ice? :(
Mar. 2nd, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
These are so incredible, I just hope I can afford it. I've been sitting on some cash I'd been saving for a certain book, but maybe I will have a few months to save up again? These pictures are just beautiful. Is there any chance you know of more prints like these or any other merchandise for ASOIAF?
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
Aww, look at geeky young you in your icon! Love it!

I'd kill for one of Teds pictures - I'm a big Tolkien fan, too, so it's doubly painful to watch them go and know I won't have them!!
Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
Ser, is your signature on the painting? That would only increase the investment value.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
<----Saving up for some Picacio work.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
Another broke fan here; my money goes to textbooks and tuition. I'll just have to be content with his beautiful work in the calendar. :c

Maybe someday.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
It hurts when you miss an opportunity, but you do have to pay the rent and eat while you wait for the painting to be worth more than you paid for it.
Josh Rojas
Mar. 2nd, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
Had no idea at all that George was a VISTA volunteer. Just got done with my year of service myself.
Mar. 3rd, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
You encourage people to "...buy artwork that you love, that you will enjoy..." It's cool that that statement isn't inclusive of just work relating to you!
Mar. 3rd, 2011 01:13 am (UTC)
Maybe if I really really hustle for the next couple of weeks, I can afford one of the two smaller Riverrun paintings.

So off I go to really really hustle ...
Mar. 3rd, 2011 05:36 am (UTC)
Since I can't afford the originals, I'm glad I at least have the calendar :) Great works from Nasmith. Also, I like the way you rocked that yellow turtleneck back in the day!
Mar. 3rd, 2011 06:02 am (UTC)
If those prices were in American (or Canadian) currency...
I might be tempted to get one.

I can't imagine being able to afford anything large than the 10x11 works.

Maybe next year (doubtful).
Mar. 3rd, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Ach, being a starving artist stinks at times like these. I saved for Longclaw, but must pass on the paintings. So sad. I'll just have to keep collecting calendars and PC wallpaper to own the art. :D The Eyrie is my favorite, and I get to look at it all month! It's the perspective, I think; makes me dizzy, and to think of poor Tyrion stuck in that wall-less prison. He's my favorite, too! Believe me, I love him for his mind. :D (When I was in a dark time, I used to wake up every morning in the hopes that I got to read another Tyrion chapter. Thanks for that giant of a dwarf!)


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