And welcome to my newsletter for September, 2010! Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think would be interested in keeping up with me! To receive these newsletters regularly, please drop me an email or subscribe online from my website (http://www.JefMurray.com
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I have posted three new painting images on my website. These are a currently unnamed work that will be the cover image for a book that I am illustrating, plus "Radagast", and "Helm's Deep". You can see all of these by going to http://www.JefMurray.com
and clicking on the "Newest Works" button on the top of the page.
In addition to these works, I've added a few new graphite sketch images. These include the new sketch of Reepicheep and of Lucy and the Spellbook, both from C.S. Lewis' "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader". I've also included additional interior illustrations from "The Magic Ring".
As always, these and all of the works in my online galleries are available as signed and numbered limited-edition Giclee prints.
Do let me know how these new images strike you!
Scudding September days dawn; trouble trembles tree leaves and tumbles parched pavements. We await quicksilver storms to quench hot horizons. Forthwith shall foliage fold and flail with tempest's trumpet; but for now all is fallish folly. Steam heat mirages mete
Muscadines shine in netted nests. I pick pocket purple plums and perfume passersby with pithy scent. Fermented fantasies they'll swell; bubbling brews tall tales will tell. Fearlessly we'll flay fell fictions and dark dreams dispel.
But for now, the rout of ripening reigns; all is fizzing in falsetto. But bloom is broken; doom has spoken and rinds rattle, hinds huddle. Feast well, doughty dears, for all is passing
. All that's lasting soothes and snuffs our fears, but Love alone safeguards these golden years.
Our latest grand exhibition at Moreton in Marsh, "The Edge of the Wild", is over and was a great success. We had mixed cool and rainy days followed by mild sunny weather. Every windowbox was filled with begonias and pansies, and the corn fields were golden and glowing. Many thanks to all of the folk who made our trip over so special.
A new EWTN TV special is being prepared on J.R.R. Tolkien. Featuring Joseph Pearce, this production will also include dozens of my illustrations of Tolkien's world. Stay tuned for details on when this will air
The online SF Fanzine "Starship Sofa", Volume 1 of which was a winner of a 2010 Hugo Award, is preparing to release Volume 2 on October 10, 2010. I was privileged to illustrate a tale that will be included, written by Jason Sanford, entitled " Into the Depths of Illuminated Seas". It is a surpassingly strange tale about pirates and a lass who can foretell the deaths of all of the sailors in her port town. You can learn more about this Fanzine at http://www.starshipsofa.com/
Illustrator-signed editions of The Magic Ring: Deluxe Illustrated Edition, by the Baron de la Motte Fouqué, is now available to folks in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. You can purchase directly from my website at www.JefMurray.com (click on the "Books" button on the left of the page). I was privileged to have been asked to develop the cover and interior illustrations for this new edition, and it is one that finally presents this tale in a format in keeping with its magical and epic themes. Described as a cross between "The Lord of the Rings" and "Ivanhoe", this is a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and one that will appeal to all ages of folk who love chivalry, enchantment, and romance. You can keep up to date on the book's reception on the Facebook page entitled "The Magic Ring", or at Valancourt's website.
For folks interested in original paintings and sketches or prints of my work, please take a look at the ADC Art and Books online catalog at www.adcbooks.co.uk. It features Tolkien-themed works by Ted Nasmith, Ruth Lacon, Peter Pracownik, and myself. In addition, you'll find collectible items (e.g. Black & White Ogre Country: The Lost Tales of Hilary Tolkien) and rare books featured in the catalog and on the website.