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     Updated 26/02/2015

     This is a simply amazing and incredible trailer and you need to see it now! xx

     The Maker – Stop Motion Animation.

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Updated 05/03/2015

A Little Bit Fairy

Ah, and so the Steampunk train of thought continues with this new painting “The Egg Checker”. I have to say, I can see myself enjoying creating work in this genre of art for a long time to come! It’s fantastically engaging, and will most probably become more intricate the further I delve into it.

This painting depicts Byron, a huge, imposing clockwork dragon, taking care of two large dragon eggs.

In my kooky Steampunk world, dragons do exist, and it falls to the Daddys to nurture the eggs, with a little help from a tiny golden robot known as The Egg Checker. He’s may be a small robot, but he has a huge heart and endless knowledge and wisdom. He, and his kind, are assigned to oversee the care of dragon eggs, to help the Daddy dragons and generally ensure that they are healthy and safe right through hatching…

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Fairies, Yeats, Ireland. What’s not to love 🙂

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Updated 05/03/2015

 

Elle Q. Sabine

I have been thinking quite a bit about this painting, Take the Fair Face of Woman by Sophie Anderson. Some title it The Fairy Queen, though Anderson mostly painted portraits of women and children.

The full title is much longer: Take the Fair Face of Woman, and Gently Suspending, With Butterflies, Flowers, and Jewels Attending, Thus Your Fairy is Made of Most Beautiful Things.

(It’s currently held in a private collection – the photo comes from Wikimedia Commons collection.)

I call the painting, in my head… Fand.

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Updated 05/03/2015

chezlah

I have a wonderful book that my mum gave me, it is about fairies and it was given to her by my grandad on his return from the 2nd world war.

It is an enormous thing measuring about 350mm x 465mm, more like a presentation than a book to be read at bed time but it is a thing of loveliness.

It sits on a shelf in our dining room and it was only when doing a little rearranging lately that I remembered it was there. I flicked through the pages and was reminded of just how interesting it is.

I decided to research it on the internet to discover that it is quite rare and may be of some value. It even has a you tube video showing the plates to music for those not fortunate to have a copy at their disposal.

The dust sheet is still in…

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     If you mention The Tarot superstitious folks tend to back away uttering protective curses and crossing themselves.  I would like to dispel this nonsense.

     The origins of Tarot imagery are debatable but the cards were devised as a playing deck, with four suits combining pip and court cards.

     The supposedly sinister Major Arcana evolved in part so artists and crafters could showcase their skills.  Increasingly elaborate decks were commissioned by wealthy and aristocratic houses simply for the love of owning and displaying beautiful things.

     Tarot images speak the universal language of mythic symbology.  The archetypal characters, concepts and scenarios tell of The Fool’s journey from innocence through experience to enlightenment and self-realisation.  Anyone familiar with Jung’s theories on The Collective Unconscious and Joseph Campbell’s deconstruction of Mythology will find nothing dangerously occult here.

     The images of The Tarot serve a similar purpose to the black-splodge Rorschach Test.  This is a psychological tool which allows us to consider a given situation and order our thoughts and feelings with objectivity.  Meditating upon a Tarot spread can help us perceive things more clearly, negotiate life’s obstacles and acknowledge deep thoughts and desires.

     Like many who appreciate The Tarot I perform a personal reading on each of the United Kingdom’s eight indigenous ancient festival days, the latest being Ostara, The Vernal (or Spring) Equinox which heralds the first day of springtime (Tuesday 20th March).

     I will post my reading here on Friday evening.  As usual I would love to hear your thoughts x

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Invisible Kitty

I’ve been enjoying a lot of “scary eyes” photos today!

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