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Lily Wight

     Updated 05/03/2015

     The picture gallery at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana is always open.  Click the tab at the top of the homepage to explore or just click Lily’s picture (below) for a shortcut 🙂

     Deviant Moon Tarot, The Eight of Cups by Patrick Valenza.

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Lily Wight

     Updated 09/10/2014

     Another full-length prose novel from (the admittedly deceased) J.R.R. Tolkien is too good to be true and infinitely more satisfying than all those collected fragments with endless footnotes.

     It’s business as usual with The Children Of Húrin as ancient oral-storytelling traditions pervade Tolkien’s reliably rich and evocative prose.

     Húrin has much in common with Norse dragon slayer Myths and is almost unbearably tragic.  It’s a great place to start with pre-Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings’ history and the maps and glossaries are essential – although why Tolkien is the only author who can get away with such things remains a mystery.

     It is a book to make you homesick for Middle-earth all over again.

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Lily Wight

Updated 03/05/2014

     Erikson is a writer at the top of his game with the fourth book of his Malazan series delivering more of the same and then some!

     Fans will be familiar with the author’s distinct style and structure featuring unlikely pairings undertaking strange journeys that impact upon the martial and political landscape in unexpected ways.

     Erikson’s tales mimic the evolution of real history so those who prefer traditional quest-driven yarns may feel frustrated by the lack of conclusions.  There is however a realism and sense of immediacy seldom achieved by the Fantasy genre.

     House of Chains concludes most of The Whirlwind Rebellion plot and getting there is a brilliant, challenging and addictive read.

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Lily Wight

     Updated 14/04/2014

     The third novel in the Malazan Cycle suffers the same highs and lows as its predecessor.  The first half is over-plotted and over-populated, more of an endurance test than an entertaining read.

     Once various subplots unite, for a spectacular midway siege, Erikson shifts up a league and delivers martial action and emotional character beats with familiar aplomb.

     Erikson’s enthusiasm for his secondary world is infectious, but his pacing and structure continue to irritate.

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Lily Wight

     Updated 07/04/2014

     Too many new faces and places sap momentum in this now sprawling Fantasy series.

     Erikson’s prose has a captivating quality which will win patience from his readership but many sub-plots seem circular and unnecessary.  Characters are absent for several chapters so, by the time they return, you are likely to have forgotten who they are and what they are doing whilst the unceremonious dumping of a hugely important plot revelation is unforgivably clumsy.

     Erikson’s system of magic use seems over-complicated and only partially formed, suggesting a world and a plot which is dangerously close to escaping the clutches of its author.

     Erikson is at his best when describing martial combat and strategy.  His central plot thread, the imperiled exodus of refugees, is strong enough without extraneous sub-stories.  Erikson’s promise is unmistakable but he…

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Lily Wight

      Updated 29/03/2014    

      Forget polite introductions and sedate world-building because Erikson’s opener is a merciless drag through war, politics, questing and magic which may swamp and baffle less dedicated Fantasy fans.

     Gardens of the Moon may be overpopulated and over-plotted but Erikson holds chaos at bay with genius page-turning prose and infectious enthusiasm.

     With a little more focus and honing the Malazan Books could achieve brilliance.

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Lily Wight

     Updated 06/03/2014

     Here is an early Easter Egg for you, crack it open and you will find a golden and glowing review of John Connolly’s The Book of Lost Things…

   

      It is hard to beat Angela Carter’s potent re-imaginings of traditional Fairy Tales but John Connolly may boast a valiant and successful attempt.

     Young hero, David’s struggle to adjust to his step-family under the shadow of The Blitz is realistic and heartfelt but unfortunately the tone alters and the pace flounders during a flabby middle section inspired by tired and predictable medieval quest romances.

     Connolly’s work suffers a little under too many influences; Narnia, Oz, Wonderland, Labyrinth and even The Box of Delights are all thrown into the mix.  Focus is restored most triumphantly however in a dramatic ending which…

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     Let the wild rumpus start!

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     Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot in the Lunatic Spread read by Lily Wight for The Arcade of Arts & Arcana (Winter).

     Begin centre-left and proceed anti-clockwise;

WP_0000111.  The Four of Cups (inverted)

2.  The Ace of Wands

3.  The Ten of Swords (inverted)

4.  The Six of Pentacles (inverted)

5.  THE HANGED MAN (inverted)

6.  The Four of Swords (inverted)

7.  The Queen of Swords (inverted)

8.  The Eight of Cups

9.  The Five of Swords (inverted)

10.  The Ten of Wands (inverted)

Quick Notes

     There is only one Major Arcana card suggesting The Enquirer is guiding current circumstances.  The Hanged Man appeared previously right-side up as a subconscious influence, now he is inverted in the external environment.  His role is evolving, balance is reasserting and The Hanged Man’s control is waning.

     The number of inverted cards is unusually high so a situation is currently at tipping point or in the process of being turned on its head.

     The Suit of Swords dominates throughout the spread suggesting the last stage of effort in action or crisis.

     The Enquirer’s favourite/personal card, The Eight of Cups appears (mirroring another Cup – or Heart – card in position 1.)  This reading involves an important emotional matter-of-the-heart for The Enquirer.

     The Ace of Wands also appeared in the previous spread.  Its motivational influence has now moved into the past.

     There is only one Court Card, or significant “other”, in this spread.  The Queen of Swords is a frequent negative visitor for this Enquirer but her influence has waned.

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1.  The Enquirer / The Present ~ The Four of Cups (inverted)

Realise the need to drop all that has proved disappointing.  This is not a failure but an opportunity to grasp a bright new outlook.  Consolidate new and better emotional foundations.

2.  Past Influences ~ The Ace of Wands

A recent burst of creative energy has already instigated a new productive cycle in work and social activities.

3.  Subconscious Influences (internal/unknown) ~ The Ten of Swords (inverted)

A final surge of courage is required to break traps of defeat and betrayal and gain the edge over old problems.  Stop expecting the worst, turn away from unpleasantness and achieve the freedom to rebuild self-confidence.

4.  Secret Wishes & Desires ~ The Six of Pentacles (inverted)

A practical wish to be more selfish and less generous with a desire for more control and quicker gratification.  Live in the now!

5.  Hidden Forces (external/unknown) ~ THE HANGED MAN (inverted)

The Enquirer is no longer hanging but still tethered.  Emotional blackmail forces masochism so fight restraints imposed by the past, the self and others.

6.  Events To Come ~ The Four of Swords (inverted)

Activity will begin with renewed vigour when The Enquirer accepts that problems will always exist and success is measured not by solving them but by how they are dealt with.  The world outside starts to look more appealing; wake up Sleeping Beauty and be your own hero!

WP_0000117.  Surrounding Environment ~ The Queen of Swords (inverted)

The Enquirer has tolerated this manipulative schemer to keep the peace but boundaries have at last been set to block her controlling nature and negativity.

8.  The Influence Of Others ~ The Eight of Cups

Self-awareness minimises external influences and builds the courage to make better choices.  Move on, follow the heart’s desire and seek a truer path.

9.  Spiritual Forces (upon the environment) ~ The Five of Swords (inverted)

The Enquirer will part from their troubles when a false friend is exposed and disarmed for the sake of peace and harmony.  What feels like a loss is truly a success.  Protect yourself on the road to self-reliance.

10.  The Final Outcome ~ The Ten of Swords (inverted)

There are inherent difficulties in completing the old and starting the new simultaneously.  Forget patience, release excess burdens and responsibilities and rush to your goals.  A new beginning is tantalisingly close.

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     The year’s best blog posts were selected by the readers of Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana.

Lily Wight

     Updated 30/9/2015

     TOP BLOG POST #3     We hope you all enjoyed Book Month at The Arcade of Arts and Arcana.  Just before we step into June and ponder a wealth of quirky Victoriana here is another enchanting glimpse into our album of Fairy images… 

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     Darth Vader knows what you’ve got for Christmas – he felt your presents – and he’s on his way to East Yorkshire, UK to offer film fans the opportunity to solve all their festive gift needs.

     Movie Buffs Christmas Special is the latest event organised by Hullywood Entertainment and due to be held over two days, at Hull’s Princes Quay Shopping Centre, on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December 2013.

     The Christmas Special will be Hullywood’s eighth collectors’ fair and promises dozens of trade stalls offering unique, rare, new and vintage memorabilia.

     Special guest, Rusty Goffe will be in attendance, signing autographs and sharing his anecdotes and experiences on both days.  Rusty continues to enjoy a long and distinguished career in films and television and has appeared as a Jawa in the original Star Wars Trilogy and an Oompa Loompa in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.  Younger fans will know Rusty as a Gringott’s Goblin from the Harry Potter movies.

     The Movie Buffs Christmas Special will also feature a variety of exhibition props, costume groups, cosplay and face-painting.  For more information and to keep up-to-date with Hullywood Entertainment news and events send a Facebook friend request to Hullywood Crew or follow @HullywoodCrew on Twitter.

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     There are some brand new images of Little Red Riding Hood available now at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade of Arts & Arcana Gallery.

     Here are a selected few to fire your imagination, click the link at the end for more…

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     Fairies, Fey, Phaeries, Fay… call them what you will because we love them all at The Arcade of Arts & Arcana.

     Return To The Faerie Realm Of Lily Wight, first posted on 31st May, was this year’s top post; the one that featured a very alternative Alice and earned this blogger the nickname “Macabre Cutie”!

     Click the link for another peek and rummage through the May 2012 archives for more fairy treasures.

     https://lilywight.com/2012/05/31/return-to-the-fairie-realm-of-lily-wight/

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     Dark Fairy Tales & Faerie Lore enchanted everyone at The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana throughout 2012 https://lilywight.com/2012/04/01/the-wonderful-world-of-froud-aprils-magickal-thing/.

     Brew yourself something strong, sit back, put your feet up and enjoy the rare gems recommended in the posts Pitch Black & Fey On Film…

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/07/pitch-black-fey-on-film-beauty-the-beast-2-cannon-movie-tales-1987/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/08/pitch-black-fey-on-film-beauty-the-beast-3-1976-with-george-c-scott/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/09/pitch-black-fey-on-film-beauty-the-beast-4-hot-film-and-television-news/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/11/pitch-black-fey-on-film-beauty-the-beast-5-have-you-seen/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/13/pitch-black-fey-on-film-little-red-riding-hood-1-inspired-fan-trailer/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/15/pitch-black-fey-on-film-little-red-riding-hood-2-scary-music/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/18/pitch-black-fey-on-film-little-red-riding-hood-3-christina-ricci/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/20/pitch-black-fey-on-film-4-little-girls-are-not-so-easy-to-fool-these-days/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/22/pitch-black-fey-on-film-snow-white-1-a-tale-of-terror/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/24/pitch-black-fey-on-film-snow-white-2-the-fairest-of-them-all/

https://lilywight.com/2012/04/29/pitch-black-fey-on-film-happy-ever-after/

 

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     So, you want some amazing new images for Tolkien Month at Lily Wight ~ The Arcade Of Arts & Arcana?

     Oh… go on then 😉

     Just click the pics as usual for links to the Gallery and albums.

 

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     If you are a confirmed Movie and Cult TV fanboy what do you do if you can’t find a buzzing but affordable event in your area?  The answer is simple: create your own.

     In 2008 special events company Hullywood Entertainment™ launched in Yorkshire with support from The Prince’s Trust.  You can support their dedication and share their enthusiasm by adding these dates to your diaries:

     ~ 10am – 4.30pm, Saturday 10th November 2012, Staff House, The University Of Hull, East Yorkshire.

     ~ 10am – 4.30pm, Sunday 2nd December 2012, The Royal York Hotel, York (by the railway station), East Yorkshire.

     You’ll find a link to the events’ official website in the homepage sidebar all month.  Please share this information and – you never know – you might even run into a certain elusive blogger 😉

 

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     Here is just a sneaky peek at some of the amazing new pictures added to the Gallery at www.lilywight.com

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Amazing Alice Art 🙂

Master Nicodemo

  I used to hear that there was nothing to do in this town. If ever that was indeed true, ’tis stuff and nonsense now! There’s an abundance of events coming up! Here is just a broad overview of the coming week:

SUNDAY the 16th: Sacramento Old City Association annual Historic Home Tour and StreetFair, with Live Music, Vendors, and Sweet Edibles!

THURSDAY the 20th: Club BLITZ Sisters of Mercy tribute night!

FRIDAY the 21st: FREE Vampire Ball Pre-Party, with a costume contest, LIVE music, and DJs!

SATURDAY the 22nd: Club REVERENCE Gothic, Industrial, EBM and Dark 80’s dancing!

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     An amazing Alice In Wonderland black and white film curio from 1915, enjoy!

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More Interesting Things

Its a strange but interesting bit of early cinema.

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     The wonderful Sherry Key has been inspired to create someone strange and beautiful for Puppets & Marionettes Month!

     Just click the pic to find out more about Crazy Marion and where to purchase Sherry’s work.

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Amazing art from Arcane Arrangements.

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     Puppets and marionettes all month (July 2012) at www.lilywight.com

     Click for another film you may enjoy 🙂

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     Another post you might enjoy 🙂

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patrick trahan

Ondine digital paint finally finished.

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lokichen88

Artworks 2009-2010

  • These paintings were done in 2009 – 2010,
    Mixture of Client, Contest, and personal work.
  • Satanic DecalcomaniaSize: 29.03 x 48.38 (cm) Year: 2010 (May) Medium: Digital (Photoshop, Painter, 3DSMAX, Zbrush)
    This is the illustration that were commissioned from a Japanese illustration magazine.
  • Details of “Satanic Decalcomania”
  • Detail of “Lord of Load”
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  • Parrot King
    Size: 25.x 46.4 (cm) Year: 2010 (April) Medium: Digital (Photohsop, Painter)
  • Details of “Parrot King”
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  • Tigars are here
    Size: 33.3 x 33.3 (cm) Year: 2009 (October) Medium: Digital (Photohsop)
    This is the personal work for my new year card. 2010 was the year of tiger in Japan.
  • Details of “Tigars are here”
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    Red Riding HoodSize: 18.14 x 29.53 (cm) Year: 2009 (August) Medium: Digital Tool: Pencil, Photohsop, Painter
    One of my favorite motif is Red Riding Hood. This short story has inspired me a lot.
  • Details of  “Red Ridigng Hood”
  • Charisma…

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