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30 March 2008 @ 08:54 pm
I've been selling my used books and CDs on Amazon's Marketplace for a while now, but since moving into my new apartment, I've realized just how many books I own which I no longer have much attachment to. Plus, my shelves are just in need of some plain old spring cleaning. Some of them I bought just to write reviews about them. Thus, I've put a number of them up for sale and more will be joining them soon!

I'm very good to my books, so virtually all of them (other than ones I myself purchased already used) are in mint condition. Most are as good as the condition in which they were originally purchased, and you wouldn't be able to distinguish them from the ones currently on bookstore shelves except for the highly discounted price :D

Most of the books I'm selling relate to NeoPaganism and Wicca but there are also books on ancient Egyptian history and culture, etc. If those topics might be of interest to you, and you're looking for some cheap books, you are more than welcome to drop by my Storefront.
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07 January 2008 @ 12:33 pm
What Desiree Means

You are balanced, orderly, and organized. You like your ducks in a row.
You are powerful and competent, especially in the workplace.
People can see you as stubborn and headstrong. You definitely have a dominant personality.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.
You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.
You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.
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14 February 2007 @ 01:57 pm
After almost 7 years of expansion and updating, I think I may finally be ready to let desideratum/Desirée's Musings go. I honestly don't think I have the drive left to actively maintain it, and my views on many matters have changed considerably since I wrote many of the pieces therein. Virtually all of my artwork has been moved to my deviantART website, and while I am planning on purchasing a new domain for my artwork, I don't plan on continuing the Main Wing section. I don't want to obliderate the content of the Main Wing and make it completely unavailable, but I don't have the desire to keep (and pay for) my current domain.
 
 
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I am thrilled beyond belief!
I commented on an entry at the Endicott Studio blog yesterday regarding a poem about a DeerWoman and included links to two of my DeerWoman-based pieces. To my immense delight delight and honor, Terri Windling chose to highlight both of those images and my artwork in general in today's blog entry! You can read the entry yourself if you like: November 13, 2006 (you can also access it and the entire blog via endicottstudio).

If there ever was an occasion that warranted a "Squeakers of joy!" this is certainly it!
 
 
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18 September 2006 @ 02:37 am
In days past, and even still in many rural vestiges where the undercurrent of the Otherworld is still palpable, the word "faery," though known and understood, is rarely heard slipping from the tongues of those who take to heart the perceptions, experiences, and traditions of their elders. According to folklore and legend, the faeries themselves are not overly fond of the term (and it's never a good idea to court even the possibility of offending the fae) 1. One source I discovered even claims that for everytime you pronounce the word, a year is deducted from your lifespan 2. "Faery" was couched in veils of caution. Collectors of folklore utilized the word in their queries, but their informants usually navigated around it with a hypersensitivity and fear like one tracing the edge of a cliff on a moonless night. "Everywhere secrecy and reserve is needed in the mention of them"3.

These days most of us regard such attitudes as superstitious, and we've become lax with its usage. Now it spills from mouth and pen without even the faintest tinge of consequence remaining to haunt the conscience. We may currently find it difficult to sympathize with the uneasiness surrounding "faery" considering the progressive prettification and trivialization of that word, but if we try to extend our empathy beyond our modern approach to the subject, we cannot blame them for their caution.

faery > fae > fée > fatarum > fatum > fata > fate


During a time when the literal and perceived link with the land was anything but tenuous — when the mysterious powers that governed the fertility of the soil, the shifting of weather, and the well-being of livestock could swiftly render people desperately vulnerable or conversely bestow upon them bountiful blessings, it simply wasn't wise to tempt Fate. Therefore, other terms and phrases were used in Faery's stead in order to keep their wrath at bay and/or to appease them. Flattering euphemisms, nebulous references, polite addressions, descriptions of awe and respect linger in their wake. By contrast or by compliment, they reveal how people regarded the fae and the state of consciousness they inhabited.

The following is the beginning of a collection of variants and references both to the realm/state/condition/land of Faery and its inhabitants. In amassing this growing collection, I have searched for words which apply broadly to very large classes of faery or to Faery as a whole rather than words which refer to more specific "subspecies" of fae. I have chosen to focus on European faeries.
a rose by any other name. . .Collapse )
cross-posted to deerwoman
 
 
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ambience: "Synsym Flight" - Meloscience Corp.
 
 
 
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06 September 2006 @ 11:13 pm
I discovered something new about myself this past weekend: I hate cilantro. That is not an exaggeration. I loath that horrible excuse for an herb.

Andrew and I decided to try a Mexican restaurant we had never been to before, and when the cashier asked if we wanted cilantro on our chicken tacos, we said "Sure, why not?" Little did I know. . . I tried to take off all of the stuff from my tacos, but it's so damn pervasive and the scent/taste was infused into the entire thing. I felt really bad wasting otherwise good tacos, but I honestly could not force myself to eat them. Earlier in the week I brought in a microwaveable organic Mexican Tamale Pie for lunch at work. It looked good judging from the picture and the ingredients. Corn, crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce, beans, zucchini - where could it go wrong? I'm not a big fan of zucchini, but it's not like it has a strong, overpowering flavor so I was okay with eating something that contained it. However, once I took it out of the microwave it smelled really unpleasant. I thought perhaps the heat had melted some of the plastic container. I tried it anyway, and it was so nasty I could only tolerate a few bites. At the time I didn't know why it was so damned horrible, but after visiting that Mexican restaurant it dawned on me: it must have contained cilantro.

According to a Wikipedia article, my distaste (that word is definitely an understatement) may actually be in my blood, so to speak: "The leaves have a very different taste from the seeds, similar to parsley but 'juicier' and with citrus-like overtones. Some people instead perceive an unpleasant 'soapy' taste and/or a rank smell. This taste is believed to be a genetic trait, but has yet to be fully researched."

Apparently, I am not the only one who feels so strongly. Believe it or not there exists a www.ihatecilantro.com and I entirely sympathize with the horror stories related there. Honestly, I would rather chug down cough syrup and munch on non-chewable Tylenol than ever eat cilantro again.
 
 
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25 July 2006 @ 01:27 pm

I submitted my essay A Personal Philosophy of Faery Art to Witchvox a little while ago, and to my great surprise and delight, they have actually published it on their site! Here it is! I was concerned because I thought it might be too much of a stretch to be considered relevant (I thought that it might be relevant since faeries are a part of a traditional Pagan worldview and in many cases, they are also a part of contemporary Pagan worldviews), but I guess the editors thought it was relevant enough. I'm not going to argue.

Also, I'm in the process of creating a new LJ devoted solely to my more serious musings on art, mythology, Faery, Nature, etc. :deerwoman. Originally, that was the intention of this journal, but I have strayed somewhat. I don't want to delete everything I deem "not serious/pensive enough" from this journal, so I've decided instead to start fresh with a different one. I have no intentions of deleting or abandoning this account. There will still be more posts relevant to those subjects listed above, but this journal will also continue to include my generic ramblings, rants, etc. whereas the new one will not. I may also be copying/transferring previous significant posts from this journal to the new one as well. So, if you'd like to avoid my periodic babbling and whining, you may wish to friend the new journal instead of this one! ;)
 
 
ambience: the hum of the computer
 
 
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18 July 2006 @ 02:48 pm
 January 20, 2004:  My Lady took two lives the other day. An overturned canoe was found in Her frigid waters, an abandoned firearm found upon Her shore. Apparently, two men had been duck hunting and one fell into the water. The other attempted to help him, but both shared in the same fate. The murky depths and underwater vegetation of Her lake have taken others before them.

And I must acknowledge all of Her faces.

The same waters have shown me the face of the moon, disturbed only by the faint concentric rings produced by a tossed pebble or a fish contacting the surface. They have soothed and consoled me in some of my worst hours, and they have held my small kayak afloat as I explored the terrain from a different perspective.

Her winter snows split and bend the young Eastern Red Cedars, and She calls forth the purple crocus from the chill soil. The osprey, whose presence seems to be less frequent as the years pass, graces Her sky with his arched, dappled wings. Her features are delineated in the foliage - Tulip Poplar, Sassafras, Pin Oak, White Ash, Dogwood, Sugar Maple - they are the delicate lines that etch Her skin. Her bones are the water-worn boulders left behind by glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age.

    She breathes in the air, flows in the water, resounds in the earth, quickens with the warmth of the sun.

 I am searching for Her name.
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As you can tell by the dates included in this writing, it is already a few years old. It is obviously in need of some (okay, a lot) additional work.
 
 
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17 July 2006 @ 07:34 pm

I recently discovered a very useful internet tool for those of us who post their original writing on the web: Copyscape. You simply enter the URL of one of your pages, and it searches for instances of plagiarism. Unfortunately, it will only allow you to view a limited number search results for free, but unless you happen to have dozens of people copying your work, the results it does show you will be sufficient.
 
 
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06 July 2006 @ 10:16 pm

"Folk instruments" is listed as one of my interests, and perhaps that term needs some clarification. By "folk instruments" I'm not referring to instruments used in 60s flower-child bands, it was just the best term I could think of at the time to indicate musical instruments which are generally not included in Western orchestras.There may be a better term, but I am unaware of it. Anyways, I collect and (attempt to) play various folk instruments, mostly woodwinds, including sulings (Indonesian bamboo flutes), penny whistles, thumb pianos, a bamboo aerophone, pan pipes, ocarinas, etc. My most cherished instruments are my Native American style flutes. They are also the instruments with which I seem to have the greatest rapport. I received my first one as a Yule gift from my mother, a gorgeous Sparrowhawk flute made by High Spirits Flutes. My second (or second and third, depending upon your perspective) flute, Amon Olorin ABS resin set, was a birthday gift. My third flute, a Tsunami, I purchased a short time ago.

While up at Andrew's house earlier this week, he recorded me playing some of my Native American style flutes. All three pieces are pure improvisations on my part, and the only editing that has been done to them was the addition of a slight bit of reverberation. They are in mp3 format and are all under a minute long (they were essentially just sound tests we did to see how well each of the flutes sounded). My musical internet debut:
    • six-hole Western Red Cedar flute in the key of A
    • five-hole Tulip Poplar flute in the key of F
    • five-hole Tulip Poplar flute in the key of F (2)
They're not exactly masterpieces, but I was really smitten by the fact that for the first time I could listen to something I had played while I wasn't actually playing it.


I discovered Sam Weber's work in the Communication Arts Illustration annual which came out this month, and it's really spectacular! Go see > Sam Weber Illustration (some of my favorites are Lavinia, Deer, and Rabbit)
 
 
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05 July 2006 @ 07:11 pm
Update 7/16/07: Although many of my opinions regarding much of popular fairy art (aptly represented by the volume in question) are still quite intact, my views and overall approach to the contemporary fairy craze and changed and softened somewhat. My earlier, more asinine reflections on the craze were not, as some might suggest 1, due to jealousy borne of the commercial success of some of the artists who are at the vanguard of the genre. Rather my initial fervor has entirely to do with the fact that something very near and dear to me is being cheapened and deprived of its integral mystery and ambiguity largely for the purposes of financial gain and popularity.

If contemporary "fairy artists" derive joy from their art, then it is hardly my place to attempt to intervene. I also completely understand that artists have to eat, and if "fairy art" is the vehicle though which they obtain the funds to do so, then more power to them. I still feel that there is a great deal more to Faery than what is displayed in virtually all of their work, and to the extent that what they do contributes to the growing superficiality and watering-down of a deep, profound tradition (sometimes this is born from the artist's genuine lack of knowledge of the subject, other times it is a blithe, arrogant disregard for viewpoints contrary to their own) I cannot fully endorse it.

My new approach has been to seek to initiate change from the inside of the craze rather than by shunning and trying to disassociate from it entirely. An apt phrase comes to mind: "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar." Instead of focusing on what I believe to be detrimental, I am working to encourage that which reveals the depth and potency of Faery, hopefully by planting some seeds in the vast soil of the fairy craze with my own art and writing. I want to make peace with the contemporary fairy craze so I can more readily focus on my own work, and it is much more valuable to me to work on establishing and strengthening an alternative path for those genuinely interested in Faery than to waste precious time with criticism. Thankfully, I am not the only one seeking towards this end. In keeping with this more tolerant, progressive approach, I have removed the following review from the Amazon website where it had the most exposure. It contains what I still believe to be valid points,which is why I am allowing it to be viewable here, but most of them are stated in a more harsh manner than I would now prefer.



I just posted my review of David Riché's The Art of Faery to my website and submitted it to Amazon. You can also read it below the cut. A Disappointment: Pretty and Whimsical but lacking in SubstanceCollapse )

1) Galbreth, Jessica. "Advice from Jessica." Enchanted Art. http://enchanted-art.com/pages/advice.php.
I'm referring specifically to the following statements: "Of course with the huge amount of artists springing up, there is bound to be a bit of negativity as well. I've heard that those of us who did it first have often become targets of hateful bashing on forums. While this is sad, we must remember that this is just like any other industry. And, some people react to other's successes by trying to tear them down, maybe with the hopes that if they do, there will be more room for them."

 
 
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28 June 2006 @ 02:51 pm
From my paper-based journal:
We become so caught up in the trappings of Faery that we have lost any real conception as to what Faery means in the first place. The visual shorthand, articles of which may have once housed deeper, more profound meaning, is now mistaken to be the genuine item to such a degree that Faery is now often defined as the shorthand itself. The trappings are no longer seen as a vehicle for representation but as the reality itself.

In a recent article in a popular fairy-enthusiast magazine, one woman essentially used an entire page of type relating to her readers her favorite faery attributes: she's enamored with the work of Amy Brown, Jessica Galbreth, and David Delamare (she has such shocking and original preferences, I know!). She loves their fairies' romantic garments, lean figures, pointed ears, and diaphanous wings; she was even adventurous enough to admit to indulging in the sultry gazes of so-called "dark faeries" from time to time. All in all, she basically wastes a full page on superficiality, blithely frolicking with her one-dimensional visages while gleefully steering clear of any hint of substance. Why does she love faeries? The answer is simple: because they have great fashion sense and cool, fanciful accessories (i.e. wings, ear attachments, etc.).


I stumbled upon an Amazon recommended reading list today which made me smile. I wish the author of the list would have had more recommendations and some specific commentary for the books he suggests, but some comments in the first paragraph are worth repeating (I didn't fix his spelling errors):
"If you are brave...really brave...and find the 'status quo' a bore...then perhaps you are ready to learn about the REAL realm of fairy. Not chicly dressed fairy's in thigh high boots with coordinating hose...but REAL FAERIES -
Then read on...
There are places on this earth where it is common knowledge that the realm of fairy is very real, very present and waiting to connect with their human cousins...us. Be open minded because real fairys do not shop at the mall for their wardrobe but are more akin to nature spirits…and are not something you see (although some can) but something you sense."
When I manage to accumulate some extra money, I plan on purchasing a number of R.J. Stewart's books.


In other news, my boyfriend Andrew and I are going to see Rasputina at the Sellersville Theatre on July 13th! We have front row seats! (Well, actually we have a table which is technically closer to the stage than the front row.) Yay!
 
 
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04 June 2006 @ 05:57 pm
Tonight at 9pm on the Discovery Channel there is a special called "Egypt's New Tomb Revealed" which will highlight the excavation of KV63, a New Kingdom tomb located in the Valley of the Kings. Archaeologists believe it may contain the mummy of Tutankhamen's wife, Ankhesenamun (they showed a snippet of some hieroglyphs on the commercial, and they read "pa-aten." Before Tut restored Egypt's traditional religion, Ankhesenamun's name was Ankhesenpaaten).

I just thought that some of you might appreciate it, if you were not aware of it already. :)
 
 
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01 June 2006 @ 05:04 pm
I'm debating whether to set up a section on the reviews portion of my website dedicated to book and DVD reviews relating to bellydancing. In the meantime, I may just post such reviews here.

I originally posted this review over at Amazon (it may not be viewable at that location yet as I just submitted it), and it references other Amazon reviews.

Imperfect, but still InspirationalCollapse )

I fully expect that when my review is posted, I will be greeting with a slew of "unhelpful" votes simply because I critiqued the performances. It seems that every review which even slightly casts a critical eye on this DVD gets bombarded with them.

Edit: I'm shocked, but so far my review has received 2 helpful votes. Weirdness. It was also weird when I discovered that Amazon had edited out the word "breast" in my second paragraph and replaced it with an ellipsis. I didn't realize that "breast" was a dirty word! O.o It's not like I wrote "booby" or "tit," sheesh. I edited it and replaced it with "chest."
 
 
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11 May 2006 @ 12:07 pm
This is originally a response to a post over at mythicfaery (here it is in its original context). I'm adding it to my personal journal for safekeeping and perhaps to expand upon it later.

receptivityCollapse )

The Mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum) are blooming! The verdant spikes of hostas have now unfurled, bursting into lush foliate mounds. The bitter greens and dusky reds of early spring are just starting to deepen.
 
 
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ambience: Arabia: The Woman's Voice
 
 
 
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01 May 2006 @ 09:05 pm
Counterpoint. Just as I was again losing hope in the whole prospect of art relating to Faery, I found myself being led down various paths and discovering a section of the Endicott Studio I had not visited before. Although I am familiar with Oliver Hunter's art and writings, these journal entries of his are brand new to me (if you are unfamiliar with his creations, I highly recommend that you remedy that by visiting the journal link or the remnants of his website at Muse Hill):
Oliver Hunter"s musings on Faery and artCollapse )
In these two paragraphs, he has expressed eloquently something I with which I was verbally struggling in my ruminations on mythic art (see previous entry). I have in my own notes that "fantasy artist tend to depict mythical beings, creatures, etc. as if they are corporal, flesh-and-blood whereas mythic artists are inclined to depict them visualizations of symbolic traits, as emanations/representations of generally non-ordinary beings. Within fantasy artwork, creatures like dragons, elves, etc. are shown and conceived of just as humans and other animals are." I wasn't satisfied with the manner in which I attempted to impart the real concept I had in mind, so I left that section out. Oliver Hunter bore to the heart of what I intended to say: "I'm looking across the riddled treetops of Faery, hunting for something — not a secret exactly (not something to be made visible), but a sign, a directive to action. This is cheapened by giving Faery an opaque and fathomable character because it places the (human) author in an omnipresent position, which does not and cannot apply in the case of the invisible."

Exactly. Mythic art is deeply involved in what it conceals and reveals, and it acknowledges that it cannot reveal everything and thus leaves potent space for the viewer (and indeed the artist him or herself) to probe. On the other hand, fantasy art tends to be extremely concerned with forming every detail of costume, motive, character, language, landscape - the artist seeks to build an entire, meticulously-ordered, pre-determined, self-contained world inside their own skull. The creatures and characters in fantasy artwork are entirely solid: although in one particular image we might not be able to see the underbelly of some great, lolling beast, there is no doubt that the artist has conceived the texture and color of that underbelly.

When I utilized the term solid in the previous sentence to refer to creatures in fantasy artwork, it was not to suggest that the mythic is in all manifestations non-physical, non-tactile. Physical, tactile things have their mythic aspects. Deer, for instance, are real creatures which exist in our ordinary, so-called objective reality. One can touch them, dissect them, even ingest them, yet for all of that we cannot deny their mythic quality (i.e. the Invisible facet of which Oliver speaks and the "mystery" Joseph Campbell refers to in the quotations in my previous entry): "Craving the dialect of cities, I forgot the way deer steal into the yard with their big hearts and fragile dreams. I wasn't here to follow their gaunt, level eyes, or the staggering poetry of their hooves" (Diane Ackerman in A Natural History of the Senses). Mythic artwork is engrossed with somehow imparting the "staggering poetry of their hooves;" fantasy tends to depict its subjects, whether "real" or "imaginary" with the fervor of scientific illustration.

Kakuzo Okakura writes in his The Book of Tea that "[i]n leaving something unsaid the beholder is given a chance to complete the idea and thus a great masterpiece irresistibly rivets your attention until you seem to become actually a part of it. A vacuum is there for you to enter and fill up to the full measure of your aesthetic emotion." This is why East Asian artists are often seen as the masters of empty space, why their landscapes often writhe in a mist that defines the majority of the composition as seemingly empty, allowing the character of the paper itself to become part of the painting. Personally though, I disagree with Okakura's use of the term "vacuum" in reference to those significant, ill-defined places - at least in the context of mythic artwork. A vacuum to me implies void, nothingness, whereas I believe in actuality those ill-defined places are in fact quite the opposite: teeming with possibilities simply because they do not provide such distinct limitations to the viewer. Those spaces are "blank" or vague not because they represent lack, but because the artist comes to terms with the fact that her splay of many-hued leads, her wells of jewel-like ink, impressive as they are, do not contain the liminal, shimmering colors necessary to truly "complete" the tableau. And as Oliver stated, it would only cheapen the subject to suppose that one could render the mythic in its entirety.

When I posted my drawing of The CatfishWoman to my Epilogue gallery, one individual wrote that by choosing to crop the figure of the faery as I had was teasing the viewer, "Your description of her only makes me want to see how you would draw the rest of her. What you have here is quite a tease!" When I posted the same drawing in my Elfwood gallery, someone commented that judging by what portions of her anatomy could be perceived in this image, she was far too human to be considered adequately within fantasy genre and he expressed that the image was lacking. I responded, "I agree that I have not pushed the boundaries as far as I could have regarding her degree of catfishiness, but the representation felt right to me at the time and I'm still pleased with how it turned out. I envision her as a shapeshifter who can embody a broad range of forms between wholly human and wholly catfish. Perhaps I will depict her in another piece in an aspect closer to the catfish end of the spectrum. The way I chose to frame and compose this piece should also be taken into consideration. Perhaps her arms and torso lead off the page and form elegant fins, perhaps not. I like giving the viewer room to put their own imagination to use. Someone over at my Epilogue gallery commented that this image was a 'tease' since I didn't show her in her entirety, and in a way they're quite right, and I personally think the image might become too dull and predictable if I just handed the viewer all of the information."

Shimmering peripheries. Potent spaces. Although they can be embodied in the clean absence of pigment in Chinese ink paintings, I believe there are other manners of allowing potentiality, ambiguity, mystery into one's artwork, more ways than I could possibly enumerate.



In other news, I have a new friend! :D A recent trip to Skippack, Pennsylvania introduced me to a small shop which included among its wares a collection of Native American flutes. Tsunami flutes to be precise. I hit it off with a lovely flute in the key of F, its body crafted of Tulip Poplar and its bird/block/fetish of Palownia. The natural tone of both woods is quite light: a pale flute for a pale girl. I have a particular affinity with Tulip Poplar as that species of tree populates much of the land surrounding my home. (Tulip Poplar spires wreath my Horned God's brow and a Tulip Poplar leaf-pen entwine my Green Lady's hair.)

Well, that's enough writing for one night I think!
 
 
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ambience: "Il Alem Allah" Amr Diab
 
 
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01 May 2006 @ 05:01 pm
I've been attempting to collect my thoughts surrounding the issues of what distinguishes mythic art from fantasy art as well as what I personally feel mythic art to be. My notes on these subjects form undulating blocks of handwriting which ebb and flow around the notes I was taking for my art history classes. I hope to take the raw material of these notes, develop them into something more refined, and post them as something of a keynote reading at both mythicart and mythicfaery. For the moment, I'm just transcribing the bulk of them in this journal entry with minimal editing, so expect a decent amount of repetition and a general rough, sketchy quality from the writing. I've also interspersed some quotations I'm considering adding to the discussion in the final draft.

Notes on the nature of Mythic ArtCollapse )

P.S. A Blesséd Beltane to those of you of a Neo-Pagan persuasion!
 
 
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19 February 2006 @ 06:19 pm
At the moment I'm only uploading new artwork to my DA account. One of these days I fully intend to get my Flash site up and running, but at this point I really don't feel like working with the html version.
 
 
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10 January 2006 @ 07:27 pm
You can now find a selection of prints of some of my recent work for sale! I'm still in the process of adding items, but if there's something in particular that you would like to offered as a print or on a product (e.g. a mousepad, postcards, magnets, etc.), please let me know and I'll see what I can do :D

www.sphinxmuse.deviantart.com/store
(you can also go to www.sphinxmuse.deviantart.com/prints - both URLs lead to the same place)


Squeakers of joy ^_^
 
 
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04 January 2006 @ 12:22 pm
Holy billowing granny underpants Batman! DeviantArt has a program where you can sell prints of your work in various finishes and sizes. (Thanks to lorifury for bringing this to my attention!) Unlike CafePress, where in order to get multiple items with different imagery on them you have to pay at least $9.95/month (or thereabouts) for an account, DeviantArt has a one time only fee and they offer a great deal more print sizes along with other products. So, it looks like I'm going to be having some prints available for sale soon! Yay! Squeakers of joy :-)

I've already had a few requests for prints of my DeerWoman image, so I'm definitely going to be including that piece, but are there any other pieces anyone would like to see offered as a print? Almost any image in my personal gallery, Elfwood gallery, Epilogue gallery, or even my photography can be potentially made into a print! Feedback is definitely appreciated. . .

Unfortunately, I'm not quite sure how long it will take to set everything up since I have to submit my files for approval before they can be produced as prints. So for the next few weeks, I'll probably be on a scanning frenzy in order to get higher-quality scans of my images for print.
 
 
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