Friday, May 19, 2017

Brother, Friend, Artist, Gone

I just got the news that a close and dear friend who was more like a brother than just a friend, he was also an amazing artist and we shared a brain...I am stunned at his loss.

If I did not believe in reincarnation and know that he did to, I would be a mess right now. I know we will meet again.

Theadeaus Shaffer who I have known for over 30 years ,co-owner and proprietor of The Magic Mirror  (my shop at Pennsic) died this morning.  I am in shock.

He had a long list of serious health issues and is just another victim of our failed healthcare system! 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Yet More Free Art

Instead of working on stuff that might sell and make me money I am doing yet another Peerage scroll for the SCA. I was asked to do this and since the person who it is for gifted me with something very spiffy once, I felt I should do it. The Sforza Hours is one of my all time fav books to work from so that is what this is inspired by. This is on real parchment (animal skin) and is 9 x 12.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Another Tiny Pic

Well for some reason the color washed out and I can not seem to get it to scan right, but anyway here is another small picture. "Tiny Lotus Dragon", 3 x 8 Acrylic, Micron pen, watercolor colored pencil and ProWhite on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 10.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

SCA Scroll Update

Well the illumination part is finished, someone else will be doing the calligraphy so I will show the detail of the main Illuminations here and will show the completed scroll after it has been given. Again if you think you know who this is for KEEP it to yourself as it needs to stay a surprise!

I am a Failure

I am such a failure, my son doesn't trust me, I can't do anything right, no one wants my art and I am useless as a person!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

SCA Scroll

This is a somewhat secret project, so if by some strange chance someone who knows who this might be for sees it here, please do NOT say anything to anyone about who you think it might be for! Awards are mostly done as a surprise and to have the person know they are getting it ruins that. But I wanted to post this WIP of what I am doing along with several other projects I am trying to do at the same time. This is on real parchment (animal skin) and is 11 x 17 overall, this detail is 7 x 7 roughly. The center area looks fuzzy because of the flash.

Sunday, May 7, 2017


I need to do a scroll for the SCA, normally that would be no big deal. I love working on velum (animal skin) and have some that is smooth and wonderful to work on. But when I went to get some for this scroll I could not find it. I did however find 2 nice size pieces of parchment (a less fine animal skin than velum). Having not really worked on parchment before I was unsure of how to prepare it if it was not already prepared fro use. So I took a small scrap and did this. I tried Calligraphy and painting on it (should have done real gilding but used paint instead). I based this on some medieval illumination with my own twists. "Atlantis", about 3 x 4, Acrylic, Micron pen, metallic paint and ink on parchment. Original and prints available. Picture 9.

Monday, May 1, 2017


I am continuing the commission I started last year and still have not finished. I do really hope by the end of the week to be done or close to done.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Steampunk Bug

Not sure how I am going to matt this (doing the right size oval will be a huge pain), but I have a small unique frame that I id this specifically for. I love Praying Mantis and this idea came to me after seeing some very strange versions of that bug.  "Mechanimantis", 4 1/2 x 6 3/4, Acrylic, watercolor colored pencil, Micron pen and ProWhite on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 8.

Friday, April 21, 2017

More Non Planned Art

I still have tons I HAVE to do, but this is what I did instead. There is a lot of subtle things that the scan does not pick up well (like the delicate white pattern in the green kimono). The idea came to me to do a kitsune who transforms from her human form to her fox form because of the music she is playing. "By Music Transformed", 6 1/2 x 14 1/2, Acrylic, watercolor colored pencil, ProWhite, Micorn pen and white gel pen on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 7.

New Coronet

This is a spiffy coronet  I did for the person I did the last one for, since I took so long on the first one I made this one and am selling it to her at a lower price as a thank you for her patience. I tried several new techniques on this and it is far from perfect but I think it is very spiffy! "Gold Star Coronet", 22 inches, Acrylic and artificial jewels and pearls on leather. Number 6.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

More Not Right Art

I have two very small frames that I wanted to do Japanese print style art for and as it would not take long to do pictures for this small, I did this. "Red Flower with Faerie", 3 1/2 x 8 1/2, Micron pen, Acrylic, watercolor colored pencil and ProWhite on Canson board. Original and prints for sale. Picture 5.

Monday, April 17, 2017

New Art I Should Not Be Doing

I have commissions I need to finish and start but I bpught some new frames and they inspired me, so here is a new, small, pointless, so so picture. Bad title "Silver Sky Fish", roughly 8 x 6 oval, Acrylic and ProWhite on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 4.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Finaly Done

This should have been done last year but due to emotional and physically issues it took forever and is NOW finally finished. This is a commission, the gold and red star represents a comet which is on the Arms of the person who commissioned this. The blue is much darker and richer in real life.  "Star/Comet Coronet", 22 inches around, about 2 inches tall, Acrylic on leather with artificial half pearls. Number 3.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Favorite Old Shirt

Way back in 1998 I was asked to do the T-shirt and con book design for Ecuminicon. The theme that year was fire as represented by the Magician Tarot card. I did what I thought was a cool design, the suites and eternity being juggled over a forge. But what they did with the shirt is my favorite T-shirt design of any I have ever done for any con. They went out of their way to do overlays that allowed them to print white and then black over a red/orange/yellow mottled shirt. The end result is stunning and I could not have been happier with what they did. I wore mine until it wore out, this is my husband's which he has never worn.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Demon Icon

It is not turning out how I wanted and it may never be finished, but I wanted to do an Icon of Arioch, patron Demon of Elric. Someday I may manage to do one that looks how I want, but till then, here the work in progress of what I tried to do. "Arioch Icon WIP", detail (top half), the full thing is 8 1/2 x 16 1/2, Acrylic, metallic, Prisma color on black board.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New Art

OK, it is nothing I am supposed to be doing and nothing I started recently, but I came across the pencil drawing I had done as the preliminary for a Christmas card I had planed a few years ago (I did a different version in the end) and decided I liked the base sketch enough to finish the picture. So I inked and painted it and here it is. "Reindeer in Snow", 8 x 10, Micron pen, Acrylic and ProWhite on Illustration board. Original and prints available. Picture 2.


Old Dragonrider Picture

Well he is not old but the drawing is. The original was done in marker on Bristol most likely. This is a colored print, it is 3 2/3 x 9 1/4Acrylic wash over print on cardstock. "T'ran and Blink", T'ran was my Fort Weyr character in the Dragonriders of Pern fan club. He rode a green named Ananth and his bronze firelizard (pictured) is Blink. Prints available.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

More Realy Old Art

I did this back in college, for one of our D&D games. The original is not in great shape but I scanned and cropped and hope it is at least presentable. I still love the design.  "Demon Dagger", ii x 11 (cropped from 11 x 17). Colored pencil on paper.

Old Art

Well since I have nothing new to post and just came across this old pencil sketch on colored paper I thought I would share it. This is from back when I was really into doing pencil shading. "Golden Boy", 9 x 8 1/2 on gold charcoal paper.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Me and Joe, Old Picture

This is me and Joe when he was maybe 10, at Pennsic War. Wish I had a picture of us both in the bat robes (the orange kimono with black bats that I am wearing here. He had one too).

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Poor Start

I have done ONE picture so far this year.
By this time last year I had done 15 pictures! This makes me sick. Of course since I can seem to sell my art anymore anyway, I guess there is no reason to make more!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Finished Knighting Shield Scroll

OK, it is done except for the clear coating. So my calligraphy as usual is crap, but oh well. This is 24 x 38 curved wood shield painted with Acrylic. Picture 1 of 2017.
Addition partly for my friend Pyracantha. The picture below my painting is the painting it was based on by Albrecht Durur.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Sheild Scroll Update

Well the "calligraphy" is giving me fits, but the picture part is finished. Hope to have it all done by Wednesday.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Shield Scroll Update

Well, I had to redo part of this already. While I did my homework and painted the arms correctly, they are NOT how the person who has them wants them (and they are now working to get them officially switched). So I lost about a days worth of work redoing it. Anyway, here is the shield scroll as it currently stands, lots more to do. This is 25 x 36, curved wood, acrylic paint.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Shield Scroll WIP

This is what I have been working on and have to have done before the end of Feb. It is a large wooden shield being done as a knighting scroll for the SCA.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day

"It is estimated that between 5,000 and 15,000 gay men were detained in concentration camps under the Nazi regime, persecuted under Paragraph 175 of the German Criminal Code, which proscribed sexual acts between men. (In total, between 1933 and 1945, around 100,000 men were arrested under Paragraph 175, half of whom were sentenced.) While the Gestapo directive expanding incarceration beyond regular prisons was issued on April 4, 1938, gay men were among the first victims of the Holocaust to be rounded up and interned in concentration camps starting in 1933."

(And when the Allied forces liberated the camps, they did NOT liberate the gays, they LEFT THEM in the camps)!!

The cry of "Never Again" is a powerful one, but with our current President and Congress, we are headed for this same horror! Jews will not be the main target, but I am sure they will be included by the White Supremacists who want this to be a straight, white, male, Christian Nation and are already starting to make laws to make it so!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Delays and Deadlines

Well, the Elric picture is not going anyplace right now, mostly because I have a coronet and a knighting scroll to do, both with deadlines. Once they are done I will get back to the Elric picture. This year is starting off very slow on art getting done.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

First Picture of 2017 Almost

I had hoped to have this done way before now but being me, I just have to make it more complicated than it maybe needs to be. Anyway, still a lot to do on it and I have no idea of the name it will have. But Elric is one of my all time favorite characters and I had not done a picture of him in a while. And it just feels like 2017 ids a year we will need an incarnation of the Eternal Champion, since the balance is definitely out of whack! Almost 15 x 8, all the usual stuff on the usual board.