Sunday, July 16, 2017

BBC Move to Kill Dr

Well they announced the new Dr Who is female, the BBC, as I predicted, is trying hard to destroy this show!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New Stuff I Can't Show

Well, I have one scroll and one coronet done but can't post pics yet. They will be given at Pennsic so I will post them after I get back in mid August. Working on a second coronet and scroll that can't be shown till after Pennsic as well.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

New Coronet

OK, this one will be delivered at Pennsic. Commission, "Rose and Crescent Coronet", 22 (and a tiny bit), Leather, with Acrylic and artificial stones and pearls.  22

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pelican Scroll Given and Done

Now that it is given I can post pictures of the latest scroll I did for the SCA. A long time friend and founding Baron of my home group was awarded his Pelican. For those who do not know what a Pelican is in the SCA, You know what a Knight is ,well a Pelican is a Knight for service instead of fighting. It is a Peerage, one of 4 Great Awards that are SCA wide and are the best you can get. Here is his scroll, I did the illumination (the art) and a friends Baroness Daniela did the Calligraphy, it is in German because that is Heinrich's persona. This is Acrylic,  Egg Tempera and Micron pen on Parchment (animal skin). Picture 21.
Pelican scroll based on illustration 107 from the Theuerdank, German, 1517 by Leonhard Beck: Before the city walls, surrounded by the royal household, Theuerdank recives the laurel wreath from Queen Ehrenreich assisted by Ehrenhold.  Illumination by Master Tristan Alexander, Calligraphy by Baroness Daniela Schwartzhaupt.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Last One Maybe

OK, I think I now have all the art for the calendar done. "Kitsune with Jade Bowl", 5 x 11 (roughly), Acrylic, Micron pen and Watercolor colored pencil on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 20.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mountain of Work

OK, maybe the last picture for the calendar, maybe I need one more. This one is not based on Japanese prints but on Japanese paintings in this case originally on silk. "Summer Mountains", 4 x 6 3/4, Acrylic on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 19.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Little Fishy

"Minnow", 5 x 11, Acrylic, watercolot colored pencil, ProWhite and Micron pen on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 18.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


Photo taken under overcast sky, could not get scans to match up (it is to large to scan all at once. "Lady with a Fan", 6 x 14, Acrylic, watercolor colored pencil, ProWhite, Egg Tempera and Micron pen on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 17.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Horseing Around

OK only part horse, Finally get another one done. I have tried a few times to do a Japanese Centaur and never have gotten it to a point I was happy with. This one I think I like. There is a lot of very subtle shades in this that the scan did not capture, but it is what it is as they say. "Samurai Centaur", 6 x 14, Acryic, Watercolor colored pencil, ProWhite and Micron pen on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 16.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

More for Calendar

I like a lot about this but still not sure if it is right. "Yokai Princess", 5 x 11, Acrylic, Micron pen, watercolor colored pencil and ProWhite on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 15.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Art for Calendar

As I seem to not have enough new Japanese print style pictures for this years Pennsic calendar I am trying to do a few small ones to fill the void. Here is  the first of these; "Shy Crane", 4 x 9 Acrylic, Micron pen and ProWhite on Canson board. Original and prints available. Picture 14.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Bordermarch Coronet(s)

OK, I got a commission for a pair of coronets for co-baroness and I love their Baronial arms and this design for the cornet. Here is the first one finished and the second is in the works (will be exactly the same). "Boardermarch Coronet", 22 inches, Acrylic with artificial pearls on leather. 13.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Attack of the Coronets

After a fairly long time since I had a commission for a coronet (the one I finished not that long ago was actually commissioned last year) I now have 4, a set for two ladies who serve as Baroness and Baroness (not a same sex couple), and two individual personal coronets. I am thrilled cause I can use the money and I enjoy making these. Will post them as I finish them.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Sforza Laurel

OK, by now the deed should be done so I hope it is safe to post this now. Many years ago while I was Baron, I attended a Kingdom Arts and Science event (this is all SCA related) and was sought out by a man I knew only slightly. He took me over to a table with a beautiful small wooden writing desk based on one belonging to Henry the VIII on it. The grain was matched, the wood was amazing and I complimented him on his wonderful work. He then told me it was mine!! I has been one of my prized possessions since then. The wife of this man contacted me a couple weeks ago and told me he was receiving his Laurel (the highest level award you can receive in the SCA for the Arts. Basically a Knighthood for the Arts). She requested that I do the scroll for him for this award and I was happy (if a bit rushed) to do it. So here it is finished, with my terrible calligraphy included. "Sforza Laurel", 9 x 12, Egg Tempera, Acrylic, ProWhite and Pigma pen on Parchment (the skin not the paper). It is based on pages the Sforza Hours, c.1490, Milan. The borders are my own variation on several from the book and the top and bottom Angel and Melusine are directly from different pages (samples will appear below my scroll). Bad calligraphy by me is in Oak Gall ink.  I hope he is happy with it and his laurel is well deserved for his amazing woodworking! Picture 12.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Period Porn Sort Of

I just found this Medieval image of the Fool Card from the Tarot showing 3 boys molesting the fool. The dark spot in the crotch area seems a later attempt to obscure the penis, but if you look closely you can see that it is there and erect. Just find it fascinating to see such an image from SCA period. You could never do such a picture now without moral outcry!
The Fool, Este Tarot (1450) . Anonymous hand-draw card, Yale University Library,

Sunday, May 28, 2017

New Tiny SCA Art

I won't go into the whole reason, but I was kind of stuck in a Panera for several hours today and I knew I would be so I had stuff to work on. I had a scroll I need to finish an I worked on it for a while then had to do something else, and so this happened (I had sketched it previously but erased it all and did what you see). This is on real velum and has real gold leaf (tiny bits that don't show well in the scan). "Mary of Burgundy Tiny Bird Scroll", 3 1/4 x 5, Micron pen, Egg Tempera, a tiny bit of Acrylic and gold leaf on velum. Picture 11.

The second picture is a photo of the scroll showing the gold leaf better.


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 SOLD. 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 SOLD. 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.