Celebration

Although I’m going through a rough time with my dog’s illness, there’s always space for celebration. I’m celebrating the fact that 5 months after this terrible diagnosis, Loki is still here and still keen on going for walks one hour and a half every day, For a dog who’s become incontinent and has prostate cancer and god knows what else, I think he’s doing pretty well.

This last painting, which took me so long because of all my ceramic projects is my homage to the inner sanctuary, the hearth and its guardian, the Brownie. I loved dressing up these old ladies and I can’t work out why all the female characters which abund in fantasy art nowadays are all so young, Even representations of crones are actually young models with white hair. Old age can be so beautiful, sweet and mysterious. I love old ladies. Particularly eccentric ones of course.

Please let me introduce Eleutheria:

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Myfanwy:

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Mathilda:

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Korrigan (pixie from Brittany):

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And Farfadet (the French Brownie, house elf):

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And here is the bigger picture:

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Which I made into a paper diorama:

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I love dioramas SO MUCH! I wish I had an electronic die cut machine, though. Cutting by hand is very messy and takes ages. Also, I’m still struggling with my Canon printer settings. I haven’t figured out yet how to enhance my images prior to printing. It drives me insane, really. I guess I should also buy at some point a daylight lamp to take better pictures of my work.