Welcome to my Inner World. I am a French self-taught artist, and these past seventeen years I have made Norway my home. Moving to the Lofoten islands was the greatest present I ever made to myself and the Arctic landscapes are indeed a true treat for any artist’s eyes. I live with my British soulmate,… Continue Reading

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Joie De Vivre Tarot

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altar    I’ve been a long-time fan of Paulina Cassidy. I think she is, with Brian Froud, the most brilliant fairy artist. I love her “Little People”, they are truly fairylike, that is to say: weird in the true and original sense. They can be cute and kind of creepy at the same time, which fits fairies very well because they love paradoxes. They are liminal. Paulina’s fairies often have animal traits, which makes them look like goblins, my current obsession. They’re also very insect like. Actually, they often look like a patchwork of things, borrowing from every natural realm. They’re hybrids. And as with any true hybrid, each borrowed part actually gives us information about their personality.

I recently bought the Joie de Vivre Tarot illustrated by Paulina Cassidy and every card speaks to my heart and soul. No doubt this deck will be one of my favourite, a fabulous companion for my introspective card drawing. And the booklet (for once) is very well written. Here is an example, this is the commentary for the Seven of Wands:

“With the power of conviction radiating from within, Beam bears the courage to remain true to his ambitions. The townsfolk do not approve of his creativity and uniqueness, but Beam refuses to back down. He strives to defend his dreams, no matter what others think.

Stand your ground, and never surrender! Be a leader by going forth with fortitude, and defend that which you love. Be prepared to meet any challenge that comes your way. Remain true to what you believe in and hold on to your unique vision.”

 

My favourite cards from the deck. And yes, this is my assistant:

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