The Goblins’Portal

The Dog Keeper welcoming our beloved friends.
When my dear Loki died 6 years ago, in the evening, I saw him. He was so happy because he didn’t feel the pain any longer, he was feeling so fine and he looked at me, uncomprehending, he felt my (bottomless) sadness and wondered why I was not rejoicing. A few days later, I dreamed we were bathing together in the sea. I was so glad he came to visit me. The sun was shining and the water was crystal clear. I know he will be here for me one day, by the Goblins Portal. Wagging his tail. Bringing his ball at my feet.

 

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This morning, I was standing in my garden, deep in thoughts when I felt someone touch my shoulder. I turned my head slightly... it was a bird resting on my shoulder. I laughed. I didn't expect that, I must say. He flew off and I called after him "Oh, hello, cheeky bird!" and he chatted back to me from a tree but I didn't quite catch what he said. Still, there was laughter in the air, as there often is with birds...

I dreamed we had moved a bit further North on Lofoten. The North is always a magical direction in my dreams, closer to the Otherworld. The new house was a bit like ours at the moment but so much bigger. All this new space to use for my creativity, I was delighted! Although our house is a square, there is something circular about it, a bit like a spiral, the wood stove being at the center of it. And so was also the new house. From the entrance, you could go through a chain of rooms and it would lead you back to the entrance. At the center was a huge living-room, which was a bit like a courtyard with skylights and windows on a second floor. This house was a sanctuary. A temple. But outside was even more wondrous. I was surely going to miss our present view because I'm very attached to the view of this forest filling our windows, but the surroundings in the dream were something very special. The house was straight at the edge of the sea, so close to it that it gave me the feeling the house was actually a ship, and the light was a bit similar to the one in this painting I made many years ago. Behind and on each side loomed imposing dark mountains. I climbed down from the wooden deck of my house (it could also have been a terrace) into the shallow sea. I was very apprehensive about the temperature but the water was actually lukewarm. The sea was teeming with thousands of brightly coloured fish. Beautiful fish. I even picked up one, gently, in my cupped hands and released it lovingly. I walked up to some rocks and right beyond was the savage sea, with its rolling and crashing waves. It was also slightly below because it was low tide. It seemed the shore around the house was a huge natural pool always replenished by the high tide. I imagined myself swimming in the deep vast sea on calm days, but for the moment, I was very grateful for the chance to bathe with the fishes every single day.

The Dog Keeper

Soon the end of the Midnight Sun… looking forward to seeing the stars again in one month..

This is an image in a long series about the Goblin world. Goblins love animals, crafts and music. I know my Loki is with them.
I had fun painting the cave, this little Goblin’s home.

I dreamed my Beloved and I lived in a big mansion by a river. The style was very 1920's and there was a big conservatory (like a glass veranda) and many rooms. We decided to open a bed and breakfast but on our own terms. We wanted only a few guests and to keep to a reasonable price so that it wouldn't be for rich people only. Everybody was pushing us to rent all the rooms and make a maximum of money but we didn't care about money. We wanted a few guests only whom we would take great care of. Perhaps we could open in the conservatory a tearoom on Saturdays for the locals but only with a few tables. We didn't want to become slaves to our work either. We were aiming for quality over quantity. Our first customer was a young Chinese woman, perhaps because China and Japan in particular represent for me refinement and it feels like they put a lot of love in the things they hand-craft. There was going to be for sure a waiting list, since we didn't want to expand our capacities but the power we had, we were going use it wisely.

I've been listening again lately to the Juliet Letters, such evocative music and great performance...

Into the Forest We Go

The grey skies are back, yeah! It hadn’t rained for a long while. I love the sound of rain at night, I always sleep better.

Spring is here!

 

This is a detail from the animation I'm working on. I'm having more and more fun every day.
And a wallpaper

Waterfalls

I've always been enthralled by some aspects of Japanese and Chinese cultures. Lately, the pull has been so powerful that I started to study Chinese again, but not just pinyin, the characters too. I'm also tempted by Japanese, but as usual, I have far too much on my plate!

Finally!

It took nearly six months to complete this animation. The animation took just under two weeks, the painting itself took ages. It was quite intense and immersive.

I can’t believe it took so many hours every day for nearly half a year, just to produce a video of 3 minutes. But this makes me so happy.

Spending my days in imagination’s thrilling company is a great way to spend my life (while still grounded in practicalities – but not alienated).

The Soul Boat is my muse, she is my guiding light.

Here is the animation, you can play it full screen by double clicking on it :

Soul’s Sweet and Deep Music

I’ve finished the first part of my little project of an animation. I say “little” but I actually spent 4 months painting a single scene, and not just a few hours a day. This was fun.

The music is La Celtie et l’Infini by Alan Stivell.

Here is the animation:

A Bookmark

This is my first digital painting made with a fantastic program, Clip Studio Paint. This software is really amazing, I much prefer it to Photoshop or Corel Painter (which was great… years ago). On top of it, it’s very affordable. I mean really.

 

This is a bookmark which I might order prints of, and sell a few on Etsy. But first, I think I will paint several bookmarks and perhaps sell them as a lot. Or not. 

 

This mansion is called the Lodge of the Northern Woods. It has numerous  fireplaces, an excellent cook and a very charming host. It is not possible to book in advance. It’s the kind of place you only stumble upon on an adventure.