Im pretty excited to be sharing this with you. I still have A LOT of work to get done for it but I finally thought of a name and put together a teaser.
This isn't so much a tarot deck as a fortune teller style divination deck. Each card represents an animal and that animal represents a feeling, quality or persona. I feel it will pair really well with a traditional deck, be great for finding a person's spirit animal, what qualities are missing from their life and what is in store for that person in future. Simple and black AF! It's a good addition to The American Obscura. Also, you know I had to throw some Americana in there, there are four cards representing some American magic influences.
I'm considering doing a pre sale, just kind of depends on interest and I will be vending BOTH decks at The Black Moon Market in June!
Stay tuned of course for more details and I'm open to any and all questions about the deck! Feel free to comment!
Hi everybody! There comes a point where one must stop apologizing for infrequent updates, it's unlikely that anyone that might be reading this would feel they are owed an apology from me, well at least not for infrequent blog posts.
However, I post when something is going on and since we've reached season of the Misha, aka the time of year people want my participation creatively and the season of gift giving and staying indoors with your own company!
First of all, I found a new printer that is reasonably priced and seem to finally have the deck costing an amount that I can recoup with sales. Although, I loved the giant decks I made with the gorgeous box and sticker, it was so expensive to print and so time consuming, to not lose money on them would require a ridiculous sale price. I really prefer to sell the deck for a reasonable price, avoid retail and be able to provide it for people asking as often as possible. Above are the way the cards look now, I think they look great, super matte and really rich colors. They're practical and super easy to shuffle.
I also have not given up trying to find a publisher! Maybe someday it will happen. I always try to look at the bright side, like one of the world's largest publishers that doe not return submissions was nice enough to pay to return mine with a personal note. I consider that to be pretty cool!
I've been going through a bit of a dry spell lately art wise but I'm finally building up momentum again. I'm realizing that I like what I do and I enjoy the act of making it and participating in community creative endeavors regardless of the outcome, it makes me feel good about life and myself so! artwork happens. I have a group show at the Bemis Gallery on Halloween and the day after to show some stuff that's a new approach for me. Perhaps I should be trying to stay consistent as an artist but I really prefer to try new techniques and mediums as much as possible. It helps me to grow as an artist. This series has been fun to make. Really colorful and pleasing to the eye. It helped me to ease back into making art again without having to do too much thinking about the theme. The backgrounds and colors are inspired by coney island, which will hopefully be a stepping stone to working a show that's near and dear to my heart, a series of pieces based on my dad's stories of Brooklyn when in the 30's-50's. This task could take a long time but I will of course, update my blog about it when there's something to tell :)
I will also be in New Orleans! My favorite place, in the middle of this month, possibly vending and gaging interest in my tarot deck there. Another way I've been keeping busy is by making some skin and hair care products which you can find here:
Or at least music I like to make art to. Perhaps you will too. I'm currently working on the customized Christmas postcards I was thinking about and I have a lot more in the pipeline that I'm planning to draw and paint. Looking at a lot of National Archive photos for inspiration. I'm more interested in making Americana art the old fashioned way than the digital way these days so I can have actual "ORGINALS" I know that seems weird but if I ever want to do a show again, I would like for it to be worth it to come down and see my pieces in person. Although the multi media method was kind of a EUREKA! moment for me when I started doing it, I'm ready to move on to another forms of inspiration and methods. Diversify is my middle name!
I listen to a fair amount of music, sometimes willingly and sometimes forcibly since my husband is a show booker, but I come across a few things that I find particularly helpful for getting me in the mood to make the dark Americana art. Also to give credit where it's due, my husband introduces me to most of the music I listen to now. He helped me to grow and diversify my musical taste a little, helping me to see past goth, punk, psychobilly and so on.
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
This one was introduced to me ohhhh probably around 6 years ago by my friend and brain twin, Danny Dodge, when we saw The Proposition & my now favorite western, The Assassination of Jesse James. I love the music they wrote for both those movies and have found it peaceful to work to while inspiring and cinematic.
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