78 cards later

Here’s life after the tarot — Well, backtrack a bit. June 2004 I started on a project to create a tarot deck. 78 pieces of art. Not for any client, just for my own pleasure; though I soon found embarking on a long project like that, regardless of whether there’s someone holding purse strings on it, sets its own terms. It had to be cohesive: in style, in tone, in color. Concerns about the first item on that checklist did give me pause. I knew that without someone actually paying for the project to happen, it would necessarily take several …

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Tomatoes, Poppies, and Art

My husband and I went to Home Depot yesterday on a plant-buying mission. Our garden was in need of some additions after a horde of invading oxalis weeds had been forcibly removed. The battlefield of raw upturned dirt and stone that resulted called out for something to cover it. California poppies, he suggested, and I agreed instantly with the idea. The image of golden orange flower cups swaying the breeze was tantalizing, a romantic image, reminding me of some paintings I’d done in the past. Reminded me of bicycle rides as a kid along half-wild pathways under the freeways. An …

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Trade Secrets

Over the past few months of plugging away on this project, the conversation has frequently come up: “So what are you doing these days?” I am asked. “Working on a book.” “Oh?” “A tutorial book on how to draw and paint fantasy creatures.” “Oh…” Interest, and something else in the tone. Hesitantly, “But…aren’t you concerned?” My own brows lift questioningly even though I already know what the inevitable next question is. “Aren’t you worried that…you know…it’ll reveal all your secrets? Won’t everyone be able to do the same thing then?” I laugh at that point. That’s when I try to …

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A Drawing of a Tree

“Come visit Kentucky,” Larry says to me, and I laugh and refuse as I have often refused the casual invitation. I’m an urban girl — born in Manhattan, transplanted to the bay area suburbs of California. Suburban sprawl already edging out the persimmon orchards and ranches as they rapidly became a faded memory of the land. Even that was not enough for me though. I left for San Francisco as soon as I finished college. San Francisco, jutting out into the bay, with its diversity of ethnic cultures and restaurants and shops and liberals and hills and ocean winds and …

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Tarot journal entries from deviantArt

Imported from deviantArt, tarot entries as I went from June 2004 -> January 2009.Some of the older links no longer work, but thought I’d put it all here anyway. —————————————————————————-January 15, 2009 FINISHED!!!!! —————————————————————————- August 26, 2008 Signed with Llewellyn to publish the deck! The tentative release date right now is Spring 2010. Rest of the art (the Kings) should be complete in the next couple months after I finish conventions (i.e. Dragoncon). Too busy packing and unpacking and packing for various cons, and matting prints, and dealing with inventory to paint much this past month! Also, nifty figurines of …

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