portrait #81 Helen McClory

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Helen is the author of the blog Schietree,  the name being a reference to part of the storyline in her first novel Kilea; a Schie (phonetic for the Gaelic Sith) is a spirit or ghost, whether human or non-human.  ” A schietree, therefore, is a spirit or fairy tree; these trees grew in Scotland and Ireland. Some were places to seek help/pacify the spirits over issues of fertility, or infant mortality and are still, apparently, to be found today with coins embedded in the bark, or rags tied around the branches. They may have been considered gateways to the fairyland/underworld. Others were simply large, impressive trees, often hawthorns (one of my favourites for their heady-scented white flowers in spring), growing in an open clearing, or another significant place, that found their way into local legend in their own distinct ways.” (from Helen’s about page).

Cool! Sounds like an…

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The Challenge of Light and Darkness.

The Art of Joyce Brandon

This morning I was able to photograph the painting I finished this weekend.

This piece depicts the contest between Wapus, the rabbit, and Totoba, the owl.  Wapus discovers Totoba resting on a branch, almost hidden in shadow.   Wapus dislikes the darkness, as he is unable to see clearly.  He tells Totoba that he wants to make the world bright all the time and Wapus argues that darkness is much better, that he wishes to make the world always dark.

They decide to have a contest of words, alternately saying light & dark, which ever animal stumbles and speaks the word of the opponent will lose.  Eventually Totoba accidentally speaks the word of Wapus: “Light.”    The rabbit is victorious, all the world will be bathed in light forever.  But Wapus is also gracious and decides that Totoba should have some of the darkness he enjoys.  So the rabbit created the shadowy…

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Sarah Slam

“Ivy” 2011
Watercolor painting on Canon coldpress 140lb paper
Original dimensions- 7.5″x11″


This painting was intentionally created for the purpose of practicing painting hair, so it was one of my first attempts at painting abstract watercolor portraits. I didn’t intend to create such a beautiful piece with a practice sheet. 🙂 I named this painting “Ivy” because she reminds me of Poison Ivy. I’ve also heard many people mention this painting reminds them of a mermaid/siren. Also cool 🙂


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Richard Tennant Cooper

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I have a friend who is obsessed. Perhaps interested is more charitable. With health. She knows a lot. Whereas I know almost nothing. I trust my doctor. She trusts no one. Richard Tennant Cooper must have been terrified of disease. And the unconscious  horrors of dreams. Being sick. Being unconscious with pain. Or drugs. I love this work. But not his obsession. I think if you could see all the diseases, viruses, and germs around us you would shoot yourself. If you had the nerve to pick up the gun.

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Come Sit Beside Me and Be Still

Wild Heart

Come Sit Beside Me and Be Still,” is part of a current clay series I am completing. Made of clay, acrylic paint and nail polish lacquer, the series features the hunted deer as a recurrent motif or emblem.

Two other pieces, Cavatina and Troika 1, were completed last year. The title was prompted, perhaps, by the constant rush I see around and the plea for the forgotten need to simply sit and be still.

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