I have been so busy lately.
Busy working on a book cover...
and I'm finally finished!
I am so excited to show you.
I still have 20 illustrations to finish for the book by February, but the cover is officially done.
This book was created from the Welsh excerpts of "The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries."
It is an old text that hasn't been published since early in the 1900s.
My publisher, "A Raven Above Press", is publishing the text for the first time in many years and I am doing 20 illustrations plus the cover!
The idea for the cover came from an 1879 illustration ~
A re-imagining of this old illustration in my own style ~
If you look closely, you will see some of the same characters represented in my new piece. (Click on the photo above to see a larger version).
"Tylwyth Teg" are Welsh Faeries.
Let me tell you, they can be trouble!
Not always, but they certainly can be little buggers.
The book will most likely debut at the 2014 St. David's Day Festival in March.
It takes place at the beautiful Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood.
So...this book is certainly keeping me busy.
I have several more pieces with deadlines as well. There are no words to describe how grateful I am for the work I do.
I am glad to have busy hands and a busy heart.
In between creating and researching....there is life.
Real, good life.
Birthday tables ~
Green tomatoes soon to be fried ~
Red tomatoes soon to be sliced ~
and Johnny Appleseed Skies ~
My friend, Shell, came by for a visit ~
and sketched out the basic idea for my new tattoo ~
It's sort of a "life" tattoo, I guess.
It represents 5 things that have always been important in my life ...
(all the flowers are my families birth flowers)
and Welsh Mythology.
The yellow daffodils actually represent both my love of Welsh things AND my birthday.
Shell did an amazing job capturing just what I wanted.
Here's the tattoo after the first session ~
I realized after talking to Shell that I forgot to ask her to add a pair of Victorian scissors to represent my collage work.
Fortunately, my tattoo artist, Dan Smith from Captured Tattoo, was able to introduce the scissors .
My arm is super swollen here after an almost 4 hour session.
I still have two more sessions to go. One more for shading and the third to add all the color.
I have to share this rather unflattering photo with you.
When I get a tattoo, I tend to drift off. I actually start falling asleep. As you can see here, I'm starting to slump and, evidentally, Dan thinks it's funny ~
My arm is looking gorgeous right now.
The swelling is gone and the lines are amazingly dynamic.
Life is good!
Simple things make me so happy.
Fresh flowers in the studio ~
Stocks? Stocks at summer's end? Go figure! I couldn't believe it when I saw these springtime favorites at the grocery.
My studio smells like a warm spring day ~
Book covers, dinner from the garden and birthdays. Pretty tattoos, fresh flowers, and Johnny Appleseed skies.
Busy hands and a busy heart.
Until Next Time:
Gerushia's New World