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I got an email from Stephanie Blythe telling me that fellow NIADA artist Lisa Lichtenfels needs all our help. In the same six weeks her husband passed away and she was diagnosed with breast cancer. As all artists know when you work freelance when you can’t work you don’t get paid.

Please help Lisa pay her cancer co-pays and stay current with her living expenses. You can go to this link to learn more about the medical gofundme for Lisa that a dear friend of mine (Connie Smith) has organized.

Lisa Lichtenfels is one of the kindest, funniest, most honest people I have ever met. I met her in 1993 in Chicago where she showed her work and gave an inspiring slideshow talk about where she lived and worked. It opened with her saying that she had been reading and seeing all about people who lived and worked in fabulous inspiring places including a recent magazine article about a person who lived in a castle. She opened the slideshow by saying “This is a picture of the fixed-up side of my house.” We roared with laughter — Lisa didn’t live in a fancy place or even a totally fixed up place; she lived in a house where, she proceeded to tell us, it took six months to evict a “sitting tenant” (a squatter). “This isn’t the house we wanted; this is the house we could afford.” Her dry wit, her personality, her art — there just isn’t anything at all that I don’t love about Lisa.

Later during the visiting artists critique my doll was criticized for having incorrect thumbs. I was told “look at your thumbs and sculpt what you see”, I held up my hand and said “I did.” The poor artist looked at my hand and flustered said “Look at someone else’s thumbs. Take photos.” Now I need to explain that my family has anatomically incorrect thumbs — they are strange looking. They work great but they’re a bit odd, sort of double jointed and the last joint sticks out away from the hand. Then during the general viewing of the visiting artists pieces I was talking to Lisa and explained about the freaky thumb thing and she looked at the dolls hand and my hand and said “I like that it has your thumbs.”

I know for certain that I am not the only person who feels so strongly about Lisa, as a person and an artist. I am hoping that you will be willing to help her, both financially and by spreading the word about her need.

Now for the photo portion of this post:

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This is Lisa with Phobe; one of her life sized Ticket taker pieces. These were made for posh people who had a private theater in their houses and wanted a sculptural piece to sit outside as if ready to take the ticket stubs.

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These three photos came from Lisa’s website. I hope she forgives me for copying them so I could share them. You can also find more info on this Facebook page. Also try doing a google image search.

Please help.

This is an image heavy post for which I give no apology; this book has so many great pictures that it was hard not to include even more.

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A Coney Tale combines two of my favorite things: Bunnies and 17th century Flanders.

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Peaceful walks in the country.

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Playing in the park. Have you noticed that coneys love to play ball?

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Practicing archery with your Dad and making a momentous discovery concerning that gianormous tree. Holbun the Younger seems a bit anxious about archery.

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Sharing the discovery with the community councillors. No coney needs to be asked twice to eat something. Coneys are widely renown for their eating proclivities. I just love that flemish council room decor. Can you spot the Old Master painting in this scene?

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Mining for carrot, complete with engineering diagram. Not only is this book silly, it teaches a thing or two about real life Flanders. OK so it teaches them in a very silly way but I think that makes for a better story.

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Everyone gathers for the pulling up of the giant carrot.

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Away it goes . . . skyward. My favorite part of this picture is the coney on the left clutching his face (reminds me of The Scream by Edvard Munch).

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Wow, that’s one big carrot! The coneys stand in awe, for a few minutes anyway. Then they mow down on the biggest feast they’ve ever seen.

I just love this line: No coneys were hurt, as they are generally a rather bouncy group.

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The story ends with a grand ceremony in the remodeled park where the Holbun family is honored for their delicious discovery.

This book is out-of-print but plenty of copies are still available on the internet for reasonable prices. So if you’ve enjoyed this post you can certainly lay your hands on a copy for you and any little coney loving children you might want to share it with.

The author also wrote another coney book called Showdown at Lonesome Pellet, which I’m certainly going to be checking out.

Today you should go and read about the artist Jean-Baptiste Monge on the Muddy Colors blog.

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Read it today because the Kickstarter for the lovely new book ends in nine (9) days. Having already surpassed the initial goal for printing the new edition; this one looked so good that I finally signed up and pledged to the project. Whether you do so is up to you, but unless you read Muddy Colors a lot, you might miss out on the opportunity to get another great faerie book.

Am I back to blogging every week? Probably not given that my current project is getting my workroom to a state where I can actually work in it. For a long time it looked like one of those “bunging out the Augean Stables” sort of tasks but now I can see a significant portion of the floor and the sewing table so it’s beginning to look do-able. Right now I’m going to try to meet an every other week post schedule and hope that you will forgive me if I miss here and there.

 

And Forest Rogers, my friend takes Gold for 3-D illustration AGAIN!

That she is getting the recognition for her talent makes me very happy indeed.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you “The Morrigan”:

Forest Rogers -- The Morrigan

Let’s all do a big happy dance to celebrate the truly wonderful Forest Rogers.

There is a link to her blog/website in my blogroll so you can always check in her.

This sucks, I had better intentions than to start a fresh spanky new year this way.

In my defense, J had a health, well not crisis, but it is damn sure not pretty. He had emergency surgery and is in for a sort of long recovery. So that is keeping me very busy as I am playing Nurse Pammie. Stop laughing, it isn’t that funny and while I’m not going to win any awards he says I’m good at it.

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Think healing thoughts for us. I’ll try to get back to blogging as soon as I can.

Happy Christmas

And a Very Merry New Year!

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From Me and Eloise

and Piglet, Pooh, Tinkerbell and Frosty the Snowman (the blue one-armed one, who I had since I was a baby)

Excellent Advice

Yeah we are all rushing around like crazy people trying to get all sorts of stuff done. Everyday stuff like the laundry and holiday stuff like decorating and gift shopping. No News There.

However I think there are things we need to stop for a moment and take a breath for. Like reading one of the best pieces of advice I’ve read in a while. Specifically this blog post by Greg Ruth over on Muddy Colors.

Like me, you’ve probably read similar posts before. I’m really glad Greg took the time to write this now, as this time of year is when we tend to forget to think about how important this stuff is. How no matter how busy our lives are that we need to set aside a least a little time to think; that’s it just think.

So take ten minutes and go over and read this truly excellent advice.

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Also a little oddball vintage sci fi humor to cheer your day.

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