Monday, November 30, 2009

WHEREYABEEN ????

Hmmmn, what's this dusty thing we have here? Oh, for shame . . . it's my blog !!! Maybe a cyber-Swifter will do the job and have it all looking shiny and new. On the other hand, a post or two once in a while would be better, wouldn't you say?


Lordy, when you fall off the art wagon (nod to Kate for that one), you fall hard. It's been forever since I've done anything and boy, am I rusty. Not promising any stellar art comeback, but I did manage to churn out a few ATCs due (overdue) for a swap.

The Tarot was the subject matter. My picks were High Priestess, Queen of Pentacles, The Moon, and Strength. Sounds like I watched too many Oprah episodes and then went to see one of the Twilight saga movies. In any event, my narrative prowess is lacking this evening, given the ungodly hour. I just had to make sure this bloggity blog stuff still works. So without further ado, here are the cards:

High Priestess ~




Queen of Pentacles ~


Strength ~




The Moon ~






They are all done in the same manner: gel transfers onto text, then layers of burned edge papers, burned edge transparencies, stitching and brass embellishments by Ashes2Beauty. The text is the significant factor. I tried to give some relevant meaning to the images and title of each card without reproducing the traditional interpretations. The pages were taken from a set of books entitled "The Light of Egypt". They were one of those obscure flea market finds you purchase and sock away for future use. The books are unusual and a bit cryptic, perfect for a tarot theme. The images are Rosetti women, some of my favorites. A bit more fun than the standard celestial-Mother Earth images typically associated with The Tarot.



Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and great start to the holiday season !! My apologies to all my blog buddies and cherished followers for being so neglectful and absent. I hope to be back at it soon and sharing comments with you all !!




Ciao for now,


Shelly

26 comments:

Samantha Marshall said...

Glad to see you back! Your creations are beautiful.

thekathrynwheel said...

Way-hay! You're back. Woop woop! I have missed your artistic creations and your wise words. And back with a bang, I see, beautiful ATC creations :-)))

Sandy said...

Welcome back my friend.
Your new creations are brilliant. Fantastic work.

slommler said...

Love you new works of art!!! Beautiful!
Hugs
SueAnn

ArtPropelled said...

Shelly, I've been wondering what had happened to you. Glad you're back! Your new ATCs certainly don't look rusty. Very nice work!!

Shelly Hickox said...

So glad to see you posting again! I really missed your fantastic artwork. Your ATCs are gorgeous.

Lady Di said...

Hey Shelly, I love love love your Tarot ATCs ... your work always has so much depth to it. I am praying that I get one of your cards in the returns. Welcome back to blogging and we all know that there is absolutely no obligation to blog ... we just do it when the urge strikes us and that's just fine.

Gaby Bee said...

Great to see you back! Your Tarot ATCs are amazing, Shelly! Looks like you had a good time doing these!

Lori said...

glad to see you are back! don't feel bad, my blog has been gathering a bit of dust too :)
The atc's look great {as always}!

Elaine Kerr said...

What I like about these ATCs is that the text *does* have meaning and it relates to the art, it isn't just there to look good or fill space. Well done.

BTW, you have less dust moozies under your blog than I have under mine! : P

Kim said...

Thank goodness you're back! Been wondering what happened to you! Well the mojo must have kicked back in again, love the take on the Rosetti images using them in Tarot, great match ups with the wording. Welcome home Shelly!

ArtSnark said...

sheeee's baaaack! Woohoo!

Looking as good as every. Love the ethereal feel to these

Sue Berry said...

Sounds like you've been feeling a bit blaaaah like me - isn't it great when you finally get some motivation! Love the tarot cards - you just can't beat Rosetti for faaaaaaabulous women! Hope to see you joining in on the AEA group swaps ... oxo

Jackie said...

Welcome back.
Its good to see you've been busy. Thanks for your lovely comment.

Gaby Bee said...

Wanted to send along some wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Hugs, Gaby

ArtSnark said...

Just stopping by with holiday good wishes! Cheers!

Gail said...

I have to tell you that I simply ADORE your banner! I have a young daughter so pics of little girls like that are so awesome! Is there any way I could get that photo to make a collage for my dd? Of course I would never use it to sell in any artwork I make.
Love your blog!

Dayna Collins said...

Well, you may have been away for a while, but you've come back with a fury. Your ATC's are ethereal and beautiful!

Sanja said...

Fabulos,Shelly!
Happy New Year and all the best for 2010!

Ophelia said...

Welcome Back!!! I have had the same shame lately...life just gets in the way!
Your artwork is WONDERFUL!!!
Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Hi Shelly,

I received 'Strength" in the Tarot swap and can vouch for how beautiful it is! And I also fell off the ATC wagon last year though I've been making paintings. Take care.

Sheree Rose

Little Pink Studio said...

Shelly,
It's been such a long time since your last post. I hope all is well with you. I miss your inspiring art posts!
Cerri

Gaby Bee said...

Wanted to send along some wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Gaby xo

Heavens2Betsy said...

Fabulous artwork. Loving it here. Penny

Shelley Whiting said...

I love all the textures and the old vintage look. The artworks are mysterious and haunting. Very beautiful and elegant works.

Belladonna said...

This is just amazing, so magical!