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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tricks -

It is the evening of Samhain...

"In this darkest, coldest, bleakest season, Samhain marked the onset of winter. It was a time of death, when the earth lay bare and livestock were slaughtered for the long winter ahead. The veil between this world and the Otherworld was lifted, and the spirits of the dead rejoined the community in the feasting and celebrations. Bonfires were lit on hilltops for purification and symbolized the longed-for regeneration of the life-giving Sun."

"Celtic Wisdom", Vivianne Crowely


A few intrepid souls brave the dark and the chill, dressed in something 'other' and troll for candy door to door.

(Sketch from a rejected proposed witch concept from last year. Too frightening. After nearly two years of twinkly fairy subjects however, I'm about ready for something scarier. She's one I'm going to follow up with if I ever get 'personal' work time again!)

Brian Froud's "Twilight" hangs on my bedroom wall. He signed this print as well as my copy of "The Faerie's Oracle" several years ago when he came through Seattle on a book tour on Halloween night. So appropriate - twilight also being one of those border places - between light and dark. Between this world and the next...



I recently purchased his latest book - World of Faerie, which is a gorgeously lush collection of his faerie art, previously seen and unseen. Sketches, paintings, photos, insets and text, all richly collaged together into a luscious, otherworldly offering.

Some of those images and mythological figures come to life in this musical video, as well as 'sacred geometry', which he and his son Toby designed for the German group, Qntal -

Check out this video: Qntal - Von den Elben (2006)



Many offerings for those between times and spaces can be found tonight...

7 comments:

She Who Flies said...

Thank you so much for sharing this gorgeous video. I love everything about it: great music, lush costumes, mystery, symbolism and sacred geometry (which I study in my spare time ;-)

Thank you. You made my day!

Do follow up on that scary witch sketch. It is great! I'm sorry to hear that idea was rejected. I do hope that time and energy to work on your personal projects will be yours soon.

Cre8Tiva said...

you witch is indeed scary and compelling...i would absolutely foow up with her...she may have much wisdom to share with you...blessings, rebecca

cinderelly said...

i remember that scary one! spooky! my daughter and i were feeling nostalgic and rented 'labyrinth' and 'the dark crystal' recently. brian froud has such a fantastical, magical, wonderful vision of his projects. they are beautiful! (i posted photos of my costumes, tara!)

dinahmow said...

Meeting Froud must have been a blast.
Are you familiar with the "Lady Cottington" faeries?
And another artist I'm sure you know, Nick Bantock, is mentioned by Denise at Lost Voice blog.
So my day of spooky-ness is set!

Vickie said...

I love the lushness of the video! Thank you for sharing it. Your sketch is indeed frightening. Please don't give up on it. I would love to see how things develop.

Britt-Arnhild said...

A little late - Happy Halloween :-)

Julie Schuler said...

I think the witch is fantastic. I hope you do get some "personal" time soon. Of course, "paid" time is very nice as well, and oh so necessary.