Sunday, July 22, 2012


One may as well stir in a hearty
"Haboob-bala...Mischkoo-bala"...and an "Abracadabra" too!
 It is extremely fascinating to me how
this billowing brew of desert dust
quickly becomes
a visual feast for hungry desert photographers!
(Myself, included...)
'tis the season
of the amazing Arizona monsoons!
(Click on images to enlarge...)

“You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.”
~Maya Angelou 

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Little Midnight Magic...

...artist trading card style.
This year
I have be making lots of art...I really have...really.
for some reason though
my late night midnight art mojo
has not translated well into daily energetic
blog updates.
I apologize to all of you for that...
I cannot even offer any concrete reasons why either.
I just know it is happening.
It is my intent to become a more faithful
and not let our artistic good times fade away.
Hang in there with me...
I feel that soon that old familiar art magic
we once shared
will soon reenergize me when I least
expect it.
My fingers and toes are doubly crossed.

“That's the thing with magic.
You've got to know it's still here, all around us,
or it just stays invisible for you.”

~Charles de Lint

Sunday, July 8, 2012

"The Visitors..."

Above is the finished spread
of the WIP (Work In Progress) I posted yesterday.
You can click on image to enlarge...:)
And below is the back story
to accompany the art.
I attached a copy of the story to the backside
of my spread.
This book has only two more artists to go
before it returns home to
in New Zealand.
And, now...the story:

Behind the “Back Of Beyond”…
floating above and between
all that is known and yet to be known…
is a sacred place
“Those Who Came Before All" live.
These beings are like no other.
Invisible and ethereal
they appear merely for an instant
as a
twinkle in the mind’s eye.
On occasion
they might visit human life forms
in the mysterious guise of
“Deja Vous”.
They dance on velvety black skies
creating shimmering auroras
and twinkling stars.
They slide through slivers of time
leaving stardust trails
in their wake.
They bring gifts of
imagination, inspiration, insight,
to those who are ready to receive.
They expertly guide newcomers to the
lands past the
“Back of Beyond”.
Cloaked in rainbow hued mists,
they have been known to reveal themselves
in the presence of
collaborative artistic promise.
And…such a spectacular event
has, indeed, occurred.
let it be written
on this warm summer’s eve
that I,
Margaret Storer Roche,
an appointed rememberancer
of the years 200-230 of the Flutterby era,
have artistically documented
the appearance of these magical visitors
for all to remember
and for all of the time yet to come.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

...And, Yet, Another WIP...

..."Work In Progress".
This time it is my 4 page spread in Elaine's
Japanese Fold Moleskine.
Elaine's theme is "People of the Village"...
who live in a special and unique place
"past the back of beyond".
In her own words Elaine wanted to create a place that
" is not on any map...
 it has attracted the type of individuals who are very individual
and haven’t found a fit anywhere else."
She was hoping for
"A great mix of fun characters –
from your imagination, fiction, mythology, sci-fi, real life –
hippies, different nationalities, occupations.
Characters can be humanoid or animals.
Anything goes except morbid."
Above is my start...tomorrow I will post the finished page.
Please click on any image to enlarge it.
Pop on back for a peek...
I promise
I will be here.:)