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Theodora Goss
Posted on Sunday, December 12, 2004 - 11:18 pm:   

And I'm going to post some links here. Soon. Just as soon as I'm sort of awake.
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J. Erik Lundberg
Posted on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 12:36 pm:   

I humbly point you to my amazing wife's website: Melencolia.
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Monday, December 13, 2004 - 10:41 pm:   

Which is also amazing! Thanks, Erik! My favorite (though I haven't yet gone through everything) is the watercolor called (I think) "First Snow," of the two hampsters. It's beautiful! Any chance she'll be offering prints at some point? I can't usually afford original art, but I do try to get prints of things I like . . .

And here are three websites of fantasy artists that I like very much:

Charles Vess:http://www.greenmanpress.com/
Omay Rayan:http://www.studiorayyan.com/homset.html
Virginia Lee:http://www.virginialee.net/
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Jason Erik Lundberg
Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 08:49 am:   

She has prints for most of her work on the site, so my advice would be to check back periodically. She's been busy with the anthology and other commissions lately, but I'm sure she'll put up print info soon.

"First Snow" features two of our hamsters, one of which is blind (the little white one).
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Melissa Mead
Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 02:52 pm:   

The hamsters were adorable.
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 04:57 pm:   

Thanks--I'll be looking for it! It's a beautiful painting, and I'm really hoping she decides to make it available. (I'll be first in line!) :-)
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 04:59 pm:   

Why do I always misspell "hamster"? Always, always.

Maybe I'm remember the word in another language. A while back, I realized that I punctuate like a translation from the Hungarian (though I speak only enough Hungarian to say "Point me to the strudel," and things of that sort.)
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jilli
Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 05:50 pm:   

Or maybe it's because everyone pronounces the word "hamp-ster", instead of "ham-ster."

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Robert Burke Richardson
Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 10:06 pm:   

Dora: did you ever have hamsters that collected or did the laundry? Paging Dr. Freud...

On art: some very lovely stuff linked to so far. Like fantasy writing, I think the most important thing fantasy art can do is evoke, and there are some good examples of that above. Many of the images are crisp and precise, but they all convey (at least to me) a sense that worlds they have tapped into continue beyond the edges of the page.

http://www.minnhagen.com/
Mats Minnhagen is a Swedish artist who brings an evocative, snatch-of-dream quality to more epic material. He seems to instinctively know what not to draw, a lack of which sensibility is the reason, I think, why Ray Harryhausen movies are always cooler to me than modern CGI movies.
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Wednesday, December 15, 2004 - 08:56 pm:   

Actually, when I was very young and still living in Budapest, we had two hamsters. Occasionally, my grandparents let them run around the apartment (to amuse me, I suppose.) One day, we realized that the female had built a nest behind one of the sofas, from bits of cloth and string that she had gathered around the apartment. That counts as a sort of collection (though I don't remember if it was of clothes that needed to be laundered) . . .

A hamster's cheeks are hampers, of sorts . . .
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Robert Burke Richardson
Posted on Wednesday, December 15, 2004 - 11:03 pm:   

^Also, their little brains can probably fly jet planes.

Nest, or Martian hamster beacon?

U Decide.
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Danielle Stobie
Posted on Monday, January 24, 2005 - 11:58 am:   

http://www.angelfire.com/hiphop/diablo4u/remedios.html

A friend recently introduced me to her art with a stunning volume she procured at an MLA conference. At any rate barring my perennial love for fairy tale illustrators such as Arthur Rackham and Kay Nielsen, Remedios Varo and Sulamith Wulfing are quickly becoming new favorites.

A Sulamith Wulfing url as well: http://www.artpassions.net/wulfing/
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Tuesday, January 25, 2005 - 07:46 pm:   

Danielle:

Thanks for the link! I love Varos, and I've had a hard time finding her art on the internet. I think I'll forward your link to Delia Sherman. We've been talking about cover art for the IAF anthology, and I mentioned Varos to her. I suspect that Varos's art is too detailed for a cover, but it's a really good example of what I mean by art on the edge of fantasy.

I've been meaning for a while to add some links to other artists who do what I think of as fantasy art, but who aren't going to be found at your standard convention:

http://www.parkeharrison.com/main.html
http://www.cynthialundtorroll.com
http://www.connietoebe.com/home.html

I actually own a Connie Toebe (a small one)! I asked for one for my birthday.

(The IAF anthology is proceeding, though slowly because everyone is quite busy at the moment. But we're hoping to have a publication schedule in a month or two. And it's definitely happening this year or next. Hopefully this year.)
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 07:57 am:   

Beautiful, strange stuff recommended by Philip Foster:

http://www.petermilton.com/

Peter Milton's art is going to be used for a new edition of Little, Big. Sounds like it's going to be a beautiful edition!
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 08:19 am:   

Ellen Datlow posted this link on her discussion board (Ellen, I hope you don't mind my reposting it here . . .):

http://www.ashesandsnow.com/index2.html

Absolutely gorgeous.
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 08:22 am:   

Sorry, I should have specified that the artist's name is Gregory Colbert.
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Saturday, April 09, 2005 - 12:56 pm:   

Really interesting essay by Charles Vess on how he painted one of his paintings (a brand new one), with lots of intermediate illustrations:

http://www.greenmanpress.com/moon/moon1.html
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 09:47 pm:   

Ha! I scored a Janet Chui at Wiscon. An original, no less. It's gorgeous, and I'm quite proud of myself. :-)
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2005 - 12:11 am:   

You must see this:

http://www.endicott-studio.com/gal/galHunter/OHunter.html

Beautiful. Well, strange and beautiful.
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2005 - 12:14 am:   

Ok, and this:

http://www.endicott-studio.com/gal/galHunter/spinewitch.html

And I particularly like the illustration at the top, "Lirazel Blows Away":

http://www.endicott-studio.com/gal/galHunter/OHunter4.html

Recovering from the appendectomy (although not, it seems, from insomnia) and will post more soon.
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Amal El-Mohtar
Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2005 - 12:41 am:   

Oh, you beat me to it! The above artist, Oliver Hunter, has his main website here:

http://www.geocities.com/musehillart/

He's also one of the nicest people in the world. ; )

Oh, and these guys are amazing:

http://home.cogeco.ca/~underhillstudio/

Larry MacDougall and P.A. Lewis. Almost every piece makes me want to write a story for it.

I hope you're feeling better, Dora!
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2005 - 05:19 am:   

Thanks, Amal!

I think Oliver Hunter took down his old website? It doesn't seem to work anymore. The article mentioned that he's working on a new one. And I also like Larry McDougall and P.A. Lewis very much. Their prints are available through Duirwaigh Gallery:

http://www.duirwaighgallery.com/section_type_list.php?section=4

If I were queen of the world (wouldn't that be nice), all artists would have websites where they would feature the full range of their work, and all of them would sell prints (because I can't usually afford originals). Although I've been so awful about updating my website that I can't blame anyone else for struggling with theirs . . .

I'm feeling much better, thanks--just tired, and I'm not allowed to pick up heavy things, like, well, an almost-two-year-old. But I had a student this semester who had real surgery that makes mine sound like sissy stuff. (Luckily she's doing much better.) And I'm proud of the fact that one of the doctors analyzing my CT scan was named Ishmael, so I got a chance to make a lame English Major joke ("So, I should call you Ishmael?"). And then I had a long discussion with the other CT doctor about H.P. Lovecraft. Evidently, he was a huge Lovecraft fan. And the hospital tapioca was really good. :-)
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Theodora Goss
Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2005 - 05:21 am:   

But I'm just now starting to answer emails from long ago, and take care of things in general. So everyone have patience with me, please . . .

It really has been a tough semester.
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Melissa Mead
Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2005 - 05:42 pm:   

Sorry to hear you were in the hospital.
Hospital food, good? Which hospital was that? ;)
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2005 - 09:34 pm:   

Wow! How exciting (in a horrible way) for you. I hope you regain your strength soon, Dora.
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Robert Burke Richardson
Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2005 - 12:25 am:   

Pesky old appendix! Glad to hear you're recovering, and that everything seems to have gone well.

When you think about it, the appendix is really the ultimate literary body part -- the only other part we share with books is the spine (I think).

Hope you find a bit of time to rest before teaching starts up again. Have a great New Year!
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Robert Burke Richardson
Posted on Saturday, December 31, 2005 - 12:33 am:   

Oh yeah -- since this is ostensibly the fantasy art thread, let me add that Oliver Hunter is wickedstrangecool, and shamelessly point to Martin Marazzo as an example of fantasy art in a completely different style.
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Midori Snyder
Posted on Saturday, March 04, 2006 - 09:54 am:   

Hey Dora,

A much belated hope that by now you've recovered from your surgery.

I wanted to add an artist to this list that Terri and I discovered this year: Jeanie Tomanek (http://www.jeanietomanek.com/). Her work is amazing. I just get lost in it. We will be featuring an article on her for the 2006 Spring Issue at Endicott.

Terri also did an interesting article for this issue on Women Fairy Artists (historical and contemporary). The last page of the article has a really nice selection of some great women fantasy artists. (check out Forest Rogers absolutely gorgeous Baba Yaga image on page 2.) http://www.endicott-studio.com/gal/galWives/Wivestales4.html
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Midori Snyder
Posted on Saturday, March 04, 2006 - 09:56 am:   

doh...that should be "Women Fairy Tale Artists". (although wouldn't be wonderful to have done the latter for true?)

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