Dragon Art Show! Also – Govan’s Masque

Santa, here.  I’m super-excited because dragon-artist Suzanna Leigh is allowing us to show some of her dragon art right here on FoxTales!

Let me give you some background.  Suzanna is an amazing watercolor artist, who also paints on silk.  This month she has a show of her dragon art at a place called Vashon Intuitive Arts.  Suzanna creates lots of different kinds of art–all really beautiful and magical and full of sweet charm.  But dragons have a special place in her heart–to which I, as purveyor of DragonAir!–of course totally relate.

Here’s our mini-show:

Sleeping With The Dragon - Art by Suzanna Leigh (used w/permission)

I just love the expression on this dragon’s face. I’d love to snuggle with him too!

Emerging Dragon - Art by Suzanna Leigh (used w/permission)

Shell is particularly struck by this piece. I’m sure it’s because of an upcoming Leaf — no, I’m not going to give you any spoilers! I’ll just say that you’ll likely understand the connection when Jane posts Leaf 1 of the Fourth Branch.

In the meantime, we want to let you know that Suzanna will be telling stories about her dragon art next Saturday, April 14, at 7PM, at Vashon Intuitive Arts, 17331 Vashon Hwy SW, and Shell, Annie, and I intend to go! I’ll even let Mom take us over hill and over dale in the quadricycle.

If you happen to be on the island, you come too, and introduce yourselves. We’ll be the ones accompanied by the red tea pot (Yes, Tam is excited to hear the stories as well!).

In the meantime, enjoy Jane’s latest installment of Because Of The Red Fox. Our story continues with Govan and his adventure with my cell phone ….

Read all about it here!

Some Artwork And A Tale

Jane here! The characters in Because Of The Red Fox have a life of their own (as you may guess from Shell, Santa, and Annie’s posts)! Today I’m going to share with you a drawing I created of a few characters: The Green Knight, The Hunter (who may or may not appear in this book, though I did mention him in an early chapter), and a Hound.

I’m also connecting you with a story about some of the characters that my daughter and I created for a Summer Solstice blogfest last year. Just so you know, Yeasta is a character from my daughters’ games. Lady Magic is my favorite doll from when I was a little girl. Back then I called her “Baby Magic”, but a few years ago I made new clothes for her out of deerskin and fancied her up with some of my fun jewelry. I guess you might say that Baby Magic grew up to become Lady Magic, Queen of the Forest!

All the stuff about losing one’s head is from a very long poem from medieval England called Sir Gawain And The Green Knight. In that poem, the Green Knight shows up in King Arthur’s hall on Christmas Eve and challenges the heroes to a beheading game: one knight gets to try to chop off the Green Knight’s head. If he succeeds, then in a year, that knight has to go to the Green Knight’s chapel in a distant wilderness, and there the Green Knight gets deliver his beheading blow. Some game!

Here’s the link to the tale of Lady Magic And The Green Knight.

It’s a little odd, but I hope you enjoy it!

The Hunter, A Hound, And The Green Knight

This In From Shell: Second Chapter up and running!

Hi! This is Shell writing. Just letting you know that the second chapter — or “Leaf” as we’re calling it — is now posted for your reading pleasure!

Jane’s pretty busy just now, baking nine double-layer chocolate cakes to sell at the county fair this weekend, on behalf of 4-H. Annie thinks she should be baking lavender cakes with lemon buttercream frosting sprinkled with calendula and rose petals on top. Santa approves of Jane’s choice of just plain chocolate (always dependable). She approves that Jane is using all organic ingredients, but disapproves that, other than that, there is basically nothing healthy about these cakes.

I think a red-white-and-blue cake would be really fun. Maybe a triple-layer white cake with strawberry filling (organic strawberries of course, Santa!) between layer one and layer two and blueberry filling between layer two and layer three. Red-white-and-blue sprinkles plus berries on top would be great too.

Anyway we all hope you enjoy this next chapter of the story. And if you happen to be at the San Mateo County Fair on Sunday (June 13) between 2:30 and 5:30PM, drop by the Youth Exhibition Hall, where 4-H will be running the cake booth. You’ll meet Jane, her daughters, and some other 4-H folks, and you can buy pieces of homemade cake if you’d like. Annie and Santa also want you to know that there will be a lot of great chickens being showcased at the fair. As you’ll discover soon in our story, my cousins are totally loopy about chickens!

Oh, by the way, here’s a drawing I made a couple of years ago of the bard foxes. I really have been dreaming about them for years!

Bard Foxes - art by Shell