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Urban Coyote by badgersoph
Urban Coyote
I'd like to say for the record that I had to try to upload this six times before he would post.  Everything else I've uploaded today went just fine (and that includes Set!).  Gah.

I'm going to let the title speak for itself.
Seer by badgersoph
Last July, I was in the teeth of a midlife crisis.  I didn't feel at all good about myself (my hormones' all-time low was when they tried to convince me that I wasn't talented...I actually exclaimed out loud:  "REALLY??  That's all you've got?")

Someone had taken a picture of me with henna I'd had done on my forehead, and the pic was good, so I used it as the basis for this painting.  There's a really long story about the globe, which I'll probably copy/paste in later, but suffice to say that it's a much younger me in the globe.  The background is the Stone Circle at Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary ( ), as seen in one of Wade Brasher's epic night shots.

watercolor on Arches cold-press paper
Apollo by badgersoph
This is another piece for my forthcoming "Promethian Oracle" which will likely be published in 2016.  Apollo of all the Greek gods is the one who rarely is portrayed with a beard, probably meaning that he is immature (read:  Peter Pan).  I have this on the authority of an Authentic Classicist, who happens to be my best friend.  ;)

Prismacolor pencil on black Strathmore paper.
Horus by badgersoph
Horus is the son of Osiris and Isis, and mortal enemy of his uncle Set, who murdered Osiris and tried to take the throne of Egypt while Horus was but a lad (yes there are other versions, and yes this is a run on sentence but hey it's not 6 AM yet and I haven't had a whole cup of coffee yet...

Prismacolor pencil on black Strathmore paper
Ptah by badgersoph
Ptah is one of the Egyptian creator gods, likely of very ancient origin.  He is also the patron of (among other things), craftsmen, artists, stone masons...and onward.

Prismacolor on black Strathmore paper
I realized that I haven't blogged at all here:  this is because I am a.) REALLY busy, b.) blogging on Blogspot and Tumblr, and c.) REALLY busy.

You'll notice that there is a proliferation of illuminated letters in my posts.  This is because early this February I had a brainstorm in which I would produce illuminated letters with Stones from Four Quarters and use them to create a songbook with these as the title letters/letters of the first words in a line, etc.

The biggest problem is that I don't letter.  Ever.  That was my Dad.  He had the eye, the steady hand, the ability to freehand the most complex of fonts.  Pretty early on he and I realized that this wasn't going to be my artistic path.  We moved on from that.

For this project I used graph paper and the fonts from several books on illumination.  Soon I had drawn one of each letter I needed.

But how would I make these letters so uniform? 

I asked myself the same question.  Much as I loved this project, I wasn't interested in killing myself just to do this work--which was to be a donation. 

Moreover, how was I going to transfer them to appropriate paper?  This in and of itself is a bit of a job as well.  There had to be a solution.

Then I had a Thought.

I do my prints on Moab, one of the best archival inkjet papers around.  I know for a fact that you can paint on prints that have been printed on Moab...and I wondered...if I copied a template onto Moab would I be able to paint on it?

So I slapped one of the soon-to-be templates on the scanner bed of my trusty el cheapo HP Deskjet all in one and hit "black and white copy".  Out came a somewhat messy copy of my letter (there were pencil marks and some of the graph showing).  Well, I'd be painting over it. 


Because of the marks I needed to cover, I pulled out my gouache, which I haven't used in years (since I discovered the ecstasy that is Daniel Smith Watercolors) and tentatively touched a brush to the paper...

And it did not curl, run, or fold, spindle, and mutilate itself in any way. 

Thanks to this idea, I was able to belt out at least one letter a day till they were all done.  This meant that a potentially months-long project was reduced to about a month and a half (if that). 

And life was (and is) GREAT!
  • Mood: Zest
  • Listening to: Snoring Dogs (this is not a punk rock band)
  • Drinking: COFFEE


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Sophia Kelly Shultz
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
"Holy-sh*t-Madame-the sky-is touching-your-nose" trippy!

Besides all of those things associated with being alive, drawing is the only thing I've been doing longer than collecting rocks. Beyond that I sew, embroider, costume, write, hike, camp and home school our sixteen year old daughter. Two springer spaniels keep me from becoming too sedentary!

Current Residence: Pennsylvania USA
Print preference: Giclee
Favourite genre of music: Hmmmmm
Favourite photographer: Annie Leibowitz
Favourite style of art: Do I have to answer this?
Operating System: OSX
MP3 player of choice: iPod
Favourite cartoon character: Snoopy
Personal Quote: Did I dream this belief, or did I believe this dream?

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PGwainbenn Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Thanks for the fav!
You do some great work!
SuzannePetito Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Hi, Sophia   I tried to reach you on FB yesterday when I saw that you had received your decks.  I hope you remember me from CT-CW conference in November, where I purchased your deck from you in the vendor's room.  If you need my address, you can e-mail me at and I'll send it to you.  Please let me know when you get this.  Thank you, Sophia.
badgersoph Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
ACK!!  I just saw this!!  Did I ever send you the deck???
Rambling-anthology Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Love the ID Pic.
Lemmy-X Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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wiccanwitchiepoo Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
♪♫*¨*.¸¸♥ ¸¸.*¨*♫♪ Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Happy Birthday
Happy Bibbity Bobbity Slippity Sloppity Glibbie Glop Gloopey Nibby Nobby Nooby La la la Lo Lo Great Googily Moogily Birthday to YOU!!!
Sung really loud, slightly off key but with lots of feeling! Have a SPLENDIFEROUSLY wonderful day! (And I really Mean it)
WukashGrochocki Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
awesome thanks for the link I will check it out!
WukashGrochocki Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
:bow: thanks for the watch!
coby01 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Thank you so much for the :+fav: :iconbighugplza::iconbighugplzb:
coby01 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Hi hi :wave:
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