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Tiger Bride (Nearly) Complete
I say "nearly" because I'm trying to give her a tail and still casting about as to how to do that.  Since I last posted she now  has her dress completed, her elaborate over coat added, a veil, and bangles that were made from cheap human bangles that I cut into thirds and bent around her wrists.  I wanted to do rings on her paws, but, just like henna, it wasn't happening with a tiger.  :)  On to the groom!
Bride Close up With Veil
Our bride now has her veil and all her jewelry, including a necklace.  Much of the jewelry comes from one necklace that I cannibalized.
Tiger Bride Three Quarters
The bride's outfit was hand sewn, and is made from a silk Indian outfit my daughter donated to this cause.  Because I can't do bullion.  Not that fast, anyway.  She is actually wearing bangles up to her elbows. 
Tiger Back with Veil
I did a lot of research on Indian bridal gowns and accessories, and one thing that struck me was that the brides weren't afraid to add a splash of another color, whatever suited them.  This was a scarf we found at the Salvation Army.  I added decorations in the form of the little gold medallions, each with a bead at the center.  These were sewn, As was the gold trim.  I also chose this veil because it allows the hair ornaments to be visible.
Tiger bride with jewelry
A close up of Tiger Bride's jewelry.  the only thing remaining is her bangles, which will go on after I have put the sleeves on her coat.


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

I hadn't realized that it's been YEARS since I'd written that profile!

I guess that's because I've been kept very busy for those years. However, a long-awaited update:

I've been published: The Stone Circle Oracle, which can be found here--…

I will be published again! This time you can find the art in the slide show to your left. The deck will be all male energies, with characters drawn (literally) from Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Biblical, and Ancient Near Eastern traditions.

I have had three paintings published in the We'moon on the Wall calendar, which is nationally distributed. They are "I Rise Up, Not Without Help," "Badger Knows All in the Earth, Hawk Knows All in the Sky," and "Figure THIS One Out!"

Despite all this, I'm still not famous. LOL

The Springer Spaniels are still springy.

I'm still camping at Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary, and am on the Board of Directors, the gods help me.

My daughter is now about to turn 22, the gods help me even more!

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?

Badger is BACK, and with a Request

Sat Dec 5, 2015, 4:03 AM

Here I am, after a year.  And what a year it's been.

At the very end of Labor Day weekend 2014, I had injured my left knee while trying to keep up with two lines of very enthusiastic people pulling a soon to me megalith at Stones Rising.  I didn't know it, but I was about to embark on a year-long exploration of exactly why the stereotypical old person is grumpy.  

 The knee hurt--quite a lot--so I thought I'd twisted or sprained it, and off to the chiropractor I went.  When she and I agreed it wasn't helping, I went to my general practitioner.  When, several visits later, we determined that what we'd been trying wasn't helping, I went to an orthopedist.  The orthopedist gave me a cortisone shot and prescribed Round 1 of PT.  The cortisone shot gave me hot flashes for three days and then wore off; the PT was great.  The doctor gave me lubricant shots.  They didn't work.  Finally the doc said we should do arthroscopic surgery.  He didn't have a great rep as a surgeon, so I found another one who did and then there was surgery...where it turned out that yes, I had a torn meniscus, but--far worse-- I had galloping arthritis in that knee.  The doctor was irritated that it had not imaged in the MRI or X-ray.  Round 2 of PT.  I join a gym and ride the bike on non-PT days.  PT doesn't work--it helps a little, but not enough for the doc to declare me healed.  By this point we are towards the end of what has been a miserable camping and festival season.  Sometimes I couldn't even stand.  I called my doc and we determined that I should get the damned knee replaced.  


I can unequivocally say that that was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  


 I can also say that I now understand the meaning of "out of spoons" (if  you don't know Spoon Theory, look it up.  It will explain a lot about how people with chronic pain deal with the assumptions of people who don't have chronic pain.)


 I now know why it's hard for people with chronic pain to be creative.  Dealing with pain is exhausting.

I now know who my friends are, and I have a lot of them, with loving hands who picked me up when I couldn't walk, fetched things, and helped me to my campsite when I needed it.  They were there for me when I cried out of frustration, and they understood because they knew that I'm not the kind of person who cries in public, that  I'm the kind of person who values her independence.  I have friends even at Four Quarters outside events:  neighbors at a rave which draws 4,000 kids who made me a breakfast sandwich when the EMTs had put me on the disabled list and sent me (in misery) back to bed; friends of long standing from another, much smaller, event, who gave me use of their golf cart and brought me my dinner when I couldn't stand.    

I now know that my husband of 27 years is an even more wonderful man than I knew.


Unfortunately, the buildup to the surgery, and the surgery aftermath, made it impossible for me to, even with help, sell artwork at Stones Rising or any of the other major events I usually attend. This means I'm going into 2016 without the funds to pay for vending space at my spring events.  

To this end I've set up a GoFundMe account: I've included gifts for those who donate special amounts too:  $50 gets you a pack of greeting cards, and $100 a 5 X 7" print, your choice.   There is no requirement that you donate (I won't take you off my list of friends who helped me or anything  :D  ) but every little bit helps.  Heck, I'm just grateful if you took the time to read it!

Please share this with your friends!  Thanks!

The Quest of Afterlife by synax444 Stardust Brushes by werram Darkroom III Texture Pack by cloaks
  • Reading: a book on Ramses II
  • Watching: CSI (Original series, first season)
  • Drinking: COFFEE


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bear48 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Professional
bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Professional

Happy year of the fire monkey and many blessings on your house

Ephaistien Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love your art!Heart 
Melalina Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
I'd like to welcome you to :iconspirit-of-the-yoruba: Your gallery is wonderful. I look forward to seeing your Orisha art in the group.
GueparddeFeu Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Welcome in my group :iconarcheology-mythology:!=D
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  Professional Writer
Love the ID Pic.
Lemmy-X Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013   Digital Artist
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