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Last week was my birthday. Unlike last year, I decided not to do anything major. Instead, my celebrations were more low key. Before going to dinner, I took in an exhibit of artist Pamela Colman Smith. Not much is known about her, except for one fact. She is the artist behind the most famous tarot deck of them all, the Rider-Waite.

The Rider-Waite deck has become the blueprint on how tarot cards are based. The other exceptions in regards to divination cards have been various oracles, and the Thoth deck, designed by Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris.

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Not much is known about Pamela Colman Smith. She lived in England, Jamaica, and Brooklyn, NY.  Colman-Smith was a student at the famous art school, Pratt Institute. For a while she earned a living as an illustrator and theater designer. Along the way, she became of member of The Golden Dawn. Other members of The Golden Dawn included W.B Yeats, Bram Stroker, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Aleister Crowley, and Arthur Edward Waite.

It was A.E. Waite who commissioned ‘Pixie’, for artwork. Some of A.E. Waite’s influences was Eliphas Levi and Sola-Busca Tarot, originally from Italy. In 1909, the deck was published by The Rider Company. The Rider Company still remains today as an imprint of Ebury Publishing, A Penguin Random House Division. Hence, why the deck is titled Rider-Waite. Technically it really should be named Rider-Waite-Smith.

The U.S. copyright for this deck fell into public domain in 1966, with notable exceptions. In the U.K., and Europe, according to the EU, copyright is slated to end in late 2021.

As for Pamela herself, her own illustration career only went so far. After a while her career petered out. Not much is known about her, and this blog post doesn’t really help in the bio department. Sadder still, she died as an obscure creative living in poverty.

Apparently she only received pittance for her work towards the Rider-Waite deck.

On January 31st, 2019, an opening reception and exhibit opened inside the Pratt Institute Library, Brooklyn location. As of this post, the exhibit is in it’s last few days, closing April 11th, 2019.

Additional links:

https://brokelyn.com/rip-pamela-colman-smith/

https://hyperallergic.com/490918/pamela-colman-smith-pratt-institute-libraries/

http://zeroequalstwo.net/pamela-coleman-smith-life-and-work-in-brooklyn/

https://www.magicianandfool.com/pamela-colman-smith-exhibit-at-pratt-institute/

https://www.annexgalleries.com/artists/biography/2219/Smith/Pamela

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All photos taken by Michele Witchipoo 2019.

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Here’s an illustration done only a few days ago. Originally was going to hand paint in watercolor, but I was a little too tired to move myself to the studio. The result looks like a cross between a tarot card and old comic book art. Still have the original black and white ink drawing. In case you haven’t figured it out, Mortem is the Latin word for death.

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Mortem. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. March 2019. 

 

 

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Not only did I have a table at the second annual White Plains comic con, but also had three of my large scale illustration work on display at Catland. For the weekend of June 3-5 2016, there was a group art exhibit at Catland Books, in conjunction with the Bushwick Arts Festival. This worked well for me, since I live close to this area.

Of course, in the lieu of everything, something was forgotten, and I had forgotten to price my own artwork for this show. Especially since these in particular is work I would like to re-home. Aka, sell to make room for new projects I’m working on. Didn’t realize this up until Sunday, when I finally dropped in to check out the exhibit. Eh. At least it looked good framed.

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On display at Catland Books, June 3-5 2016 for the Bushwick Arts Festival. Three of my large scale illustrations from my 2012 Prometheus series. Artist Michele Witchipoo. Photo taken June 5th, 2016. 

 

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Gnostic Three Of Swords. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2012.

Gnostic Three Of Swords. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Oct. 2012.

The ‘Gnostic Three of Swords’ illustration has been posted again on two more blogs. I’m really grateful for the support and mention.

Here are the links:

http://womenesoterica.blogspot.com/2012/10/artist-michele-witchipoo-three-of-swords.html

http://alienartgenre.blogspot.com/2012/10/artist-michele-witchipoo-three-of-swords.html

Thanks once again to Regan Lee.

http://womenesoterica.blogspot.com/

http://alienartgenre.blogspot.com/

http://ufomary.blogspot.com/

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Here’s something I drew late last night:

Aegishjalmur. Drawn Babalon Babes Style, Created by Michele Witchipoo, Oct. 2012.

“Well-being I won and wisdom too. I grew and took joy in my growth: From a word to a word, I was let to a word, From a deed to another deed.” – Anonymous, The Poetic Edda

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Where did July go? As a friend remarked through a private message, “July feels like a lost month, I’m not sure where it went.” Agreed, I’m not sure where it went either.

What I did manage to do was some painting. Here’s one of the better pieces, created mid-July 2012. Acrylic and glitter.

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“Enochian Skull.” Acrylic and glitter painting.
Created by Michele Witchipoo, July 2012.

Decided to sell this piece, so if you’re interested, email me: Witchipoo@witchesbrewpress.net. Specific ‘Enochian Painting’ in the subject header, and we’ll take it from there.

Enjoy your weekend folks.

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Here’s something I did using an Art Nouveau type style.

Using an Art Nouveau style. Created by Michele Witchipoo June 2012.

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