In the words of the Immortal Bard, Dizzy Dean, "It ain't braggin' if you really done it." In that spirit, I want to share my contributions to the recently published very limited edition (restricted only to the contributing artists) 2009 Tarot Collectors Forum Collaborative Deck. I am so excited to have some of my work published, and, since I retain the copyright to my own work in that deck, I wanted to post my cards and tell you about them. Remember, this deck isn't for sale. I don't have extra copies. Part of the agreement we all made as contributors was that we did not want this deck for sale commercially. It was a labor of love.
When I first saw the posts on the forum about the 2008 deck, I was eager to get a copy and crestfallen when I was told it was not for sale. Only the artists had copies. Then, the threads started up about the 2009 deck. I pinged a friendly contributor, expressing my inhibitions and inadequacies as an artist. Sure, I stitch, but it's a grid. And sure, I took art classes in college, just enough to realize that my kindergarten dream of becoming "a artist" was not to be. I actually walked out of a college art class when I had one of my Tower moments: Kiddo, there is a big difference between appreciating art and creating it. I resigned myself to being a big appreciator, not famous or rich, just big. By the way, thanks to Dr. Acker for giving me a grade in that class instead of an incomplete. I think he gave it to me as credit for an artistic fit of pique.
Thanks to the encouragement of gregory, who uses a small G in her name on the boards, I contributed anyway using my own photographs and a little post-photographic magic courtesy of Photoshop to crop and in a couple of instances enhance reality. Thanks also to skad1 and BlueToy for turning all the contributing artists' efforts into a real deck of cards, complete with LWB (that's Little White Book). This has been one my favorite Christmas presents this season! The following are the entries from our LWB and cards I contributed.