Story entry 10 - Triplet Stars
What a sensitive and difficult year things have been for the suvians. Their relationship with the grootslang and the yaoguai of the Inmost had become strained and quite fragile in the last year. The counsel decided that their usual year-end gift of the best of their morel crop was not enough. Perhaps it was fate or perhaps it was bad judgement, but the wisest of the counsel appointed the task, of choosing the three best morels, to the triplets. Their assumption was partially based on the correlation between there being three of them and choosing to offer three mushrooms.
The counsel scrambled to remedy the disaster created by the triplets Wyn, Wul, and Woo, but there was no magic that could remedy their mistake. The gift had been placed and the damage had been done. The tradition of this offering had dated back thousands of years, even inspiring the vikings to offer up an evergreen to the sun god Balder and pagans and Christians to decorate a tree. All in one simple mistake, the relationship that balanced on the edge, would plummet into the void.
The intent of the yearly gift is to show respect to the keepers of the Inmost and provide them with the prize of the morel crop from that season - marked with a traditional red (indicating prosperity) star at it’s top. To show even more respect in times of their fragile and crumbling relationship, they would offer their best three morels. The triplets made two additional stars and restored the original star as well so they would have three this year. They used a natural red dye from the pedals of the vampire flower and that was their undoing. The dye poisoned the prized mushrooms and created a decomposed mess.
The insult to the grootslang and yaoguai was extreme and now their good graces had been undone. Things were not looking good for the suvians. Conflict would be upon them and they did not do well with contention.
Artist of the month - Ugly Shyla
Born in Jennings, Louisiana and now living in Austin, Texas, the self-taught artist known online as Ugly Shyla, has been making bizarre and macabre dolls for the last 21 years. Beginning at the age of 16 in 1996, her beautiful, unique, and creepy creations have found their way across the world. At an early age, Ugly Shyla aspired to become a nun, and although she ended up following a different path, religion is still a strong theme in her work. The wigs, outfits, and even shoes for her dolls are all crafted by Shyla with fine detail, bringing the dolls a sense that they may have had a miniature life of their own. Besides being a doll maker, Ugly Shyla also makes jewlery and ornaments and is an Alt Model and the caretaker of two handicap squirrels named Winkelhimer and Mr. Man. The doll I have highlighted in this blog, is one of the Pastel Angels and is in my private collection. She sits among my books and collection of oddities and even makes her way to our tree every December. You can find Ugly Shyle on Facebook, Instagram, and Etsy (via the links) below and discover all the creations she has to offer.
As of October 2016, I intended to use this blog as an accompaniment to my Facebook page and Instagram page. On this blog I post information and updates about my work as well as once a month I highlighted an artist whose work I like (I stopped doing this when I opened my gallery www.GalleryBlueDoor.com). As of March 2017, I began posting a monthly Story Entry with an accompanying illustration of mine. In mid-2019 I took a break from this, but it will resume.