Friday, February 29, 2008

Spiderwick Field Guide

Last night I read the first of the Spiderwick Chronicles. The little book is beautifully made, with rough cut edges and illustrations throughout. While browsing the website I see there are all kinds of really cool things for collectors to get their hands on too! I really liked the book, and I wish it had been around when I was a kid, because I would have LOVED it then too. My sister went off to see the movie without me, I'll have to find out from her what she thought of it.

Today Marscon begins, so I don't have much time to chat, as I have to gather all my artwork and get my paperwork ready for the artshow. After I hang my stuff I'll be footloose and fancy free, and looking for fun people to talk to, panels to go to, and browse the dealers room for goodies and inspirations.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Spiderwick Chronicles

Today the Spiderwick Chronicles is in the theaters, but I'll be busy working through the weekend so I don't know when I will have a chance to see it. Until then, I can play on the wonder-filled website created for the movie. It just whets my appetite for more fantasy, which is exactly what I need. My schedule is so very busy these coming weeks, but I do intend to see this one in the theater! Finally a fairy tale with real fairies, true to the Old Tales more than the fluffy glitter stuff that's all over the place.

Fairies come from deep within the forest and earth, they are not civilized, but have their own way of being. They are not safe in any way, though they can bring blessings. Even so, the blessings have their own baggage and magic never works the way you want it to. So be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

Monday, February 11, 2008

A Passion for Fantasy Art - February Studio Notes

IT'S THE PERFECT TIME OF YEAR TO INDULGE IN YOUR PASSIONS, AND THAT MEANS NEW FANTASY ART GIFTS! February is a month of love with Valentine's Day coming up. My husband is going to surprise me with a night out, but he's not telling me the details. This issue includes What's
, What's Hot, and an Upcoming Show!

New in the Gift Shop

The workshop was sadly lacking something, something big and blue that breathes fire. So here he is, Eurus the dragon of the East Wind.
Wrap yourself up in this warm hooded sweatshirt while you curl up with your favorite dragon book.

Come to think of it, I never curl up without a nice comfy pillow when
I read. So I just HAD to add Eurus to one of these wonderful throw pillows. Now you can be completely surrounded in warm dragon goodness!

What's Hot

Is winter getting a little too long for you? How about a nice trip to the beach with a cool mermaid journal. This little beauty has been the best seller recently, so what's hot is keeping cool in the sun with Lira - The Faery of Water. Write about
your winter vacation, or sketch your dreams on the blank pages of this journal.

Goth and gorgeous, The Queen of Annwyn is sure to please any lover
of dark fantasy art. New last month, this keepsake box is already going to hold someone's trinkets and treasures. They say you can't take it with you, but maybe the
Welsh Queen of the Dead will let you pass
with whatever's
in this box.

Marscon 10

I have pre-registered for Marscon 10 and plan on attending, having fun, and hanging some stuff in
the artshow to pay for my fun. I hope to see you there!

MarsCon 2008 / Feb 29th—Mar 2nd

Holiday Inn Select / Bloomington,MN

for taking the time to read my newsletter, I hope it inspires you
to continue in your passion for fantasy in all areas of you life!


~ Beth

Reiki Artist Beth Hansen-Buth

2008 Beth Hansen-Buth. All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Marscon Horizon

I always know when a convention is coming up soon, because I have the Pre-Convention I-Forgot My-Art-at-Home dream. You would think after doing this for over a dozen years this wouldn't happen, but it does, every time as far as I can remember. Maybe it's my subconscious trying to tell me to get everything ready early, but I frequently ignore it and find myself scrambling the night before or the the morning of the convention in order to pick out what I'm going to bring etc.

This time, I'm going to go through all my artwork, and select the best framed pieces to bring, and maybe even do a little original that I can sell as well. Stop can happen. Marscon COULD be the first convention that I'm totally prepared for ahead of time. Or maybe I'll procrastinate so long a bird will build it's nest in my hair. Lucky for me it's still winter!