Neurotic Owl

flying through clouds of uncertainty on wings of existential dread

Weekly thingy and the Three of Pentacles/East of the Sun etc.

Y’all have heard me talk East of the Sun, West of the Moon a bunch already, I LOVE a Nordic fairytale where the girl is the quester. Basically this needed … Continue reading

December 6, 2022 · 4 Comments

Fortnightly thingy and the Two of Pentacles/The Three Little Men

This story is a bit of an amalgam of Snow White and Diamonds and Toads – you’ve got an evil stepmother, the stepdaughter being sent out to do impossible tasks, … Continue reading

November 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Weekly thingy and the Ace of Pentacles/The Tinder Box

Do people mostly know this one? It’s honestly a little icky, the ‘hero’ uses his access to magical dogs to steal a sleeping princess from her bedroom several times and … Continue reading

November 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Weekly thingy and the King of Swords/Myrtha

I’m back to a ballet source, although the Wilis in Giselle are absolutely based in a variety of traditional folktales about vilis/vilas (and of course you may be familiar with … Continue reading

November 7, 2022 · 1 Comment

Weekly thingy and the fully painted Queen of Swords/The Marsh Woman

If you’re not familiar with the Girl Who Trod on a Loaf I am unsurprised – it’s another fairytale from bisexual disaster Han Christian Andersen, and very much in the … Continue reading

October 30, 2022 · 1 Comment

Weekly thingy and progress sort of. (The Queen of Swords/The Marsh Woman)

Definitely not going to get this painted tonight but here’s the black and white at least. The actual fairy tale for this is, as promised, The Girl Who Trod on … Continue reading

October 23, 2022 · 1 Comment

Fortnightly thingy and a break from drawing

I’m working a lot of hours right now and it’s taking up a lot of brain space, so I just haven’t had the mental energy for drawing. I know exactly … Continue reading

October 17, 2022 · 1 Comment

Not at all weekly thingy and the Knight of Swords/Carabosse

Quick post because I have been sick all day and am exhausted, but I’ve already been sitting on this one a solid week without getting round to posting it. Anyhow … Continue reading

October 3, 2022 · 1 Comment

Weekly thingy and the Page of Swords/Katie Crackernuts

I LOVE Katie Crackernuts, it’s in that group of stories like East of the Sun, West of the Moon and The Snow Queen where the heroine is a girl on … Continue reading

September 13, 2022 · 1 Comment

Not so weekly thingy and the 10 of swords/Twa Sisters

If you don’t know this ballad/set of ballads, the basic story in the variation I know best is: Two sisters are in love with the same man; the older dark-haired … Continue reading

September 5, 2022 · Leave a comment