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High Priestess card   Death card
Temperance card   One of Coins card
Two of Swords card   Eight of Swords card
Fiona and Sha matte painting   Fiona and the Speritu acrylic painting
Dead Rasakk Acrylic Sketch   Daria on the Frontier
The Griff Place watercolor study   Ua'lin Pen and Ink
Somewhere on Karn   Crystal Kifu
Karnese Tarot: Eight of Swords

A woman with pale skin and tousled brown hair lies bound and nude in a circle of swords. Her tied wrists are held as if praying and her face is covered by a dirty blindfold. On the bare ground in front of her are two broken feathers, and above her flies a ragged blue banner.




This is the story of a griff who may not fly.

With stagnation comes shapesickness, the uniquely Karnese illness of being unable to change form. The shapesick are caught in a state of psychic limbo, bound by some force stronger than their ability to surrender to the biological imperative of the shift.

The causes are many, like being in an unwelcoming culture, a physical or psychic injury while in shape, a tangle in the process of learning to shift, or a refusal to embrace the powers and strengths of the shape.

The bound figure must take small steps out of captivity and trust in their intuitive ability to sense and avoid unseen danger.

Digital painting, Photosop and MotionComputing tablet

October 2010
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