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Respect the Copyright!

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 3, 2012, 4:12 PM
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As an artist I greatly appreciate those who support me by sharing on Facebook and purchasing my art. If it were not for you kind folks... I would not have the opportunity to do what I love and support my family... so THANK YOU!

That said... the images on the internet are there for your visual enjoyment only. They are not to be reproduced or altered in any way, shape or form. Please understand that this is my living and my hard work. Some of you may think... ah it's just a "picture". Please keep in mind that most "picture's" take me over 30 hours to create. So removing "do not reproduce" and the "©" symbol to use the image on your own, is just stealing and illegal. It is just the same as if you worked 30 hours and I came and took your paycheck.

I hate to put these obvious, common sense, statements up on my Facebook page. But... today a few of my loyal customers brought it to my attention that someone has posted on Facebook how they are removing my copyright "stamp" and stealing my art.

So... please respect EVERY and all artist's by not altering, reproducing or using their art without their permission. They need to pay their bill's too!

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The Collection of the Queens...

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 17, 2012, 5:46 PM
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They are done!  This year I have been working on a collection of Fairy Queens.  This collection is called "Fay of Season".  In this collection I have made the four fairy queens... Sovereign of Spring, Sovereign of Summer, Sovereign of Autumn, and Sovereign of winter.

I have introduced you to Spring and Summer... but here are the other two... Autumn and Winter.
Sovereign of Autumn was my favorite to create of this collection.  I just love fall and it is my favorite time of year.  I wanted to give this Queen a feeling of change... thus having the lively green colors fading into oranges, reds, and browns.
Sovereign of Winter was harder for me to create... but I am very happy with the way she turned out.  Normally I do not work in pastels as I prefer the earthy color palate as within Sovereign of Autumn.  Yet... with a great deal of trial and error I think that I am starting to understand this palette of colors better.  As for the queen herself... I wanted her to be the purity of winter... with icicle-like hair... to the frosted feel of her wings.

I will have this collection available in my shoppe at the Bristol Renaissance Faire this year.
Thanks again for reading my babble... until another creation...

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Sovereigns and Warriors

Journal Entry: Mon May 14, 2012, 8:45 PM
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Sovereigns & Warriors... what do they have in common?

Hello everyone... sorry that this blog post is late to the "Sovereign of Summer" release.  I wanted to wait to give a little explanation about this one's creation. A great deal of people ask me where I get my inspiration for the features or "the look" of a subject in my paintings.  Well, this can occur from anything, I suppose.  I tend to pick up features from people I see... and don't even realize that I paint them until it is done.  Another way is the books that I listen to.

I love audio books.  I no longer have time to read... and to be honest it has been a while since I read a whole book.  Audio books allow me to get that "reading" in while I am doing so many other things... mainly painting. When I listen to these books... I don't even realize what I am painting.  I seem to zone  into the book so intently I no longer notice anything around me.   After a few hours I seem to "focus" back to reality.  When I "come back" I discover what I have been painting. This is how Sovereign of Summer's "look" came about.

During this painting I was listening to the "The Vampire Lestat" by Ann Rice.  "Sovereign of Summer" is what I picture Lestat's mother, Gabriel, would look like.  Her eyes... her hair... down to the way her face is structured.  She has a mane of long golden hair... she is strong and has a feral fierceness to her demeanor.

As for my other painting... "Jaguar"... well, he resembles Lestat, of course.  It is really amazing to me how the chapters of a book become part of my paintings. It is not intentional... it just happens.

Well, thanks for reading.  The Bristol Renaissance Faire will be open in about a month and a half.  I will be releasing many new works in that time... so we will have them ready for the faire!
~ C.Gerhardt

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Fay of Season~Collection of the Fairy Queens

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 14, 2012, 6:41 PM
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Another new collection that I will have this year along with Elemental Dragons collection is "Fay of Season."  I wanted to make a collection of the fairy queens each representing all that they reign... Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.  Here is the first of that collection... Sovereign of Spring.

Sovereign of Spring proved to be difficult for me.  This painting made me really step out of my comfort zone.  I normally do not paint light and airy subjects.  To give this painting the spring feel I envisioned, I had to play with light more than I had ever before...  the way that it plays on her wings to the softness of her dress.  I hope that you enjoy her... I do and I am happy with how she turned out.

Before the Bristol Renaissance Faire I will release the other three of this collection.  As for now... back to the drawing board.

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The Woodland Leprechaun

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 7, 2012, 11:19 PM
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March was a bit crazy for us at Mystic Moon Media. Cherie was bound and determined to find a leprechaun's gold before the end of the month and wrangled me into helping her.

Early in the month Cherie stumbled upon a group of 4 leprechauns meeting in a wooded area near her home. After some eavesdropping, she was able to figure out that one had hid his gold near Lake Michigan, two had placed theirs in a well, and the last one stashed his gold somewhere in a forest. Our first attempt at tracking down the gold was following the lakefront leprechaun. While we met many nice creatures, including a pair of vacationing house elves, the only information we gathered that day was that this particular leprechaun liked to make sandcastles.

We had better luck with the well leprechauns. A goblin owed Cherie a favor and found out they were searching for miniature farming equipment to take back to their village. After a visit to the store, we returned to the well and set out a trail of farming items to lure the leprechauns away. While their attention was diverted, Cherie snagged the gold.

Next, we returned to the beach. Phineas and his mermaid were visiting the area and were more than happy to  spy on the lakefront leprechaun for us. Seems he liked to hide his gold in sandcastles, so while he was collecting shells to use as decorations, we quickly took his treasure.

Time was running out. Cherie staked out the forest in hopes of getting the last leprechaun's gold. Every time she came close to discovering his secret hiding place, his goodies were gone. She even went as far as to use glow in the dark paint to track his movement - still no luck. As you can see from the photo below, he had a helper and we didn't stand a chance of getting his gold. Oh well, two out of three ain't bad!

This piece of art was created with the help of our awesome Facebook and Twitter fans. Every time a person makes a comment on our "story of the month", they help influence the direction Cherie takes the artwork. Plus, one of the lucky folks who comment will win a free copy of that month's print! *Even if you make 290 comments you are only entered once.

Congratulations to Jennifer J., our March "Fan"tasical Fantasy Art contest winner.

A new creature adventure began on April 1, so come and join us on the journey!

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Archer ~ The newest of the Warrior Fay

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 7, 2012, 3:03 PM
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The Warrior Fay is an art collection of mine that I started in 2010.  I was inspired by the "protectors" of the Fairies... the ones that made all of the others safe.  So I came up with four pieces... Raven, Hawk, Lynx, and Sparrow.  It seemed that many of you loved the concept of these male fairy warriors as well... especially Raven.

Well, this year I plan on adding to that collection and here is the newest warrior... Archer.

The Warrior Fay have been a difficult collection for me personally... which I am slowly starting to master.  Drawing men is a challenge.  They take as much time for me to draw as dragons.  The male form has many more angular shapes than women and is not as free flowing.  To offset the hard angles of Archer, I added the bay horse with the arched neck and long flowing mane.

Well... I hope you like him.  There is more to come, so please keep tuned.
Until later... Cherie

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Passionate Seas

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 29, 2012, 7:59 AM
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Ok... you asked and now you shall receive.  
I have been asked by some of my wonderful followers for awhile for "couples" art.
In response to that I have created "Passionate Seas".

My intentions on this painting were to show the love of the merfolk within the depths of the sea.  At first... they both were to be green, but after some time I felt that she would be better with the look of a "goldfish" and he in the darker emeralds.  These colors worked well with the blues and red highlights that were in the background creating a nice double split complementary color pattern... in other words... the colors "flow".

This will be part of a new collection called my "Beloved Collection".  This collection will (in time) include many different creatures... from merfolk to fairy folk.  Another is already in the works for this collection and will be released before the Bristol Renaissance Faire.

Thanks again...

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'Blood of Medusa'

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 24, 2012, 7:38 PM
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Hello again... if you have been following our Facebook you most likely noticed the sneak peek of this new piece on Facebook.

When I started this I wanted to draw something new for my "Angels and Demons" Collection.  I also wanted to include a mythical creature that I never drew  before... and so after some thought I liked the idea of a dark angel riding Pegasus.  Since Pegasus was born of Medusa in Greek mythology... I never pictured him to be the white fluffy type.

So this is my version of Pegasus and his rider... hence the name "Blood of Medusa".

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Phineas and The Secret Contest

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 30, 2012, 1:00 PM
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As some of you may know, Cherie and I found a baby hippocampus on the shores of Lake Michigan this month. We didn't know where the poor thing's mother was and couldn't stand to leave it alone to fend for itself, so I ended up taking it home until we could figure out what to do with it.

Neither of us knew much about hippocampi and starting asking our Facebook fans and Twitter followers for words of advice. They helped pick a name for him, recommended food, and suggested types of suitable hippocampus habitats. And after we had learned that a mermaid must take ownership of hippocampi before they reach adulthood, we received a lot of great advice on how to deal with the merfolk of Lake Michigan. In other words, Phineas wouldn't be around today without their help.

On Saturday, Cherie and I made the trek back to Lake Michigan with a nearly full-grown Phineas. This required the help of close family and friends, plus a truck with an XL bed. After a short drive to the lake, we waited until the area was deserted and placed Phineas in the water. Within moments, his mermaid caretaker emerged. She accepted Cherie's thank you gift of an emerald and fishing net necklace, looped a harness around Phineas' neck, and disappeared into the water.

Before they left, Cherie was able to get a quick image of them as a reminder of our not-so-little Phineas.

You are probably wondering about the secret contest. This was such a secret contest that none of our followers even knew about it!

Whenever someone would comment about Phineas, we made two lists. One list was for Phineas suggestions that Cherie could work into the art piece. Essentially, all of the people that played along with us helped to create this image.

The second list was a list of names of the people that remarked on Phineas' progress. Those very same people unknowingly had a chance to win a free Phineas print. One name was randomly selected from the list and that person will be receiving their print within the next few weeks.

Here's the neat part - we have decided to continue this no-longer-a-secret contest. All you have to do to enter is participate in our Facebook and Twitter story each month. Not only are you entering to win a free print, but you help influence the art! *Each person only gets one entry, even if they make 183 comments on the story during the month.*

Another story will begin in February and we hope you'll join us on our new mythical creature adventure by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Sketchbook Snapshot- Female Tree Ent

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 10, 2011, 3:17 PM
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Hello everyone.  Right now I am working on a strange little idea.  I am a big "Lord of the Rings" fan and was wondering what a female Tree Ent would look like.  I think that they would be opposite of a male Tree Ent.  I think that they would be beautiful with moss growing on them with long twigs and branches for there hair.   At first glance, I think that they would blend into the forest, but looking more closer you would see a beautiful yet strange figure... possibly emerging out of what would be a tree trunk... hm...

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Sketchbook Snapshot- New Wiccan Art

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 3, 2011, 8:37 AM
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Hello and welcome to my sketchbook snapshot!  What is sketchbook snapshot?  Well this will be a weekly update of whatever I have drawing during the past week.  Some of these sketches will be completed into final works and some not.  As I have stated in some past blogs... I grow tired easily of some of my drawings and that is when they get cast aside until they strike my fancy again.

I have been asked for some time for some new Wiccan art... and at last... I have started.  I first wanted to start with reinventing my pentagram.  I have created a "twiggy" one in the past.  I hate that one.  I loved it when I first created it... but now I don't.  I never seem to be happy with my own work.  Well, I wanted to create something thicker and more substantial so I drew a new pentagram.  I love Celtic knot work so I sketched some behind the pentagram.  I think it gives it depth and interest to it... what do you think?

I will be leaving the pentagram plain for one option, but I would like to add to it like my Celtic Collection.  Since familiars are so important to us, I would love to add some creatures.  I am definitely adding a snow owl.  I can picture it landing on top of the pentacle.  Possibly a fox or a snake... any other ideas?

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Warrior Fay...

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 25, 2010, 5:47 PM
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Hi!  I have been working like crazy on my newest collections and one of them is "Warrior Fay". Warrior Fay is a collection of the creatures of the fairy.  These creatures are the protectors... the ones who fight for the peace of their lands.  I just love this idea so here is an example of what to expect of this collection...  please let me know your thoughts.…

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Coming Soon...

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 21, 2010, 8:25 AM
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I am starting a new collection that will be done in a few weeks. I am creating a Collection of Dragons representing the seasons...  I have been working around the clock so I will love to hear your thoughts and comments on them.  Thanks...

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