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I work in a variety of mediums and my works have a variety of themes. You'll find everything from painted found animal bones and other nature art to fantasy pieces, to original writing and even lots of fanart for some of my favorite things.

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Evening Shining Sky by Shadsie
Evening Shining Sky
At some point, I looked at the foil I was peeling off Hersey's Kisses and thought "That looks pretty. I bet I could flatten that out and do something cool with it."

 Using a pestle from my kitchen mortar and pestle set (for grinding spices), I flattened out some sheets and had some of them stored in a little tea-tin for the possible use on one of my skull/bone pieces and then when I was eating some Kisses recently, decided I might try gluing these sheets to a styrofoam meat-tray (I save them to use as painting pallets) and do some kind of foreground drawing paste-on.  Once again it's an experiment with a "monochrome foreground / colorful background" theme. 

So, here's a random gryphon looking at a shiny foil sky.  Dark chocolate kisses by the way... the red foil is "Christmas" color, the purple foil is the standard for dark chocolate.  The inside is silver.  The foreground is pencil and pen on computer paper.  Lots of Tacky glue. (Don't ever use heavy-duty or super glue on foam, it melts it. Only white glue works). 
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So I've been working on a new little wall-hanging piece that I had no intent to try to sell as I do not know about the legality thereof.  I found a turtle shell a while back (common box turtle) and cleaned it out.  I have been looking online to ascertain whether or not said kind of shell is legal to have/trade/sell etc. and haven't found anything.  In fact, I found some stuff about how box turtles are kept as pets by some people.  I know that conservation laws can be odd about even common animals, however.  (I've known for a long time that I am not allowed to pick up shed deer antlers in Pennsylvania.  I do have a broken painted antler on my gallery, but it was found on private property  - in a hay bale on a farm  - and given to me, but I know if I walk out in the woods and see an antler, I'm supposed to leave it be despite the fact that whitetails are common).  

However, I wanted to string this piece with feathers just to hang on my wall and gathered feathers molted from the local non-migrating population of Canada Geese.  I was unsure about these, as well... I was pretty sure they were classed as a game-bird and, in fact, a pest-species.  (Outright culls are done).  I looked them up and Wikipedia tells me that they are "illegal to take anything from in Canada, but legal in the United States/dependent on state laws."  I've been concerned regarding them because they USED to be endangered.  They were almost wiped out by the 1970s, but were brought back in such a way that they're now almost like city-pigeons in terms of people shooting them off airstrips and "Get off our lawn!"  They are rather prolific breeders and I enjoy seeing the goslings every year (especially when they're half-grown, gray and really awkward. So cute)! 

I discovered an article last night concerning spiritual use of feathers (in rituals for certain religions, totems, Native American practices and such) and laws with links to resources, including a link to the Migratory Bird Act itself and I reviewed it again and found "Gah! Canada Goose is on there!"  - but, again, I do not know if that applies only to migrating populations and does not apply to the "Get off my lawn!" over-winterers.  I think to be safe, I'll restring my shell (though I don't know if that's Kosher, either), but I don't know what to do with the handful of feathers I've gathered (it seems such a waste just to toss them away, I wonder if anyone in wildlife-science would want them for educational purposes).  

I do know that if I took up hunting, I could legally eat the birds.  I looked up recipes - not for myself- but because I have been writing a character for original work whom I wanted to hunt and eat wild goose as a subsistence-thing and I wanted to make sure the typical trash-eaters were a thing that people ate.  The recipes looked good, though I think wild geese are possibly too pretty to eat!  As I said, I like watching them with their babies.  

I am wondering if there is any way I could become some kind of licensed gatherer of things shed by wildlife for art-purposes.  I know I do not qualify for religious-exemption as I am a sometimes-doubtful non-churchgoing Christian Universalist, some of my "animist feelings" notwithstanding.  I did learn from the article that the laws on birds came about not so much for strictly endangered species, but because the Victorians liked to use feathers for fashion and did so too much, endangering previously abundant species and it's all about not letting that happen again.  

I know that there are people here on DA who do art using wildlife - the taxidermists and bone artists and natural-materials jewelers out there.  If any of you know details about this stuff or can link me to further resources detailing just about everything, don't be shy.  I'd like to figure out what I can do rather than find out later that I pulled something naughty.  

I did learn in my research how to keep birds from flying into house windows, which is nice.  We were already doing right by that without knowing it (we have blinds, which birds can see).  We got a wild wren of some kind trapped in our house once, and got it safely out. That was a long time ago.  
  • Mood: Confused
  • Watching: Teen Titans GO!
  • Playing: Hyrule Warriors and Majora's Mask
  • Eating: Cheez Doodles
  • Drinking: Tea
So, this faces in books thing I've discovered is rife with people changing their profile pictures with rainbow overlays to celebrate a certain historical-like even in American history that just happened.  I looked at that, thought "I don't really want to mess up my profile picture," nor do I want anyone to get all up in my face about it and I'm suspicious of conformity bandwagons, so... I decided to show my support for an expansion of rights in a way that is uniquely myself. 

Elements by Shadsie

I looked for the most colorful and rainbow-y skull in my critter-skull collection and, there you go.  I'm flying that as my cover-photo at the Book of Faces.  

Wave your flags. I say things with skulls. 
  • Mood: Hungry
Elements by Shadsie
Elements
This is a very OLD piece of mine that I can't believe I didn't have on here already.  It's a javelina / collared peccary skull (acquired from a hunter) painted with a theme of five elements - Earth, Wind, Fire, Water and Life.  It is one of my most colorful pieces among colorful pieces.  Acrylic on bone. 
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I finally got a Facebook page.  

It feels weird. 
  • Mood: Sunny Mood
  • Watching: Blood Blockade Battlefront
  • Playing: Hyrule Warriors
  • Eating: The flesh of a fallen Cuccoo. With rice!
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola

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Shadsie
Empress of Bones
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Hello, I go by Shadsie. If you want to know my age, I "live outside of time."

I am an artist of varied mediums, some of them unusual. My favorite medium is acrylic paint and I frquently use animal bones as a canvas. I find these out in natural places and meticulously clean them - I don't kill any of the animals to make my art, they're all just found.

Otherwise, I paint on canvas and paper. I draw, I sculpt a little and I even do a bit of digital work - in short, I work with whatever I can get my hands on and do a lot of experimenting.

I have an associate's degree in graphic design, but it hasn't seen much work. I have written fantasy novels that I'm seeking publication for and have not obtained yet. I self-published one piece on Kindle, A World of Rusted Dreams complete with illustrations, just to see what would happen with it. It's a quiet, strange little fantasy story about a pair of teenagers and their guardian-creatures visiting a city in a wild and barren world.

Otherwise, I am prone to becoming obsessed with various entertainments and will do fan art for such. My gallery is split between fan art, works on skulls and bones, artwork related to my novels, original misc. artwork and jewelry-making.

I am willing to take concrit on all works unless specified, even on older works for which I am too lazy to enable the new "critique" feature on.


Enjoy!

Current Residence: Hyrule.
Favourite genre of music: Classic Rock, Alternative, Various
Favourite style of art: Fantasy, Nature Art, Surrealism, Realism, Anime.
Operating System: Windows XP
Shell of choice: Hmm... something made of bone?
Wallpaper of choice: Painted animal bones cover my walls.
Skin of choice: No skin. Bone.
Favourite cartoon character: Vash the Stampede.
Personal Quote: I don't want a world where no one dies. I want a world where no one wants to die.
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So I've been working on a new little wall-hanging piece that I had no intent to try to sell as I do not know about the legality thereof.  I found a turtle shell a while back (common box turtle) and cleaned it out.  I have been looking online to ascertain whether or not said kind of shell is legal to have/trade/sell etc. and haven't found anything.  In fact, I found some stuff about how box turtles are kept as pets by some people.  I know that conservation laws can be odd about even common animals, however.  (I've known for a long time that I am not allowed to pick up shed deer antlers in Pennsylvania.  I do have a broken painted antler on my gallery, but it was found on private property  - in a hay bale on a farm  - and given to me, but I know if I walk out in the woods and see an antler, I'm supposed to leave it be despite the fact that whitetails are common).  

However, I wanted to string this piece with feathers just to hang on my wall and gathered feathers molted from the local non-migrating population of Canada Geese.  I was unsure about these, as well... I was pretty sure they were classed as a game-bird and, in fact, a pest-species.  (Outright culls are done).  I looked them up and Wikipedia tells me that they are "illegal to take anything from in Canada, but legal in the United States/dependent on state laws."  I've been concerned regarding them because they USED to be endangered.  They were almost wiped out by the 1970s, but were brought back in such a way that they're now almost like city-pigeons in terms of people shooting them off airstrips and "Get off our lawn!"  They are rather prolific breeders and I enjoy seeing the goslings every year (especially when they're half-grown, gray and really awkward. So cute)! 

I discovered an article last night concerning spiritual use of feathers (in rituals for certain religions, totems, Native American practices and such) and laws with links to resources, including a link to the Migratory Bird Act itself and I reviewed it again and found "Gah! Canada Goose is on there!"  - but, again, I do not know if that applies only to migrating populations and does not apply to the "Get off my lawn!" over-winterers.  I think to be safe, I'll restring my shell (though I don't know if that's Kosher, either), but I don't know what to do with the handful of feathers I've gathered (it seems such a waste just to toss them away, I wonder if anyone in wildlife-science would want them for educational purposes).  

I do know that if I took up hunting, I could legally eat the birds.  I looked up recipes - not for myself- but because I have been writing a character for original work whom I wanted to hunt and eat wild goose as a subsistence-thing and I wanted to make sure the typical trash-eaters were a thing that people ate.  The recipes looked good, though I think wild geese are possibly too pretty to eat!  As I said, I like watching them with their babies.  

I am wondering if there is any way I could become some kind of licensed gatherer of things shed by wildlife for art-purposes.  I know I do not qualify for religious-exemption as I am a sometimes-doubtful non-churchgoing Christian Universalist, some of my "animist feelings" notwithstanding.  I did learn from the article that the laws on birds came about not so much for strictly endangered species, but because the Victorians liked to use feathers for fashion and did so too much, endangering previously abundant species and it's all about not letting that happen again.  

I know that there are people here on DA who do art using wildlife - the taxidermists and bone artists and natural-materials jewelers out there.  If any of you know details about this stuff or can link me to further resources detailing just about everything, don't be shy.  I'd like to figure out what I can do rather than find out later that I pulled something naughty.  

I did learn in my research how to keep birds from flying into house windows, which is nice.  We were already doing right by that without knowing it (we have blinds, which birds can see).  We got a wild wren of some kind trapped in our house once, and got it safely out. That was a long time ago.  
  • Mood: Confused
  • Watching: Teen Titans GO!
  • Playing: Hyrule Warriors and Majora's Mask
  • Eating: Cheez Doodles
  • Drinking: Tea

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lilith-chan Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I figured out a trope we should add to The Great Desert Page. Genre Savvy for Link for knowing being nice to old people gets you free food and mention how in fairy tales refusing to help the elderly meant you would end up crippling yourself. Plus the guy who helps the old person marries the Princess... Hey, wait a minuet of forest here.
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Shadsie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If you want to, you can go ahead and add that.  

I was skimming the fic the other day, and thinking of the remake I never kept up with.  Playing Hyrule Warriors, I think that Warriors Link's vision-animal would be a bull.  With the other warriors, he's a part of a herd.  He charges into enemies like a bull... and if I did anything where he were included, it would be a joke on how I "bullfight" a lot of enemies in waiting for them to reveal their weak points.  
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ever-so-excited Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hey! Thank you so much for adding my Sparrot piece to your favorites! :love: So glad you liked it enough to do so. :nod: Thanks again for your support!
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Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013   Traditional Artist
I tagged you for a meme-- you don't have to do it if it's a bother of course. I had a few questions in there I was curious about.
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TheBlackNova Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
You may need to look up the Skyward Sword Manga to understand that fic I sent you.
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AltaicTiger Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for the fav! It's really appreciated!
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Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Hello, this is a little random. I am sorry if it's a nuisance
But if you feel like it (no pressure!) I tagged you for this meme/ questionnaire:
[link]
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wisahkecahk Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you have a wonderfull gallery of art!!!!inspring!!!!!thank you for posting such great works!!!!!!
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aranea-designs Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! We've featured you for the month of August in the #skull-painting group! You may get a few requests from me for work that hasn't been submitted to our gallery yet and if you have anything new to add, just do so as you usually would and I'll make sure it gets to the Featured folder! :)
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Shadsie Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!

Sadly, I don't find as much fresh material as I used to, since I live in a suburban apartment now (strangely enough, a few skulls have found me on roadside walks, still)...

I do live next to a cemetary but... no... just no... though it has been joked about in my household. XD
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