Lunar Year 2019 wip

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work-in-progress (wip) for Lunar Year’s illustration of 2019

Hey everyone!
Here’s a little sneak peek to leave a curiosity seed for our next illustration.
Look forward to this next Friday as we’ll celebrate the New Lunar Year with you!

★until then, see you soon and stay inspired★

 

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A Portuguese Folk tale: The Goat-footed Lady

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“Forward, my son. You will win.”

Lenda da Dama Pé de Cabra / Tale of the Goat-footed Lady

There are a lot of Portuguese folk tales translated out there but of course we had to go for one of the exceptions, since we couldn’t find it translated… Nevertheless, here is our attempt to translate the version we got inspired from, in hopes that you too will enjoy it as much as we did since we were small.

This is a story from the 11th century, compiled by a great Portuguese writer, historian, journalist and poet named Alexandre Herculano.

Here we go:

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Fight or Flight – And the piano sings

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Royally forked…

Today’s post is a bit different. It’s about something that we feel needs to be shared, and who knows, maybe it will give you courage and strength for one of those days when it all seems too trying.

Fight or flight, as defined on wikipedia, is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack or threat to survival.
What wasn’t explained to us when young, was that embarrassment also generates these types of reactions to which we would also add petrification as a third response, followed by an attempt to flop down and play dead.

It was during lunch, juggling ingredients over a home style swiss raclette , that the subject came up over an unbelievable and miraculous story, an article by Dr. Carla Rebelo published on the Expresso newspaper named “Liderança Antichoque” (Shockproof Leadership). A great insight to spotting the two heroes of this situation.

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Here’s a Portuguese Folk Tale: The Aunts

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Don’t cry, sweety! We got your back!

One of us had the chance to grow up listening to old fairytale stories inside a small kitchen with the fire crackling and the bells of goats fading in and out on the street outside, as shepherds drove them into the pastures. Those were the days of great grandmother remembering tales from her own youth, trying to keep the memory jogging and bring back what had been told so many years ago – great grandmother didn’t know how to read after all.
Those tales would invoke so many wondrous images: selfish queens, naïve but strong boys and girls and the fantastic folks that would come to their aid, human, deity or beast. There’s no doubt that those stories had a role to play in our mind and now, so many years away from those early days, we want to begin drawing what we can and give those ancient tales our own flare and vision. It’s our anthropological contribution to the world and to you.
Not without a few snags. Although we own books with many tales, we realized that these ones from oral tradition were hard to come by and harder still to share with those interested in the narrative. Well dear friends, the internet is a wondrous, miraculous place.
There have been incredible people since the 1800’s that went to speak with old great grandmothers just like ours and have put on paper these tales and even translated them!

So here it is:

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The Fox and the Magpie

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The enjoyment of the hunt comes to eyes that glitter like gold.

Mercy me, they really are posting this year!

We believe Victorians must have been some of the first larpers (live roleplayers). The way you conducted yourself had to fit a role in society, and there wasn’t much room to stray from the mold.

Dear Miss Magpie and Mister Fox prefer to leave such dogmas out of their lounge room and dedicate themselves in the art of capturing each other’s heart.
Who shall be the first to succumb?

★Happy Friday happenings to all. See you next week and stay inspired★

In the blink of an eye it’s 2019!

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Happy New Year everybody!

Such a dejá vu from our last post, somehow. If you ask us directly, it’s a bit hard to explain how it happened. We might eventually go back into it in the future, but not for now- at least not yet.
We’re happy to restart posting once again and definitely plan on updating our blog a lot more this year. Well, we can’t do worse than 2018!
If you’re someone that takes “New Years” as a time for renewal or even if you don’t really pay attention to calendars, we wish you a Happy New Year of 2019!

Now let’s get busy!

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