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Ruth Speer 🌙  “When it’s over, I want to say: all my life / I was a bride married to amazement.” • Mary Oliver art shenanigans • ✝️🎨🌿 • PNW • GFU 🌙 ruthspeer.com 🌙


🌙“”It means," said Aslan, "that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of Time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation.” • CS Lewis
☕️✨🎨 Here is the cover design for my zine that I finished yesterday, and the official title, “There is a Magic Deeper Still” 💙 It went through some hardships, such as when I dropped my sandwich on it (don’t try to supplement too much to do and small linework with a lot of coffee, it just makes your hands shake :’)) but I’m even happier with it than I thought I would be, and UGH I can’t wait to show the finished thing to you all. It snowed here in Oregon yesterday, so it’s going to be a beautiful, slow day full of drawing and painting and candles and music. 💙💙💙

🌿🌙✨“There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.” • jrr tolkien
Listening to my enya record and burning candles and worldbuilding for my little magic zine, just a typical Sunday 🧙🏻‍♀️ I feel like I say this with every project, but this is the most excited to work on something I’ve been in a while!!! It’s a big push to finish in a short amount of time (I’m also using this as a project for my portfolio development class, which means about a month) and I’m so full of joy with how it’s turning out.
⚔️ This is a map of the Wilds, the world inhabited by author Esmeralda Twicket. You can also see a watercolor of her and her cottage and garden. She lives between Twissleferne and Maidenferne, countries split by civil battle centuries ago, which get along now except for some skirmishes on the treaty line, where Esmerelda’s cottage is; but it’s marked as a circle of peace and a safe house by the green flag flying from her lookout tower.
((this will be available with new stickers and prints and the original drawings in my shop in the near future to fund my trip to England this summer!!! stay tuned lovely ppl!!))

“Jesus said, wait with me. And maybe the stars did, maybe the wind wound itself into a silver tree, and didn’t move, maybe
the lake far away, where once he walked as on a
blue pavement,
lay still and waited, wild awake.
Oh the dear bodies, slumped and eye-shut, that could not
keep that vigil, how they must have wept,
so utterly human, knowing this too
must be a part of the story.” mary oliver • gethsemane
☕️🌿 Illustration no. 5 I’ve completed for my fairy tale zine; this spread is of entirely made up woodland plants (except foxgloves, those are real) ✨ What a weekend it has been, full of Oregon coast bookstores, much coffee and philosophical discussions with the best cutest boi who makes me feel so loved @themakeofjake. Now I’m going to go have a Father Brown marathon and a vegetable dinner with my lovely friends 🥦🍠🥕
What a time to be ALIVE ❤️

🌙 drawing•every•day ☕️
spoilers, it’s hard 💗 I’ve gotten dangerously used to drawing only when I’m working on something specific, and not allowing anything sloppy or half-finished. As literally everyone knows, this is a dumb thing to do, and creating every day (not stressing over it, being kind to yourself) is a smart thing to do.
✨✨✨This month’s drawings are for a little fairy tale zine 📖 a small collection of illustrations, poems and pearls of wisdom from a wise old scholar of magick by the name of Esmerelda Twicket. Ms. Twicket can be contacted by knocking thrice at her red wooden door or by messenger sparrow 🔮
🌿more to come soon 💙 (aesthetic planters stolen from @susannahceramics)

🎪🎭🔮✨Sometimes I don’t know what a painting means until a while after I’ve finished it. I’ve started to think, since I used myself as a model, that this piece might be about this feeling I have of not being a real artist, like someone’s going to knock on my door and take my paints away because I don’t hold my brushes properly and am handing out art advice when I’m only a junior in undergraduate school (by which I mean I’m only 21 and feel too young and inexperienced (I don’t think you need formal education to be an artist)). It’s kind of silly, but it can be a crippling thing sometimes that stops me from making new things. If anyone feels this way, let me know 💙
Edit: Wowwowow there are sooo many of you that feel the same way! There are so many kind and encouraging comments and I want to say a very fervent thank you!!! We can push through together ☺️💕
I got this mask in Venice in 2014, in one of the most magical shops I’ve ever set foot in, Ca’ del Sol: full with masks of all shapes, colors and sizes, lining the walls and swinging from the ceiling. It probably started this mask and identity story I have rattling around my brain nowadays. I used the piece I bought then for this painting 🌙✨ I also filmed the process of this whole piece from conception to varnishing, so take a tiny trip to the link in my bio if you feel so inclined ❤️

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” • W.B. Yeats
Ooh look ~~varnish~~( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
🎭⚔️🔮🌿 It’s finished ✨ “Magic Always Has a Price” oil on cradled wood panel 🎪
Also, hey, ITS ON YOUTUBE !!! It took such a long time and was so tricky to make the whole video happen, I have so much respect for artists who film their process all the time 😅 link in bio, maybe I’ll make it a regular thing maybe???? Idk subscrib if you feel like it 🧙🏻‍♀️
This piece will also be a print release with @peoplesprints in the future, so keep an ear out for that announcement 💕

🎨✨🌿Some tiny videos from my stories over the past few weeks 💗 it might sound like I’m completely full of Myself but I like saving these because I can watch them back and remember how much fun I was having and want to paint again?? U kno??
Also songs: stay I pray you//Anastasia Broadway, once upon a December// also Anastasia broadway (sensing a theme here maybe) charms from w.e., Colin frake // two steps from hell, also charms from w.e., tired of talking // leon ☺️☺️☺️

“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life / I was a bride married to amazement.” - Mary Oliver
☕️🎭🎪🌙It’s not finished, but it’s getting there 🖤 She’s waiting for the rest of the flowers in her hair, leaves on the trees, definition in the breastplate details et cetera ⚔️
I emailed my professors and stayed home today (I usually have art classes 8am-8pm on tues/thurs) because I was feeling under the weather, but realized I have to get this and another painting done and ended up painting all day anyway...so I skipped my art classes to do art that isn’t for my classes 🙄 which actually was very restful 👍
I know this kind of fairy-tale-whimsical style isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and it’s not very fashionable, but it gives me a really important kind of delight. So I’ll paint all the dorky fantasy things I can imagine. And if you have fav fantasy artists, please let me know about them 👵🏼
And now it’s time to take a break and have some supper. Take care of yourselves 💙 xxx

🎪🎭✨I usually can’t focus when people watch me paint because then they see the in-between messy parts that come between one pretty finished section and the next. But all these parts exist, especially now that I’m trying new techniques of painting I’ve been learning, of focusing on the big picture before honing in on the tiny details. So here’s a photo of the messy parts 🌚 This brush is what I’ve been trying to mostly use to block in areas so that the composition looks cohesive as a whole before anything gets tight and finished 👵🏼
The days when I’m trying to paint something new are the most frustrating and completely fun at the same time. I’m so far from where I want to be skill-wise and I can SEE where I want to be but it doesn’t always make its way to my hands and the painting, and it’s like being stuck in a costume and trying to unbutton the buttons you can’t reach. Like in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader when Eustace has to keep clawing off his dragon skins??? You know??
I feel like I mostly share pretty finished bits so I thought I’d talk about a very frustrating painting session for once 🧙🏻‍♀️🐉💕 This piece is going to be called “Magic Always Has a Price”, and it’s oil on wood panel ✨

🎪🎭⚔️✨Fun fact: I posed myself with a mask for this painting, and took a photo with a tripod so the angle would be right and everything, but I have such big hands and long fingers I had to literally go back and draw the hand smaller twice so it would look proportionate.
Anyways, there are so many things in this piece that I don’t know how to paint, including masks, armor, ruins, fabric??? foliage??? Which is so good because it means I’m expanding my painting vocabulary ☺️ I went back to classes on Monday and I have ceramics, painting and figure drawing classes that I’m so excited for. But I also have 100+ etsy orders to ship which I’m also SO excited for because I love love love the packing process and I got pretty new washi tape 💁🏻‍♀️ So if you ordered something in my last update BLESS U and I’ll begin shipping things out this weekend 💕💕 SEE YALLS L8ER

🌿 bless artists on youtube 🌿these four wonderful women have given me so many hours of calmness and words of wisdom the past few months. Last semester I would be overwhelmed with school and art and life and I would get a big cup of tea and watch Fran talk about her freelance life and Minnie package her shop orders and Sha’an finish huge illustrations and Robin make fun of art school, and I felt so much better. I’m so over the moon 🌚 grateful for artists who give of their experiences and insights and time!!!! and since it’s the beginning of another semester, I wanted to share with you all. Follow and watch and listen to them 💗 What a lot of good people ✨✨✨✨✨

🌿☕️✨It feels so calming and lovely to paint small things with no other goal but that you like making them and how they turn out. Sometimes when I’m trying to get inspiration of what to make, I imagine my dream house, maybe a little stone cottage filled with flowers and velvet sofas and tea cups and ceilings painted with stars, and I think “What would I want to hang on the walls?” And end up with something like this.
These four, clockwise from center: “Bewitched, I”, “Enchanted, I”, “Study in Violet” and “Study in Lavender” will be in my Etsy tomorrow (Friday) at 2pm PST, along with a lot of prints, stickers and NEW THINGS :))) ((like so new I haven’t properly photographed them whoops) I’ll also have individual stickers for sale as a lot of you last time wanted to get just one or two!! So prices start at $4 for this update 💗
As it’s January and not the Christmas rush, I don’t think this update will sell out like the last one (FIVE HOURS WHAT) so you can probably take your time and add everything to your cart before purchasing. If you buy things separately, please let me know so I can refund you your shipping costs and send all the items together ❤️❤️
Have a wonderful night, beautiful people, and I’ll see you tomorrow 👵🏼👵🏼👵🏼

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