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Second Annual Longest Night collaboration with Sadie Lune!

Last night I renewed my collaboration with Eternal Muse Sadie Lune for the Winter Solstice.

For the second year in a row, we met on zoom to make art and set intentions, hold hope and hold each other in our hearts.

Drawing of Sadie Lune, a tall and beautiful white femme. She is veiled and surrounded by candles, wearing lace and corset.

Again Sadie absolutely stunned and amazed with her makeup and styling.

Drawing of Sadie Lune, a tall and beautiful white femme. She sits and smokes, wearing lace, corset and boots.

Celebrating the Longest Night in the Court of Night Blooming Flowers is a theme in the Kushiel’s Dart books.

When I was working at Wicked Grounds in 2009 I was introduced to the Kushiel’s Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey. Everyone at work was a fan! Prominent in the extremely kinky and queer series are the Servants of Naamah, a church and religion of sex worker priests and priestesses. It was the perfect fantasy series for the kinky queers and sex workers of Wicked Grounds!

I hope Sadie and I can convene and do this beautiful ritual again.

Previous collabs with Sadie Lune:

The first Longest Night

The Lamp of Spring

My latest IRL portrait of Sadie, on a very cold Fall day.

Vampire Baby Jesus

Sadie in Thistle and Spire

Book release party for “As You Wish, my Lady” – vanilla

Book release party for “As You Wish, my Lady” – NSFW

Sadie’s piece in the Coven show at Schwules Museum

Sadie’s pregnancy photo shoot, documented

Vampire Lesbians of Neukoelln – NFSW

Diptych portrait of Sadie Lune and Jo Pollux

You can learn about Sadie’s work on her (NSFW) website. And here’s her Insta, and her twitter . My flickr gallery of drawings and paintings of Sadie is here!

I am so grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support makes it possible for me to continue making art as a homebound disabled person.

With your support, I can work from home or safely outside and keep telling the stories of Berlin.

Noéline la Bouche as the Goddess Yemaya!

Noeline la Bouche as the Goddess Yemaya Suzanne Forbes Feb 2 2022 hero editThis is a special drawing of a special person.

My beloved friend and Muse Noéline la Bouche has burlesque costumes and performance routines for many Gods and Goddesses, and one of the most beautiful is the Yemaya one.

Noéline performed as Yemaya for the wonderful “Winter is Coming” edition of Extravagant Shambles.

It was the last time I saw her dance live before the pandemic, and yet I didn’t draw her.

Because the performance was so beautiful, I wanted to focus all my energy on watching.

I didn’t draw everyone at this show – and I didn’t draw my muse Noéline la Bouche for an unusual reason. Noéline performed as the Goddess “Yemaya – mère de l’eau”, and I was so captivated by her dance choreography and costume for this number I actually decided to just watch! But you can see photos of her doing the act!

I wrote that at the time. Even if I could go back and change things, I would still watch Noéline dance in the dark cave of the club, my drawing tools down. After the show she came over and hugged me, still throwing sparkles of energy from the performance.

I am so grateful to know this amazing friend.

Noeline la Bouche as the Goddess Yemaya Suzanne Forbes Feb 2 2022I hope you will take a moment to follow Noéline, who has done streaming performances for many Disability-Positive and disability inclusive burlesque shows in the last two years, and created a gallery of glamorous pin-up selfies in a rainbow of colors using her handmade accessories.

Noéline has also created a project called “Self-Isolation Updates”.

Noeline-la-Bouche-in-headpiece-by-Suzanne-Forbes-Oct-31-2020-6In almost 250 installments to date, they have shared the experience of being chronically ill in a pandemic. She shares isolation, loneliness, doctor visits during the early months of the pandemic, and ultimately contracting Covid in Fall 2020 despite exhausting precautions.

Then comes Covid-induced kidney failure, medical crisis, experiencing medical racism and gaslighting, dialysis life and disability reality.

Noéline describes it all with incredible insight and wisdom. Someday I hope these entries will be a book, illuminated by the gorgeous selfies!

But right now, Noéline needs our help and support more than ever.

Compounding financial hardship, medical racism and the CripTax of disabled life means simply paypaling money to her would make her actual daily life easier. Could you do that?

We have a little auction going where the highest Paypal donor in Feb will win the original of the Yemaya drawing!


Noéline’s website here, Insta here, burlesque accessory line here, Paypal.me here!

Noéline in a headpiece I made!

Many other Noeline drawings in my Noéline Muse Album on flickr.