A collaboration with Eternal Muse Sadie Lune for the Winter Solstice.
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!
Celebrating the Longest Night in the Court of Night Blooming Flowers is a theme in the books.
I had always wanted to do a Winter Solstice session inspired by that feeling of luxury and sworker power, and this year we managed to organize it! Sadie absolutely stunned and amazed with her makeup and styling.
I always get excited about making a picture of Sadie Lune.
We have worked together so long and so fruitfully that I know our synergy can transcend the limitations of zoom. I know whatever I’m thinking about, Sadie will get it and bring it home! I had an idea for this session, because I have been drawn to a lot of fantasy tv lately.
Even though fantasy as a genre is a huge part of my history – my father read The Hobbit and LOTR to me as a child, just for starters – I identify as a Science Fiction person, not a Fantasy person. I read and watch primarily SF, and have since I discovered Larry Niven as a young teen.
However, recently I’ve been more obsessed with costume design and textiles than ever!
Casual Elf Sadie Lune selfie in Berlin, Feb 15 2022
I have watched a lot of fantasy shows and movies that turned out to have pretty wonderful femme characters. There’s Wheel of Time, The Witcher, Cursed, and more.
I wanted to draw Sadie as a fantasy priestess, and she absolutely nailed the look! Her makeup and hair and outfit and props were amazing.
As we have passed through Imbolg (see next post for my big Imbolg project!) the weather and light have really changed, and Spring is coming.
I am more interested in transparent media and soft tools than I have ever been, and I use my watercolor brush pens more, as I did in this piece.
Luminous greens will be everywhere soon, and Sadie is the harbinger here.