NEWS & UPDATES
Michele-lee is currently painting the last two fantasy and tarot artworks that will be included in her coming book, Dreams of Magick - the art and words of Michele-lee Phelan. Once the final paintings are completed, Michele-lee will send the art files off to Blue Angel Publishing for the finishing touches to be added and for printing to commence. We anticipate a Spring/Autumn release for the book in late 2009.
Once the book is completed, work will continue on the 'Dreams of Gaia' tarot. There is still a great deal of work to be completed over the coming year, but Michele-lee believes that it should be completed on schedule for a Spring/Autumn release in late 2010.
Those who wish to keep a closer track of the news and progress of Michele-lee's creative ventures should visit her new journal, The Witchwood.
'Mythic Oracle of the Ancient Greek Pantheon' by Carisa Mellado, for which Michele-lee painted the 45 greek mythology based illustrations, depicting greek heroes, Olympian Gods and Goddesses, and Titans, is now available for sale through Blue Angel Publishing.
A SELECTION OF RECENT WORKS:
THE DREAMS OF AN ARTIST
I was a lonely child. I remember having friends, but never many. I was not the popular or pretty girl. I was the shy and introverted child -- the loner -- who found joy and peace in the magick of nature, and in dreams of magick where I could fly to distant lands with my dragon companion.
In my dreams I was powerful, confident, enchanted, and I knew who I wanted to be. I knew I wanted to become an artist and paint the visions I saw in my mind, sharing them like those who had painted the beautiful fairy tale illustrations in my favourite books. It was meant to be … my destiny … and I vowed that it would be a destiny I would fulfil.
But as I grew older, my dreams were touched by the mundane. Reality encroached upon the sanctuary of my mind, and I found myself lost, alone, and no longer capable of flight. Society frowns upon those who are different, and I wanted to belong, so I let my dreams of being an artist fade into memory and ‘society’ dictate who I should not become.
I should not be different. I should not be an artist. I should not be a pagan. I should not be independent, confident, or strong-willed. I should not be a creature of emotions, empathy, and instinct. I should not believe in fairies, and dragons, or magick. I should not follow my dreams nor should I heed the truths and the desires they revealed.
The 'should nots' held me a prisoner to doubt and depression for more than fifteen years. I existed in a world were magick was forgotten, and dreams of destiny and a childhood vow were but a distant memory. Instead, I became a mother and wife, loved and cherished, but empty of all passion and hope. My dragon companion was forgotton, and my belief in dreams of magick something I hid from all. I had no goals and no dreams. My sleep was that of endless dark with no interruptions, no mystery, no questions.
Until the memory of a childhood vow resurfaced ...
… and I rebelled.
"Michele-lee is part indigenous Australian, part dragon, part artist-shaman, her brush the wand with which she parts the veils and travels between the worlds. Like a dragon, she is magickal power, like a dragon she is akin to angel. Like a dragon, she symbolises all that we have pushed away into the void of our subconscious, and all the power that awaits us there to be reclaimed. Like a dragon, it is her time." ... Lucy Cavendish