Shadow Witch – The Butterfly Princess

December 27, 2017 / no comments

BANRION THE SHADOW WITCH

“Find the traitor. Find the mouse. Kill them,” Banrion shouted. “The rest of you go to Golden Hill. Now!”

The rooks swarmed around their mistress, then burst skyward.

(excerpt from The Butterfly Princess)

THE STORY

Rose is a strong-willed but troubled young girl. Her home, the Kingdom of Golden Hill, has lived under a dark cloud since her beloved brother, the crown prince James, ran away. His abrupt departure left a once tight-knit family in tatters. Now, two years on, Rose is in grave danger. Banrion, the Shadow Witch has waited a long time to strike and on Rose’s birthday, the opportunity arrives. Rose is cursed, turned into a butterfly and brought to Banrion’s distant lair.

Banrion has a cruel game in mind: Rose is released and must get home before the setting of that night’s full moon to reverse the spell. If Rose fails, she will remain a butterfly, and lose her memories.

Once Rose’s desperate quest begins, many creatures come forward to help — even a few Banrion would never suspect. An ambitious plan is hatched utilizing other cursed victims, known as changelings. Their mission: to serve as Rose’s guides across the many dangerous miles. A powerful bond is forged between Rose and her newfound friends, redefining for her the true meaning of family.

But, even with their help, nothing is certain, the road is long and full of twists and surprises. Banrion has many eyes and she doesn’t play fair.

 ARTWORK FOR THE BUTTERFLY PRINCESS

All illustrations for The Butterfly Princess began as drawings in my sketchbook and finished in Photoshop. ‘Banrion the Shadow Witch’ is available for sale at my Etsy Store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BANRION THE SHADOW WITCH is available for sale two ways. The first is with the book’s title incorporated into the artwork. The other is to have the artwork free of text. Yes, that nasty stubbornpixel.com watermark will not be on the finished piece of art. Have it your way.

ONLY PREMIUM GICLEE ARCHIVAL ART PRINTS

Each giclee is printed on Superior, ULTRA THICK 310gsm William Turner Matt FineArt Paper by Hahnemuehle utilizing Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink cartridges (pigment-based) for unprecedented gray balance, outstanding tonal range, and astounding color reproduction. Archival-quality, Genuine mould-made 100% white cotton paper with a matte watercolor texture.
Collectors will enjoy its true matte surface with elegant texture. All giclees are fade resistant and museum quality.

All work is available on Etsy at Stubborn Pixel Studios

The Vampire Bat – The Butterfly Princess

December 21, 2017 / no comments

KARALIS

‘Karalis, the Vampire Bat King’

The cave’s damp stone walls arched upwards. Amongst the giant stalactites, a colony of vampire bats blanketed the ceiling. They crawled over other each other, in concert, like one living organism.

“I smell a human.” A high pitched voice came from the roiling masses.

(excerpt from The Butterfly Princess)

THE STORY

Rose is a strong-willed but troubled young girl. Her home, the Kingdom of Golden Hill, has lived under a dark cloud since her beloved brother, the crown prince James, ran away. His abrupt departure left a once tight-knit family in tatters. Now, two years on, Rose is in grave danger. Banrion, the Shadow Witch has waited a long time to strike and on Rose’s birthday, the opportunity arrives. Rose is cursed, turned into a butterfly and brought to Banrion’s distant lair.

Banrion has a cruel game in mind: Rose is released and must get home before the setting of that night’s full moon to reverse the spell. If Rose fails, she will remain a butterfly, and lose her memories.

Once Rose’s desperate quest begins, many creatures come forward to help — even a few Banrion would never suspect. An ambitious plan is hatched utilizing other cursed victims, known as changelings. Their mission: to serve as Rose’s guides across the many dangerous miles. A powerful bond is forged between Rose and her newfound friends, redefining for her the true meaning of family.

But, even with their help, nothing is certain, the road is long and full of twists and surprises. Banrion has many eyes and she doesn’t play fair.

 ARTWORK FOR THE BUTTERFLY PRINCESS

All illustrations for The Butterfly Princess began as drawings in my sketchbook and finished in Photoshop. ‘Karalis the Vampire Bat King’ is available for sale at my Etsy Store.

‘Karalis, the Vampire Bat King’

‘Karalis, the Vampire King’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KARALIS THE VAMPIRE BAT KING is available for sale two ways. The first is with the book’s title incorporated into the artwork. The other is to have the artwork free of text. Yes, that nasty stubbornpixel.com watermark will not be on the finished piece of art. Have it your way.

ONLY PREMIUM GICLEE ARCHIVAL ART PRINTS

Each giclee is printed on Superior, ULTRA THICK 310gsm William Turner Matt FineArt Paper by Hahnemuehle utilizing Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink cartridges (pigment-based) for unprecedented gray balance, outstanding tonal range, and astounding color reproduction. Archival-quality, Genuine mould-made 100% white cotton paper with a matte watercolor texture.
Collectors will enjoy its true matte surface with elegant texture. All giclees are fade resistant and museum quality.

All work is available on Etsy at Stubborn Pixel Studios

Something Wicked This Way Comes – The Butterfly Princess

December 18, 2017 / no comments

THE MERCHANT

‘The Wicked Merchant’

The filthy white mule’s nose practically dragged along the ground. An unusual collection of cages hung from the wobbly wagon’s canvas tent, banging into each other. An old woman dressed in filthy rags with a rook perched on her shoulder bounced along on the wagon’s bench. She surrendered the slightest of nods, then snapped the reins.

(excerpt from The Butterfly Princess)

THE STORY

Rose is a strong-willed but troubled young girl. Her home, the Kingdom of Golden Hill, has lived under a dark cloud since her beloved brother, the crown prince James, ran away. His abrupt departure left a once tight-knit family in tatters. Now, two years on, Rose is in grave danger. Banrion, the Shadow Witch has waited a long time to strike and on Rose’s birthday, the opportunity arrives. Rose is cursed, turned into a butterfly and brought to Banrion’s distant lair.

Banrion has a cruel game in mind: Rose is released and must get home before the setting of that night’s full moon to reverse the spell. If Rose fails, she will remain a butterfly, and lose her memories.

Once Rose’s desperate quest begins, many creatures come forward to help — even a few Banrion would never suspect. An ambitious plan is hatched utilizing other cursed victims, known as changelings. Their mission: to serve as Rose’s guides across the many dangerous miles. A powerful bond is forged between Rose and her newfound friends, redefining for her the true meaning of family.

But, even with their help, nothing is certain, the road is long and full of twists and surprises. Banrion has many eyes and she doesn’t play fair.

ARTWORK FOR THE BUTTERFLY PRINCESS

All illustrations for The Butterfly Princess began as drawings in my sketchbook and are finished in Photoshop. ‘The Wicked Merchant’ is available for sale at my Etsy Store.

‘The Wicked Merchant’

‘The Wicked Merchant’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE WICKED MERCHANT is available for sale two ways. The first is with the book’s title incorporated into the artwork. The other is to have the artwork free of text. Yes, that nasty stubbornpixel.com watermark will not be on the finished piece of art. Have it your way.

ONLY PREMIUM GICLEE ARCHIVAL ART PRINTS

Each giclee is printed on Superior, ULTRA THICK 310gsm William Turner Matt FineArt Paper by Hahnemuehle utilizing Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink cartridges (pigment-based) for unprecedented gray balance, outstanding tonal range, and astounding color reproduction. Archival-quality, Genuine mould-made 100% white cotton paper with a matte watercolor texture.
Collectors will enjoy its true matte surface with elegant texture. All giclees are fade resistant and museum quality.

All work is available on Etsy at Stubborn Pixel Studios

Henchmen – The Butterfly Princess

December 14, 2017 / no comments

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“Do you smell that?” Fischer skidded to a halt, took several deep breaths, then scrambled back behind a boulder. “Shhhh! We have company.”

Two cave trolls sat on the ground outside the ravine.

“Oh boy,” Rose whispered. “My brother and I call them Fart Trolls.”

“Fart Trolls. That’s a good one.” Fischer pressed close against the rock, his long ears flat against his back. “They come north of the gorge when Banrion calls them.”

Rose’s antennae vibrated as adrenaline coursed through her body. “Wow. They’re enormous. There’s an ogre, too.”

A shorter, but beefier ogre circled the cave trolls, grumbling loudly, “I hate dealing with you filthy creatures. Don’t know how Mistress puts up with it.”

“They’re here because of you, Princess,” Fischer said. “They’re the witch’s muscle.”

(excerpt from The Butterfly Princess)

THE STORY

Rose is a strong-willed but troubled young girl. Her home, the Kingdom of Golden Hill, has lived under a dark cloud since her beloved brother, the crown prince James, ran away. His abrupt departure left a once tight-knit family in tatters. Now, two years on, Rose is in grave danger. Banrion, the Shadow Witch has waited a long time to strike and on Rose’s birthday, the opportunity arrives. Rose is cursed, turned into a butterfly and brought to Banrion’s distant lair.

Banrion has a cruel game in mind: Rose is released and must get home before the setting of that night’s full moon to reverse the spell. If Rose fails, she will remain a butterfly, and lose her memories.

Once Rose’s desperate quest begins, many creatures come forward to help — even a few Banrion would never suspect. An ambitious plan is hatched utilizing other cursed victims, known as changelings. Their mission: to serve as Rose’s guides across the many dangerous miles. A powerful bond is forged between Rose and her newfound friends, redefining for her the true meaning of family.

But, even with their help, nothing is certain, the road is long and full of twists and surprises. Banrion has many eyes and she doesn’t play fair.

 ARTWORK FOR THE BUTTERFLY PRINCESS

All illustrations for The Butterfly Princess began as drawings in my sketchbook and finished in Photoshop. ‘Three Henchmen’ is available for sale at my Etsy Store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THREE HENCHMEN is available for sale two ways. The first is with the book’s title incorporated into the artwork. The other is to have the artwork free of text. Yes, that nasty stubbornpixel.com watermark will not be on the finished piece of art. Have it your way.

ONLY PREMIUM GICLEE ARCHIVAL ART PRINTS

Each giclee is printed on Superior, ULTRA THICK 310gsm William Turner Matt FineArt Paper by Hahnemuehle utilizing Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink cartridges (pigment-based) for unprecedented gray balance, outstanding tonal range, and astounding color reproduction. Archival-quality, Genuine mould-made 100% white cotton paper with a matte watercolor texture.
Collectors will enjoy its true matte surface with elegant texture. All giclees are fade resistant and museum quality.

All work is available on Etsy at Stubborn Pixel Studios

 

SPACE NICKS IN ARKANSAS!

December 14, 2017 / no comments

The Space Nicks have been spotted in Arkansas

CAROLING ON THE CREEK

This Friday, December 15, Saint Nick and the Space Nicks will be at a wonderful event. Springdale Public Schools Vocal Music Department presents CAROLING IN THE CREEK. A musical celebration in downtown Springdale, Arkansas.

The Space Nicks books will be on display at approximately 15 different booths throughout the event.
The main places to purchase Space Nicks will be at the Soldier ON Service Dogs booth and the Scott Frame and Art booth which will be located on the SouthWest corner of the Pavilion – just next to where Santa will be.
Those that will be selling the book:
Jamie and Scott McGowen from Scott Frame and Art
Judie and Tony Kaczoroski – SOSD Booth
Deb Locander – SOSD Booth
Kylie Helmick – SOSD Booth
Laura Jones – SOSD Booth
Nancy McDonald – SOSD Booth

Shiloh Square • Turnbow Park • Emma Street • Friday, December 15 at 5 pm.

The Space Nicks have teamed with an incredible charity this holiday season in the great state of Arkansas.

Soldier ON Service Dogs

Soldier ON Service Dogs (SOSD) was founded by Angie Pratt in September 2014 after a close relative, a Marine bomb technician, was injured in Afghanistan and began experiencing the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  After researching treatments, she realized a service dog would be of great benefit but no such organizations were to be found in this area.  Thus, began Soldier ON Service Dogs, the only organization of its kind in the state of Arkansas.

It’s their mission to operate as a charitable organization by providing, at no charge, trained service dogs and service dog training to qualified veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and by contributing to the overall knowledge base of best practices associated with service dogs.

SOSD’s goal is to provide a validating study while simultaneously helping to fill the gap in the availability of service dogs here in Arkansas. More specifically, we will have a curriculum based program where we will over the next three years accomplish the following:
1 – Acquire 75 purpose breed dogs.

2 – Train dogs to a service dog level and then extend it to advanced PTSD level.

3 – Screen and match veterans to dogs.

4 – Keep and maintain a database of training methods, trainer, dog, and veteran’s data longitudinally.

SAINT NICK AND THE SPACE NICKS

St. Nick is delivering his toys on Christmas eve when a strange object pops from into sight! After it crash-lands St. Nick discovers Venick from Venus, a strange purple creature with long purple hair! Dressed exactly like St. Nick, Venick tells him that while delivering his own toys on Venus, he tripped on a star and traveled from near to afar, ending up lost here on Earth. Fearing he will not be able to complete his task, he asks our St. Nick for help. When St. Nick says yes, a whole new world of Christmas opens up to them.

REVIEWS FOR OUR BOOK

“Saint Nick and the Space Nicks is a light-hearted, rhyming Christmas story with terrific color illustrations, appropriate for pre-schoolers. In Mears’ active imagination, Christmas is everywhere in space – and each planet has its own Space Nick. This is a goofy story that kids will certainly enjoy, but the illustrations are the best part of the book. The colors are bright and the wide variety of space creatures – versions of Santas and reindeer – are so clever.”

– The Berkshire Eagle

“St. Nick goes intergalactical… a hypothetical collaboration between Clement Clark Moore, who wrote ‘The Night Before Christmas’, and the incomparable Dr. Suess.”

– Berkshire Record

SPACE NICKS IN ARKANSAS

This holiday season, Stubborn Pixel will donate 47% of the retail price for every copy of SAINT NICK AND THE SPACE NICKS sold in Arkansas.

Copies of Saint Nick and the Space Nicks are available at Scott Frame and Art stores located in Fayetteville and Rogers Arkansas. http://www.scottframeandart.com

2603 W Pleasant Grove Rd #119, Rogers, AR 72758

100 E Joyce Blvd #106, Fayetteville, AR 72703

 

 

This is Soldier ON Service Dogs

December 13, 2017 / no comments

Serving Those Who Have Already Served

Soldier ON Service Dogs is an NWA based 501(c)3 organization providing qualified, trained service dogs to local veterans living with PTSD and/or Traumatic Brain Injury at no charge to the veteran.

History

Soldier ON Service Dogs (SOSD) was founded by Angie Pratt in September 2014 after a close relative, a Marine bomb technician, was injured in Afghanistan and began experiencing the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  After researching treatments, she realized a service dog would be of great benefit but no such organizations were to be found in this area.  Thus, began Soldier On Service Dogs, the only organization of its kind in the state of Arkansas.Twenty percent of Iraqi and Afghanistan war veterans have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Estimates for Northwest Arkansas put the number of PTSD/TBI Veterans at about 14,000. Of those, 840 (6%) would benefit from a service dog. PTSD/TBI service dogs do amazing things for their veterans. They detect seizures, disrupt nightmares, call 911, reduce the need for medication, mitigate anxiety, reduce stress and save families and veterans’ lives.

Twenty percent of Iraqi and Afghanistan war veterans have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Estimates for Northwest Arkansas put the number of PTSD/TBI Veterans at about 14,000. Of those, 840 (6%) would benefit from a service dog. PTSD/TBI service dogs do amazing things for their veterans. They detect seizures, disrupt nightmares, call 911, reduce the need for medication, mitigate anxiety, reduce stress and save families and veterans’ lives.

SOSD puts its dogs through a two-year training process.  First, the company acquires a puppy between six and eight weeks old.  The puppy is then sent to live with a foster family (see Puppy Raisers for more information), where it is disciplined and learns to adapt to a family environment.  After about a year, the dog is brought in for advanced work with the company’s trainers for four to six months.  When the dog reaches 18 months old, it is paired with a veteran for further training.

Each veteran applicant is required to be in counseling and has obtained a letter from that counselor stating they would benefit from a service dog and would be able to take care of it.  Soldier ON Service Dogs also requires the veterans take classes with them to find a dog that suits them and learn to handle their dogs. These classes continue as long as necessary before the veteran is allowed to take their service dog home.  The entire training and raising process costs about $25,000 per dog/veteran duo.

 

Our Mission

To operate as a charitable organization by providing, at no charge, trained service dogs and service dog training to qualified veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and by contributing to the overall knowledge base of best practices associated with service dogs.

We will focus on the quality of the dog, it’s training, it’s trainers and veteran clients to assure successful placement and ongoing dog/client partnerships.

Our Goal

To provide a validating study while simultaneously helping to fill the gap in the availability of service dogs here in Arkansas. More specifically, we will have a curriculum based program where we will over the next three years accomplish the following:
1 – Acquire 75 purpose breed dogs.

2 – Train dogs to a service dog level and then extend it to advanced PTSD level.

3 – Screen and match veterans to dogs.

4 – Keep and maintain a database of training methods, trainer, dog, and veteran’s data longitudinally.

CAROLING ON THE CREEK

Springdale Public Schools Vocal Music Department presents CAROLING IN THE CREEK. A musical celebration in downtown Springdale, Arkansas.

Shiloh Square, Turnbow Park. Emma Street this Friday, December 15 at 5 pm.

Santa arrives at 6:30 pm

Saint Nick and the Space Nicks will be available at SOSD’s table!

Cave Troll – The Butterfly Princess

December 11, 2017 / no comments

THE CAVE TROLL

The Cave Troll

“Looky here.” A cave troll stepped from the shadows, his massive hand crashing down. “A little white bunny.” A hungry grin revealed uneven rows of sharp teeth. The over-sized incisors glistened with drool. The beast held its catch by the scruff of the neck and released a deep, guttural laugh.

A fog of troll spittle rained down.

(excerpt from The Butterfly Princess)

THE STORY

Rose is a strong-willed but troubled young girl. Her home, the Kingdom of Golden Hill, has lived under a dark cloud since her beloved brother, the crown prince James, ran away. His abrupt departure left a once tight-knit family in tatters. Now, two years on, Rose is in grave danger. Banrion, the Shadow Witch has waited a long time to strike and on Rose’s birthday, the opportunity arrives. Rose is cursed, turned into a butterfly and brought to Banrion’s distant lair.

Banrion has a cruel game in mind: Rose is released and must get home before the setting of that night’s full moon to reverse the spell. If Rose fails, she will remain a butterfly, and lose her memories.

Once Rose’s desperate quest begins, many creatures come forward to help — even a few Banrion would never suspect. An ambitious plan is hatched utilizing other cursed victims, known as changelings. Their mission: to serve as Rose’s guides across the many dangerous miles. A powerful bond is forged between Rose and her newfound friends, redefining for her the true meaning of family.

But, even with their help, nothing is certain, the road is long and full of twists and surprises. Banrion has many eyes and she doesn’t play fair.

 ARTWORK FOR THE BUTTERFLY PRINCESS

All illustrations for The Butterfly Princess began as drawings in my sketchbook and finished in Photoshop. ‘The Cave Troll’ is available for sale at my Etsy Store.

The Cave Troll

‘The Cave Troll’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CAVE TROLL is available for sale two ways. The first is with the book’s title incorporated into the artwork. The other is to have the artwork free of text. Yes, that nasty stubbornpixel.com watermark will not be on the finished piece of art. Have it your way.

ONLY PREMIUM GICLEE ARCHIVAL ART PRINTS

Each giclee is printed on Superior, ULTRA THICK 310gsm William Turner Matt FineArt Paper by Hahnemuehle utilizing Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink cartridges (pigment-based) for unprecedented gray balance, outstanding tonal range, and astounding color reproduction. Archival-quality, Genuine mould-made 100% white cotton paper with a matte watercolor texture.
Collectors will enjoy its true matte surface with elegant texture. All giclees are fade resistant and museum quality.

All work is available on Etsy at Stubborn Pixel Studios

The Road Ahead – The Butterfly Princess

December 8, 2017 / no comments

THE ROAD AHEAD

‘The Road Ahead’

The mouth of the tunnel opened on a small ledge. Boris sat, staring at the distant lights of Golden Hill. The others squeezed in on either side. “I wonder if I lived there,” he said, softly.

(excerpt from The Butterfly Princess)

THE STORY

Rose is a strong-willed but troubled young girl. Her home, the Kingdom of Golden Hill, has lived under a dark cloud since her beloved brother, the crown prince James, ran away. His abrupt departure left a once tight-knit family in tatters. Now, two years on, Rose is in grave danger. Banrion, the Shadow Witch has waited a long time to strike and on Rose’s birthday, the opportunity arrives. Rose is cursed, turned into a butterfly and brought to Banrion’s distant lair.

Banrion has a cruel game in mind: Rose is released and must get home before the setting of that night’s full moon to reverse the spell. If Rose fails, she will remain a butterfly, and lose her memories.

Once Rose’s desperate quest begins, many creatures come forward to help — even a few Banrion would never suspect. An ambitious plan is hatched utilizing other cursed victims, known as changelings. Their mission: to serve as Rose’s guides across the many dangerous miles. A powerful bond is forged between Rose and her newfound friends, redefining for her the true meaning of family.

But, even with their help, nothing is certain, the road is long and full of twists and surprises. Banrion has many eyes and she doesn’t play fair.

 ARTWORK FOR THE BUTTERFLY PRINCESS

All illustrations for The Butterfly Princess began as drawings in my sketchbook and finished in Photoshop. ‘The Road Ahead’ is available for sale at my Etsy Store.

‘The Road Ahead’

‘The Road Ahead’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ROAD AHEAD is available for sale two ways. The first is with the book’s title incorporated into the artwork. The other is to have the artwork free of text. Yes, that nasty stubbornpixel.com watermark will not be on the finished piece of art. Have it your way.

ONLY PREMIUM GICLEE ARCHIVAL ART PRINTS

Each giclee is printed on Superior, ULTRA THICK 310gsm William Turner Matt FineArt Paper by Hahnemuehle utilizing Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink cartridges (pigment-based) for unprecedented gray balance, outstanding tonal range, and astounding color reproduction. Archival-quality, Genuine mould-made 100% white cotton paper with a matte watercolor texture.
Collectors will enjoy its true matte surface with elegant texture. All giclees are fade resistant and museum quality.

All work is available on Etsy at Stubborn Pixel Studios