Who is this Lady Luck?

September 22, 2016

My mother has been telling me about the “lady friend” of Lucky the Lizard for several months now… and she always refers to her as Lady Luck. This past weekend she finally described Lady to me in a way that I could picture her. Though the description changes with Lady’s mood and backdrop from her having gray and black stripes to Pokka dots remains the same… I am not yet convinced that she is part of Lucky’s posse, because she is reportedly pissed whenever he goes on his travels… whatever.

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Lady Luck, a lizard in Sedona, Arizona, as seen by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

The one constant in descriptions of Lady’s tail… you see… is that she lost it and it grew back gray. Nobody knows the story, and she won’t tell. Maybe a hawk stole it, or a lightening bolt hit her, or she was not fast enough in exiting my parents’ place and one of the poodles took a bite out of her (though they are both gentlemen, really…) Whatever her story might be, her tail grew back, you see, and life goes on…

As this description filled my thought, a true picture emerged of Lady Luck as a survivor in the desert, as the lizard that captured Lucky’s heart when he first saw her in the light of morning dawn as she perched on the Red Rock. Not only was her tail regrown but she was transformed into a critter, more strong, more beautiful, and energized.

Lady Luck Notecard

The LONG Weekend…

July 5, 2016

It was a crazy weekend. I should have known when the ravens started having loud conversations that something was coming. I had called the crickets from the lake for a drawing session, when Addison showed up, claiming that he was doing his part for Brexit… then bedlam broke out in the apartment. Addison went after the crickets, then the crickets chased the cast of Bellini’s Norma out the door. And this was before the fireworks outside started.

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Addison, inspired by English essayist Joseph Addison (1672-1719)… can you see any resemblance? A hummingbird feather quill drops from the sky, will Addison follow his destiny and write, or will he raise havoc in the community? Portrait by Meredith Eliassen, 2016. Addison the Lizard Notecard

All I can say is that the ravens call things as they are… I had to call Lucky and his posse to restore order before the neighbors called the police. Last I heard Addison was turning on the charm with Miss Sally, but she has given her heart to another, unrequited. Sally, by the way, was not convinced by Addison’s British accent, she thinks he is from Eastend of Flagstaff judging by the for tricksters dancing on his back.

The Ancients…

February 4, 2016

After visiting my parents last year, I returned with a new supply of color pens and stories from the Sedona area. Meet Petro, an ancient member of the Lucky the Lizard posse, who visited my consciousness. A petroglyph is rock art created by removing rock surface by incising, picking, carving, or abrading, and Petro is drawn in the shape of an Arizona petroglyph of a lizard.

Petro

Design by Meredith Eliassen.

Pretro the Lizard Notecard

 

More on Math…

February 3, 2016

Euclid wrote: “There is no royal road to geometry.”

Adam H. Dickey wrote: “Figures are not things but thoughts; they are mental concepts, and as such they are available to every body.”

John L. Dobson wrote: “By the demise of those with poorer eyes, we gained our visual acuity, and by the demise of those with smaller brains, we improved our capacity to understand. It is that capacity which sets us apart amongst the watchers of the skies.”

Envision Euclid and Dobson together… as lizards, conversing.

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Euclid (left) examines abstract calculation as Dobson (right) gazes at the heavens. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

Introducing Dobson and Euclid, the mathematical (gecko) sector of the Lucky the Lizard Posse.  Euclid & Dobson Notecard

 

 

Sally showed up over the weekend looking for my Italian sidekick, who luckily was out of town with friends. She figured that in Italy there must not be any lizards because he kept calling members of Lucky’s posse salamanders. “Well, I hear there are lizards in Italy,” I told her. But she believes that he was calling out to her. I think I broke her little lizard heart when I told her he was, eh, already married…

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Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2015. Sally Mander the Lizard Notecard

I gave Sally Bounder’s address. This story will continue…

Introducing Lacy the Lizard

November 4, 2015

Reports of the elder member of the Lucky the Lizard posse surfaced when I was visiting my parents in Sedona recently and I went to investigate. The only lizard to be seen was the young ‘un hanging out on my parents front porch, but he gave me a full description of how Grandmother Spider watched the handsome Lacy dreaming wide-awake and attached her web to the back of his head so that he would carry her language to the other lizards, which I illustrate in this drawing done in the style of Peter Parnall.

Drawing of legendary lizard of the Southwest as described by anonymous young lizard on October 14th, drawn by Meredith Eliassen, 2015.

Drawing of legendary lizard of the Southwest as described by anonymous young lizard on October 14th, drawn by Meredith Eliassen, 2015.

 

Lacy the Lizard Notecard

Bounder, hailing from my parents’ corner of the world, stopped by en route to some new adventure. A lizard of few words, he did not stay long when he discovered the only spirits in my place were for cooking and not of a proof to quench his thirsts. He reported that others from the posse might check in to make sure I am okay, including the elusive Lacy… I will keep you all posted if he is seen in my neighborhood.

Bounder, member of the famous Lucky the Lizard posse seen in the southwest corner of San Francisco and headed to parts unknown. Rendered by Meredith Eliassen, 2015.

Bounder, member of the famous Lucky the Lizard posse seen in the southwest corner of San Francisco and headed to parts unknown. Rendered by Meredith Eliassen, 2015.

No-Boundaries Notecard

Oblivious to any agitation above him, Old Coyote enjoys a morning stroll in the desert. Meanwhile, Momma Raven keeps her nest secure as Poppa Raven protects his family above the Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona. These rocks really are red!

"Ravens Protecting the Nest" design by Meredith Eliassen, 2015.

“Ravens Protecting the Nest” design by Meredith Eliassen, 2015.

Ravens’ Nest Notecard

Meet Lucky the Lizard…

March 23, 2015

My dad told me about a lizard that was an uninvited but not unwelcome visitor and this is my interpretation. Design by Meredith Eliassen 3/21/2015.

My dad told me about a lizard that was an uninvited but not unwelcome visitor and this is my interpretation. Design by Meredith Eliassen 3/21/2015.

Lucky the Lizard of Sedona notecard