Oh, I love music, I believe that the artist (or anyone) should hear all the music that you can, good music!
I have spent much time creating paintings while listening to music---if you listen just right, you can see the music. Each piece has color, emotion, even pictures. I learned that paintings can be composed in the same way as music, I can see images coming to me while listening to music and then I paint them. They are not pictures of the music theme -- pictures of the flying notes -- not conscious illustrations of the name given to a piece of music, but just what I see when I hear music -- thoughts loosened and set free by the spell of the sound. My music paintings have received very good reviews and become popular at the art galleries.
Here are a few of the music painting I have done, sadly, most are reproduced in black and white, as these were published in Strand Magazine along with an article about my Music Paintings. Many are lost or in private collections.
I love and have been inspired by Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin, Bach, Shumann, Tschaikovski, and others. I also love folk music and sea shanties! Once my friends and I had a sailor over to my flat and got him to share with us the original tune to “Spanish Ladies” ---but that’s another story!
Movies?! Oh no, I used to think; the theatre is where it’s at! You know, I was heavily involved in the theatre for years doing costume and stage design as well as illustration for posters and programs. I even played a few roles on the stage myself! I’d seen those weird little moving pictures, and while they were an interesting curiosity, I couldn’t imagine them ever replacing the wonderful pomp and circumstance of a brilliant stage performance!
The stage has taught me almost all I know of clothes, of action, and of pictorial gestures that became such an important part of my illustrations! What an interesting question about movies! But now, here is a glimpse into the future of my time, and how very odd, in some ways movies have replaced theatre for many of the people reading this! Some of them have become works of art, portraying both ugliness and beauty in the way theatre did, and I’m pleased to say still does!
Here are the some of the books I have written or contributed illustrations to through the years. I am told that a bookstore called Amazon has a website where you can find some of these, many of them are now hard to find.
Some of the books I have written:
“Annancy Stories” RH Russell 1899
“The Green Sheaf” Green Sheaf Press, 1903 thirteen issues Edited and published by myself! "My Sheaf is small . . . but it is green. I will gather into my Sheaf all the young fresh things I can -- pictures, verses, ballads, of love and war ; tales of pirates and the sea. You will find ballads of the old world in my Sheaf. Are they not green for ever . . . Ripe ears are good for bread, but green ears are good for pleasure"
"The Golden Vanity and The Green Bed" Doubleday & McClure 1899 which I wrote and illustrated
“Widdicome Fair” Doubleday & McClure 1899 which I wrote and illustrated
Some books I have illustrated, but not all of them:
“In Chimney Corners Irish Folk-Tales” Doubleday & Mclure, 1899
“Tarot Cards” by Waite and Smith, published by William Rider and Son Ltd. 1910
NOTE: You probably know this as the Rider-Waite Tarot, or as I am delighted to discover, as many are now calling it the Waite-Smith Tarot, but when it was originally published was called simply “Tarot Cards.” The deck was released in 1909, but the book didn’t contain my black and white illustrations until 1911.
“The Lair of the White Worm” by Bram Stoker, published by William Rider Ltd. 1911 six color plates for the first edition.
“The Russian Ballet” Ellen Terry, The Bobbs-Merill Company, NY and Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd, London, 1913
“Blue Beard” Duffield & Company, New York 1913
“The Book of Friendly Giants” By Eunice Fuller, The Century Company, 1914
All my friends who joined me at my flat in Chelsea for my weekly parties, their delightful company and talents created some of the best days of my life!! My dear friends: my cherished Nora Lake, and famous actress Ellen Terry and her beloved daughter Edith Craig, my friends at the Lyceum Theatre group in London, inspiring artist and teacher Arthur Wesley Dow, the delightful Jamaican nurses who passed on their stories and folklore that became an important part of my life, Bram Stoker (Uncle Brammy!) All women everywhere who vote and the suffragettes who fought for that right! Jack and William Butler Yeats and all the Irish Poets, Alphaeus Cole who did the beautiful portrait of me! Robert Henry at Macbeth’s Gallery, last but not least, Arthur Edward Waite for the opportunity to draw that Tarot deck for which I was compensated with very little cash, but without which, my work might have been forgotten through time!
In the future of my time, I have discovered that I have many people to consider heroes! Melinda Boyd Parsons who through her research has pulled my history out of oblivion! Roppo and Holly Voley, thanks for the beautiful website telling my story, I’m told this weird little code of letters and symbols will take you there, http://home.comcast.net/~pamela-c-smith/home.html Mary K Greer who has written many books on the Tarot and has also shared her research about my life and work with so many people, All the many, many artists who have created their own tarot decks inspired by the one I created all those years ago, and what a wonderful tribute that is, Mary Hanson-Roberts who brought my deck to life with new coloring which it much needed after having seen the bad lithography job on the original, this deck looked beautiful and more what I had dreamt it would look like! And last but not least, all the amazing people who still see my illustrations every day because they use my deck and have kept it alive all these years, I am forever grateful throughout time!
About me:Here are some images from my deck, known originally as "Tarot Cards" by Waite and Smith published by Rider in 1909. Some now call it "Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Deck!
I hope you enjoy my MySpace page, my friend and web mistress created it as a tribute for me. She will add more artwork and some of my writing to blogs as well from time to time. She offered to do this for me, since I can not, being I am in the Next World-- and know nothing of computers and such!
My given name is (Corinne) Pamela Colman Smith, but my friends all call me Pixie, no one ever calls me anything else! I was, and am an artist, illustrator, writer, singer of songs, teller of tales, and more. I was born in London, but growing up I spent much of my time between England and Jamaica and spent some time in America on the East Coast. My mother’s side of the family was quite artistic and interested in mysticism and my father loved to collect art. Perhaps this explains my involvement both as an artist and my interest in the occult. My mother died when I was 10, and I was often separated from my father due to his work with the West India Improvement Company. In my early teens I had the good fortune of traveling with my dear friend actress Ellen Terry, and I discovered the magical world of the theatre.
I studied art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn under the positively inspiring Arthur Dow. I worked as a theatrical designer, book illustrator and wrote and illustrated several books of my own, telling the folk stories that I learned as a child in Jamaica. I used to love to dramatically tell the tales to party guests at my flat, sitting upon the floor in the old dialect and using wooden figures I made myself to act out the parts. This was how I learned these stories and it made my heart glad to share the experience with my friends who begged for more! I had a party every week, in my flat in Chelsea, and all the great artists, actors, poets, and musicians of my time would frequent them! What great times, sipping Opal Hush (one of my favorite drinks) and telling stories, play my grand piano, sing songs, talk about philosophy, art, literature, timely topics and nonsense as well!
I did so many things in my life, I designed sets for the theater, published my writing and illustrations, created fine art, was an occultist, I survived the blitz, joined the woman’s suffrage movement, and so much more!
I was a member of The Hermetic Order of Golden Dawn for a while, that is where I met Arthur Edward Waite. In my partnership with him and I completed a big job for very little cash that met with some popularity and continued to be a bigger hit after I crossed over into the Next World in 1951. You may have heard of it, when It was released it was called simply “Tarot Cards!” You probably know this as the Rider-Waite Tarot, or as I am delighted to discover, as many are now calling it the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot!!! They finally added my black and white illustrations to the book in 1911 and I quite preferred looking at the black and white versions of these, because the lithography that was used to print the cards themselves originally was so badly done, although it is fun to see the old original deck is still printed from facsimile copies after all these years! At the time, I never knew how popular the deck would become, and I never really received much notoriety from it during my lifetime, too bad there was no way for me to receive royalties from future sales, when I left that life, my debts were payed off by selling off all my artwork and possessions. But now, as I glance forward into the future, as only a talented visionary such as myself may do, I am amazed at the following the Tarot deck has received!! I'm pleased that my artwork and writings are being re-discovered!!..
Who I'd like to meet:
I am happy to meet artists, poets, actors, dancers, writers, musicians, mystics and occultists of all kinds, readers of Tarot, and of course, fans of my work!!! Please understand that a few talented Astrologers have done charts of my life and apparently being born under a lunar eclipse, and then dying three days after one (can you imagine the coincidence?) has lead to the obscurity of my history, but apparently, that obscurity has come to an end back in the 1990’s when researchers began to learn more about my work and myself! How exciting! So now, I have decided to join the big MySpace party that I have discovered in my mystical glances into the future, and it promises to be a bigger party than the weekly ones in my Chelsea flat!
- Status: Single
- Here for: Networking, Friends
- Hometown: London
- Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
- Smoke / Drink: Yes / Yes
- Education: Some college
- Occupation: Artist/Illustrator/Writer