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World's Smallest Nun by ursulav World's Smallest Nun by ursulav
Sister Mary Chagnon, the "teacup nun," is one of the more popular attractions Sister Rosemary's Curious Convent, the largest sideshow act in Miss Tansybaum's Circus of the Moderately Peculiar.

What few viewers know is that Sister Mary Chagnon had a long and checkered career in the carnival before joining the Traveling Order of St. Barnaby. She was Trixie the Pixie for many years, a much racier act involving several sequins, two bits of dental floss, and a single high-heeled shoe.

While Sister Mary has supposedly renounced all of that, it is worth noting that she keeps several of Trixie's posters in her trailer and will reminisce about the good old days at the drop of a shotglass.*

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Fooling around with a more monochromatic version this time, since it IS a nun. This one involved various cut papers, illustration board, ribbon, acrylic squares, clayboard and metal brads.

Original for sale--drop a line if interested, prints available at Red Wombat Studio: [link]

*In her case, a ceramic thimble with pansies painted on it.
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RoloX Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
the only nun on DA that has clothers on, only for that this should be a meme
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LizCohn Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
this is great!
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DiamondLeaf Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
These are so adorable... and if I had any money I'd be snapping these up.

(Paying phone bills good.)
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gamehengraphics Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ha ha! Love it!!!
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EveL1959 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
I'll have to "2nd"! what my S:)NNY said here... YOU are absolutely amazing with all that fills your brainbox!!! Good art ~ and good words ~ lethal combo!!! I'll raise my "shot" to you! Another excellent piece! Thanks for making it available!
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ysabet Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
I have to admit to being totally fascinated by your nuns. And the saint! Ever gonna do a portrait of St. Barnaby?
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
She still looks like she's got some tricks up her sleeve!
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jjferrit Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010  Professional Filmographer
hehehe, you come up with the most random little stories XD
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KetsuekiRyu Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant piece and an exceptional story to boot.
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malitiadixie Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Wonderful, as always. I have to know though, is that hankie material in the corners? It amazes me that you can do so much with just everyday things. I love art...drawing, painting, molding...but I don't have the vision. You clearly have it. Can't wait to see the next, if you decide to continue.
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patrx Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Good one, Ursula...love your whimsical characters who appear in your works...and commentary.:D Keep 'em coming! :D
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patrx Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
Good one, Ursula...love your whimsical characters who appear in your works...and commentary.:D Keep 'em coming! :D
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BarGamer Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010
Somehow, I think that having faith the size of a mustard seed would be difficult for her... ;)
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enricap Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
she's adorable, and I wouldn't mind seeing those Trixie posters :)
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Aqua-feather Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this series. your so creative!
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PixleRelish Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
She's very adorable, yet I can see a glint of her past in that devious smirk of hers. xD

I really like how the black and white on the border compliments the image.
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mizuu-chan Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
You're just rockin' this series. Fabulous, keep it up.
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SueRankin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
A.. teacup nun. ... I... Um... Having gone through 4 years of Catholic school before turning to my mother and saying, "No more. Not havin' it. It's either public school or purple hair," this fills me with a certain kind of glee that borders on the diabolical. Oh, to have a miniaturized Sister Maureen to put into a hamster ball for the amusement of the cats...
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grannygeek Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
This is wonderful!
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bakafox Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
I have to say, I just am insanely in love with this series. And I've had "That Frog'll Cut You" stuck in my head now for DAYS.

I may have to a print of this if made available for my mom or one of my aunts.
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shether Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
that's funny :D
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GrypsCelsus Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
I love this most of all because George Carlin, back in the '70s, did a great Ed Sullivan impression where he called out an act called "The World's Largest Nun." I'm so glad there is a flip side to that.

:D Rock on.
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GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010   Traditional Artist
I have to say, THESE ARE SO COOL! I totally want to try my hands at it. :3
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eefilness Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Wonderful. :)
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lcpayeras Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
This is so lovely and charming. I lol'd at the "No bigger than a rosary!" sentence :D
I also love how you make up stories for every piece of this kind you do. Keep up the great work!
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KefRayBa Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
I really like the looks of this one :) I think the knot pole makes it looks grand.
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yeancientone Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Magnificent.
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rebel-brat Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
ok this is gonna make me sound really incredibly stupid but when i read your artist's comment, my first thought was "RLY?!!?! O_O" so now i gotsta know... is this for real?? XD
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ursulav Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
So far as I know, there is no such circus, no.
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rebel-brat Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
yea... i googled it afterwards. imagine my disappointment!! XD it was cool though (: brilliant
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mothella12 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Out of curiosity, how much do these go for?
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:iconursulav:
ursulav Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
I'm still figuring that out! The last one is on e-bay, and I'm saying $75 for this one based on that...
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quiklain Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
truly you are a strange strange individual, however your submissions always make me smirk a bit. supremely clever and, i applaud your ability to make nun's seem slightly less frightening
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cactusitude Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
"She was Trixie the Pixie for many years, a much racier act involving several sequins, two bits of dental floss, and a single high-heeled shoe."

Haha. I love it so much!
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PrettyLittleLiar Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
What really gets me is the story. It's so strange and creative and it sounds like it can have a lot to it.
The art is cheeky and cute in itself as well. ^_^
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A-Aelfwine Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
*snort*

I'm very amused by the notion of a sideshow convent. And her expression is charming.
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Chicanerys-Muse Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
How much would you want for it??
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DownwardsSaint Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
I am sort of waiting to buy pints of any of these pieces, to see how many you do. I want to get a whole set...
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Artoveli Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh man. This is absolutely crazy.:XD:
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bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional
:rofl: wonderful work but oh so funny
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
That custom frame is adorable! I would be concerned about dust collection though, are you intending to shadow box it?
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ursulav Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
I fear this one would require dusting--it's mounted on a cradled bit of board, so it'd take a fairly deep shadowbox. No reason it couldn't be done, I suppose.
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
I did a series of dreamcatchers from phloofy yarn that were dead gorgeous but suffered a similar fate after a year or so >< Dust motes are the secret rulers of the universe ;)
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NightmareXClockwork Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
This somehow manages to be both charming and awesome at the same time.
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The-Lady-Blue Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Student Photographer
The story is so interesting and complex already, and the art is just amazing to go along with. I really love the look of these, with the three-dimensional...ness... of them.
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hults2 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010   Writer
I love how you can weave out a story from just a few words and a concept!
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SkeyeDragon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Either world's smallest nun, or world's largest teacup.
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