Thankfully the snowstorm has passed and I can finally get back to my art! I started the color on Coyote and plan to have it finished this weekend. Coyotes actually have a diverse range of colors in there fur and it has been interesting pairing them together. I can’t wait to see what it looks like once it’s finished!
Also, I have been adding a lot of my work in my shops on Society6 and Redbubble. I am so excited with how my art looks on everything and it’s so much fun building my shop. Make sure to check it out. Yesterday I added Blue Jay Totem and I love how the tapestry turned out!
Thanks for stopping by! Stay warm, free spirits!
Super excited to share my ❤ Valentine’s Day cards!❤ It was fun to play with my drawings and I was able to incorporate my love for corny jokes! I hope there are some couples out there that can appreciate my humor! 😂 You can order them in both my shops. Have a LOVEly day!
If you live on the east coast then you are already prepared for the doozy of a storm coming! Winter decided to hold off for the whole season and just dump it all on us in one weekend! I’ll be doing snow removal starting tonight leading into Monday night, with small breaks in between, so I will be MIA for a few days. I managed to finish the ink for my coyote totem before it starts so sometime next week I will be able to start the color. This was a fun piece to create and I am really happy with how it all ties together. I don’t usually add anything in the backgrounds but I didn’t want the coyote to look like he was floating in the air. I added some grass-like tangles to give the piece some balance. I hope you enjoy it! I also hope you stay warm and safe this weekend! Get your milk and bread and grab some favorite movies to hunker down on the couch with!
Thanks for stopping by this week. I’ll probably post some snow pictures on my social media sites throughout the weekend but other than that I will be busy! Wish me luck!
Stay warm, free spirits!
Free Spirit Meg’s Art Shop….I like the way that sounds! Anyways…I am so excited to officially announce that I have my own online store now! It’s been a long time coming. Now, I can finally offer prints and canvases of my work. I am slowly creating an online presence starting with Society6 and RedBubble. They have a lot of great products on both sites and it is really fun creating merchandise with my art! I’ve already made my first sale on Society6 and I am so excited and grateful! This is my next step to becoming a full time artist and I feel that much closer to achieving my goal! Thank you to everyone who has supported me this far. I hope I can continue to create beautiful artwork to please your eyeballs! Be sure to check out the new shop and pick up what you like. There are frequent sales going on so check back often!
Another way that you can support my work is by subscribing to Free Spirit Meg on Patreon. It is a site that helps creative entrepreneurs build their business and put together Reward Tiers. You get to choose how much money you want to contribute and receive subscription boxes for each month you are subscribed. I currently offer monthly photography postcards, totem animal prints and custom totem cards exclusively for patrons! The more I grow, the more goodies I can put in my subscription boxes! Check it out and let me know what you think!
Again, I just want to say thank you to everyone who has helped me get this far and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here! Let me know what you think of the new shop and what your favorite items are! Also, if you have a favorite totem animal that hasn’t made it to the shop yet, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll be sure to add it in with haste!
Take care, free spirits!
✌✍🖼Here is a sneak peek on my concept sketch I did yesterday. I have different intentions for it now that it’s on paper. I’ll have to finish at a later date. Today I’m going to create a different one. I’m working on coyote for my next totem piece. I’m a little scatterbrained lately so I can’t make up my mind on how I want to approach it. 🤔🙃☺🤔 No worries though! I will surely figure out something!
Carpe Diem, freespirits!
It’s getting close to Valentine’s Day and I’ve been bitten by the Love Bug! I whipped this drawing out real quick. I needed to do a simple piece following the last one I did. This one was a nice, little breather that I could play around with. I had no expectations other than I wanted it to resemble a lady bug and incorporate “love”. I have Valentine’s Day cards available in my shop as well as other gifts for your sweetie that won’t wilt in two days!
Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy the day with your love bugs! Check back next week to see my next totem animal, the coyote.
Mucho amor, free spirits!
Wow! This piece has been such a learning experience for me. Not in only with trying new techniques and approaches with my work but also with learning all the symbolism attached to this piece. I have read so much, my mind is blown. There are so many unintended similarities with the subjects of this piece that it, literally, has me in awe. I’m just going to jump right into this. Throughout this post, I will provide links to related entries I have posted in the past. You can read more in depth on these at your leisure. If you would prefer a brief summary of the symbolism of white animals, I have a paragraph set up at the bottom of this post. Now, with that being said, let’s begin our journey….
…I had seen a white deer a week or two ago and was curious as to what a phenomenal creature like that might represent. I was inspired to create a collective piece of the first, most popular, white animals that came to my mind. The white deer would obviously be one. Then white buffalo, horse, rabbit, whale, and dove followed in my mind. I envisioned them all in a circle, which led me to think of the flower of life. This was to be the center piece that tied them all together. The flower of life represents oneness and unity. It is a geometric record of ancient wisdoms and information about universal connection. This means it holds all the answers to connecting with other worlds, beings, creatures and self through the realization that we are all one.
I decided to color the flower of life with every color from the color wheel. It might not seem like much but I used 15 different colored pencils to achieve this look. White is both the absence and totality of all colors. It is the connection of everything and nothing all at once. White symbolizes balance, as such in death and rebirth. It is also a strong symbol for purity and innocence. To randomly see a white animal while going about your day is said to be a great message from the gods or spirit realm. Native Americans paid the utmost attention to these signs because they knew it would bring a great shift in life. When any white creature presents itself to you, it is time for higher thinking and ideals. It represents cleansing of the spirit and attaining higher knowledge.
The white buffalo is said to be the most sacred being that can cross your path. There is a story from a medicine man called Lame Deer who resided in South Dakota. He was the son of the first Chief Lame Deer who fought against Custer. He tells a story of the White Buffalo Woman who came to the tribes people in their time of need. She taught them how to pray and how to assist prayers with actions. She showed them how to ask for abundance by connecting the Sacred Above and the Sacred Below. All realms coming together within yourself, through grounding. We are all one, all connected. When she had taught all her lessons, she changed into a white buffalo calf and disappeared into the horizon. Where she had vanished, herds of buffalo appeared for the hunters and they were provided with everything they needed to survive. The white buffalo is a symbol of acting accordingly while incorporating proper rituals. Doing so will manifest abundance.
The whale is also an exceptionally strong totem for connecting with the universe and the spirit realm. They are record keepers and hold knowledge about all of us. They are a symbol of creation and creativity. Whales are balanced and understand the frequencies that unlock ancient wisdom. They use sound and song to create balance and harmony. They also use it to navigate through their worlds. A white whale amplifies all these traits and encourages you to attain higher knowledge. They are a symbol for emotional rebirth.
Several of the animals in my drawing symbolize the balance between death and rebirth such as whale, rabbit, dove and horse. Change is a part of life. Sometimes, in our own transformations, we feel incredible pressure and weight of the darkness. The universe is forcing us into our next stage and we cannot fight it. The rabbit can help you leap through that fear. When you do, you emerge like a sprout from a seed. That incredible pressure has cracked your shell and you are reborn. Let nature happen, it’s the way of life.
The white rabbit and the white horse are both mounts that can carry you from the physical realm to the spiritual and back again. (f.y.i. rabbits were said to be the mounts of faeries) The horse teaches us about power and to not abuse it. There is wisdom in power so long as you remain balanced and take responsibility for the tasks at hand. They also represent freedom, feeling as free as the wind. Wild like the mustangs and apt for exploration. Horses and rabbits both represent sexuality. The rabbit is a symbol of fertility and new life. They represent the lunar cycle and are also associated with the number 28. You may find yourself following this same cycle if rabbit has presented itself to you. Pay attention to the moon and the energies surrounding her.
The white dove (and/or pigeon) is a common symbol for peace and love. It is a strong totem for fertility, feminine power and rebirth. Again, another totem dealing with death and rebirth. The closing of one door to allow the opening of another. What’s behind the next door? You can’t know until you open it. Just remember, you have to crack through the shell of your seed to feel the warm rays of the sun. Only then can you grow into the tree you were always meant to be.
The deer can aid you in this journey by using gentleness and understanding. They symbolize shedding off the old to allow room for new growth. Stronger. Better. Wiser. The deer symbolizes heightened perception and allowing ourselves to be open to the messages of the universe. Using love and kindness will help you along the way.
If a white animal has crossed your path, this is a very powerful time in your life. Use a heightened awareness to receive guidance through your journey. A great and powerful change is coming into your life and you need to embrace it. Follow the white rabbit down the hole. This is your next chapter. It is time to purify your soul and take that next step. Remember to remain balanced during these times and use love and kindness towards yourself and others. This will assist you in your endeavors. Do not focus on the fear of not knowing what lies ahead. Instead, prepare yourself accordingly. Proper action accompanied with proper prayer will manifest abundance!
New life comes after death. It is time to shed our old self to be born anew. This is an exciting time in your life, you should charge towards it with everything you’ve got! Your transformation will be outstanding! A tremendous power from within you will emerge stronger and brighter than ever. Open yourself up to receive the ancient knowledge that can guide you. With balance and purity of soul, you’ll be able to move mountains! Remember to honor the universe and our connection to all things. Stay grounded to above and below. Balance and unity. Peace and understanding. This is your chance! Be the “you”est you that you can be!
I could literally write all day about this piece and all the symbolism that is tied into it. There really isn’t enough time in the day. I’ve decided to come back to this drawing, probably next week, and continue discussing the power of it, for me personally and as a whole.
Do you have anything to add to all this? Have you ever witnessed a white animal that stood out to you? I would love to hear your story! Is there anything I missed? If you have anything to add about colors, the flower of life or any of the animals I went over feel free to leave comment below!
Thanks for stopping by and I wish you the best with your new endeavors!
Namaste, free spirits!
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” -Dr. Seuss
- Animal Speak by Ted Andrews
- Native American Myths & Legends by Richard Erdoes & Alfonso Ortiz
- Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams & David Carson
- Bird Magic by Sandra Kynes
- The Illustrated Signs & Symbols Sourcebook by Adele Nozedar
My first totem drawing of 2019 is unique from all my others. I incorporated six different animals into one piece this time. The animals are done with pointillism rather than zentangle. Instead of zentangle animals, I attempted the flower of life as my main tangle for this piece. It’s a very intricate pattern and I have always wanted to take a shot at it.
I recently saw a white deer and I was inspired to create a piece about symbolic white animals. There are many popular ones such as the white buffalo and the white rabbit. I am interested in researching all of them. This will encompass my next blog post.
I just finished the ink for my drawing and will add a some color to it before posting the final piece. Check back later this week to see the finished piece and learn about the symbolism behind white animals.
When did you see a white animal that stood out to you? What kind of animal was it and what did it mean to you? Share your story in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by.
Take care, free spirits!