Totem Animal: Manatee


Manatees are the “Buddhas” of the waters. They look like heavy, cumbersome boulders yet they glide through coastal waters gracefully. They swim slowly, peacefully at about five miles an hour but can reach up to 15 in short distances. Manatees live in small groups called aggregations though sometimes males create larger groups during mating season. Their diet consists of marine grasses, algae and seaweeds. They have teeth like horses to grind up their food and their intestines can reach up to 100 feet long!

So has the mellow sea cow drifted across your path? What is their message? Peace and tranquility, of course. Slowing down and not letting life blow right by you. Take time to glide through the waters; appreciate life. When Manatee presents itself to you, it is time to let go of violence and aggression. Let anger roll off your back like a gentle wave. There is no need for it now. Be calm. Be cool. Just Be. Clear the mind of unnecessary thoughts and open it to new ideas. Ideas that put you at ease. Peace and tranquility. Far out!

Manatee also show us to cherish our closest friends. We only find a few true friends in our lifetime and we need to appreciate them. Keep them close and value the strong relationships you have made.

I really enjoyed creating the totem drawing for manatee. I was a little nervous about how it might come out for the simplest fact they are gray blobs with paddles floating in water. I think it worked out though in the end. I used one of the tangles from my book and it gives it an old “Mayan stonework” look. I am still working on the coloring which shows off the green algae that sticks to the manatees backs. I will be sharing the finished piece in a later post.

What do you think of Manatee? Have you been in a situation recently that called for some peace and calming? Share your story in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by this week.

Until next time,

“Anything is possible when you have inner peace.”




Ending quote from movie: Kung Fu Panda


Inspirational Quotes for Artists

I have been posting quotes on my Instagram for a few weeks now. I like to create a pattern in my posts so it goes…drawing, photo, quote, drawing, quote, photo….and so on. That way when you go to my Instagram, it’s clean and organized and my drawings don’t get overshadowed by my mob of photography. I have began accumulating quite a few quotes I would like to share with you. I look for quotes that are related to art in one way or another and that inspire me or make me feel good about creating art. I found a neat app, PicsArt, where I put the image and quote together. I use all my own photos for the backgrounds. It’s  fun to keep up with. I use to make little “computer art” pictures when I was younger. They were very simple and by no means what I would call digital art but it was still a lot of fun to mess around with crazy filters, duplicate images…etc. Now, this mini quote art is what I do to feed that part of me. I hope these quotes can inspire you the same way they do for me! Are there any I haven’t created yet? What are your favorite inspirational art quotes? Leave a comment below! I’m always searching for new quotes to use! Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,

“Look beyond the paint. Let us try to open our minds to a new idea.”

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Totem Animal: Squirrel


Squirrels are everywhere!

They are always scurrying around… looking…gathering…preparing. Have you seen them? Red, grey, black or maybe even flying? If they have scurried across your path they have a very important message to share.

It’s time to start preparing for the future. Start stockpiling whatever you may need on a rainy day to get you through. A big change could be coming into your life soon and you need to be ready. Harbor energies that will help you to keep moving forward and not be caught off guard. Collect tools, gadgets, money, food, whatever you need in your trusty boy scout back up kit, if ever a kit is needed. It is better to have it and not need it then to need it and….you know the rest. It is also a time to gather your thoughts. Think things through and prepare your mind for the future as well as your body.

On the other hand, have you become a hoarder? Maybe it is time to do some spring cleaning. Do you have too much of something? Do you have things you no longer use and are only cluttering your space? Clear out unused items and donate them, sell them, get them out of your hair. Are you hoarding worries and stress? Stop holding onto bad feelings that serve you no purpose and do nothing but hurt your future. It is time to move on and let go of the baggage that is driving you nuts!

I’ve been wanting to create Squirrel’s totem piece for quite a while and have finally got around to finishing it. I know I keep repeating it but with each one create I want to keep making more and more and more. I am so excited to keep going. Next Monday I will be sharing my Manatee piece and their symbolism. After that…who knows…it could be anything! Whatever presents itself to me I guess! I can’t wait!

Thanks for stopping by this week. I hope squirrel has helped you get a little more prepared for the future! What do you do to prepare? Share any tips you have in the comments below!

Until next time,

“I will prepare and someday my chance will come.”


Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams & David Carson
Animal Speak by Ted Andrews