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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FSM Update: Snow, Sketches & Subs

I apologize for my absence last week. These nor’easters are kicking my booty! I have been working snow removal since these last random snow storms have rolled in, therefore, I was gone most of the day and night. The snow has finally gave us a breather…at least for now.  Although there is one nice thing about working in the middle of the night in a snowstorm; everything looks absolutely beautiful. Nothing is touched, the snow is fresh and everything totally blanketed in white. Unfortunately, I was drenched and was afraid to pull out my phone for many pictures. I did however manage to get these two photos.

Winter Nights
Winter Night
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Blue Night

I haven’t had the opportunity to draw anything new these past two weeks but have a couple treasures sitting in my sketchbook waiting to be shared. I recently made a flight to Ohio and had a four hour layover between connecting flights. I had downloaded the “IT” audio book to go along with the actual book I am reading right now by Stephen King. (I am actually going to finish it tonight and I’m ecstatic!) Anyways, long story short, I’m obsessed with “IT’ and drew this while I listened to the audio book. It was relaxing even though the story is so murderous. ;P

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“IT” 2017 movie poster

I have also been working on tangles. I have a couple sketches that I ,naturally, enjoyed creating. Do not be offended by the finger. Even peace-loving free spirits can get angry sometimes. I was pretty upset that week. Nothing was working how I planned. So I said, “F!ck it all!” and I felt much better after the drawing! ;P

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Some days…

I have a list of totem animals I still want to complete. Every time I think of a new animal I write it on a post-it note on my desk. I’m up to 56 and counting. I feel like the squirrel, the manatee and the hawk will be completed in the near future. I’m surprised I have not done horse yet. That one needs to get bumped up as well. Stay tuned for new work and symbolism to come!

I’ve recently subscribed to WordPress so I have many new tools at my disposal to better customize my website. I immediately opted for my own domain name which is now…dunt da da da…. freespiritmeg.com! No more dot wordpress dot com. I do love you wordpress, dont get me wrong, but it’s time for my own name. I also have changed the look of my page, adding a new home page and a theme that is clean and simple. I feel it is a suitable look for displaying my work and is easier to see that this is an “artist’s website”. A new slideshow welcomes you to the site and my blog now has it’s own tab where you can find all of my recent and past posts. I will be continuing to play around with all these new features more and more to bring a better viewing and reading experience for all.

Thanks for stopping by this week! I hope you are staying warm through this last winter battle. What do you think about the new look? Do you like the new layout for my page? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

Until next time,

“I believe whatever doesn’t kill you simply makes you…stranger.”

The Super Blue Blood Moon

What a mouthful! That’s what we can witness tonight though. The super blue blood moon. What the heck does that mean?

To break it down, tonight’s full moon is a “super moon”. This means the moon is actually slightly closer to the earth than usual. The moon is also brighter during this time, though the brightness and size difference are difficult to see with the naked eye.

So what’s a blue moon? No, the moon doesn’t actually turn blue. It is just a term used when there are two full moons in one month, when typically there is one. The second full moon is referred to as the blue moon. This is where the common phrase “Once in a blue moon” derived from. Although in the past couple years we have witnessed quite a few blue moons.

Blue Moon

Last but not least we have the blood moon or red moon. This moon does change to red in color. It happens because the moon is positioned between the sun and earth. The light from the sun makes the moon appear red because of the way it fractures through Earth’s atmosphere.

That’s quite a bit going on! So what does it all mean? Some crazy energies! The full moon in general represents feminine energy, transition and rebirth. The “super” moon amplifies those qualities. The blue moon represents rarity and past memories. The blood moon represents passion, courage, and being true to yourself.

Throw it all together like a stew and what do you get? It is a time to organize our thoughts, ideas and dreams. Put them to work and make something with them. We need to realize who we truly are and what we are passionate about and pounce. With such strong energy, we will be able float through the air weightless. Remember our past and learn from it. This is a rare event that we won’t see again for another 19 years! We must take advantage of such power that is given to us!

I hope you enjoyed learning about the moon. I thoroughly enjoyed creating my piece for this spectacle. How the red and black came out reminds me of the gemstone Malachite, which was not my intentions but a neat outcome.

Thanks for stopping by this week! Share a comment or photo below and share your experience of the super blue blood moon!

Until next time,

“The moon puts on an elegant show, different every time in shape, colour and nuance.”

The True Nermal

 

It’s a phenomenal feeling when your son tells you everyday for months that you got him the best birthday present he has ever received. This is usually the case though when it involves a kitten. It has been almost a year now since we have brought home that kitten for my son so I figured it was time to give her the spotlight.

Her name is Chloe. We told my son he could name her whatever he wanted. We were surprised when he picked a cute and fitting name instead of Mittens, Fluffy or something of the sort. I think he may have been inspired by the movie, “The Secret Life of Pets” but he denies this. It’s just coincidental that our Chloe also happens to be a gray cat like in the movie.

At the time, my friend’s cat had just had a litter that she was trying to find homes for. All the other kittens had been spoken for except one little gray dust bunny. About 80% of her was pure fluff with the remaining 20% being her actual body. She was only eleven weeks old and was so tiny she could fit in a tea cup! All Chloe wanted to do from the moment we met her was melt away in our arms, safe, cozy and protected.

Here we are about a year later and she’s still melting into our arms like an infant made of putty. She has her daily routine which consists of 8-10 naps throughout the day, only waking for the necessities that require moving. You know… eating and drinking , pooping, receiving attention. The three basic needs of cats. She rises after her morning/noon siestas, in a sleepy stupor. She realizes it has been far too long since she has had human interaction and tracks us down. With no mind or matter what we may be in the middle of, she meows every so sweetly and consistently until we pick her up and love her. She will also harass you endlessly if she can see a bare spot in her food bowl. There can be piles of food on the sides of the bowl, plenty for her to eat, but if she can see the bottom even the slightest bit she demands it be filled to the top. She then daintily paws out one piece of food at a time and eats it off of the floor. When she’s finished, she’ll paw out the next piece and eat that one and so on and so forth until she is satisfied. The same goes for her water. There cannot be one tiny hair in it, even her own. It must be totally fresh and filled to the top. When she goes to drink it, she has to shake her bowl so she can see the water rippling. In the process, she’s dragging her water dish across the kitchen floor spilling more water than she’s drinking. All the while, she’s not actually drinking anything because the water is sloshing around and she hates getting water on her chin. Life can be challenging for the domestic cat, let me tell ya!

Besides naps, she also enjoys a good round of cat and mouse. In this game, you are the mouse. She comes out of nowhere and attacks your feet, legs, long hair, whatever she decides must die at the moment. She loves hiding under the bed…silently waiting…to leap out at me latching onto my leg like an octopus! It’s always in good fun and she never hurts us when she’s playing but by George she scares the crap out of me! She loves her kitty toys. Mr. Owl, a stuffed owl who squeaks and is always covered in catnip, is a top pick of hers. Although, her favorite “toy” is the plastic seal you peel off of milk cartons and such. I had left one on the table and when she came across it (jumping on the tables like bad kitties do)she went ballistic! She was batting it around, chasing it and carrying it around proudly like a fresh kill. You could spend hours watching this cat play with garbage. It is absolutely hilarious. Especially since she is still in that young, clumsy stage. Now I always throw them on the floor for her to enjoy for a while.

She is a riot and we love having her around. I still find it irresistible to run up to her and pet her and squeeze her and love her just like Elmyra from Tiny Toons! Her fur is ridiculously soft and she is so trusting she will droop over your neck like a scarf, just hanging there. She will lay in your arms, roll around getting comfortable and expect you to catch her if she starts to fall. She would love to be chauffeured around the house, sleeping in your arms. The less effort she has to put in the better. Even when you try to set her down, she won’t put her legs down and support herself. She will just lay wherever you placed her, however you placed her. I have never met such a “lax-a-daisy” cat! Even as I currently write this, she is laying completely sprawled out in my lap, sleeping like a rock! I have to keep sliding the laptop closer to my chest because she’s gradually overtaking my bubble. Yet, I keep sitting here uncomfortably typing this to appease her. Damn cats…gonna take over the world with their adorably cute mind control they have over humans. “Awwwww….look at the adorable kitty cat!” After that, your hooked. They have officially taken control.

That is the story of how the true Nermal came to be. “The cuuuuutest cat in the world” and she very well knows it! Her little “cat”itude proves it. She is “paw”sitively spoiled. I am not “kitten” around. Ok…ok…I’ll stop. Thanks for stopping by this week! Hope you enjoyed meeting Princess Chloe.

What silly things do your cats do? Share your story in the comments below!

Until next time,

“You just woke me up from a very deep catnap. Even a great beauty needs her beauty sleep.”

The Meaning of Mistletoe

Smooch! That’s what you get when you stand underneath the mistletoe. It is much more than a shot at a free kiss though. In fact, it is a parasite, attaching itself to trees (commonly oak) and taking it’s needed nutrients from it’s host. Birds have a strong relationship with mistletoe as well. They build their nests in the bundles of mature mistletoe called “witches’ brooms”, as it resembles the look of one. While the tree it attaches to loses all it’s foliage, mistletoe does not. This makes it a favorite winter meal for many birds and mammals when food is scarce. Anglo-Saxens noticed mistletoe would grow where birds had left their droppings. This is where it’s name derived from. Taking the words “mistel” meaning “dung” and “tan” meaning “twig”, put them together and what do you have? Sh!t on a stick! Think about that next time you pucker up!

Now that we understand what mistletoe is, let’s find out what it symbolizes. The ancient druids believed mistletoe had powerful magick. It was sacred to them as it represented feminine energy, sexuality, and rebirth. This is portrayed through the process of spreading it’s seeds with the help of the birds. Therefore, the life cycle of the plant continues on. Mistletoe has strong energy that the druids believed could show visions of one’s soul in the future. They used the plant for fertility and as an aphrodisiac. The druids had fertility rituals surrounding the mistletoe and the oak trees it attached to. The mistletoe represents female energy and the oak represents male energy. This was a practice done in honor of the union between man and woman.

Mistletoe is a strong symbol for couples of course. A kiss from your sweetheart under the mistletoe use to mean a promise of marriage. A man could not refuse a kiss, if standing beneath it. It was and still is a symbol of friendship, good-will and romance. It is also a powerful plant for protection, especially for children. Women who wish to become pregnant carry the plant in their pocket or handbag to take advantage of it’s energy.

What does mistletoe mean to you? Did it bring you and your love together? Share a comment below! Thanks for stopping by this week. I hope everyone has a joyous holiday! Happy Yule!

Until next time,

“You should be kissed, and often. And by someone who knows how.”

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Sources: http://blog.nwf.org/2012/12/12-things-to-know-about-mistletoe/

http://www.whats-your-sign.com/symbolic-mistletoe-meaning-more-than-christmas-decorations.html

Nature Speak by Ted Andrews

Winter Plans

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The season is dying down. The snow has finally arrived and everything is now quiet. The animals have sought shelter and all the plants have wilted away. Autumn seemed short but it seems to get shorter every year. Perhaps it just feels that way because it’s my favorite season. Regardless, the winter weather has arrived and I’m contemplating what I will be doing for the next couple months.

I definitely will keep up with Zentangle, continuing to incorporate it with my totem animals. I would like to think that is now a “forever” series. It will never end. The collection will just continue to grow. With the amount of creatures on this planet, I do not think I could cover them in a single lifetime. Plus it’s the best way for me to learn each totem. At the same time, I am also learning the different tangles. Win, win!

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In researching Zentangle, I’ve discovered mandalas. At first, I thought it was just repeating patterns within a circle. Upon reading further I learned they are a symbol in Hindu and Buddhist practices that represent the universe and the unity we share with it. It is a symbol to show the never ending cycle of the universe. It seems like it goes hand in hand with meditative art. Plus I’ve been wanting to learn more about Buddhism so this is a perfect place to start. Another Win, win!

Krampus Concept

Let’s not forget, it’s almost Christmas! I keep thinking about my “Krampus” drawing I did a couple years ago. Perhaps it is time to do another one. I have also been teaching my son about Yule. Maybe I should do some drawings inspired by the winter solstice. So many ideas, so little time. I guess I better get pen to paper and just get something done!

Are you ready for winter? What’s your favorite thing to do during this time of year? Share a comment below! Thanks for stopping by this week. I hope you’re keeping warm where you are.

Until next time,

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

 

 

 

 

Inktober 2017 #2

I did it! I completed the entire month, no slip ups. I have 31 sketches completed for the month of October and what a challenge it was! Some days I couldn’t start my sketch until late at night and I would end up falling asleep while sketching! I got it done though. I am very happy I succeeded this year. Something new I discovered, I did not know there is an official inktober list with word prompts you can use. Next year I will have to try it out.

This year, I did whatever inspired me at the very moment. I did go on a horror movie kick for a little bit and of course some animal sketches! A little of this… a little of that…and what do you get? My Inktober 2017 collection!

I learned a lot with this exersize and enhanced my skill furthermore in such a short time. I practiced different techniques and figured out the best way to execute them. I would definitely recommend this challenge to anyone looking to improve their drawing skills.

Thanks for stopping by this week. Which sketch did you like best? Which sketch was your least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Until next time,

“I could be sitting on the beach thinking man, I wish I was drawing.”

Check out my previous blog post Inktober #1

Also, The Official Inktober Website by Jake Parker

Inktober 2017 #1 

I’ve been obsessed with “IT” since the new movie came out. The original was always one of my favorites so I was ecstatic when I heard they were doing a remake. It was fantastic! I bought the book and started reading it yesterday. Wow…just wow. It just keeps getting creepier! 

“You’ll float too.”

I’m excited to finally begin this year’s “Inktober” challenge of drawing a sketch-a-day in ink. For my first sketch, I decided to do a clown inspired by “IT”. 

Inktober Sketch #1

It also has another meaning that ties in personally. “We all have our demons” is written on the mask. It’s true. We all have it burrowing inside us. The what-if’s and worries. The do’s and dont’s. The heartaches and hauntings of our past. Sometimes it takes all our energy to keep the demons at bay. Other times, it is still not enough and they break free. We can no longer put that fake smile on and the monster comes creeping out, ready to attack. It seems like a horror novel but it is all too real. 

Keep yourself balanced and don’t let your fear feed the demons for they will only grow stronger.

Until next time,

“I’m every nightmare you’ve ever had. I am your worst dream come true! I am everything you ever were afraid of!”

Totem Animal: Cicada

I took a small break from ZIA’s and did a realistic sketch of my latest inspiration, the cicada. I have been seeing an abundance of them this year and learning so much about them. They are oddly beautiful. Like a, “Your so ugly, your cute” kind of thing. Their colors are so vibrant with an iredescent shine. Their bulbous eyes are bizarre and there underbelly is segmented and limby. They look like something from a monster movie.

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Cicada, bottom view

You can hear them humming. A rythmical beat of all of them singing together. Well, the males at least whom call for a mate. Once they have mated, a female will lay 200- 600 eggs in a hole on a tree branch. Once the young (or nymphs) have hatched, they will make their way underground and attach themselves to the tree’s roots. There they will stay there for 14- 17 years, depending on the species, feeding on tree sap. Then when their time has come, instinct tells them to rise above ground again where they will shed their skin and become the chiming cicadas we are all familiar with. They will live for another five weeks or so above ground. This gives them just enough time to find a mate and have the next generation start the whole process over again.

Cicada study sketch

 

So what does the cicada have to tell us? By emerging from the ground in one form and so rapidly changing to the next, it shows us that a complete metamorphosis is on it’s way. We have been laying dorment for many years; transformation is upon us and we must not fight nature. Shed your skin and sing your song. The cicadas are calling to each other, telling us to use our voice. We can no longer hide underground in the dark and silence. We have been born anew and should freely express ourselves as the individuals we have strongly grown into.

Cicadas also represent happiness and joy.  Ultimately, we have tranformed from nymph to what we were truly meant to be. A greater version of ourselves than before. That is something to be joyous about. Be proud of the the person you have worked so hard to become. Your metamorphosis is complete. What a rush!

I hope you enjoyed reading about these oddities of nature. What stories do you have to share about the cicada? Leave a comment below. Thanks for stopping by this week!

Until next time,

“Great men are not born great, they grow great.”

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Sources:
**Cicada Mania – http://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/what-do-cicadas-symbolize/** Sun Signs – http://www.sunsigns.org/cicada-animal-totem-symbolism-meanings/ **Book of Shadows by Silver Ravenwolf **National Geographic – http://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/group/cicadas/**

 

 

 

Giraffes & Waffles?

Time keeps on tickin’, tickin’, tickin’ into the future! It sure is flying by and I can’t seem to find the time to get everything done! I started a new job doing landscaping so I’ve been spending a lot of time in the sunshine! …..I wasn’t able to draw much this week but I did manage to get a sketch done.

My husband inspired me to do this sketch. He will blurt out random phrases for absolutely no reason. I don’t know how he comes up with some of the the things he says. One that has stuck for a while is “giraffes and waffles”. It is completely random and it makes me smile everytime I think about it. I was trying out a new calligraphy set I have and did the entire drawing with it. I figured a calligraphy pen could produce some pretty neat designs for a zentangle related piece so I wanted to mess around with it.

And there you have….Giraffes and Waffles!

Thanks for stopping by this week! I hope you enjoy some randomness this weekend! 

Until next time,

“How long is forever?…Sometimes just one second.”