Manatee Totem in the Shop!

Good morning art lovers! I am super excited to announce that my Manatee Totem is now in the shop! I have so much fun designing these products and it adds a little twist to my drawings. I design the backgrounds on photoshop and they really add to the image! I get to play around with so many different colors and it gives me ideas on how I can make my drawings better as well. I use to be strictly a graphite pencil artist but I’ve realized that has changed, a lot! Now I use ink pens, colored pencils, art markers and now photoshop! I’d say I’m more of a mixed media artist now. But don’t worry, I still have a lot of pencil ideas a’brewin! I want to get back into my “Eye” series. I had a lot of fun doing them and people seem to love them! My totem animals just kind of took over! That’s ok, though. The totem animals will be an on-going thing. They will never end, not until I have drawn a totem for every animal in existence. I’m not sure if that is possible in a single lifetime but I will certainly try! Anyways, now I’m rambling.

Here are some of my favorite Manatee products but there are so many to choose from! You can see all the products available in my shops at

Redbubble & Society6

There are also prints (framed and canvas as well), yoga mats, coasters, notebooks and journals, tapestries, serving trays, keepsake boxes and so much more! Any and all sales are greatly appreciated and will help me grow into a full time artist…which means more and better art!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you find something you like!

Happy shopping, free spirits!

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Totem Animal: Flying Squirrel

What a goofy, little critter. These strange creatures are unique from other squirrels as they have a flappy membrane from there front to their back feet called a patagium. This is what allows them to fly, or rather glide, through the air. They are clumsy creatures on the ground so the will try to hide until they can return to the tree tops for safety. Another trait that makes them unique is that most of them are nocturnal. The fact that they only come out at night led to the recent discovery that certain species glow under UV light. Their underbellies glow a vibrant pink. After learning about this, I had to draw one for my next totem piece, even though I’ve already completed a red squirrel.

The drawing came out so bright and crazy! It’s very different from my other totems. The pink is so vibrant, I wanted to make sure I captured that unique trait the best I could! The blue and pink work well together. It was a lot of fun creating this piece and I can’t wait to try even more wild colors in the future! Now on to the symbolism!

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FLYING SQUIRREL SYMBOLISM

Flying squirrels over all have the same lessons to teach as all squirrels. You can read general squirrel symbolism in a post I wrote a while back first if you like. Then come back to this one for a cherry on top.

Because they are nocturnal, the flying squirrel is connected to the moon. The moon is a strong symbol for feminine energy and the flying squirrel is known for fertility in some Native American lore. These little critters also teach us about balance. Perhaps it is time to balance our energies in order to glide, effortlessly, though our day to day. Maintaining balance will help us remain fertile in life, not only meaning family but in joys and riches as well.

Flying squirrels have huge, buggy eyes in order to see better in the dark. Make sure that you are aware of your surroundings. Dangers could be right in front of you but if you refuse to see them, they will get you! Just like a hungry owl gets the flying squirrel. You may also want to check out Owl symbolism to see what could be lurking in the shadows.


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I hope you enjoyed my latest totem and were able to gain some insight from the flying squirrel. Have you ever seen a flying squirrel? Share your story in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by this week!

Glide on, free spirits!

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Rhino What You’re Thinking!

Hey Everyone! I uploaded the Rhino Totem to my Society6 and my Redbubble. The designs came out really cool! I am enjoying the Redbubble editor. It is so easy and user friendly. It doesn’t take forever to load like Society6 and I can change the color of the background on the editor which gives me a lot of options. I really like the red with the Rhino design.

Society6 has some awesome products though that Redbubble does not. I really like the yoga mats and the furniture is really neat too!

Make sure to give both shops a glance. They are each unique and different like these notebooks. The blue one is from Society6 and the red one is from Redbubble. Like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get! Plus the prices vary between the products. Sometimes one of my shops will be having a sale and the other won’t.

I hope you enjoy the Rhino Totem. There is so much available in the shops it’s crazy! Let me know what you think about each store and what you favorite products are. Do you prefer Society6 or Redbubble? Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Growth is key! Thanks for your support! All profits go right back into my art for supplies, equipment and helps keep the blog running! And remember….

Save the Chubby Unicorns, free spirits!

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Related Posts: Rhino Symbolism | For Sudan and Northern White Rhinos

ZenSquirrel WIP

My latest totem is certainly one of the most interesting. The creature I was inspired to do this time is a flying squirrel. I know I have already completed the Squirrel Totem but I had to add this one to the collection. I recently read an article from National Geographic about the recent discovery that certain species of flying squirrels glow a vibrant pink when under ultraviolet light. Scientists are still trying to figure out why this happens and if it useful to the animals or not. The colors were beautiful with the hot pink in the light areas and a shade of blue in the darker areas. I decided I had to this for my next totem piece. I have the ink finished and will start the color on it today. With just the line art though it is already vivid and bright! It’s fun using different colors than I normally would. Especially pink which is a color I use the least.

Next week I will post the symbolism behind the flying squirrel. I wonder how different or similar it will be to a common squirrel. If you are interested in reading the article from Nat Geo, I posted the link at the bottom of this post. Thanks for stopping by today! Check back often for new work!

Shine bright, free spirits!

Squirrel Totem

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National Geographic Article:
Flying squirrels secretly glow pink, thanks to fluorescence

ZenCoyote WIP

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!

Valentine’s Day is Just Around the Corner!

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!

Let me know which ones are your favorite by leaving a comment below! You can order them @ Society6 or RedBubble!

See Ya After the Snow!


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!

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!

I’ve been bitten by the Love Bug!

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!

Totem Animals: White Animals and the Flower of Life (Part 1)

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.

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SUMMARY

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!

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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!

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“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” -Dr. Seuss

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