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!
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!
I am very pleased with the outcome of my polar bear totem. Using blue ink instead of black helped to give the bear that “icy” look. I was very free spirited (see what I did there) in my approach to the designs on this one. The back section looks like bear claws to me. At first, this was unintentional but then I just went with it. Blue is one of my favorite colors (and also green) so I always enjoy playing around with the values and different hues of the color. I remember in high school drawing a green giraffe and I loved getting the different shadows using the same shade of color. I felt the same joy when creating this piece. I have more ideas for single color drawings that I will be playing with in the near future. Now, on to some polar bear symbolism!
Polar Bear Symbolism
What a powerful totem the polar bear is! They are the largest land carnivore and quite possibly the toughest. Polar bears are solitary animals. They hunt alone, live alone and come together only to mate. They survive one of the harshest environments on Earth and they do it with their own willpower and independence. This is their first lesson. Stand on your own two feet. If polar bear has presented itself to you, it may be time to become more self- reliant. You have the power to make it on your own. You have the capability to get through any hardship, no matter how big, without the hand of someone else to pull you out. Find your own strength and pull yourself out!
Polar Bears are so impressive that the Inuit have a great respect for them and their mythology has many tales to honor the polar bear. It was believed that the polar bear was a god and the master of all bears. He could walk on two legs like a man, he was immense in size and so, his soul was just as immense. He protected the other bears and would watch the hunters to ensure they respected the bears they had hunted, with a special ceremony, and to also use every part of the creature. This great respect was appreciated by the polar bear god and in return he would ensure the hunter’s success on the next hunt.
The polar bear, however, is a target for no one. They have terrific camouflage, blending right into the environment. They “disappear” right before your eyes. They are the masters of cloaking themselves. Perhaps you should be doing the same. It is always important to stand out and be unique but the polar bear could be telling you right now is a good time to blend into the background. Become unseen and step back. Observe what is happening around you, quietly and patiently. Only when you have a full understanding of everything around you, can you emerge with an incredible power that no one saw coming. It is okay to take time to collect ourselves, understanding ourselves and our environment. This will ensure success in our own hunts!
Polar bears are also a strong symbol for mothering and preparing for new life. The only time a polar bear will hibernate is when a female gives birth to cubs. Polar bears are fierce and protective mothers. The cubs stay with their mother for around two years until she has taught them everything they need to know about surviving on their own. This could be a sign telling you to start preparing for a cub of your own. Or perhaps you have a new project or responsibility that needs your utmost care and devotion to see it to completion.
The polar bear has much to teach us and should be greatly respected as a powerful guide and totem. What do you think the polar is saying to you? Share your story in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by this week and I hope you enjoyed my latest totem drawing. Check back next week for a unique post about animal symbolism. This one will be like none I have created before!
Take care, free spirits!
- Animal Speak by Ted Andrews
- Signs & Symbols Sourcebook by Adele Nozedar
I had so much fun making this one. With each piece that I do it becomes easier and easier for me to “let loose”. I have always set up “rules” for myself, forcing myself to stick to a made up guideline when it came to my drawings. Since working with zentangle and my totem animals though, I am feeling more like a free spirit than I ever have before and my work is better because of it! This piece was fluent. I have been wanting to do a polar bear for a while now but unintentionally waited until winter time to create it. I am still lacking in black ink since inktober happened and so I decided to go with blue. This is the first time I have used a color other than black for the outline and I think it came out pretty cool. I wonder what kind of affect I will get when I add the colored pencil.
Although, I have to say, it looks good in the black too. What do you think? Should I experiment more with different color outlines or just stick with black? Share your thoughts in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by today! Check back later this week to learn about polar bear symbolism and to see the finished drawing!
Take care, free spirits!
I finally finished the ink for my reindeer totem. It felt like it took forever. I could have kept going too but I stopped myself. Sometimes I get too carried away with the ink that the color turns out funky. Either that or the color takes away from the ink. Neither are good.
I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go with this piece, though I never do. I did know I wanted it “decorated” to incorporate Santa’s sleigh. I started out with a fancy harness in mind and just went from there. This is the result.
I rushed the body. Their hair is so fine and smooth; I wasn’t sure how I wanted to incorporate it. I attempted a braid-like pattern which I feel I could have down a lot better on. I spent so much time getting the face the way I wanted, though, that I didn’t want to take another day or two to finish the body. So I will have to practice this more in my spare time.
I hope you enjoy the piece so far. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by. Check back soon, my next post will showcase the completed totem piece and the symbolism behind the reindeer.
Take care, Free Spirits!
This totem drawing is unique from my others. I was really worried about the black over powering the tangles or the entire image in general. I didn’t want the skunk to turn into a blob so I incorporated different colors, shades of blue and purple. I like how it adds to the “flower” look and it helps break up the skunk’s body. When I first started this piece I wasn’t confident, especially when I had to scrap the first attempt and start a second. Then, with the color, I had no idea what I wanted to do with it. It just kind of happened. Sometimes you have to let them ride out that way and in the end, it’s worth it. Plus, it makes it exciting to bring art to life piece by piece. With that being said, let’s see what guidance the skunk has to share with us.
The skunk is a symbol of self-respect. Everyone knows skunk. Everyone steers clear of skunk. This respect seems effortless on skunk’s part. The skunk is nonchalant; it struts around without a care in the world. Skunk has asserted itself in the world, confident. The skunk shows us we must carry ourselves in a way that demands respect. By carrying ourselves in a confident manner, our energy resonates to others around us and respect will follow naturally. The skunk has no need for violence and aggression. It can live a playful and carefree life because it is assertive and has self-respect.
Skunk has the power to repel and attract others as it desires. The same scent that repels creatures that mean harm also attracts a mate. The skunk represents sensuality and sexuality. Use your power to attract like-minded individuals while warding off the people who will only drain you of your energy.
Skunk teaches us how to control our energy flow. Be careful not to portray yourself as “available” if you are not. If the skunk has crossed your path, you will be attracting the attention of others. Make sure you are aware of where your energy is directed. Use it constructively to assert yourself, instead of wasting it on energy vampires. You have the skills, that’s why people are attracted to you. Stop worrying if you are “good enough”. It is up to you to walk the walk and show that you deserve that respect, respectfully.
The skunk is peaceful yet steps aside for no creature. At first, many would literally turn their nose up to them but they are a strong totem to have. I now understand why the skunk has been following me all year. Assertiveness, self-worth and self-respect is something I have been working on. I’ve made great strides by using my art as my voice and I am thankful I have the skunk to guide me through my journey.
I learned a lot from skunk. It’s funny how in the beginning of this piece I was not confident in my work but by the end, I felt really good about what I had created. Coincidences like this just make me want to study animal totems even more! I hope skunk was able to offer some insight on your journey as well. Thanks for stopping by this week! Check back often throughout December for a month filled with Christmas and winter related totems!
Beati pacifici, free spirits!
Animal Speak by Ted Andrews
Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams & David Carson