Indecisive Artistry

✌✍🖼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!

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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!

Flower of Life WIP

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!

We Survived Another Holiday!

It’s always weird when Christmas ends. You spend so much time preparing and leading up to it. There is the cleaning, cooking and baking, shopping, wrapping, decorating, visiting…the list goes on and on. Then, when the day finally comes, it’s over in the blink of an eye. Right back to your regular day to day. It’s like your exerting as much Christmas spirit as you possibly can and then it just….stops. What do you do when you still feel that charge though?

Use it towards the new year, perhaps? That is also an exciting time. The end of one chapter, the start of the next. What will this new story reveal? It’s ultimately up to you. Yea, there might be some surprises the universe will throw in but it’s your choice as to what path you will go down. I currently enjoy the trail I have been following so I think I will continue on the path I’m on. It feels amazing when I am working on my art. Everything in my personal life if finally settling into place as well. The word “feel” keeps ringing in my head. Everything just feels relaxed, harmonious, like everything is vibrating on the proper frequency. It’s comfortable, not like I want to melt into the couch. Comfortable as in, I have found myself. I’m comfortable in my skin. I feel like I’m doing what I’m suppose to. I haven’t felt this way in a long time. It’s awesome and I’m excited to use this power to soar through 2019!

My goal for 2019 is to continue working on my art so that I can become a fulltime artist. This is the most important task for me this year and I’ve never been more driven than I am right now! Thank you to everyone who has helped me this far and who continue to support me in achieving my goal! It means the world to me!

What was your favorite holiday activity? What do you want to achieve in the new year? Share your story in the comments below. I wish good vibes and high energy to everyone for the new year! Thanks for swinging by!

Take care, free spirits!

I Saw A White Deer!

You won’t believe it! I barely believe it and I saw it! I was driving to the store on a familiar route on the highway. Off to the right is a big clearing where herds of deer are often seen grazing. I always enjoy seeing them when I drive by. Sure enough, on this drive, they were there. A big herd from about 10 – 15. Then I noticed something that was a little off. There was another animal grazing with the herd, right in the center of them all in fact. Most of it was white as snow and at first glance I thought maybe it was snow. Was it a horse? A goat? Holy Cannoli!! It was a white deer! I couldn’t believe it but it made more sense than a goat grazing with deer! I studied it as long as I could. I wanted to turn around so badly and get pictures but I was on the highway and had only my phone, which was at 4% battery. I was so upset that I couldn’t document such an amazing sight! I never in a million years thought I would see such a thing in the wild; I probably will never see another again for just as long! It was literally breath taking. I was in awe. The deer was not purely white though. It looked like someone had poured black paint on it’s head and back and it started to run down the sides. Not a brown, like the other deer, it was much darker. Everywhere else on the deer was totally white all the way down to it’s toes. This deer was truly Mother Earth’s canvas and she did a marvelous job!

I can’t be 100% sure but I think it was a buck. It is hard to make out antlers with the trees in the background but it looked like it had a rack, 4-point perhaps? I came home and drew a sketch of it as soon as I could. If I can’t have a photograph of him, then at least I have my drawing. This is exactly what he looked like (give or take the antlers).

Needless to say, I will be studying the symbolism behind white deer or white animals and see what I can find. I’ll share a post after the holidays with some information on that and maybe another drawing.

Have you ever seen a white deer before? Share your story in the comments below! I would love to hear it! I was ecstatic when I saw this guy! Thanks for stopping by.

Take care, free spirits!

Ice Bear WIP

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!

Zen Reindeer WIP

 

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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!

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If you like the Reindeer, you may also like Deer and Moose!

ZenSkunk WIP

 

BW Skunk WMI just finished the ink for my latest totem, the skunk. I am very pleased with how this one came out. Though, this is actually my second attempt. My first attempt was not working at all. The tangles were messy and rushed. The drawing was not flowing and I couldn’t “see” what I wanted to do with it. It stunk! (see what I did there) So I accepted defeat and started a new one. This is the result. Much better. I used flower related tangles because I always think of the skunk from Bambi:

“He can call me flower, if he wants to.”

Next is color, what little color there is. It will be more or less shading. That makes things easy yet difficult. It’s easy because there is not much to it; it’s difficult because the detail can get lost in the black. I will share the finished piece later this week and we will check out the symbolism of the skunk. I am very interested to learn skunk. I have never looked it up in the past and I see them frequently. I wonder what lessons are in store for us!

What do you think about skunks? Have any funny stories? Share them in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend.

Cura te ipsum, free spirits!

ZenTurkey WIP

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I was originally going to start working on skunk as my next totem. I saw so many earlier this year and even though the temperatures are growing colder, they are still appearing to me. They must have a message that I need to receive! I apologize skunk but I will have to complete you next week! I figured this week was appropriate to honor the turkey and discover what lessons they have in store for us. Some of their symbolism is obvious, some is not. I will go into more detail on that in my next post on Thanksgiving Day. The turkey’s symbolism will be accompanied with the completed drawing in color. For now, I have completed the ink portion of the piece. I am pleased with how it turned out. I didn’t have to go to work today, another rain out, so I had a lot of time to myself while my son was at school. I put on some headphones, listened to some tunes and zoned out into my art. That’s the best way for me to do great and efficient work. I get so “in the zone” that when my husband tries to get my attention he scares me every time! I don’t even realize he is there. Luckily, I have grown a super power to not let bumps and jerks affect my drawing hand, so no drawings were harmed in the process.

I hope everyone is ready for Thanksgiving. I know I am! I am going to stuff myself until I pass out! Thanks for stopping by this week. Check back in a couple days and see the completed turkey totem!

Until next time,

“The more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for.”

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Ending Quote by Norman Vincent Peale

 

What I Learned from Inktober This Year

I have participated in Inktober for three years now. I first heard of it in 2016. Unfortunately, it was already half way through the month so I only completed 13 sketches that year. My second year, 2017, was a complete series. It was extremely difficult for me though, completing all the sketches in time. I fell behind often and had to play catch up! This year was much smoother. I was more prepared.

I wanted to write this post to share everything I have learned so far since participating in Inktober and any tips I can offer to help you with your own Inktober!

Below is a short list I quickly put together about what Inktober has helped me with. There is no order of importance, just what popped in my head first.

  • Preparation
  • Simplicity
  • Contrast
  • Commitment
  • Time management
  • Routine
  • Practice makes perfect

Preparation is an important key for making or breaking your success with Inktober. I think it is much easier if you follow the official prompts provided rather than making things up on the spot. Having the prompt list ahead of time allowed me to think about what I wanted to draw before the day came. I was jotting down ideas in September and had over half of my prompts thought out before October 1st! It makes it much easier to come up with ideas. I even decided to have all my sketches be related so I went with a “horror/monster movie theme”. It made it a lot of fun and I was able to exercise my creativity with using the prompts and my own theme together. Also, make sure you have enough supplies. I know from past years that one set of pens will not last me. They will dry out and I’ll be left with blotchy lines carving into the paper! Make sure you have enough paper too! I like using the same sketchbook for the month so I have a nice collection at the end. I work on small sizes so I can be quick with the final product.

i9Simplicity is so important when working with ink. I normally work with pencil so this can be difficult for me. I want to cover the whole area when I shade, like with pencil, but it is not necessary with ink. Repetitive and parallel lines can be effective in shading. Also, I drew a lot of people this month, which is not my strong suit. I quickly learned how messy a face can turn out if you try to keep “fixing” things. Just put in the most important lines to get your idea across and then leave it alone!

i23Commitment is right up there with preparation. You already know that this is calling for 31 sketches, if you decided to do one everyday. I knew I would have to complete my sketch around a full time job, home chores, family time, dinner and whatever else needed my attention (i.e. school events, holidays, or maybe even some “down time” would be nice!). I knew the only way I would be successful was to keep my sketches small, simple, and completed within a certain amount of time. There is also that moment, a little more than halfway through the month, when you start to get really lazy and you just don’t want to be obligated to do that sketch. Do it! If you feel that way, pick something you know is easy for you to draw and keep it simple (there’s that word again). This leads us to our next topic…

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time management. Inktober really helped me with something I have always struggled with when it comes to my artwork. It forced me to pick a regular time where I knew I could sit down and get it done. I only had one to two hours usually or else I was cutting into my sleep time and with my job, I can’t go without sleep. I didn’t have to worry everyday about when I was going to get it done because I knew at that same time everyday I would have the chance to do it. It alleviated stress and it forced me to keep my work quick and not get lost in the details (which I also do frequently). Keep it simple, sunshine. It even helped in my personal life.  I needed to ensure I would have the time to get everything done in the day. All my responsibilities had to be done by a certain time or else something would lack (even accounting for randomly staying late at work).

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Inktober allowed me to create a routine for myself. The daily repetition gave me the chance to have a system. I would sit at my desk, have a mug with the pens I knew I would need, even my pencil and ruler for my initial sketch before the ink. Everything was prepared and waiting for me. I’m not one for having a regular schedule. I get bored easily so I like to change things up. Unfortunately, this left me scatter brained, overwhelmed and constantly feeling behind. I’ve learned how much easier it is to have a little repetition in my process without letting my “day to day” become dull.

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Last but not least, the most cliché lesson of all…Practice makes perfect! Like I stated before, I drew a lot of people this year. People are a hard subject for me to work with. I forced myself out of my comfort zone on many topics and I only improved because of it. I made certain realizations I wouldn’t have otherwise that helped me improve with each sketch. I was forced to work with many areas that are difficult for me such as hands, faces, water and fire. I even tried drawing a skeleton over an already existing face. I challenged myself to the max this year and my skills improved so much more because of it!

I hope this can help you with your own Inktober experience. Just remember, it is suppose to be FUN!  If you’re not having fun, you need to change something in your approach. Now, we have to wait a whole year for the next one. I can’t wait!

Thank you to everyone who followed along through this year’s Inktober and helped encourage me to accomplish what I did! I completed all 31 sketches and ON TIME! Woohoo! Which one is your favorite? I would love to hear from ya in the comments below! I had fun connecting with others as they did their own sketches as well! Thanks for stopping by this week.

Until next time,

“There is always more to be found by exploring the same subject again and again.” -Dion Archibald