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!

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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!

Totem Animal: Tiger

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I really enjoyed creating this piece. Tigers are one of my favorite animals. I have drawn a few in the past but none in color surprisingly enough! I didn’t put that many tangles into this one or any for that matter. Tigers, I feel, are a walking Zentangle all on their own. I didn’t need to add “patterns” to the drawing because their entire coat is a pattern. I didn’t want to take away from the tigers natural design; it’s fascinating as it is.

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Tiger Symbolism

When you see a tiger, the symbolism kind of screams at you! They are beautiful, visually striking creatures. They have highly contrasted stripes which represents the light and dark. The new moon and the full moon. The balance of opposites. They also are exceptional swimmers connecting them with the energies of water as well as earth. They are both sides of the coin. They take the good with the bad because balancing the two makes them tenacious!

The tiger is very powerful and strong. They are also sensual and represent passion. When they hunt, they are silent and slow. They mainly hunt at night. You may realize the same for yourself if the tiger has presented itself to you. To attain your goals, you must hunt like the tiger. Be slow and precise. Calm yourself when you strike to ensure a higher success rate.

Tigers are devoted mothers. They care for their cubs until they are old enough to feed themselves, usually until 16 months of age. The mother teaches them everything they need to know until they are fully prepared to live on their own. Other than that, they are solitary creatures. Take care of the ones who depend on you but make sure you take some time for yourself as well. You cannot take care of others if you do not care for your well being first. Tigers are very sensual. Perhaps you should follow suit, surrounding yourself with things that excite your senses.

Have you lost your passion for life? Are you feeling down about what you are trying to achieve? Tiger will show you the way. New adventures are in your future and you will be able to find your motivation again! Stay strong like the tiger and you will be able to attain any prey that is in your sight. Strike slowly yet confidently. Fret not, a passionate life awaits you so long as you have the strength to keep traveling towards it! Listen to your senses. You already know what is good for you! Allow yourself to be open to the pleasures of life.

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Thanks for stopping by this week! I hope the tiger was able to offer you some guidance. Check back soon for the next totem I’ll be going over, one that will test your sense of smell!

Until next time,

“Remember kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die, follow your heart kid, and you’ll never go wrong.”

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Sources:

Animal Speak by Ted Andrews

http://www.spiritanimal.info/tiger-spirit-animal/

Ending quote from the movie, “The Sandlot”

 

Zentiger WIP II

Now that Inktober is complete, I can get back on track with my totem animals. I left off with Tiger. This piece is just about finished. I haven’t touched it in a month and the funny thing is it will probably only take me another 20 minutes to complete! Once I have it finished I will share the finished piece and the wisdom that Tiger has to share with us.

Thanks for stopping by! Check back soon for more!

Until next time,

“Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one’s sensations.” ~ Paul Cézanne

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Inktober 2018 – Stretch

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I’ve been trying to incorporate a double meaning into my sketches this Inktober but this one has a triple meaning! First and most obvious, Adam’s face is “stretched” out. Secondly, it’s a slight “stretch” in topic seeing how I’ve been following a horror movie theme and Beetlejuice…well, it’s not exactly a horror. A lastly, like it says in the line “We’re ghosts! Aren’t we scary?” No, Adam, no. You and Barbara are not scary. To say that you are is a bit of a “stretch”. Sorry. Though, they are new at the ghost thing so we should cut them some slack for trying! Hope you enjoy!

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Inktober 2017
Inktober 2016

Zentiger WIP

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Ok, so this piece didn’t exactly come out as a ZIA (zentangle inspired art). The more I looked at the image, I realized how difficult it was to incorporate different patterns into this animal because it’s basically a giant zentangle all on it’s own. I didn’t want to take away from the tiger’s natural pattern so I went for a more classic pen and ink drawing. I used hatching, parallel lines to create tone and texture, throughout most of the piece. I have always liked how this looks and haven’t dabbled with the technique anymore than this drawing and some random sketches I did for “Inktober” last year.

I want to work with this technique more and I also miss doing my pointillism or stippling. I’ll be squeezing a couple of those in as well while I continue to work on my totem animals.

 

As for my tiger, the ink is finished. Next, I will be working on the color. This piece is considerably larger than my other totem animals, going from  5.5 in. x 8″ to 12″ x 18″. I had much more space to work with and I think it is paying off. I was sticking with the smaller size because I wanted to be sure I completed them in a timely manner. The tiger doesn’t seem to be taking any longer than the smaller pieces do and it is coming out so much better.

The next time you see the tiger, it will be completed and we will check out what symbolism they hold. Thanks for stopping by this week. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Until next time,

“It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.” -Henry David Thoreau

Tiger Time!

Working on my tiger while hanging out with my tiger. So nice of her to leave me a bit of room on the edge of my chair. With that face though, she gets whatever she wants. Damn cats! Excuse the messy desk. I’m a bit cramped in my lil’ studio but I’m happy to have one regardless. I am having fun drawing the tiger. I honestly didn’t know what to do with it in the beginning but it’s starting to come together.
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FSM Update: Tiger Teaser

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Hey All! I’m getting back on track with my totem animal drawings. I started the sketch to a new one today. I will be taking a break from my “Megtography” so I can start focusing on my artwork more. It is quite a challenge posting a photo a day, especially an interesting photo a day! Kudos to all the photographers out there that can keep up with it! For me though, my artwork is more important so I need to get back in the flow with my drawings! To spice it up, I am working on the mighty tiger. I have a huge adoration for big felines and tigers are one of the most striking!

Check back soon to see the completed piece and learn about tiger symbolism. Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,

“There is no off switch for a tiger.” -German Proverb

 

 

 

Drawing of a Colorful Cat

 

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It has been a month since I have posted a drawing. I don’t like taking long breaks but I always know it’s coming when summer hits. There is so much going on that it is hard to keep up with. I have soooooooo many photos to go through from all the activities and travels from July and August. Not to mention the list of totem animals I have accumulated that I need to complete and research. When I go so long without getting any drawings done I start to get itchy.

I decided to keep it light and simple. I drew a picture of my son’s cat, Chloe, in different contrasting colors. It was something fun and whimsical to warm me back up. I wanted to play around with colored pencils and flamboyant colors. I’ve created other pieces like this in the past and would like to keep up with it as something I can always come back to when I need a break from my totem drawings. They are fun to create and allow me to be a little funky with my approach. What do you think?

 

Thanks for stopping by! Check back often for daily photography and updates on my current totem animal project.

Until next time,

“If cats could talk, they wouldn’t.” -Nan Porter

#14 – Chillin’ – 8.21-25.18

 

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8.21.18 Somedays ya just want to mess around on the computer all day.

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8.22.18 Bit off more than he could chew? Nope! He finished it!

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8.23.18 I have to get back on track with my drawings. Finished a little warm up that I will share on Monday!

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8.24.18 Visited Salem, MA for the first time! Very fun day! I will share more photos in a later post!

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8.25.18 I can’t wait to jump into my new books, another Stephen King and a new totem animal book. So excited!