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.
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!
Raccoon is a powerful totem. These fuzzy ninjas of the night represent protection and generosity. It is common for males to band together for greater strength against predators or other male raccoons from different territories. A group of raccoons is called a gaze. The gaze will have a dominant male who will stand watch and defend the group while the others forage for food. The best morsels will be given to the dominant male as a sign of respect and gratitude for the protection he offers. Raccoon is generous and protects the young and elderly. They are the guardians for those who feel like a dark horse, the underdog. They offer strength and wisdom gained from self experiences.
If Raccoon has bumbled it’s way across your path, it is time to share your wisdom with others in need. Does anyone around you need help or guidance that you can offer? You possess knowledge that you have worked hard to obtain. It is time to share this with others. Do not become a crutch but rather equip them with the tools necessary to obtain their own strength. Lift them up, dust them off and show them the way. Speak up when others speak ill behind another’s back. Do not tolerate unfounded judgement and gossip. Recognize the guardian within you. The protector is always rewarded for their great deeds. Though beware of those who refuse to help themselves; those who are lazy and greedy. They will drain you of your resources while refusing to learn how to stand on their own.
Perhaps it is you that needs to be lifted up. Are you stuck in self pity and feeling like you’ve hit rock bottom. Change your perspective and see the strength you hold within. Do not become a victim but fight. Help someone. Do not become selfish but instead be giving. The gratitude and appreciation you will receive for helping another will give you the boost of confidence you need.
On the contrary, Raccoon could be warning you to take time for yourself. Female raccoons often live solitary lives excluding mating season and when raising young. Have you been giving too much energy and have left nothing to care for yourself. An empty pot feeds no one. If you do not tend to your own needs first, you will have nothing to offer those who depend on you. Take time for yourself and recharge.
It’s no surprise that I enjoyed creating this piece. I enjoy creating all my totems yet I believe Raccoon may be my cutest so far. I still need to add color to
this piece as well as moose and owl. I’ll talk about Owl symbolism next week! My prismacolor pencils are preforming beautifully and I can’t wait to finish these three totems completely. I have much more coming that I’m excited to share with everyone. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning the different totem animals with me. I know I have!
What raccoon stories do you have to share? Leave a comment below and thanks for stopping by this week!
Until next time,
“Don’t call me raccoon. -I’m sorry. I took it too far. I meant trash panda.”
Sources: Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams & David Carson
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.”
It’s hard to say goodbye when someone has been at your side for ten years. On March 10th, I had to say goodbye to my greatest friend, DeSoto. He had been with me nearly his entire life. I received him from a friend of a friend when he was no more than a few months old. He was so tiny at the time with big dopey ears that stood straight up. He came everywhere with me; he was my shadow.
DeSoto has been all across the country with me. He was with me when I had my first place in Ohio. Then we moved to Tennessee, back to Ohio, then to New York where we have been for the past seven years. He would sleep by my side every night and even after I got married, my husband had to compete for his place next to me. DeSoto was always there. His love was truly unconditional and he expressed it often. He would squeal with joy every single time I got home like he hadn’t seen me in years; even if I had just ran down the street and back. Usually the knuckle head would be so excited, he would headbutt me in the face. It hurt like hell but I couldn’t be mad. He could not contain his excitement!
He was a mutt. We guessed something between a rottweiler and a black lab. Don’t ask me where those pointy ears came from though. That will always remain a mystery. Regardless of his pedigree, he was a very handsome dog. He had a shiny black coat and was always toned. He loved to run, although, his beloved Sasha could always outrun him. He was an incredible jumper as well. He could easily clear any backyard fence he came to. No matter though. He would never run away. He would just come to the front door and paw at it, as if he was knocking to come in.
He was very obedient. He wanted to please anyone and everyone he met. He was your typical happy hound and he loved being a dog! He was good at it. He would be so hard on himself if he did something wrong, I could barely scold him. Half the time, I didnt even know he did something wrong until he would rat himself out with his guilty manuerisms.
He was a good boy. He had an affect on everyone that met him. His genuine happiness rubbed off on all. I miss him dearly. I believe we were meant to be together. He wanted nothing more than to just be with me. I am a huge animal lover and have always had a strong connection with every creature I meet but DeSoto was so much more. It’s hard to explain. I literally feel like I’ve lost a peice of myself. Everytime I open the door, I’m sad he’s no longer there to greet me. I often feel the need to let him outside so we can chill in the sun together but then I remember he’s gone. He would always be there when I was sad to comfort me and let me hug him as long as I needed. Now when I cry, it’s for him and I want nothing more than to squeeze him tight.
I guess it just takes time. Time heals all wounds, right? I just need to keep thinking of the great life we had together. I am the luckiest girl in the world to have had such an incredible friend at my side. DeSoto taught me to enjoy every second we have. There is no need to dwell on the past. Everyday is a new day and our attitude is what makes everything brighter. DeSoto was a friend to all and had no prejudice. We could all learn a thing or two from such a loyal and loving heart.
This is for you buddy. I miss you tremendously but I will always stay positive and embrace everyday, just like you did.
Until next time,
“Our bodies are prisons for our souls. Our skin and blood, the iron bars of confinement. But fear not. All flesh decays. Death turns all to ash. And thus, death frees every soul.”
This month has been quite an adventure! Things are changing rapidly and and new opportunities beginning! Now I know what the hummingbird moth was trying to tell me! I’ve been spinning in circles trying to get everything done.
One project I will be finishing this week is a surprise! I don’t want to give away to many details but I was commissioned to do a piece involving seahorses! I have always wanted to do a piece with seahorses and now I finally get a chance to. This one is a painting with some great colors! I’m really excited to “sea” how it will turn out!
I’ve been keeping this blog for just under a year and I am amazed on how focused it has kept me. I have never had such a great way to share my work, photos, and stories with all of you! Which is why I am writing this post… to honor all of YOU! Yes….YOU!
In less than a year, my blog has hit over 2,000 views and I want to share a special thanks to each and every one of you! An artist is nothing without an audience and I couldn’t be more grateful for all the support. It keeps me chugging along and pursuing my dreams!
Ya know, I thought it was the blog that was keeping me motivated but now I realize it’s my viewers! Every like, comment, and share makes me “gitty” inside and I appreciate the time you’ve spent following along on my journey! I am more proud of my work than ever and I hope to continue creating art that catches your eye!
My goal is to reach 5,000 views by my blog’s one year anniversary! Wish me luck and spread the love!
Until next time,
“It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices.”
“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.”
I’ve been sitting at my computer, at a loss for words. I really don’t know what to say. I have known so many people who have lost pets in the past six months. What can you say? I’m sorry for your loss, that sucks, or I feel for you.
Those phrases don’t cover it! We all know how it feels. I’m sure everyone has felt the heartache from losing a pet. They’re not just pets though. They are friends. Friends that adore your attention. Friends that want to be in the middle of your business at all times, just because they love spending time with you. They listen every time you need them. They sleep by your side every night. A friend that is literally always there! At that point, they become family.
That’s probably why it hurts so much when we can’t see them anymore. They were always by your side and then they’re not. It takes some time to get use to. You just have to remember the life you gave them. As much as they were there for you, you were there for them. They had a good life!
I would like to dedicate this post to Phantom, a gorgeous cat with two different colored eyes(as you can see). A friend of mine recently said goodbye to him. That combined with his striking beauty compelled me to draw him. I hope I did him justice!
Rest in Peace Dear Phantom.
Until next time,
“Momma always said dyin’ was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn’t.”
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
I love how happy dogs are all the time! They truly understand how to be happy with what they have. They also love nothing more than the company of a good friend(…and good food). I love when dogs smile. Smiles are contagious and that is ever so true when looking at your chipper canine companion. We need to take a memo and spread the happy. There may always be problems but there are twice as many reasons to smile. Remember…the best medicine when you’re feeling blue is smiling faces and dog smiles are extra-strength!