Climate Change: A Suggestion For My Next Series

At the moment I’m currently working on an art card which I’ve affectionately titled “Death By Peonies”. This isn’t to say that will be the final title, it’s just what I’m calling it for right now. So while working on “Death By Peonies” I just got an itch to ink up this little drawing of polar bears. Nothing fancy or too involved, just a little something I was able to do in one day. I posted it on my social media accounts and got a suggestion back from one of my followers. It was suggested that since polar bears are one of the animals effected by climate change it would be a great start to a series on such animals. As someone mostly focused on nature and animal art, I can’t deny that I do have my concerns about our environment. So personally I try to do my part and be helpful by recycling, cutting back on my meat consumption, buying local produce and products, etc. I’m not a fanatic about it nor do I try to push my concerns on to others. But this suggestion is pulling a bit on my heart strings. I haven’t worked out the details but I’m now thinking about making the focus of my next series on the beautiful creatures who are being effected by climate change. So once I finish “Death By Peonies” this may be my next series. I say “may” because I try to stay away from using my art to touch upon hot button political issues and I don’t want to run the risk of being pigeonholed as a political artist but like I said, this is something that is pulling on my heart. So I have to work through that minor inner conflict before I can make a definite decision. Right now I’m at a 60% chance of doing it but I’m gonna sit with the idea for a day or two first. Feel free to share your thoughts on this suggestion for my next series or your thoughts on climate change in the comments. 😌

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New Art Card

It’s been a minute since I’ve done an art card. I’ve been in the mood to do something floral and this is what I conjured up. The more I work on it the more it starts to look like a scene from some botanical horror flick…”Death By Peonies”. That ladybug looks like it’s about to fall off into an abyss of carnivorous anthers. 😲

Never Compare Your Work To Others

“Nectar” – Q. Rumbley (2016)
“Lovebirds” – Q. Rumbley (2019)

It’s been three years since I started this blog. That may not be much of a long time yet it is still a cause for a mini celebration. As someone who has spent much of her life hopping from one idea to another, never staying with anything long enough to see where it leads, this blog serves as proof to myself that I have the capacity to stick with something beyond it’s novelty.

Three years ago on this day I was working on the above drawing called “Nectar”. And just last week I finished my recent drawing “Lovebirds”. It’s interesting to look back and see what kind of progress I’ve made or how much I’ve grown. It’s been said that as an artist you should never compare your work to others, you should only compare the work you are doing today to what you did yesterday. My work has become more refined and detailed. I’ve switched to using a smaller nib (0.15mm) and a magnifying glass to help with getting more realistic details. But I’ve also become more settled within myself on the type of drawings I want to create. The most growth has been in my focus not just literally but also spiritually and I can see that becoming more focused has helped with improving my work.

Sometimes I cringe looking back at old work but it’s the healthiest way to get a true measure of my progress. 😌