In The Spirit Of Halloween

“Little Fears” series (wip)

Have you ever been scared of something you know was a bit silly? For those who have been with me for awhile, you probably know from an earlier post that one of those silly things that scared me was rabbits. Yes, cute little bunny rabbits. Thanks to the 1978 animated movie, Watership Down, those adorable little creatures have been a life long terrifying bundle of cuteness for me. So I decided to deal with that fear through art which prompted my art card drawing “Hazel“. It’s amazing how working through that drawing and doing a little research on rabbits helped me through how much those little creatures would freak me out. It helped to the point that I have now added the rabbit to my short list of spirit animals.
Since then I’ve been thinking about other creatures in Nature that cause me to wig out.
So in the spirit of this upcoming Halloween season here are the beginnings of a three part art card series on other creatures that cause my heart to race a little faster, inspired to triumph over those little childhood fears that still lurk in the shadows of our adult lives, projecting themselves into our daily realities at the most inopportune times…though I doubt that any of these will end up on my spirit list. 😋

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Eagle

Nature and all her creations has always been a source of inspiration for me. So here’s a eagle sketch I scribbled out while meddling around with some colored pencils and pens.

Determined

“Peacock” (wip)

“It doesn’t matter how slow you go so long as you keep going.” ~ Chinese Proverb

I’m determined to finish this drawing but for the life of me it feels like my progress is moving at a snails pace. It’s challenging to fill in solid areas with a bunch of tiny dots but I am happy about what progress I have made and that I’m adamant about completing this. I tend to stick to doing drawings of a smaller size so finishing this is equivalent to climbing Mt. Everest for me, especially with the level of detail. I still have a number of feathers to finish and some work on defining the shadows and highlights more but I’ve got my fingers crossed for finishing this up in about a week or so. In the meantime have a wonderful Sunday afternoon. 😊

“Peacock” close up.

Unfinished Business

Sometimes you start a drawing and get back to it later and sometimes they just get shelved indefinitely. I try to make it a point to finish things that I start even if I’m not feeling how it’s turning out. That isn’t the case with this peacock piece. I actually like how this is turning out but I started it back in 2017 and ended up shelving it for some time now and the guilt is starting to get me. It feels like a child I’ve been failing to make time for. So before starting anything new I should probably take care of this unfinished business or it might start haunting me in my dreams…nothing is worse than having your work haunt you in your sleep. 😕

And Life Happens

A bit of wind has been taken out of my sails for the moment. After finishing “Bloom”, I was ready to dive right into another carving but just recently I was informed by family that my 95 year old grandma won’t be with us much longer. Her heart is failing and the only thing that can be done is keep her comfortable, in other words, she’s on a steady dose of morphine. I spoke to her and she was rather chipper but I suspect that was just the morphine talking. Life feels like it’s on pause right now. I have been bracing for this moment for some time but I see you can never really be prepared for something like this. We’re all just waiting now.
My thoughts haven’t been much on designing and carving. After four days of just puttering around the house and staring at the walls, I’ve been able to squeeze out a few sketches, evidence that I’m starting to feel a little better but not enough to focus on anything serious at the moment. So as I wait for that inevitable phone call (or text), I guess I can spend some time honing my sketching skills.