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. 😕
“Antelope Spirits” by Q. Rumbley
With “Antelope Spirits” now complete I’m ready to get back to drawing now. Currently I don’t have anything specific in mind, I just know I want to curl up on my couch with my mechanical pencil and a sketchbook and see what comes out. Along with wanting to get back to scribbling on some paper I’ve also been tossing around the idea of doing another little art zine, this time filled with well drawn out sketches and maybe even adding in some prose or micro stories. I’ve done one once before a few years back which you can glimpse a few pages of down below.
Zines (short for magazine) are a neat DIY way of self publishing. If you have a printer, a stapler and some paper you can pretty much create your own zine. And they’re pretty fun to make if you have the patience to put one together. I can see myself doing a few more in the future but for now the idea I have in mind will probably be a long term project, so in the meantime I have some sketching, writing and planning to do. 😊
I keep a list of art ideas for those moments where I’m not inspired by anything new to create. This design for my next lino carving is from that list. It’s called a Chiwara, an antelope figure of the Bambara people of Mali, that represents the spirit that taught humans the fundamentals of agriculture. There’s two different styles of the Chiwara, one is of a male antelope featuring curved horns and the other is of a female antelope featuring straight horns with a baby antelope. The one I’ve drawn here is female with a few personal stylized additions that are similar to the male version. The Chiwara is one of the handful of designs I’ve always wanted to get a tattoo of but have been far too much of a chicken to go through with it. Maybe one day I’ll get brave and get that tattoo. For now though, I’ll just enjoy making a carving out of it. 😌
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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.