Red Squirrel

“Red Squirrel” by Q. Rumbley

Welp, here’s to my final piece for the year. With some focused effort I was able to get this little cutie finished this afternoon and listed in my store. For the next couple of days I’m just going to relax and try to get some organizing and planning done in order to bring in the new year with a fresh and clear mind.

I want to thank all of you who have been with me and supported me over these three years since I started this blog. Thank you for all your comments, interesting tidbits, words of encouragement and purchases of my work. Lets continue to keep this going. Happy New Year and see you in 2020. ๐Ÿ˜€

Focus For The New Year

Hope everyone had a joyful Christmas. I enjoyed the day away although I have to admit my mind was on my work, especially on what I plan to do for the coming new year. I noticed that I didn’t get as many drawings done this year. I had spent my time doing larger pieces which took longer to complete, hence the less work produced. This coming year I plan on focusing on smaller works like ACEOs. I’m challenging myself to stick with just that and creating greeting cards but I can already feel the tension rising in me because I always want to experiment or tackle something much larger than usual. So in an effort to get a jump on my new challenge I’m trying to squeeze in an ACEO or two before the year is out. I’ve been wanting to do squirrels so that’s what I’m tackling. Right now I’m working on this adorably plump Red Squirrel, well, you can’t tell it’s red since I’m working in black ink but it’s red. I’m debating though, should I leave the background bare or add something in? Suggestions are welcomed in the comments. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Red Squirrel base sketch.
Squirrel with nut sketch.

Straight To Your Inbox

Just a little fyi for you wonderful people who have been following my work. If it so happens that your not on WordPress that much but you would still like to stay up to date on my latest work, I also have a store newsletter I send out whenever I have a new piece of art in store, any sales, discounts or just some great news I want to share like a new project I’m excited about. Newsletters go out about 2-4 times a month, so you don’t have to worry about me blowing up your inbox or having your email shared with some third party, everything is confidential. The newsletters are pretty brief and simple, so be sure to sign up at the following link to stay up to date on new projects, latest available works and store sales. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ‘‰
Art of Q. Rumbley Newsletter

From Davina On To Lino

“Davina”

Finished this lovely little 5×7 piece a day ago and I have to say I’m pleased with the overall result. I’m now up for doing some carving but not stamp carving. I think I’ve frustrated myself enough with erasers and Speedy cut. I’m shifting my focus back to using linoblocks. If you haven’t seen my lino carvings before below are a few examples of previous pieces I’ve done. For you lovelies who have been with me from day one, think of this as a little stroll back down memory lane. ๐Ÿ˜Š

“Elemental Lotus”
“Sun Mandala”
“Peace, Love, Harmony”
“Koi”

A New Spirit Animal

Hazel by Q.

I got through this without having nightmares. I was going for cute and adorable but it feels more…buggy and the longer I stare at it I end up giggling. I guess that’s a good thing since I started this drawing feeling a bit apprehensive. I still have yet to brave another viewing of Watership Down and I’m not sure if I’ll ever get around to it. I’ve watched a few short clips that I found on YouTube and still I get that tugging in my gut and creepy sensation throughout my body. So I don’t think it will be anytime soon that I’ll be watching that again. But at least I made it through this drawing and that’s good. Although I’m not “cured” I don’t feel as weirded out by the little creatures. Oddly enough I’m now seeing figures of rabbits in my bathroom wallpaper. Hope that’s not a sign of psychosis. ๐Ÿ˜ถ

Anyhoo, to further help me along I’ve decided to integrate the rabbit into my inner pool of spirit animals along with the wolf, hawk, fox and cat, to symbolize acute awareness, keen sensitivity, quickness and wit. Since doing this I’ve become aware of an underlying sense of uncomfortableness I feel towards rabbits and that is that it’s a prey animal. When I initially think of rabbits innocence and helplessness are the first things that come to mind. Yet rabbits wouldn’t have been able to survive if they are the helpless prey as I imagine them to be. There is more to rabbits than meets the eye. Maybe in my internal psyche the rabbit forces me to confront my own feelings towards helplessness or more precisely, powerlessness, while directing my attention to realize that being strong and powerful isn’t the only mode to operate in to get along well in life. There are many creatures that live that aren’t big, powerful, strong and fierce and they survive and thrive. The symbol of the rabbit might be a good addition to balance out my psyche that is deeply influenced by this notion that in order to survive one needs to always be powerful, strong and unflinching.