A Head in the Woods

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I was walking deep in the woods near my house, like I usually do. I had been walking for a while and I decided to stop and take a short break. I was talking on the phone with my boyfriend and I wasn’t really paying much attention to my surroundings. Then, I saw it. A deer head. Or maybe that’s a doe head. No body. No eyeballs.

I suddenly let out a shriek of fright when I finally noticed it. I want to know why there was no body. How did that head get there? I got out of there pretty quickly because I love horror movies, right? And my mind started going places I didn’t want it going.

I thought maybe there was some kind of pagan ritual. Or I guess maybe some wild hogs had something to do with it. Regardless, I got out of there. It doesn’t help that the woods tend to have a scary effect on me anyway, without random animal heads.

Reminds me of the time I was walking on a trail with my friend. We stumbled upon a cat that had been hung on a tree by it’s neck. Were there witches? Or just some evil pranksters?

Has anyone ever stumbled upon some dead freaky sight like this? Well, I’m sure I wont be brave enough to go to that spot for a while.

Bacchus Paintings by Guido Reni

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Guido Reni, Drinking Bacchus, c.1623

Check out this painting my Daily Art App shared on January 1. It’s so funny. Bacchus here is drinking his wine and peeing at the same time. It’s like he could just keep drinking forever non-stop. Well, he is the god of wine and debauchery so I guess he needs to be able to handle his alcohol like a pro.

I like how the barrel he’s leaning on also has a stream of liquid pouring from it. And the look on his face! He’s also got a pretty good beer belly developing at such a young age. I’m not a drinker, but if I was, I would totally hang this up in my house. It’d be a hit.

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Young Bacchus

While I was looking for the Drinking Bacchus painting, I found another painting by Guido Reni of a young Bacchus. I’m not sure who that other kid is, maybe a protoge of his. I really like these paintings by this famous and talented Baroque painter.

Here’s one more…

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Bacchus and Ariadne

Here’s Bacchus as a handsome young god staring at this woman. He’s still sporting that grape vine crown on his head that he was wearing when he was a baby and a child. She doesn’t seem very interested though. And what’s she holding her hand out for?? Maybe she’s holding out for some of his delectable wine.

 

 

Getting Excited for the New Year 2020

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope everyone had a happy holiday. I sure did. I took a nice long break and allowed myself to just relax. I played some video games and binged on some tv shows. And just enjoyed my time with the people I love.

New Service – Art Critique

I’m so excited to start the new year. I love getting a new planner and making new goals for myself. One thing I am really excited about is the new service I’ll be offering – Art Critique. I absolutely love art critique, whether I’m giving it or receiving it. Critique is so important for improving as an artist. My plan is to get that launched as soon as possible. I’m just waiting on PayPal to straighten a few things out.

Photography Goal

I’m also planning to improve my Redbubble store. When I started Redbubble, I had no idea what I was doing. I just put a bunch of pictures up and made them available on every single product. I made a lot of sales but I didn’t put much effort into it. I’m now ready to make some changes and provide a better quality product.

New Years Resolutions

I’m still taking a little bit of a holiday . . . at least until Jan. 6th. I also love making New Years Resolutions. I only make a few because I want to make sure I actually meet my goals.

  • I’d like to read my Bible more, cuz I’m kinda bad about not doing that.
  • I also want to make sure I’m living a very healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise and good food. I already do this, but I want to make sure it’s a priority.
  • And I want to continue learning to sew. Last year, I made the resolution to get better at sewing. I only sewed a skirt and a Snake bandana for my boyfriend. But, I did improve. So, this year I hope to build on that improvement.

 

What New Years resolutions did you all make? I wish you the best of luck in achieving your goals.

Some Pics and a Project for a Customer

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I took this picture the other day while taking a walk through one of the trails on the college campus. I loved how the petals on the ground looked in the sunlight.

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Right next to those fallen petals was this dead looking plant. I liked how it glowed brightly in the sunshine.

Cornhole Toss Game

Someone recently asked me to paint her Cornhole Toss Game. She wants it to match her Luau theme, so she wants me to paint an underwater scene for her that includes an octopus on one and a shark on the other.

The first step is to remove those Dallas Cowboys stickers. Just pealing it off isn’t gonna happen, so I’m planning to use steam to get the majority of it off, and whatever is left I think I’ll use some olive oil. That should nourish the wood some.

Once the wood is exposed, I can check it out for impurities and then get started preparing it for paint. I love the ocean, so I’m pretty excited to see what kind of images I can come up with.

Who likes playing this game? I remember playing it in my hometown when I was 8 years old. It was a tiny town, so there was always some kind of town/church/school/Brownies function going on. And this game seemed to always be there.

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There I am at Vacation Bible School tossing bean bags at some square holes.

A Comment Apology

A LOT of comments were labeled as spam and unfortunately, I JUST now noticed. I’m so sorry to anyone who has left me a comment and never heard a reply from me.

I’m so happy to receive comments and follows from my readers and I wouldn’t want any of you to be ignored! I’ll try my best not to let that happen in the future.

Old Pen Sketches from my Telemarketer Days

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When I was in college I worked as a telemarketer. I didn’t really like the job, but the company was great to work for. They had very flexible hours and included a large amount of tuition reimbursement.

When I started I was selling long distance plans for AT&T. Then I sold DSL Internet. Then I was a chat customer service rep for Kohls. That one was my favorite one and I was so sad when they decided to outsource to India. And my last job with that company was selling services for Verizon through chat.

I wasn’t very good at it and I was done with telemarketing and sales after that. I made a few friends while there and in between calls we talked and laughed and complained about people hanging up on us.

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I actually learned about the anime Death Note from one guy.

From another guy, I learned about the very cool graphic novel, Preacher Gone to Texas. Fun fact: I went to high school with the daughter of the guy who wrote the forward, and he even mentions my home town in it.

Bic Pen Sketches

Another thing I did to kill time while sitting in my little cubicle was sketch. And I found 6 that I’d like to share with you.  You can tell that a lot of my pen strokes were done quickly. That’s because I had to hurry while I was getting a call.

Door perspective

I was really into metaphysical art back then. I think that’s the style I was going for in this one.

Eye with One Blue Line 1

This one is kinda cool. I like how I made the eye blue and drew only one blue line coming from it. If I drew that today, I would’ve drawn some blue vessels in the white part of the eye, and connected it to the blue line, and the blue line would be coming from the other side of the eye.

I also like the dirty stains on it. I have no idea what that’s from though. Spilled coffee, maybe . . .

Guy with Spikey

This is my favorite. I like this dude’s lil’ spikey friend/pet thing. I wonder if I was inspired by the Chain-Chomp on Mario Bros . . .

Meta surreal space sketch

Another inspired by metaphysical or maybe surrealism.

Sunny Ball

Awww, and there’s a sketch of my dog, Sunny, while she was sleeping. We just got her when I drew this. I actually drew these two of Sunny at home, but I kept them with my other sketches that I did at work.

Sunny Snoring

And the final image is another of my good girl snoozing. She’s such a loud snorer. She snores like a grown man! And she kicks her legs and makes squeaking noises when she’s dreaming about chasing rabbits.

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I love drawing with pen. It can be a good way to challenge you to draw better since you can’t erase. And I think it looks cool. Plus, you can actually draw some incredible artwork using a simple and cheap Bic pen.

Do you like drawing with pens?

They come in a lot of colors so, if you haven’t already, go ahead and try them out . . .