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Give Up the Ghost

Good evening, dear readers!

I’m just popping in quickly tonight to post a new one.  I thought I’d play with some line work today, and explore the concept of surrender.  This figure is in pose of surrender, and is holding the rune “eihwaz”.  I’m super tired tonight, and out of things to say — so I’ll let the image speak for itself.

Peace, Light, and Love

Mariamne

IX: Give Up the Ghost

IX: Give Up the Ghost

Praying for Rain

Greetings, gentle readers!

Today I’m adding two new pieces, as I got off track for a few days there.  The plan is still to do 365 pieces for 2016, though.

Lately I’ve been on a Brendan Perry kick, particularly his song Babylon.  I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling extremely wary of the goings-on in this country (and world) right now.  More than wary: I’m horrified.  How can people be so hateful to one another, so selfish?  Still, it’s times like these when art, music, and the company of our loved ones is most important.  In any order.  Any one sustains any other.  And a deal’s a deal.  For a minute there, I was in danger of lapsing into old hide-from-the-world behavior again.  That will not do.

I like VIII better than VII, but am sharing both as promised (and the song that inspired one title).

As always, thanks for visiting.

VII

VII: Untitled

VIII: Praying for Rain

VIII: Praying for Rain

Lady Delphine and the Moon

VI: Lady Delphine

VI: Lady Delphine

Tonight’s inspiration came from my daily Tarot draw, which was The Moon.

The Moon can be a frightening card to draw.  She represents for some lunacy (the root of which somewhat being the latin luna, which means “moon”; also the alchemical name for silver), confusion, or the dark night of the soul.  Personally, I’ve always loved this card.  When I see it, I’m reminded of those mysterious parts of myself concealed from the outer world.  It is a reminder to explore the subconscious, to get to the bottom of fear, confront it, and make peace with it.  Because the Moon is the light that is reflected only from the Sun, it doesn’t emit its own brightness.  It’s all an illusion.  Except occasionally, you can only see the Moon when the sky is otherwise dark.  Sometimes it’s that way with life as well.  Through the longest night, we can find out who we really are.

And I’m not afraid of the dark.  Are you?

Satya

V: Satya

V: Satya

What I love so far about re-booting my art journey is the element of “spring cleaning”.  I’ve been engaging in this process through every element of my life.  Deleting tweets, purging kitchen cupboards, whittling away those aspects of thought, desire, and attachment to only what I can carry comfortably in my soul. As I release myself from what no longer serves me, I clear my vision to see where the truth is — or what I’ve been hiding from.  This is why I named this piece “Satya”, which is Sanskrit for “truth”, an element repeated in the sigil pendant she wears around her neck (the full meaning of which known only to me).  In fact, all of these new pieces contain a sigil, either fully visible or tucked into clothing, hair, etc.

In Case of Emergency: Break Chain

Dear Readers,

The video above illustrates clearly my emotional state of the past year.  I wish I could offer a better apology, or explanation.  But it is what it is.If you’re still around after all this time, I can only say I’m sorry for my absence, and appreciate that you haven’t abandoned me.  “Appreciate” is an understatement, really.

You might remember last year, when I thought I would offer my work for sale on the pay-what-you-want model.  I was inspired (and still am) by Amanda Palmer, who wrote so beautifully about trust, and openness.  There was a lot I wanted to do with that wisdom, but for whatever reason couldn’t seem to follow through.  I never built the store.  I created very little new work — although I did get to do some animation work for a friend’s music video (which I’ll share soon).  I’ve been through creative ruts before.  This one beat them all to hell.

So today, I know what I need to do is start all over from scratch.  I’ve started a 365 project that I intend to complete before the end of 2016.  That means I’ll have some catchup work to do.  More importantly, it means I’ll be here every day posting new work.  No turning back this time.  No aborting the mission part way through, and absolutely no retreating into my shell when life or the world Out There gets too hard to handle.  It’s time to get tough, and start making things.

Here are the first four pieces.  Yes, prints are available (they link to the RedBubble print shop), but that’s not the important thing.  What matters is that I’m finally doing something, not caging myself away any longer.  I’m determined to overcome my shyness.  Besides, the way things are going Out There right now… This chance might not come again.  I do still cling to hope.  Just not too tightly.

Much love to you, and thanks again for still being here.

I: She Looks for Herself

I: She Looks for Herself

II: Lissome Lily

II: Lissome Lily

III: Arabella Adore

III: Arabella Adore

IV: On Rising

IV: On Rising