Angel Art Contest on FAA complete

and the winners are:

First Place- This is Angelic

Miserere by Nathalie Chavieve

Miserere-Nathalie Chavieve

Second Place- Heaven sent!

Spirit Guide by Michael Durst

Spirit Guide-Michael Durst

Third Place- Awesome!

Celestial Glory by Michael Durst

Celestial Glory-Michael Durst

Congratulations Michael on snagging the 2nd and 3rd place positions!

Everyone submitted beautiful work and I think the voting did show the best in the theme set.

A couple other favourites of mine for honourable mention:

Archangel Michael by Maya Gusarina


Being Of Light by K S Rankin

Being of Light-Karen Rankin

Tortured by Josh Hertzenberg

Tortured-Josh Hertzenberg

Angel Cloud by Marty Fancy because who doesn’t see angels in the clouds sometimes.

Angel Cloud-Marty Fancy

Thanks to everyone who participated!


I had a dream once, a while ago now, where it was a post zombie apocalypse world. I was in a job interview, and the lady doing the interview asked if I had anything else to add. I felt I should confess, and I admitted, “well, I have shot a few people in the head.” She replied “Well, I don’t know very many people who haven’t.”

We finished season 3 of iZombie a few days ago but the theme song is still running through my head. Such a fun show. I didn’t know what to expect and there are so many zombie related shows out there and many of my zombie related dreams are not entertaining, but Rocky had a coworker tell him about this one so we gave it a try. Kind of campy, definitely comic book, and I have a weakness for things comic book.

The whole song is pretty cool.

The show utilizes music well, and I like much of the music they use throughout the series. I can’t remember if they have used  The Cramps “Zombie Dance”  yet. My favourite zombie related song.

EDIT: I found out later after I posted this blog entry, that George A. Romero has passed away. As father of the zombie movie this post seems kind of a tribute to him. Funny that my favourite movie of his is Knight Riders, a tale of Knights of King Arthur, but with motorbikes. It stars Ed Harris and has no zombies. R.I.P Mr. Romero.


JuneFae and Juneicorn

Last year I saw people I follow on Facebook and Instagram tagging some sketches with #junefae and #juneicorn and it looked like they were having some fun. I wasn’t sure if it was a specific thing where people in the know could go to participate or needed an invite, who it was affiliated with or anything. This year I figured, I don’t know how to find this stuff out, it seems to be a free for all, so I am just going to challenge myself and participate in my own way. So I did. I managed a fairy and a unicorn for every day of June and a couple extras that I didn’t like at the time and started over, but decided to polish them up a bit and share anyway. I am not happy with every sketch I did. Some are rush jobs, some are experiments that didn’t really work out to my taste. On the other hand I did get a few images I like and can work with. I worked in various styles and sizes with various materials. Some are done, some are works in progress, and others are just going into the idea file or the lesson learned file (yes, the trash, I do throw out some things I make). I found some coloured pencils that had multicoloured lead that I tried out for the first time. I also worked on grey toned paper, which is something I hadn’t really done, and found I really liked. Some of my usual kind of work with the inked line drawings, I hope may one day be colouring pages or something I may work on more to become a coloured image. So here I present in a collage, all the sketches I did over the month of June!

All the Junefae and Juneicorn

Art Contest on FAA – The other kind of Angels

To quote from the John Travolta movie “Michael” “I’m not that kind of angel.” When they were questioning him about halos and inner light. So if it’s not all love and fluffy bunnies, wings and halos, what kind of angel are we looking for? That’s what I am looking for. Post your images of the warrior Angels, the fallen Angels, the nature Angels, the sorrow Angels, forgotten Angels, mis-labeled Angels, the no BS Angels. I am not looking for cherubs with flowers embracing Aphrodite here, yet if a cherub was part of a motorcycle gang, then that could work.

All images and mediums are accepted. Keep it tasteful and work safe please. Thank you and have fun!

Please only submit your own art.

I will post the top images on my blog. Posting here gives permission for such promotion, if you do not want the image shared, do not enter the contest 🙂 Thank You!

1st Place: This is Angelic!

2nd Place: Heaven sent!

3rd Place: Awesome!

contest link:

June Sketchfest

I missed posting my June Sketchfest contributions. I have been working on a month long project with the internet art challenges #juneicorn and #junefae, which I hope to post about when I get that organized, but it distracted me from posting my Sketchfest 88 contributions. Because I was working on Unicorns and Faeries most of my prompts reflect that, as I planned to used them for the challenges too. The prompts I chose were Dragoonicorn, Being of Light, Winged Unicorn, Litha and A snow-unicorn stomp. They are in varying stages of completeness.

sketchfest88 compilation

I need a change…

Are we given ear worms for a purpose? Is there a hidden message somewhere in repetition of a line of a song, or the title of the song? I don’t know, maybe I do need a change, but I don’t know what kind or how.

Today’s earworm is brought to us by the Yoshida Brothers and their collaboration with Monkey Majik. I first heard the Yoshida Brothers on the Nightmare Before Christmas tribute album with the song Nabbed. I really like the sound of the instrument they play, the shamisen, so of course an internet search for more of their music brought me to the video on YouTube with the band Monkey Majik, whom I have never heard of before and in spite of the rapping I really found I liked their song Change. The video with everyone wearing fox masks fascinated me as well.

So whether or not I need a change, I thought I would share this song that was stuck in my head this morning.


Beyond Beauty and into the Mystic Contest Winners

The contest I hosted on Fine Art America for the group Myth Magic and Spirituality has come to a close. I was more ruthless in allowing images into this contest than I have been before in hosting a contest, perhaps too ruthless in some cases, but not ruthless enough in others. The voting is concluded and the results are in and there was a four way tie for first! So since there are ties in the 2nd and third place positions and I don’t want to have to post every contest entry here, I am using my administrative prerogative and assigning the placements as follows:

1st Place: Your Art is Transcendent!

Love Written In The Stars – Michael Durst

01 Love Written In The Stars-Michael Durst

2nd Place: This is Mystical Magical!

Angel – Elena Oleniuc

03 Angel by Elena Oleniuc

3rd Place: Beyond Beautiful!

A Thankless Task… Autumn Leaves – Joe Gilronan

02 A Thankless Task... Autumn Leaves-Joe Gilronan

Honourable mention

I See Dragons – Terri Waters

01 I see dragons byTerri Waters


Then I have chosen I few that I really liked and felt really fit the intention of the theme, for administrators honourable mentions:

Sharing The Stardust – Randy Burns

Sharing The Stardust-Randy Burns

She Carries The Spirit – Joe Triano

She Carries The Spirit by Joe Triano

Spirit Horse Totem – Sherry Shipley

Spirit Horse Totem by Sherry Shipley

Alcmene And Child The Herculean Madonna  – Drew

Alcmene And Child The Herculean Madonna by Drew

Thank you everyone who participated! Welcome to everyone who have joined our group.