Zooly 2018

Took part in another monthly art challenge this July. Zooly is a July art challenge hosted by Karen Gillmore at this facebook page. I did all the month’s creatures all in one go in a sketchy painterly style, as I wanted them to have the same feel so they would look like a set. They are all drawn on scraps of acid free paper with a sepia coloured micron brush pen with some swirls and curls added with white coloured pencil, then painted with a sepia ink wash and some with a touch of gold dipping ink.  I finished early so rather than wait I am going to post them all at once right now.

zooly 2018 collage

I have a gallery on my facebook page of each creature individually. Enjoy!


June Happened

June was busy, and ended with a spontaneous mini whirlwind vacation that threw the whole system out of wack, so I am just posting everything I drew in June into one post.

I started with Junefae aspirations and did participate in the June EMGSketchfest as well. I fell short of the sketch a day and have only 2 prompts in Sketchfest, neither of which I feel are complete, one obviously just a sketch. The Junefae pieces are mostly done on ATC or smaller scraps of paper. I had a bunch of long skinny scraps from trimmings and just doodled away while watching/ listening to tv or podcasts. So something a little different there. A few of these were inspired by the drawing app Sktchy.

junefae collage

My two EMGsketchfest prompts that I used were,Litha or Summber Solstice and Queen of bees

June sketchfest collage

I posted a gallery on my Facebook page of some of the individual images if you need a closer look.

Mermaid drawings for Mermay 2018

Mermay is where one is challenged to draw a mermaid(or merfolk creature) a day. I found out this year it originated with Tom Bancroft and found this link to his sight and there is also a link to some prompts http://mermay.com/what-is-mermay/

So I did not make 31 drawings, but I did quite a few. Some I did for #EMGsketchfest a but mostly I got my inspiration from the muses of Sktchy. An app where muses post inspiration photos and artists can use them for reference and upload them back with a link to the inspiration. It is quite a nice and encouraging community.

So I learned some things, experimented with some media overall, I had fun and this is a collage of the pieces I came up with, including a couple with variations where I went on to colour the line work I drew initially.

000Mermay 2018 collage-small

I have a gallery to look at on Facebook to see each image individually at a larger scale. Some I will be selling the originals of, and that is the best place for now to let me know of any interest in that way. I will have some prints available via Fine Art America/Pixels and a couple at CafePress as well.

May Sketch Fest

May 18-20 was Ellen Million’s Sketchfest. I am slow posting my images this month because I wanted to work more to get a semblance of more finished looking work, and one especially was troublesome. I was experimenting with a resist product, and trying to get a water colour feel for a couple of them. The witch one, I probably over worked and may over work it some more, but the gist of this is I was delayed, but I am now posting what progress I have. Because it is May, and for most of the month I have been focusing on participating with #mermay, my drawings are all mermaids. The prompts I chose were

Star Song

Song to the Stars painted-small

Witch of your choice

020 Mermay 20 sktchy mermaid-small

Mermaid – angler fish

angler fish mermaid small

I have almost a months worth of more mermaids I drew for #mermay that I will post in a couple of days, so if you like mermaids, stay tuned!


This is a very cool version of a cool song and a very awesome music project.

Someone posted a link to their cover version of One Day by Matisyahu and it lead me to the Imagine Dragons cover above. “Believer” is the one that got stuck in my head so that’s the one I am sharing first, but “One Day” is so poignant and just so beautiful I didn’t want to not share it, just because it wasn’t an earworm.

down by the shore

The lyric going through my head over and over was “down by the shore”. Turns out it’s from the song “The Curse” by Agnes Obel. She keeps coming up on my YouTube suggestions and I keep following the links so it’s no surprise a song by her would find it’s way burrowed into my brain. I find her music incredibly beautiful.

The Curse

And the people went into their hide, they oh
From the start they didn’t know exactly why, why
Winter came and made it so all look alike, look alike
Underneath the grass would grow, aiming at the sky
It was swift, it was just, another wave of a miracle
But no one, nothing at all would go for the kill
If they called on every soul in the land, on the moon
Only then would they know a blessing in disguise
The curse ruled from the underground down by the shore
And their hope grew with a hunger to live unlike before
The curse ruled from the underground down by the shore
And their hope grew with a hunger to live unlike before
Tell me now of the very souls that look alike, look alike
Do you know the stranglehold covering their eyes?
If I call on every soul in the land, on the moon
Tell me if I’ll ever know a blessing in disguise
The curse ruled from the underground down by the shore
And their hope grew with a hunger to live unlike before
And the curse ruled from the underground down by the shore
And their hope grew with a hunger to live unlike before

Songwriters: Agnes Caroline Thaarup Obel

The Curse lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group


Í Tokuni

I had this stuck in my head last night and this morning, but the only thing I could remember is I probably heard during a YouTube listening session. I hoped a look through the YouTube history would help and it was quite close to the top so the search was easy!

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