Just like my Heart

I heard this song while listening to “Welcome to Night Vale” It’s one of my favourite weather selections. It was stuck in my head this morning.

And it’s funny how stream of consciousness and trips through YouTube go, because it lead me on a whim to click on this which struck me immediately to share right away! Very Wow.

Double posting the song because further search found me an actual video which is trippy dreamlike fun, but leaving the first one because of the image that drew me in to click it in the first place.

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Sketchfest 93

This weekend was another Sketchfest. #EMGSketchFest93. I worked on four prompts this time. Fox and Raven under the Moon, Starling and the Fairy, Majestic Deer, and Ice Wraith.

emgsketchfest 93 sketch collage

And I got 2 into fairly finished states. I took a picture of the ice wraith at an angle to try and show how shiny and sparkly she is.

emgsketchfest 93 finished collage

Thanks to Ellen Million for hosting this amazing monthly event and for featuring my Fox and Raven in her blog!

Inktober

Yes I participated! I got 31 plus ink drawings in 31 days. They are in various states of doneness and quality, but I think the point was to get 31 images made, to learn and to get in practice. I found many people seemed to think it was all about starting in ink and living with ink. I had it in my mind that inking was what was done to a sketch in one of the stages of comic book art. So I started the month drawing in pencil and mostly using a micron marker pen to “ink” the sketches. Most I did with pencil to start. I found that I was not happy with the few I tried solely in ink. There were a couple of exceptions. Many times I found the inking process changed the ideas laid out in pencil anyway. I was fairly ambitious to start as I was thinking of doing two projects that may have some overlap but essentially was laying out double the work for myself. I participated in the Sktchy app event and I wanted to make as many images cat images for my own personal #catober. I ended up with 40 drawings between the 2 projects, 14 of those were cats. Sktchy is a artist and muse app where people post photos and other people draw them. The administrators found images that fit with the official #inktober prompts and the artists were sent emails reminding them the theme and sharing these images. I tried doing as many as I could using these prompts, but some days it just didn’t work for me. On those days I did still try to use inspiration from the muses on the app so I could have 31 official #sktchy #inktober images. Some of my cat images came from the prompts and muses on the Sktchy app. I don’t think I got 31 #catober images but I ran out of time and energy to get them all done. I think I tried to stay with the #inktober list of word prompts for the #catober images too.  I spent the 31st playing catch-up with the drawings and November 1st with some finishing touches. I still feel many of them need so much more work. Maybe I will turn some of them into water colour paintings. Others I think I may never want to look at again! Sharing what I did get done, what ever stage it ended in at the end of the month (or the first).

catober inktober collage

I have a gallery on facebook showing each image individually and my favourites on instagram.

Oh and this extra one I missed in the collage, I drew waiting at the airport so it didn’t get in the pile with the rest of the drawings when I scanned everything, plus it was an extra one so I missed it in the count as I had the number I should have.

Inktober 15 mysterious sktchy ballpoint drawing very small

Septembird Drawing Challenge

I took part in the #septembird art challenge this month and made it! Turns out I missed count and even got an extra bird. So here is a collage of all 31 pictures I drew this month.

all septembirds collage

 

 

Next is Inktober. We have a busy month ahead so we’ll see about that one. I really would like to try though! Wish me luck!

The Stolen Child

The melody stolen from this version of this song was running through my head this morning. It’s not in English so the lyrics weren’t there so much. I believe this tune was written by Loreena McKennitt and the lyrics are from the poem by W. B. Yeats, but the video of this version is very beautiful.

The original poem:

The Stolen Child

  1. B. Yeats, 1865 – 1939

 

Where dips the rocky highland

Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,

There lies a leafy island

Where flapping herons wake

The drowsy water rats;

There we’ve hid our faery vats,

Full of berrys

And of reddest stolen cherries.

Come away, O human child!

To the waters and the wild

With a faery, hand in hand,

For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

 

Where the wave of moonlight glosses

The dim gray sands with light,

Far off by furthest Rosses

We foot it all the night,

Weaving olden dances

Mingling hands and mingling glances

Till the moon has taken flight;

To and fro we leap

And chase the frothy bubbles,

While the world is full of troubles

And anxious in its sleep.

Come away, O human child!

To the waters and the wild

With a faery, hand in hand,

For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

 

Where the wandering water gushes

From the hills above Glen-Car,

In pools among the rushes

That scarce could bathe a star,

We seek for slumbering trout

And whispering in their ears

Give them unquiet dreams;

Leaning softly out

From ferns that drop their tears

Over the young streams.

Come away, O human child!

To the waters and the wild

With a faery, hand in hand,

For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

 

Away with us he’s going,

The solemn-eyed:

He’ll hear no more the lowing

Of the calves on the warm hillside

Or the kettle on the hob

Sing peace into his breast,

Or see the brown mice bob

Round and round the oatmeal chest.

For he comes, the human child,

To the waters and the wild

With a faery, hand in hand,

For the world’s more full of weeping than he can understand.

September Sketchfest

#EMGSketchFest 91 was this weekend. I did 3 prompts and have finished line drawings of 2. How productive was I? Prompts were: Collector of ____ , Harvest Moon, and Witch Queen. I tried using a vintage photo of a real European Noble from Victorian times as inspiration, but it was tricky so we’ll see if I do more work on the Witch Queen. The Collector of Keys and Harvest Moon images are done up to colouring page status. We’ll see if I do add colour to those one day.