Royal Fool

I sent this to an online creative community acquaintance along with some hand made soap. I hope she likes it!

The Sphinx Prince Watches
The Sphinx Prince Watches

The sphinx-prince kept watch over the infinite lily pads, his patience intact only through the generous antics of the foolish egret.

“Lilies and pads discourage me so! Ever content to rest on the threshold crushed between water and sky! So magnificent and humble are they I am ashamed to know my own ego!” The egret’s laughter rang across the liquid fields, a waltz to which the water-bugs danced.

Post in the Wind

Ink on Cardstock
Ink on Paper
Acrylic on Cardstock
Acrylic on Paper

Just some quick post cards I shipped out last week. I’ve been struggling with rebuilding the habit of painting so many little things then filling their backs with stories. I’ll keep trying! Luckily, I have a stash of unused ones to send until I stoke my creative flame back to it’s former glory.

September Faces 26, 27, 28, 29 & Flora

Suspicions
Suspicions
Meditative States
Meditative States
Under Glory and Fear
Under Glory and Fear
You Missed Your Birthday
You Missed Your Birthday

What a busy week it ended up being! Next week promises to be even more busy. I fell a bit behind on the faces for this week and have had to do nothing more than quick sketches here and there where I can spare a few minutes.

The 29 Faces Challenge has been a lot of fun and I’ve enjoyed the increased productivity and creativity I’ve encountered by participating. I would like to say I’ll keep up the almost daily drawing but know it’s probable I’ll fall into old habits without the structure of a challenge keeping me creating. I will, however, do my best to maintain this pace!

Late Bloomers
Late Bloomers

One habit I like to maintain is a mail art schedule for my friends and family. Unfortunately, when I encounter stresses, poor planning, creative dry spells and myriad other small obstacles I tend to cut the mail art first to focus on other things. Maybe I should make some October resolutions? I resolve to continue creating things that challenge me and to revive my mail art.

Tea Time Chick

Mail art for Megan.
Mail art for Megan.

When my friend moved to Austin it put an end to our monthly tea times, which I’ve missed. On a few occasions I’ve found myself scoping out tea time potential in my schedule before realizing I can’t make it down to Austin. Until I can plan out a trip to see her post cards will have to suffice.

At the end of last year’s fall I received a deer head from my father after a successful hunting trip. I’ve undertaken cleaning the skull and after leaving the worms and beetles to their work all winter I’ve unearthed a (almost entirely) clean skull!

Hello, dear deer.
Hello, dear deer.

I have now amassed a small collection of animal skulls and plan to create some sculptures with them. Stand by for updates!

Easter

A rabbit for my grandparents.
A rabbit for my grandparents.

For Easter I sent a small rabbit to my grandparents. I figured they’d enjoy the cute, seasonal cheer.

Moving Mountains © 2013 Mandi Ainsworth.
Moving Mountains © 2013 Mandi Ainsworth.

Recently, my friend Mandi asked if I would take some pictures of a freeform peyote necklace she created and I was more than happy to oblige! We got together on a sunny afternoon and took a bunch of pictures in her backyard. Several turned out well but I think the above is my favorite.

Mandi has entered her necklace into a contest, the finalists of which will be announced at the end of this month. I’m, of course, rooting for Mandi to win! You can see more of work at Bead Circle.

In exchange for helping with photographs, Mandi gave me this beauty:

Andromeda Spike Pendant © 2013 Mandi Ainsworth.
Andromeda Spike Pendant © 2013 Mandi Ainsworth.

Texture and Pens

Post card for Gigi.
Post card for Gigi.

As always, I’ve been attempting to become more consistent with my production of art and one of the most rewarding ways for me to do this is to create small pieces of art to send to my family and friends. I have a stack of heavily textured paper (intended for use with watercolor and ink) that I’ve drawn on with ballpoint pens. The pens don’t work so well with the paper so I don’t imagine I’ll produce many like this.

In other news: I’ve been busy working in my garden trying to get it ready for spring planting. This is a lot more work that one would think as the arugula I planted last summer are massive and have run rampant in my raised bed. I’m almost completely through with moving them to the yard and am looking forward to starting anew with the bed.

Me with one of the uprooted arugula.
Me with one of the uprooted arugula.

A strange, flat growth on one of my arugula.
A strange, flat growth on one of my arugula.