Happy Solstice/ Cold Moon!

Its the winter solstice and full moon! This is my favorite time of winter. Mostly because its a very nice pause from all the hectic holiday-ness. I love how grounded the solstice makes me feel. Its a nice fresh breath and a new beginning. The returning of the sun feels like turning the first page a crisp new book. This holiday season has been especially hard on my anxiety. It is so frustrating when I have lots I need to get done and lots of loved ones to see but am constantly feeling paralyzed by my crippling anxiety. But for now in this moment I feel the uplifting power of sister solstice and the loving glow of the cold moon and I know I have the strength to get though this. 

I hope you are all staying warm, thanking the earth for this new chapter and holding on to your loved ones! Happy Winter Solstice! 

Thanksgiving Rant!

I always plan on writing this post BEFORE Thanksgiving but time gets a way from me. Multiple years in a row you'd think I'd learn by now! BUT I'm taking a break from my online shopping (gotta get those deals!) to share some thoughts about Thanksgiving. I have so many mixed feelings about this holiday. The older I'm getting the more I reject what it stands for. I use to feel like it was a moment to come together and feel grateful for all life has given us. The more I'm learning the more I realize its a way for people to excuse the atrocities of our colonizing ancestors. I read a post the other day that said "The only ethical way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to spend it educating yourself about Indigenous rights" There is SO much truth in that. The only way to redeem ourselves from the actions on our ancestors is to educate ourselves and do better. The way we treat Indigenous people even today is awful. I was so ignorant to the horrific, systemic oppression we are putting on Indigenous people all across the US. I realize that I need to do more and that I need to educate myself more. I have a responsibility to spend my privilege correctly. One great resource that I've recently found is the instagram account @girlpowersupply She is having Indigenous people take over her account all this week. Hearing from so many people doing great things and educating people has been amazing. The statistics are scary. These are our brothers and sisters and fellow Americans, we need to do better.

With that said this holiday has a dash a bitterness that seeps into my heart. Of course I am thankful for my amazing family and getting to share a very special meal with them. I am thankful for people out there doing good work to better the rights of Indigenous peoples. I hope if you're celebrating this weekend you take the time to check your privilege and educate yourself. Hug your babies and family a little bit more this holiday season, but don't forget about the oppressed and disenfranchised.

October Art Journal!

Octobers art journal! I'm about half a month behind on my art journaling. I'm hoping that I can catch up by the end of the year. I haven't been doing very many spreads but instead taking the time to layer on each page. I've been using these art journals to practice all my layering so I can hopefully make some cool zines. I'm not sure why I think I'll have extra time with the holidays coming up, but one can dream right?

Last Week of Inktober!

Time has gotten away from me AGAIN! This fall is just falling away one cold morning after another. I have troubles lately wrapping my head around how time moves. I can't seem to get a handle on it.  Anyways I wanted to share the last little bit of my Inktober journey! I'm really proud that I could stick with this for the whole month. These are the best drawings I've ever done but they are some of my favorite.
 Day 25- Prickly
 Day 26- Toad
 Day 27- Thunder
Day 28- Raven & Gift
 Day 29- Double
 Day 30- Bride
Day 31- Slice & Frankenstein

More Inktober!

I haven't been posting on here very much BUT I am very happy to report that I have been keeping up with my Inktober posts! You can see the first chunkit HERE! Its already the 24th and I haven't missed a day! This is the first time I have ever stayed on schedule with a challenge! Life has been crazy, but I'm quite happy with all these lil' doodles! 
Day 8- Star
Day 9- Baby Spider (or) Spider Babies!
Day 10- Creature of the Lagoon
Day 110- Bat
Day 12- Whale
Day 13- Grave
Day 14- Skeleton
Day 15- Owl
Day 16- Goblin
Day 17- Werewolf
Day 18- Rat
Day 19- Scorched 
Day 20- Serpent
Day 21- Alien
Day 22- Pumpkin
Day 23- Monster and Muddy!
Day 24- Chop!

September Art Journal!

Time is slipping away! I've a feeling the rest of the year is going to be about the same, if not start moving faster! I'm really in love with Septembers spreads. I spent way too long on it and rambled on way too much, but the process felt really lovely. I really had a lot of crap to scoop out of my brain and this journal was the prefect place to plop it! We're on our way into October and I hope I can keep up. I'm looking forward to making some spooky pages!

First Week of Inktober!

I decided to partake in Inktober this year! Its basically pen and ink drawings every day for an entire month. I've followed people doing in the past but this is my first year doing it! So far I've kept on top of it! Which honestly is a bit shocking. With this challenge I've set myself up with a routine and specific time of day when I do my drawing and it has made it so easy to stick with it! I'm using two prompt lists. The orginal Inktober one and Mabs Drawlloween list. I wanted to do two so if I ran into a topic I didn't have any ideas for I could flip flop to the other list. We're just at the beginning so wish me luck for the rest of the month! I wanted to share first weeks drawings! As always you can see all of these on my instagram!

Day 1- Poison!
 Day 2- Tranquil
Day 3- Roasted!

 Day 4- Spell!
Day 5- Chicken
 Day 6- Ghost!
Day 7- Laboratory