Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 Art Calendar

I saw a few of my fav artists on Deviant Art putting these together for their work, so I decided to too! It's nice to see I've actually been creative this year!

January: a soft and spiritual start to a new year, a new adventure, filling up the dark sky with little dots of light as I go... a great metaphor for my healing journey and new start in Denver.
February: Serendipity aligned and I got to work with The Micros this year, a perfect job to keep me creative and working from home. I love working with the team and look forward to seeing where things go in 2012!
March: A brand new spark of magic in my life: My niece Emma Rose Madison Sanoja was born! I am totally mesmerized by her!
April: I began working on a series... that didn't go anywhere. I drew "The Fool" tarot and intended to do a full deck, but my subconscious is wrestling with whether or not I should spend my time with characters that aren't my own! But then I try to do my own and struggle to get inspired! Ah well.. we'll see when tarot card number two comes around.... Tarot has been a huge hobby of mine this year. Anyone want a reading!?
May: The royal wedding, sure was inspiring!? right!? I drew this my little pony with it's very own fascinator...
June: I had so much fun on my trip back to LA that I had to draw my Disnelyand Outfit... since I'm not much of a fashionista, the "outfit of the day" theme didn't carry on too much longer ...
July: This year I've been so inspired by the Girls Drawing Girls blog, and have been trying to keep up with lovely ladies to one day be a part of this blog! Nothing I love more than lovely girls being lovely.
August: This month I did good... I filled a page-a-day in my sketch book, to get the pencil mileage going. It was a good month but not a lot of completed works came from it... a great practice though!
September: I started the Squash n Sketch blog which has been a great way to keep the creative juices flowing. It is so much fun seeing all my old classmates post artwork to the different themes! This one was for the "kittehs" theme!
October: I'm always inspired by Halloween, so GREAT! My little sister Chrissy loves zombies, so I stepped away from the sickeningly cute and cuddly for this piece, and glad I did!
November: What a magical month. November was the start of a hugely wonderful and magical relationship with my boy, Matt. He makes my heart so happy!  I drew this picture for his birthday on Nov 3, which also is now our anniversary <3  ... ahhh amore!
December: Love stardust moose! I'm so glad I took on this task for a Christmas card. It is probably the most complete and intensive piece I did all year. Yay portfolio addition!

Looking forward to more creativity, magic, and wonder in 2012!!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Hogswatch!

Drawn for the squash n sketch blog theme, Unhappy Holidays.
Death is such an amazing Protagonist in The Hogfather!
I did this in just an hour or so... a quickie for the blog!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas!

Our fav song in the house since last Christmas has been the Christmas Hippopotamus song! Only made better by the video below.. the limited animation just makes me laugh!

I also did a couple of versions, playing with effects and colors... what do you like best?

White Christmas

We're almost there! And just in time too... we got over 6 inches of snow last night, ready for a white Christmas. Let's see how the ponies measured up....

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Stardust Moose ATTACK!

This giant masterpiece took me about 13 hours over a week to complete... so many details! I made it for my boyfriend who sent it out as a holiday e-card to his co-workers at Konami, the Yu-Gi-Oh! Team. They have a character called the stardust dragon to which I based all the design elements from after I constructed a basic moose figure... anyway, there is some internal joke about a moose that I'll leave for the secrets of forever.


(Here's a progression of the piece!)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Random (but very important) Rules of Life

Elements of Harmony by CottonBoon

Great rules that make your day easier, your life better, and you more fabulous overall.

I like to follow the four agreements first...
1. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using words to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
 Be HONEST. ALWAYS. Your word is super powerful... the words you say really do manifest in your world, because what you speak is your truth. Pay attention to the words you use during the day and see how this correlates with what you see and how you feel as well.
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
3. Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret. This rule has been so helpful me to eliminate worry of future regret.

Then I like to follow that with a rule about what you say to anyone. This can be especially useful in dealing with the family during the holidays!
Before opening your mouth to say something... ask yourself...
1. Is it True? (capital T, don't say it if you think there's a chance it's not true...)
2. Is it Kind?
3. Is it Helpful? (or Necessary? I think this was said by Socrates..)
If it doesn't follow these three rules, it might be better to keep your trap shut.

Granted! There's no guaranteeing that others will follow these rules, so in that case, another Rule (LTD) is to Listen politely, say Thank you for your opinion, and then DO whatever the hell you want. That's important to remember. Don't let someone else's demons activate yours. You can sit in your perfect presence and see the other person as they are and say thank you and just be whoever the hell you know you are, without putting up any kind of fight. If you sit in your being and don't retaliate, their demons will fizzle into nothing faster than if you did, and then you can get on with making Merry for the holidays!
Remember, what other people do is THEIR karma, what you do is YOURS. In practicing these "rules", you'll spend so much less time with monkey mind in regaurds to other people, and instead be open and present to what truly IS, which is the brotherhood and warm-snuggly-ness of this happiest season of the year.

When in doubt.... ask yourself... what would a my little pony do?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Tarot: Power

The Fourth Card in the Major Arcana has been "stalking" me, as described on the Tarotize blog... and I haven't really given it a chance to sink in and tell me what it needs to. I can do a little of that right now, but frankly, I think I'm too tired today to let anything sink in... it's going to have to process over the next few days or so.

A little background on this card. Traditionally "The Emperor", but in the two decks I use most often, they are "Authority" and "Power" and have come up often in both, especially paired with either the sixth card (The Lovers, or Love), or some other supporting emotion card in the cups series (The princess, prince, knight, queen, and king of cups, as well as Love Begins and The Heart Chakra in the psychic tarot).  At first I thought the warning was not to become to opressive or hot headed or egotistical involving a relationship, but now I feel the cups cards are an emotional support to my harnessing the power of the Emperor.

The Fool was given options by the Magician, and decided on one with help from the High Priestess. He learned how to develop it thanks to the Empress. Now it has reached as stage where he must find a way to manage it. How to do this? He approaches a great Emperor seated on a stone throne. The Fool is amazed by the way the Emperor is instantly, eagerly obeyed in every particular, at how well his Empire is run and organized. Respectfully, he asks the Emperor how it is he does this. And the Emperor answers: "Strong will and a solid foundation of laws and order. It's all very well," he explains to the Fool, "to be imaginative, creative, instinctual, patient; but to control one must be alert, brave and aggressive."
Ready now to lead and direct rather than be led, the Fool heads out with new purpose. 

Basic Tarot Meaning
The Emperor, as Aries, the Ram, naturally follows the Empress. On the one hand, he is Mars (the planet that rules Aries) to her Venus, her lover and compliment, father to her mother, civilization to her nature, imposed order to her artful creativity. He is the "All Father" giving his children the structure they need in their lives to help them become responsible adults.
Aries is also, however, the first sign of the Zodiac, metaphorically the "infant." Like an infant he is filled with enthusiasm, energy, aggression. He is direct, guileless and all too often irresistible. Unfortunately, like a baby he can also be a tyrant: impatient, demanding, controlling.
In the worst of circumstances, the Emperor is a despot, imposing his will capriciously on his subjects. In the best of circumstances, he signifies an intelligent, enthusiastic leader that everyone wants to follow, the great monarch of an orderly, lawful, thriving Empire.

What's interesting about the combo in the Goddess Deck is that Freyja is also the goddess of Love and Beauty. Hopefully the harnessing of power is toward a beautiful, productive future, though some part of me feels like the image of Galadriel freaking out when frodo offers her the ring could be true too. I have no idea what that means for me, but I feel most drawn to this Kingdom Hearts Emperor card ... the kid sitting there in the King's seat, not really sure what he is doing there or even if he wants that crown on his head. I'll sit with that for now and see what else comes up as we move forward.