AEDM2017, Day 26 A Gentle Nature Spirit


Art Everyday Month is an artistic challenge established by Leah Koildas at her blog Creative Every Day. She explains it pretty well on a page dedicated to the Challenge. Essentially, those participating set themselves the goal of producing some one creative work each day for the entire month of November. In some respects it is like Inktober, which I opted out of due to a lot of scheduling conflicts...but maybe next year I can do both challenges. So, for this year, for Creative every Day Month, I will be posting fresh new drawings and other artwork here at my personal blog. some of these will get statted-up as critters for our Hereticwerks blog--you didn't really think otherwise did you?--but some will be just for the sake of trying some technique out, or to do something I haven't done in a while.

Today I did this...


Yesterday I ran a game for some friends and family out along the edges of Wermspittle. The group encountered some landvaettir...spirits of the land who watched over an old, abandoned farmstead. This morning I painted one of these kindly ones using trees for brushes and letting them build-up layer after layer until I could finally see their face...




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  1. Aaaw he's so cute :-) I love how you made him visible layer by layer, it might not be far from how to unhide the unseeable stuff in this world... I really like your intuitive approach, with or without cat ;-)

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    1. Thank you. I really like that phrase 'unhide the unseeable,' that does fit this piece really well. I do miss my cat, but I do get to visit some friends who have cats, so I am not completely bereft of cats...

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  2. Stunning use of layers until the face appeared in the trees.

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    1. I am a big fan of working with layers. I started experimenting with layering when I first learned watercolors and then tried drawing on acetate overlays...but that was before Photoshop was a thing. Now I try my best to blend the older methods and techniques with the newfangled opportunities and capabilities of the software. Oh but there is so much to learn--every experiment teaches me something new that sparks tons of questions and fresh ideas for new things to try out...

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  3. Well actually I meant your very own cat as he tends to drop by in his unseeable form (now that we're in this topic) to lend you some divine inspiration :-)
    "Unhide" was the title of an exhibition of a dear friend of mine, I always liked that word and kept it in my pocket for occasions like this ;-)

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    1. Oh I do look forward to those visits when the happen, but being a cat first and foremost, he's not one to show up too regularly or when expected, so it is nice to have some other, friendly felines to visit from time to time.

      I truly find "Unhide" to be a remarkable word and plan to use it sometime soon, when appropriate. The phrase 'Unhide the Unseen' feels like a great book title or something.

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  4. Well, inspiration must be of feline nature then, it comes and goes as it pleases ;-)

    It's a powerful word indeed, I think because it acknowledges the mystery as a given. If you can un-hide it, it means there must be something hidden, it evokes places where we cannot see if we only look with our outer and scientifically oriented eyes.

    I'm working on a twist on philosophical hermeneutics from a parenting point of view and unhide is a word that fits in really well there too as hermeneutics originally were all about unhiding what is secretly written in the Bible and later in nature/human communication/human existence and so forth. I love that concept :-)

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