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Moongirl Art blog hasn’t been as active as I would like lately as I have had my hands in too many pots. Is that the right saying?

I have come to the conclusion that for now, my blog will have to be put on hold.

I will still still be posting to Instagram and in my Facebook Group on a regular basis so I’d love for you to join me!

As well, I will be sending out a monthly/bimonthly newsletter when I have news and sales in my Etsy Shop and other awesome stuff to share with you. So feel free to sign up if you haven’t already. I do offer specials for my subscribers from time to time too because you are the best! And it’s the best way, what with all the algorithms these days, to keep in touch. 🙂

You can access me through the links above, the pics below, or in the right column you will see all the icons where you can find me!

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Thank you so much! I hope to see you!

And happy creating, always!

Moongirl xx

 

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Original Watercolour Artwork in the Shop Today!

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I am excited to be adding original artwork to my Etsy shop today!

This is the first time I am offering originals for sale in Moongirl Art Shop! These new art pieces will be in the shop at noon EST.

Spring is all about rebirth, renewal, and personal growth so much of my art created for March will be along this theme. You will see a lot of rabbits as they are the fertility symbol of the goddess Ostara, which is also celebrated today, which for some, is Easter, on April 1st.

A little about these three new pieces…

Snowdrop and the Moon Watercolour

Snowdrop and the Moon Watercolour Painting

I am pretty excited that March 31st will be another blue moon and you will see a fair amount of moons, mostly blue, just like in Snowdrop and the Moon pictured above, in my art this month!

Snowdrop and the Moon is an 8.5″ x 11″ watercolour on the most beautiful 100% cotton Arches paper I have ever had the pleasure of painting on! In fact, all of my watercolour pieces shown here are on this paper!

Snowdrops are one of the first flowers to appear as we come into the spring season so I only saw if fitting to include them with this blue moon and the hare. I enjoyed the challenge of drawing these flowers in white on the hare’s body and then changing to black as they moved beyond his body. I really like the effect and will most likely do something similar again!

Blue Moon Hare Watercolour Painting

Blue Moon Hare Watercolour Painting

Blue Moon Hare is a mini 4.5″ x 6″ painting. I loved painting this sweet little piece! There is something about creating tiny things that seems so precious.

If you are a Watership Down fan you may recognize this black creature as the Rabit of Inlé or El-Ahrairah. He is the rabbits’ version of the Grim Reaper in that he appears to rabbits that are ready to make their journey to the other side, to their new life. So fitting for rebirth and this time of year, is it not?

Blue Moon Hare is sized 4.5″ x 6″ but could easily be placed into a 4×6 inch mat for an 8×10 or larger frame. I think it would look lovely in a square mat with a rectangular frame myself! Square mats are so eye-catching!

The Journey Watercolour Painting

The Journey Watercolour Painting

The Journey is another piece symbolizing renewal. The white rabbit, or spirit rabbit, is looking back upon its life before joining El-Ahrairah to the afterlife.

This piece is also 8.5″ x 11″ but could easily be fit into an 8×10 mat for framing in an 11×14 frame or larger for more effect.

More to come!

As the month progresses I will be adding more pieces to Moongirl Art Shop as I complete them until March 31st. There are also prints available in the shop from previous artworks but they will only be there for a limited time! I will not be having prints in the shop in the near future so if there was anything you had your eye on I’d hate for you to miss it!

I hope you are all having a wonderful March! Keep an eye out for that blue moon on March 31st. I am hope for clear skies!

 

Moongirl xx

 

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February Flower Drawing Challenge

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February Flower Drawing Fun!

If you read my previous post you probably have a good idea of what I was doing during the month of February. I found myself sitting on the couch an awful lot as movement was quite painful and challenging, especially for that first post-operation week.

But, I had come into this healing extravaganza much prepared and planned on creating a drawing challenge for myself for the month of February. If I could not sit easily at my art table (major abdominal healing going on!) I could at least lean back into our new comfy couch and draw! I’m so glad I did! There was some serious cabin fever happening early on for me but this challenge helped me focus on something other than my sedentaryness.

Azalea flower ink illustration

Azalea flower ink illustration

Making a list

I chose to draw one flower each day for the month on just one sheet of paper. In the end I would have a drawing of a bouquet of flowers. In order to keep myself from scrambling to decide on which flower to draw, I created a list where each day I drew a flower whose name began with a letter of the alphabet. This gave me two extra days as there are twenty-six in the alphabet but twenty-eight days in February. So I used the first day of the month for planning the list and the last day of the month for finishing up if I had gotten a bit behind or wanted to add any little details.

February Flowers 2018 Drawing Prompt

February Flowers 2018 Drawing Prompt

Posting daily drawings

I shared each drawing daily on my Instagram account and in my Facebook group and also posted a work-in-progress as the piece came together. You can view all of my daily drawings by visiting the links. 😉

February Flowers Work-in-progress

February Flowers Work-in-progress

Flower trivia

I also included in each post interesting information about each flower and learned a lot myself! Here is an example of one:

Yarrow flower ink illustration

Yarrow flower ink illustration

Eep! It’s finished! Yarrow is the last flower for this fabulously fun #febflowers2018 and #febnaturedrawchallenge !

Thank you to those few of you who joined along with me for this very first of February challenges! I loved seeing how we each interpreted our flowers! I hope to create a challenge again next year.

Yarrow, or Achillea millefollium, is a flowering plant of the Asteracaea family, meaning it’s the same family as asters, daisies, and sunflowers! Yarrow can be found in temperate regions of North America, Asia, and Europe. It has also been introduced to Australia and New Zealand as feed for livestock.

I love love love Yarrow!! I know I’ve said this about a lot of the flowers for this challenge and it’s so true!! Flowers are just amazing in so many ways.

Yarrow is amazing! It has been planted to combat soil erosion due to its drought resistance, deep roots and leaves rich in minerals. It can be used as a companion plant to repel some insects and attract others such as ladybugs. Yarrow essential oil contains a chemical that kills the larvae of the tiger/forest mosquito of Asia.

The genus name Achillea is believed to derive from the Greek hero Achilles who carried yarrow with him on the battlefield. Chiron, the centaur, taught him to grow it on the battle grounds of Troy. Yarrow’s leaves are known to help stop bleeding. I grind dried yarrow into a powder to put on bleeding cuts. I also use dried yarrow flowers and leaves as an ingredient in a salve to help with skin scrapes, burns, cuts, and dryness. It’s amazing and has so many other uses!!

Tomorrow I will post my final finished piece of all of my twenty-six flowers!! So excited and so thrilled to have created and completed this challenge!! I will be offering prints in the near future too so keep an  out!!

Fitting them all in

There were challenges involved in placing each flower into the drawing knowing that I had to have room on this 9×12 sheet of paper for twenty-six different flowers! With more than twenty-six flowers (I drew two or more of some flower species) I had some serious planning to do.

But in the end it all came together with some forethought of where certain flowers would be placed. Leaving some flowers a little unfinished in order to overlap a future flower on top certainly helped making this piece cohesive. You can see in the image below that I left a bit of the lower left petal of the foxglove open so that I could draw part of another ‘overtop’.

Floxglove flower ink illustration

Floxglove flower ink illustration

Inking details

The Zinnia drawing and Wax flowers posted below are a couple of my favourites. I love drawing detail, can you tell?! So often I would post my current flower drawing and say that ‘this is my favourite flower’! Ha! I guess I love all flowers!!

I drew each flower with pencil first and then used various thicknesses of PITT pens (love!) to go over the pencil marks. All of the details were then added with my wonderful and trusty Staedtler 0.05 Pigment Liner pen. Yep. All of those little lines and dots in this zinnia were with that 0.05 liner. It is so very, very sweet.

Zinnia flower ink illustration

Zinnia flower ink illustration

Wax Flower ink illustration

Wax Flower ink illustration

I am quite pleased with the end result and so very happy that many of you love this piece too! Thank you!! xxx

Prints!

I have had requests for prints of my February Flowers and am happy to say I will have those available in my shop in the near future so keep an eye out for that announcement! If you subscribe to my newsletter you will be the first to hear of the update. There will only be a limited number available!

Next February I think I am going to draw mycelium! How wonderful will that be?! Mushroom happiness!

Happy creating!

Moongirl xx

 

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Womb Bouquet…and This Woman’s Journey

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Womb Bouquet, watercolour and ink

Womb Bouquet, watercolour and ink

Womb Bouquet

…doesn’t that sound just lovely?

…the title to this piece really resonates with me and I hope you like it too. It fills me up with magical female energy!

 

Why the blog absence?

You may have noticed that this is my first blog post after many weeks absent. I wanted to start share with you why I have been MIA and at the same time explain why I created Womb Bouquet.

If you follow me on Instagram you may have already read about my weeks of absenteeism from social media. I have copied and pasted that story below:

This piece is titled Womb Bouquet. It is about the magic of the female body, the cycles we experience, the birth, the regrowth, the blossoming and the release. The gifts. 🌸
And this is why I was MIA for a while:
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After years of horrible moontimes, I went into surgery to have my uterus, cervix, and Fallopian tubes removed. 🌸
This was a huge deal for me. I had mixed emotions even though the operation meant my life would be mine again in so many ways. But I was going to lose my childrens’ first home and my womb space and the energy of that space.
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I did not expect the emotion that this decision brought. 🌿
The night before the operation I burned some sage and mugwort (my magical herb at the moment). I meditated. I breathed into my abdomen and asked Spirit to preserve my womb energy. I asked that it would always be present and maybe that it would have more space than before. I felt reassurance and strength. I also asked Spirit for a safe return.
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Recovery has been much slower than I expected and so very tiring. But I feel my womb space adjusting and growing. That’s such a gift. Thank you.
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So that is how this piece came about and I hope you don’t mind me sharing this with you. I know there are many women who have had or will go through this same experience.
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This piece was forming in my head since before the operation. So in the past week and a bit I slowly drew, inked, and then today, I painted. It felt so good. 🌸
I now superlove drawing flowers and am giving myself a #febflowers2018 drawing challenge! See previous posts. Join in!
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To know which magical herb is your spirit plant visit mythicmedicine.love/elsewhere/ or see the tag in my photo. Amber @mythicmedicine also has a kickass podcast!
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If you read this far you are amazing. Thank you. Blessings. ✨🙏🌀

Womb Bouquet, watercolour and ink

Womb Bouquet, watercolour and ink

I am healed!

Just this past Thursday was my sixth week of recovery! I am officially healed! I cannot believe how exhausted I was and how long recovery was but I am feeling good!

Prints coming soon!

Many of you have inquired about prints of Womb Bouquet. Thank you! I am touched that this piece resonates with so many of you! And I am pleased to say that I will be have prints available in my Etsy shop in the near future!

If you do not want to miss any Moongirl Art announcements, sales, and freebies, you can sign up for my newsletter here and get the latest delivered right to your email inbox! Easy-peasy!

In my next post I will be sharing with you an art challenge I created for myself while I was doing a lot of couch sitting through the month of February!

I hope you are all well and indulging in a little rest and hibernation that goes along with our winter season! If you are in the Southern Hemisphere I am jealous (HAHA!) but I still I hope you are having a fabulous season soaking in the blessed sun’s rays!

Happy creating!!

Moongirl xx

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Etsy Sale!!

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Moongirl Art Shop Etsy Sale

I’m so excited to be offering my first Boxing Week Etsy Sale!! Get 40% off everything in the shop until December 31st! I’ve got fine art giclée prints and wonderful postcards all on sale until the end of the month. It’s my way of saying thank you to all my supporters on social media. Thank you so much for all the years of love you’ve sent my way. I am very grateful.

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season. The best of the best to you and yours for 2018!

Happy shopping and happy creating!!

Moongirl xx

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Sketchbook share!

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It’s a sketchbook and colouring page sharing kind of day today! I’ve been so busy creating, printing, and mailing that I haven’t had a chance to post lately. I am going to share with you many photos of what I have been up to!

Enjoy!!

Handmade mini-bookmarks!

Handmade mini-bookmarks!

I just loved making these little bookmarks! I still have some available. You can check in my Facebook Group and in my IG feed for which ones are still looking for new book-homes. 🙂

art prints

Happy art mail!

November was a good month for art print sales! I am ever so grateful for every sale and send the prints packaged with much love and little goodies of thanks!

sketchbook drawing

My first drawing in my new sketchbook!

I am loving my new sketchbook! It is landscape format which challenges me a bit as I’ve realized that most of my work is taller than it is long. But challenges are good! They stretch those brain muscles!

watercolour and ink

I loved Inktober so much that I just couldn’t stop using inks! I love they way they work with watercolours. To see all of my Inktober work you can visit my Instagram Feed where I also posted a sketchbook tour!

watercolour and ink

These past couple weeks I have been participating in Kellee Wynne Studio‘s Color Crush Creative palette challenge! Every week Kellee posts a new palette of colours for some creative fun. I am loving the colour combinations and it’s a great way to challenge myself with a limiting palette. If you love colour and paint you should sign up too!

colour crush creative

A creative palette challenge!

Color Crush Creative

Love this palette!

Oh what a messy artspace! My art table is squeezed into a corner of our dining room and often becomes a stacking spot. I push things around to make just enough room to paint! See the final painting filled with moon and stars in my Instagram feed!

Prima Watercolor Confections Tropicals Palette

Prima Watercolor Confections Tropicals Palette: My new crush.

Detail is where it’s at…for me.

After an Inktober-filled month it was nice to get back to my roots of just drawing. Many times I try to simplify my drawings by cutting out the detail. I’ve tried and tried but time and again I find it difficult. I really love and admire those artists who create amazing abstract work and I want to do that too! But I have finally succumbed to the fact that some things are meant to be simply admired by me and not made by me!

And I just love detail! Is that such a bad thing? It does take me longer to make detailed drawings but I have to remind myself that my time is worth it. I have named this piece Bounty and I love her so. I really want to paint her but I like her just the way she is too. And she would be fun to colour with my Prismacolor Pencils! …

Forest nymph colouring page

Forest nymph with a head full of flowers, fungi and a lovely set of horns. May you always feel the earth beneath your feet.

I have included a PDF download so you can have a colouring page too! Yay!

Happy colouring and Yule blessings to you too!

Moongirl xx

 

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Etsy Holiday Sale! 20% off everything in the shop!

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Moongirl Art Shop Etsy

Yay to 20% off everything!

I don’t know about you but I don’t like being stressed about gift buying when the Holidays arrive. I like to have it all finished before I pour that glass of Bailey’s or Coconog! And I would like to help you get a head-start on the gift buying for the Holidays too! So here is a 20% off sale to get the ball rolling!

Just click on the banner and it will take you to my Etsy shop! Don’t wait too long–the sale is only until November 14!

 

Price increase in shop after November 14!

If you subscribe to my newsletter you may already know about my future pricing increase but here it is the low–down just in case…

I opened my Etsy shop in December of 2016 and it has been such a wonderful experience and I am so grateful to all of you who have purchased from me in the past – as well as those who will in the future! You keep me going! You help me to believe in what I do! I love your kind words and encouragement too. Thank you so very much!!

Here are some things I want you to know because you are special to me:

• I make every print on demand. That means when you order a print I make one for you.

• I do not out-source my prints because I want to see each and every print to make sure they look just right. It is important that I can send a personal note to each of you when you order. And I love using my own packaging so you know how special your order means to me.

These things, as much as I love to do them, take time and money. But it is totally worth it to me so that I can give you the attention that I think my art–and you–deserve!

So if you have been eyeing some prints or postcards in the shop I would use this time to snag them while on sale because as of November 15 regular prices will go up and some older items will no longer be available.

 

Inktober fun!

If you have been following me on Instagram or my Facebook page you may have seen some of my Inktober work. I have been thoroughly enjoying each and every prompt and have created some drawings I may never have done if it weren’t for this challenge! As I write this post I have three more prompts to go but I will get them all finished even if it does take me into a bit of November!

Drawing every day–or almost every day–has been so very good for my creative-mind-to-hand-communication! Does that make sense? What I mean is that it has become much easier for me to grab my sketchbook and draw something fun because I have so many ideas flitting around in my head now that I am drawing more often. And the ideas in my head are much clearer and easier to get on paper again, since I am drawing more often. Now does that make sense? I hope so!

In any case it has been a blast and I hope to continue my new habit.

I always appreciate each and every love, like, comment, question, and sale from each and every one of you! It means the world to my art-heart!

Thank you!!

Happy creating!!

Moongirl xx

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