Arbeit Macht Frei

Salve, Citizens.

A quick note to let everyone know that, yes, I am indeed still alive and kicking. Yes, I am also changing the formatting on my entries so they are easier to read.

And now for the news, in my world:

In addition to the three commissions on the go, I am also slaving away at a new stand-alone piece. This one, as usual, is an evolution of the level of detail I am including. So far, I am in love with it. The bad news is I screwed it up a while back and have been spending quite some time repairing the damage I had done. Drawing one blade of grass at a time is, to coin a phrase from a friend of mine the other day, “meditative”, but it is also time consuming and a little maddening. Still, the result will be gorgeous, I am hoping.

I have also made mention in other media of my forthcoming book, entitled “The Anthropiary of Stone Garden”. While I am keeping the concept of the book under wraps, officially, I am selling illustrations that I am making for the book. once they’ve been completed and scanned. Poke around on my Etsy page (click the marketplace link to the right for the Etsy link) to get your hands on them, or come out to one of my vending appearances and pick them up there.

In other news, and it pains me to bring personal drama onto my website, but since it would appear I have made a few enemies over the last few years, I would like to quickly say something concerning humanity. Despite my sinister aesthetic (or perhaps because of it) I am, myself, a peaceful person, and when people take it upon themselves to attempt to bully me and mine, for whatever reason, it disgusts me greatly. In all cases, it is they who insist on the enmity and in most cases there is no real cause for it except what they invented for themselves. I am not a fan of people who behave as animals, nor am I a particularly big fan of unnecessary cruelty. Humanity is a process of personal, internal overcoming and it is sad when members of this species refuse to do just that, just to satisfy some petty urges.

I am not going to go on a massive philosophical rant, here, nor am I trying to offer a diatribe against anyone specific. I just wanted to say, always remember your humanity, but never take your eyes off the shadows within, at least not for long. There are things in there that can empower you if you know how or make you contemptible if you do not.

Hope everyone is doing well and you are treating yourselves kindly. Be well.

Vale.

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