My cousin Tommy loves dragons. Absolutely LOVES dragons. As a surprise for him, I made my very first attempt at drawing dragons. Specifically, a blue dragon. Then, I wanted to see what it would look like with digital enhancements. So, he's getting the original and the neon version...hope he likes them! They aren't the big scaly overtly scary kind. They're more of the sleek tattooed curious kind. Digital copies of the drawings can be found in the My Art section, specifically Pen & Pencil Drawings.
PS: Here's the smaller version of that artwork:
It's getting to be that time of year again: Halloween.
I've always liked Halloween.
When I was a kid, my mom made my costumes every year. The store-bought ones were plastic and cheesy and way too expensive anyway. And even worse, they weren't original. LOL....NO ONE wanted to be THAT kid, e.g., the one who had the same costume as one or more other kids.
That's why I loved that my mom made mine because they were unique. One of my favorite costumes was Batgirl (see picture below). Another year, I was an angel in a white dress with white wings (wings plastered in colorful Crayola polka dots) and a ring of silver garland as a halo. There were so many fun Halloweens...
I went to a private Christian elementary school where every Halloween all the kids would dress up and get to play games and have a safe Halloween. My favorite event was the cake walk (a musical game). A very kind man named Fred Frank who adored all us kids as we adored him used to lead that activity. One year I even won a cake! Actually, it was a pie. Coconut creme pie. Yummy.
Back in the day, neighbors knew each other, so trick o' treating was additionally fun. The older ladies ALWAYS pinched my cheeks because I had a round doll face (insert eyeroll here) but they were very sweet and most of them had the primo candy. Primo candy = anything chocolate.
As I aged, Halloween wasn't a big deal anymore. I stopped dressing up...and perhaps that was for the better because my costumes had evolved from innocent and sweet to sexy vampires and other outfits that could've landed me in a lot of trouble if I wasn't careful. There were parties, but it still wasn't as fun as my childhood. Being a grown up is sad sometimes.
After a long lull of inactivity on Halloween, this year I decided to reinstate the costume tradition and give candy to the neighborhood kids. I bought an adult onesie cosplay costume (way oversized but comfy)...see picture below. Basically, a cool pair of pajamas that make me look like a small black and orange whale. But I guess the size part doesn't matter. Having fun with it is.
If you can't tell, it's a Red Panda. Fun (and not scary for kids), right?
Why a Red Panda? Because I love the little animals. There was one that escaped from the local zoo a few years ago and ran through the city. I really cheered him on hoping he wouldn't get caught and that he'd enjoy being out of captivity. I think he zipped in and out of a few bars and Starbucks and crowds before the zookeepers nabbed him. I hope he had a lot of fun on his city-wide expedition.
Goal for next year? I'd love to dress up like a princess and attend a Halloween Ball. That would be so awesome.
I’m not a fan of politics…that’s not the purpose of this website. And when/if politics is mentioned here again, it won’t be often. Politics is sooooo toxic and who needs that? Seriously.
Please do not assume what my political beliefs are because I offer a section on Christianity. I’m a middle-of-the-road independent voter who happens to be Christian. Some of my views are liberal while others are conservative. Therefore, when I vote, I do so according to who I feel is the best candidate for the job.
"Danger, Will Robinson"
What kind of person President Trump is isn’t for me or anyone on earth to judge. That's God's job.
Sure, I admit I've been tempted to call him a bad word like one kid to another on a playground, and I've participated in a few colorful table discussions that I've later regretted... But I have to keep reminding myself that such participation is toxic. And what concerns me (and should concern everyone else) is the flip decision-making and the damaging, dangerous and divisive trickle-down effect of those decisions. Any and all changes have the potential to rock the world, not just the United States, in terrible ways.
It's really sad because President Trump and his administration have the ability to do so many wonderful things and they're wasting it.
I’m disturbed about the popular beliefs (on both sides of the aisle and voiced by all ethnicities, not just caucasians) that President Trump:
What do I think about this?
Politics is toxic and powerful, but it won't win in the long run
In Mark 12:30-31, Jesus said,
“(30) Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ (31) The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Are we doing this? I admit I'm not always great about it and I can bet that I'm not alone. Perhaps we should all try more than we do. Nothing is impossible.
There is still a chance for all of us. There is still hope and there is still good in this nation, this world. Together we can make a difference for positive change while we're here. One person at a time. It's not always easy, but one step at a time, it becomes easier.
You are always loved and never truly alone.
Feel free to comment in the comment section below, regardless of what your feelings on politics, Christianity, etc. are. You are safe here in this forum. It is not my place to judge you. It is my place to love you, friend who is reading this. So again, please feel free to communicate anything to me.
PS: For information on what Christianity is, please visit the Christianity tab on this website or consult your local pastor.
Earlier this summer, I did a similar drawing while vacationing in Ohio. However, I left it too close to the house common area and a guilty party (who hasn't fessed up yet) splashed water on it. Water droplets are perfect for watercolor paintings, but not so perfect when you're dealing with pen precision. So, between time at Starbucks with an iced Americano and yummy chocolate chip cookie and time bundled in a comfy chair at home with Netflix blaring in the background, I completed the second version of this very detailed doodle.
SIDE NOTE: I always feel strange calling a doodle a doodle because it sounds like something one would do in the bathroom, but in the art world, apparently that's what it's called...a doodle that doesn't stink. :-)
For the larger, more detailed version of this drawing, please visit the Doodle page.