A King On His Throne

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Say what you will, but there is certainly a reason why the Lion is known as the king of the jungle.  As I watched these three lions in awe, I was simply too enamored to realize just what was taking place.  It was only thereafter, as my husband and daughter sat next to me, giggling, did the situation become clear.

Let us just say the king was on his throne, so to speak.

Here I was, believing I had captured the expression of a wise beast.  Holding centuries of knowledge. An amazing shot! I mean he was looking RIGHT AT ME….or so it seemed.

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The guide remarked she would try to take us to a location where we could get a better view.  As she did, I was clueless as to why some of the safari members were giggling like shy school girls.

As we rounded the bed I was feverously taking photographs…all the while absolutely oblivious.

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Now, considering what I shall mention later, I really should have know.

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I am sure by now this image makes it painfully obvious. The poor lion. I mean, an audience as he relieves himself!

Here I thought I was actually capturing a beautiful moment, not a bowel movement.

The kicker is this, it would seem every time we (specifically me) are near an animal, no matter the species, they have to relieve themselves. Whether it be a zoo, a park, on safari, or even just walking in our own neighborhood. My husband is all too quick to point the animals out, in the off chance I somehow manage to miss this.  I probably should have never told him about the elephant ride I took as a child. Yes, the elephant decided to go then too.

Shortly after these images were taken we visited a petting zoo…..

I will leave this here.


Portrait Studies

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Drawing people can be quite a challenge.  Especially for my surrealistic hyper fantasy imagination.

Presently at work I am being asked to create hyper realism characters based on a few simple words describing the character.  Blonde hair, brown eyes, sweet.  Yes oh that is ever so detailed now isn’t it?

Then, add to this that the cataract in my right eye has advanced drastically. I go in for surgery the day after tomorrow. Seeing details in my work is almost impossible. Yet….after it is done and I have posted it, I notice things like the mouth and the right eye placement. What is very sad is this is actually my best one to date.  The one I created after her…oh my…not attractive whatsoever.  Almost cartoonish.

I think this is precisely why I love fantasy art. You cannot criticize what is not real…well, I know some who do.  But you get the point.




I felt a strong need to create a whimsical piece.  Work requires extreme realism….although I appreciate realism, my heart and soul love fantasy and the surreal.  I decided I shall begin a series of winged creatures.  My first being a chipmunk. Did you think he was a squirrel? That is okay, evidently almost everyone has.  They are similar. We have no chipmunks where I live! It is only my second attempt at drawing these precious little creatures.

I had so much fun with this one. I lost all time drawing it.

As usual this was drawn on my iPad Pro with my iPencil using the skechclub app.



Another attempt that fell short.

Mind you, now when I look at this I can think of a million ways to fix it. However, if I actually go and try I lose focus and fall short. Perhaps that is why I left her this way to begin with. I sat on posting this for a while as I really do not like posting pieces I feel are not up to a minimal liking but I have decided that the good, bad, and yes…. the ugly are all part of my art and I should just accept this.

I am not sure what I wanted to fully achieve with this piece in all honesty.  I am also not sure why lately everything I do for my own personal art is seeming to irk me.  Perhaps self doubt.  I do not compare myself to other artists as I believe we all are unique and different…I am comparing myself to myself…if that makes sense. I know a few of you in the art world out there know precisely what I mean.  It is very frustrating. It would seem the more I learn in art the less I am able to produce. I will not let this hinder my education and shall continue to try and educate myself as much as humanly possible. I was considering taking courses but now fear if I do I may end up an art vegetable at the end of the process.

It is funny to me that when I took art courses and art school I never was bored, I never felt as though I could not live up to something. Now I feel as though I am failing myself and falling short somehow. I love art. Nothing could ever change that, and I would never quit no matter how much my art irks me. I imagine there is a switch in the back of the creative portion of my cerebrum that needs a flick. I have unearthed several of my gothic art materials in the hopes that perhaps getting back to the organic basics shall be the flick it needs! I have found that organic art is relaxing yet frustrating because now time seems to be fleeting. Digital art has given me the capability of producing art (that with pencils or paints would normally take days) in a matter of hours.  I need a strong dose of patience.

As always, this piece was drawn on my iPad Pro with my iPencil and I used the Sketchclub drawing app.

Moon Showers

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This is what happens when I rush.

The end result is lackluster.  After 4 hours of tinkering I could not seem to get the background  where I felt comfortable with it.

I guess my brain is busy multitasking while I want to create. I really do. I keep trying and falling short of what I desire.  Truth be told, I am never satisfied with my work but as of late it seems I can not get exactly what I want out of anything I am creating and it is extremely frustrating.

I am at least able to still do work properly but my own creative works are just…well….blah.

Hopefully this is a phase. In the interim I shall keep trying as I absolutely love to draw.

This was drawn on an iPad Pro with an iPencil and I used the Sketchclub drawing app.

Review of the SchoolhouseTeachers.com Yearly Membership




Today I am reviewing SchoolhouseTeachers.com and their Yearly Membership.

Being a mother to an exceptionally smart 12 year old (Kira would quickly point out she is mere days away from being 13) requires that I must find as many educational resources as humanly possible to help me with her studies as a homeschool Mom!

The task of combing Barnes And Nobel can become quite frustrating as my daughter loves to read….the distractions from the educational section to the young adult books is seemingly never ending.

I have found an absolutely fantastic solution, SchoolhouseTeachers.com !

I was thrilled to receive this free membership to review through the Homeschool Review Crew. I had been considering the membership for a while now.  As a new member, I was excited to receive the 2017 Annual Print Edition free! This is available to all new members who join prior to January 15th.

Where do I begin? My gosh…from building a customized schedule to guidance on what to teach when, the possibilities are virtually limitless.  When I first began reading, I feared that it would be information overload. I quickly realized it would make my entire homeschool process easier than it has ever been!


The freedom to download and print lessons at the pace my daughter learns is absolutely wonderful. And the lessons are completely inclusive.  I found myself learning right along with my daughter.  We are especially fond of the check list each lesson contains to help us maintain progress.  There are even certificates of completion and final course in Applecore available.  And all is set by your pace.

From preschool to the 12th grade. Every subject imaginable. Full lesson plans as well as videos and tutorials.

My daughter dove in head first.  Even though KIra was technically still on a holiday break, she was eager to explore.  It was no big surprise when my budding artist/architect chose Classical Archaeology. Perhaps the biggest sign that my daughter is enjoying what she is learning is when she tries to teach me.  I believe that not four minutes of silence would pass without her telling me something new and fascinating. To watch Kira delight as she was actually learning is extremely rewarding for me personally.  Even when she had to draw a once dreaded map…..   Years ago I used another curriculum  (which shall remain nameless for the moment) that required Kira drawing maps. Many maps.  It became the absolute worst part of her studies quite honestly.  Although she has never thrown a tantrum, these maps have brought her close to doing so previously. Within as much when Kira mentioned having to draw a map I gasped.  I immediately tensed up for fear she would be upset.  Much to my surprise it was the opposite! There was my daughter drawing her map and giggling and ENJOYING her lesson.  Small victory! This in itself makes me absolutely recommend SchoolhouseTeachers.com and the Yearly Membership to all homeschool families.

Personally I imagine I will more than likely continue to use SchoolhouseTeachers.com throughout Kira’s education straight through to the 12th grade. I only regret not using this sooner and am already amidst letting her used the lessons beneath her current grade as there is more here than I previously had used!





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