I did something.
I made an anglerfish
my boyfriends family wanted their christmas card to have all the pets in it with them all looking at the camera, so I made this for them.
I got bored and made this in hopes that it might inspire someone to follow their dreams or some shit idek
I drew Gravity Falls today. It’s coming out way better than I anticipated so I’m really happy about this.
I doubt anyone will read this because it’s long but yeah:
I got all aboriginal dot painting inspired and painted a lion for Julia’s baptism in the Mormon religion (happening around Thanksgiving, I’m not sure on the exact date).
For those of you who don’t know what aboriginal art is then here is a good description from Wikipedia:
Indigenous Australian art (also known as Australian Aboriginal art) is art made by the Indigenous peoples of Australia and in collaborations between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians. It includes works in a wide range of media including painting on leaves, wood carving, rock carving, sculpture, ceremonial clothing and sandpainting
Dot painting consist of various paint colours like yellow (the sun), brown (the soil), red (desert sand) and white (the clouds and sky). Dot paintings can be painted on anything though in aboriginal times they used to paint dot pictures on rocks, caves etc. Mostly indigenous Australians painted nature like animals or lakes and of course the dreamtime. They used to paint stories and legends on caves and rocks to represent their religion.
Since I’m in no way an Aborigine I used the paint I have at my house, in no way does this painting tell a beautiful story like actual aboriginal art but I used an animal as the main focus and used the colors of the Brazilian flag (she’s brazilian) for the dots.
Though this doesn’t tell a story I still wanted to make this painting symbolic to her in many ways, I spent hours choosing an animal that I thought best represented her, I narrowed it down to an armadillo and a lion. I texted her sister and her boyfriend (he’s a mormon, he’s rad) and asked them “if Julia was an animal what would she be and why? Be sure to keep in mind the symbolic meanings and what not”. I didn’t want to influence their answer so I kept my choices to myself. Minutes later they both replied with the same answer: “A lion.” Here are some reasons why I chose a lion:
- Her birthday is July 29th making her a Leo. Leo’s are lions, and lions are cool. People who are Leos tend to possess the following traits:
- Lions themselves are quite badass, In the animal kingdom they show courage, power, dignity, wisdom, loyalty to themselves and the ones they love. They are all around passionate and naturally powerful creatures. In my eyes Julia demonstrates all of these qualities brilliantly and effortlessly.
- In buddhism, Buddha sits upon the lion as a throne of consistency, strength and wisdom. All are applicable to Julia.
Other messages the lion shares with us:
- Hold your head high – even in times of conflict – conduct yourself with dignity
- Stand tall, remember your birthright of power
- It may be time to defend something that is dear to your heart – defend it fiercely if you must.
- Have courage, have faith.
To be honest with everyone, I’m worried that Julia might forget who she was before she became a Mormon. Part of me thinks that she’s going to become brainwashed and judgey and a republican- but that part of me is an asshole and looks at the glass half empty and expects the worst.
In the 14 years that Julia and I have been friends she has always been the sweetest and most wonderful person and I just know she’ll be the same person as she was before she was baptized (minus drinking coffee, swearing, smoking weed, drinking alcohol- you know, fun things that she has to give up). She’s a beautiful soul and I’m so honored to have a friend as wise and lovely as her.