August Skies

In my new suburban paradise, I have seen some beautiful skies.  It’s the middle of Monsoon, which has been a bit odd this year.  Not as many big storms, more hot and muggy days.  It’s all right.  Weather varies, and no one can predict it all the time.

Mindflight may be taking a new turn, but it is certainly not gone.  Much has changed in my life but my priorities are the same.  I want to share inspiration that will remind everyone to reach toward their dreams.  In fact, now I want to do that more than ever!  More details in days to come.

Here are some skyscapes from my new neighborhood – which I love.  Expect to see ideas for home improvement projects and possibly some grilling tips as I settle into home ownership!

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Almost a total disaster

A small town zoo and rescue needs help, and there are some great ways to do it.

The following is copied from a site called Aywas, however I thought my readers might like knowing about this, too.

“This place is called The Little Ponderosa Zoo, and it is located in Clinton, Tennessee. They started out as a zoo, but quickly after opening their doors they were flooded by requests from people asking to drop off their exotic pets. So they soon became a zoo and rescue. They are located in my very small town, but the impact they have is country-wide. They have taken in animals from all over the states, from monkeys to foxes to camels to kangaroos. They even have a couple tigers they took in from an animal sanctuary that couldn’t keep them permanently. The Little Ponderosa Zoo has been a household name in our little town for years.

On December 4th, an electrical fire burned down the main barn on the property. Employees and fire fighters suffered from burns trying to save as many animals as they could. But unfortunately, they still lost almost 50 animals, including several primates, small cats, foxes, birds, reptiles, and more. But in addition to the loss of life, the barn also held all of their feed and feeding containers. They are desperately reaching out to the community for donations, both monetary and items.

I have been completely heartbroken over this, along with everyone in my community. And I know that this is the sort of thing that Aywas users would want to know about, and would want to help out with. I would love to see my amazing virtual community reach out to this very deserving staple of my offline community. Aywas users have done so much good, and I know they can do that again.

No matter what you can give, be it money, items, thoughts, prayers, or spreading awareness, everything is appreciated!”

If you would like to donate Here is a link to their Website

I have also compiled a list of other relevant links:
More Ways to Help
More Information
List of Animals Lost in the Fire

 

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Ghoulish Painting

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Okay, here’s my idea of a ghoul – done in MyPaint.  He looks like he’s about to go after a grave or two.  Just a simple sketch but sometimes simple is best.  To any readers, have a happy Halloween!

As usual, here is a roundup of everything I drew for InkTober.  This year I didn’t get nearly as much done as last year, but then again last year I wasn’t being trained as a claims analyst!  That takes quite a bit of skull sweat.

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Enlightened Art

I was given a children’s book to read, called “Monument” by Gary Paulsen.  The person who gave it to me said the book reminded them of me – it’s about an adopted girl who meets an artist in a small rural Kansas town.  One of the things the artist focuses on is the light.  And he’s right – if you capture the light and shadow right, everything else follows.  Now, I’m no impressionist, so I’m going to also focus somewhat on detail and make sure all my proportions are correct.  Below, I have my finished elephant.  I promised to show the completed drawing in this post, so here it is.  One of the things I focused on here was light and shadow.  I started by roughing out the proportions, as you can see in the sketch, but also did quite a bit with showing all the wrinkles and where the sunlight is falling.

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(Guitar update: I have two sore fingers.  I can make a couple chords.  I am having so much fun I can’t see straight.  It’s a very good thing for me to have something that doesn’t sound right unless I’m relaxed.)

 

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