Shark Week 2017: The Legend of Nanaue, the Shark Man.

A legend from Hawaii.



A Doodle a Day—This past eight day’s spread!

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There is so much nutty stuff in here. I have discovered that the day’s events usually influence the daily doodle; therefore, I have tried to hold off doodling it until the evening(I used to do it in the morning).

One of my  great accomplishments this past week was getting my office organized. I mean REALLY organized, which included culling dozens and dozens of my beloved toys out of it. There were just so many I couldn’t quite function in here. I hated to see them packed up, but they haven’t gone far—my favorites are in a bright orange tub under one of my desks.
I am slowly learning how to purge and focus more on art and writing than collecting. It’s a lifetime habit I am trying to curb.
Anyway, another task I completed this week was getting my address book situated. Before, my book consisted of a small looseleaf notebook that had about half its addresses entered in neatly and in ABC order—that was done about five years ago. Somehow over time I started just scribbling people’s info on little colored pieces of paper and simply shoving them in the book. I could remember what color of paper people’s info was put on, but their addresses were just scattered willy-nilly through the stack of paper. Finding an address meant unpiling the whole stack and boy was I sick of it. I was not ABOUT to recopy every address, so I got a big looseleaf notebook, filled it with paper, and taped all those colored pieces of paper into it in ABC order. Then all the previous book’s addresses got taped in, too. I am sure that was much more than you wanted to read, but hey, it was a victory on my end!

This weekend, Steve and I also watched the new Beauty and the Beast live action movie. I found myself really enjoying it, even though for the first thirty minutes I just kinda felt as if we were watching Hermione’s Continuing Adventures in France or somesuch. The characters that were “objects” got a little grating on my eyes until someone in my brain said “hey, that is probably what they would actually look like if they were real”, and I stopped focusing on them so much. I especially enjoyed Ian McKellan as Cogsworth. And I ended up liking the Beast quite a bit, too. Anyway, I was trying to draw the Beast from the old animated movie, from memory. Ergh.


This is a screencap of the homescreen of my phone. I love my little alien friends!

And my beloved The Purple Stuff Podcast returned at last, with an episode all about sharks!    Shark week is just around the corner, so it was perfect, perfect timing.

Summer Fun at Target! Sharks and Mermaids and Dinosaurs, OMG

Target’s “Dollar Spot” or “Bullseye’s Playground” or whatever they’re calling it now has pleased me to no end the past few months with small and cute toys and other little items that cost a dollar or sometimes three. Once the Easter stuff cleared out, they hit me yet again with summer stuff with themes of sharks, mermaids and dinosaurs!!!

Shark pen on the left comes with a pad of shark-shaped sticky notes. The mermaid temporary tattoos are..quite glittery!


I tried out my open pack of the dinosaur crayons…well, they ain’t much for coloring but they sure are cute. As for the stretchy sharks, usually I detest touching anything of this ilk, so I only got a package to keep. Still, they look really cool.


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Drawlloween Day 1: Amulet.

My amulet is drawn after one in the image of Taweret, the ancient Egyptian hippo goddess of childbirth.Taweret.jpg


Monsters of Europe: The Sphinx of Greek Mythology.

Sphinx, © 2007 Liz Vitale
Sphinx, © 2007 Liz Vitale

I found this drawing in an old sketch pad, so I decided to use it as a rare opportunity to show a humanish beast, as I hate drawing people. Actually, this was drawn during a life drawing class in which I was becoming tired and my mind was wandering.

In Greek mythology,The Sphinx is represented as a monster with a head and breasts of a woman, the body of a lioness, the wings of an eagle, and  sometimes a serpent-headed tail. By many accounts,she is supposedly the offspring of the Chimera –the three-headed monster that was part lion, goat, snake and dragon– and was sister to the Nemean lion and half-sister of Cerberus,the three-headed dog that guarded the gates of Hell.

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