moonvoice: (calm - dog in the dark)
2013-12-31 05:02 pm

[sticky entry] Sticky: Hello, welcome to my journal. Want to know a bit more?

1. I am happy for people to subscribe, especially for artwork and stuff. All other content these days goes under filter. You're welcome to join! If you grant access and I like the cut of your jib, chances are I'll grant access too. :)

2. I feel strongly about trigger warnings and cutting things for sensitive content. I will try and catch a lot of things here under cuts (or filters). I have endeavoured to make this a safe space. However this is first and foremost a safe space for me, which means sometimes I am posting when I'm not in the right frame of mind to trigger warn or place things under cuts.

8 things you should know about me if you are considering reading/adding this journal. )
moonvoice: (t - will the sheep punch me? maybe)
2017-08-18 04:20 pm
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[Art] Hospital Firebird.

I started this on Monday, with a Kilometrico ballpoint pen.
I was waiting to see the Radiation Oncologist.
I kept working on it on Tuesday,
in a waiting room,
while waiting to see the ENT Surgeon.
And then I finished it on Wednesday,
in another hospital waiting room,
while waiting to see the base of skull Neurosurgeon.

All ballpoint pen.

moonvoice: (wildspeak - teczejazi)
2017-07-29 06:48 pm

[Art] Three parrots. :D

Sometimes I feel like drawing a bunch of animals in a cluster.
A whole lot of foxes.
Or in this case.
Bunches of parrots.

They all feel quite different, despite being family.

For the first time in a while, I've started including keyword meanings again.


Orange-Bellied Parrot as Totem // (Neophema chrysogaster) // Critically Endangered
Original available at Etsy.

‘Don’t expect to see me in the wild. You’re probably going to miss me for two reasons – I’m exceedingly rare, and I love to look like my environment. There’s wisdom in not always standing out, isn’t there? Except that I’m such a rare gem, some people go to great lengths to see me and meet me. What I teach over time has shifted, and now I invite you to seek what is rare and hidden in yourself, and decide if it’s something you want to gift to others, or keep as a private gift for yourself. I also share the wisdom of moving regularly from place to place to find nourishment. You’ll always have a firm sense of where your home is, but that doesn’t mean you can’t roam, does it? I can share with you the wisdom of the coast and grasses – like me, they may seem easy to overlook – but a lifetime’s worth of esoteria hides in the places you least expect.’

Keywords:

Blending into the background. Coastal wisdom and magic. Connecting with grass and grass-seed energy. Camouflage. Migration. A life less ordinary. Sound the alarm. Requiring concessions. Connection to flame and burned places. Offerings of fire. Calling the sacred flame. Sensitivity to climate change. Being choosy over partners. The wisdom of Air and Fire while staying strongly connected to the Earth. Balance. Connection to the sacral chakra. Everyday beauty.




Photos under the cut. )


Pale Headed Rosella as Totem // (Platycercus adscitus)
Original available at Etsy.

‘What a bold friend I can be, if you wish to get to know me. You may not always like my abrupt or aggressive way of handling situations, but I know how to share my wisdom and I’ll know how to share it with you. I teach the nourishment found in eucalyptus energy, and what it is to find wisdom and growth in the dark. I enjoy a balance between the light and the dark and I eschew a black and white way of looking at the world. I hope you’re ready to have your opinions challenged! I’m not as friendly as other parrots, and I won’t pretend to be your best friend as a teacher, but I’ll certainly love you fiercely, and you’ll never forget your time with me.’

Keywords:

Working with aggression. What lurks in the trees. Tree magic and wisdom. Unusual displays of affection. Connection to Air and Fire, balanced well by Water. Colour therapy. Reaching goals with ease. Flying over obstacles. Connection to the throat chakra. Eucalyptus magic and wisdom. Challenging dichotomies. Choosing to rest and find healing in the dark. Woodland magic. Everyday beauty.




Photos under the cut. )


Pesquet's Parrot as Totem // (Psittrichas fulgidus)
Original available at Etsy.

‘People look at me and usually see two things – first, they see my glorious red plumage and I suppose this is why some people only wish to hunt me. Second, they see my bald head and hooked beak and wonder if I am a fierce hunter. In fact, I carry the secret of fruit in my blood and bones, I eat almost only figs, and I know what it is to live off what the trees provide! I am so much more than first impressions, and so are you, I suspect. Learn why people misunderstand you, or why you misunderstand yourself! I can show you the joy of being with many of your own kin, or being with only one or two loved ones. Let me teach you about the nourishment to be found in the bountiful rainforests, without and within. Come let life be about joy and brightness!’

Keywords:

Fig wisdom and symbolism. Misunderstandings. Brightness. To find joy with many and a few. Ambivert. First impressions are sometimes wrong. Beauty. Colour. The wisdom of Air and Fire. Connection to the root chakra. Following sources of nourishment and nutrition. Moving to where the action is. Everyday beauty. Friendship. Rainforest wisdom. Mountain wisdom.




Photos under the cut. )
moonvoice: (t - operation end badly is a go)
2017-07-27 09:41 pm

[Photos] As I write this Maybe and Moet are on either side of me. 3/3

Maybe is sitting right next to the keyboard as though I'm going to bed soon.
(I am not.)
Moet is lying down on the chair next to me and he doesn't really give a shit when I go to bed.
Unless it passes 1.00am.
And then he'll get annoyed that I'm not in bed yet, to keep him warm, lol.

Ahhhh, cats.


A nonchalant Moet appears!



These nerds. )
moonvoice: (t - i'm already disturbed enter)
2017-07-27 09:34 pm

[Photos] Do I even have another cat called Moet? 2/3

Inquiring minds need to know.

Currently Maybe's nickname is 'Gremlin.'

Moet's current nickname is 'It's Not Your Dinner Time.'





And many mooooore )
moonvoice: (t - quit stealing our letters)
2017-07-27 09:16 pm

[Photos] It's been too long since I spammed folks with cat pictures! 1/3

Prepare for an epic photodump! :D

Our cats aren't allowed free access to the outside world,
so they basically get supervised access, like prison inmates.

And I usually go out with my camera and annoy them.

A lot.


My beautiful girl, Maybe. She's 7 now!




Hey look there's a fuckton more. )
moonvoice: (t - i am googled therefore i am)
2017-07-21 01:04 pm

[Art] A parrot. A parrot. A parrot.

I'm going to be cancelling my paid account at Photobucket,
so you may notice a lot of dead image links at some point in the future here.
(Right now they're still being hosted because I have a paid account).
I've switched over to SmugMug, so everything should be hosted from here on in.
So we should be good for a little while longer anyway.
Now let's see if this works.


Orange-Bellied Parrot as Totem



Pesquet's Parrot



Pale-Headed Rosella


moonvoice: (o - games - eleven of pokemon?)
2017-07-15 09:15 pm
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[Art] A Fox. A Grouse.

It's always weird to draw a grouse while thinking of how,
in Australia,
'grouse' means 'awesome'
like: 'that's so grouse man.'
But I'm glad it's fallen out of colloquial vernacular in Perth.
I was never a fan.


Darwin's Fox as Totem // Available

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Photos under the cut. )

Red Grouse as Totem // Available

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Photos under the cut. )
moonvoice: (calm - cradle mountain)
2017-07-04 12:25 am
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[Art] A Fox. An Ibis.

So I have two totems.
I usually work in batches of three, and I do have a third, but it's a hold-back.
I don't think I'll be able to show that one until November.
In the meantime, have these two.
One a gift for the woman who betas all my fanfiction,
and the other, already sold.

African Sacred Ibis as Totem // SOLD

'What a legacy I create. I have been invoked to banish winged serpents and great evil, I have stood in the stead of the great, diligent and wise Djehuty, also known as Thoth, and the stories say I have rid the world of pestilence by my sacrifice, more than once. Stories are those narratives by which we make our world, and I am here to teach how to tell those stories responsibly. A story can do great harm, but it can also be an act of great transformative healing. Some stories do all things, and some stories do only one thing. By my word and by my pen, or by your own, I invite you to find the sacredness within the importance of story. My gift is knowing how to look deeper into the stories, how to find wisdom and nourishment in the dark spaces where others only find murk and confusion. Allow me to walk or fly with you, as we illuminate the pages of your life together.'

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Photos under the cut. )

Silvia's Fox as Totem

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Photos under the cut. )
moonvoice: (tv - comm - whole brain crying)
2017-06-11 07:30 pm
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Hey look I'm arting.

So okay, the first photo is:

* Stag with branch-antlers. Brantlers!
* Stag with brantlers, pose II
* Black wallaroo (think small member of kangaroo family that is black)
* Darwin's fox
* African sacred ibis


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And the second is my Green Swans, that I haven't finished inking yet.


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moonvoice: (calm - cute quoll)
2017-05-26 09:35 am

[Art] A Duck, A Gull, A Hare.

These were all inked during Inktober last year.
So much fun colouring them.
I livestreamed the colouring of all of these over at Instagram,
and had really great crowds join me throughout the day.
Also honestly how have I never drawn a Mandarin Duck before,
they're so awesome. :D


Mandarin Duck as Totem
Original available at Etsy

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'Love can be such a bright, brilliant emotion. I teach about eternal love. I don't teach lessons about love that fades, but instead, love that remains, stays steady, flames bright no matter what. I champion fealty and loyalty to one's loved one, will show you why opposites attract, or why two people can fit together like a perfect puzzle even when they're already whole. I also teach about the beauty of the liminal, how to find wisdom in the dawn and dusk, in the mist and fog. I will guide you through confusing places, and you can follow my bright plumage, or, if you get along better with my female counterpart (or myself when I'm in eclipse plumage), you can follow the flashes of green-blue upon her wings. See me at the surface, and I will teach you about the beauty of love, but I am a duck, and we are made to delve deeper, friend. Come with me, learn what lies beyond.'

More under the cut. )

Mediterranean Gull as Totem
Original available at Etsy

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'You might think, to look at me, that I am a bird that whispers the secrets of the sea, or squawks them, but I'm the Mediterranean Gull, and you'd best get to know *me!* I cry the secrets of the coast, the shoreline, the cliffs, but especially the reeds, the marshes, the swampy wet places where sea meets land. I'm not about those huge open seas, nor am I about endless land, I love the meeting places. Perhaps you'll not be surprised then, to learn that I also teach about meeting places! How to socialise, interacting with others, loving others and hating them, walking through a social life of literal pecking orders and subtler nuanced association. I am not as brazen as some of my gull counterparts, but I'm not quiet either! I will be near you, and I will talk happily. Do you want someone to walk along the beach with you? To forage through the reeds? To find gems of wisdom in the places other people neglect? Look at how we can become so successful, commanding the places that people put second, to their detriment. I am joyful, determined and outspoken, but respectful and understanding too. I might look like so many of the others, but you will learn that I am only ever myself - as you are too.'

More under the cut. )

Mountain Hare as Totem
Original available at Etsy

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'I am integrated into my ecosystem, to the point where the way I live from place to place is variable, as it should be for you as well, if you are hopping from ecosystem to ecosystem. I am aware of my place, I respect it, we have a relationship of mutuality. On the surface, you may think me silly and hilarious, with my hopping antics, my wild racing across the fields or meadows or forests. I am happy in the higher places, I'll never be all that content at sea level, and you may find yourself drawn to the wisdom of hills and mountains and rises. Whether gentle or steep, we know how to appreciate a good hike to see the view beneath us, don't we? It's not always an easy life, I feel you know this well. I am hunted, and I am prey. But there are those who look out for me, and I look out for myself, too. I'm watchful, wary, made to inhabit my environment as perfectly as possible, whether white as new-fallen snow, or as grey-brown as a stone in a grassy field. Look for my moon and goddess wisdom too, if you wish, look deeper, into how I am anchored with the legends of the land and fertility. Oh, we can go so far together, you and I, across the fields or meadows or forests.'

More under the cut. )
moonvoice: (wczuciki - red kangaroo)
2017-05-06 05:53 pm
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Melbourne Zoo Part III

We were there at feeding time,
which was why we caught a lot of active animals,
that are often sleeping or not visible.
I usually go to the Zoo really early in the morning,
but since taking Endep and Valdoxan I can't do that anymore.
Unexpected benefits - arriving at a Zoo at feeding time. :)

Tiger

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I took a few of that tiger. And giraffes, because giraffes! )
moonvoice: (calm - cephalopod past)
2017-05-06 05:47 pm
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Melbourne Zoo Part II

Perfume Genius has a new album out.
I want to like it more than I do.
Spent some time with the Gorillas.
We don't have them at Perth Zoo.
Of all the primates,
I think they're my favourite.

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Of course there's more under the cut )
moonvoice: (calm - cephalopod come to me)
2017-05-06 05:42 pm
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Melbourne Zoo Part I

I was pretty stressed over in Melbourne,
mostly because of tumours.
I'm sure I'll be far happier to go back once they're out via surgery.
And in the meantime,
Melbourne Zoo is a captivating place.
I always leave any zoo or wildlife centre
wanting to draw.

Red Panda

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Read more... )
moonvoice: (wczuciki - solo raven)
2017-03-31 06:16 pm
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[Art] Thylacine / Tasmanian tiger ballpoint pen sketch.

Working with Kilometrico black.
(A super stubborn one actually omg. So unpredictable.)
Inside an unlined Paperblanks Ultra.
And mostly, in honour of the scientific expedition
to the Cape York Peninsula
due to credible sightings.

It turns out I love that term.
'Credible sightings.'


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moonvoice: (calm - cradle mountain)
2017-03-04 10:08 pm
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[Photos] Clouds singing in the summer air.

So we've had fairly miserable weather here lately. And by miserable I mean hot and muggy. (I know it's cold in most other places in the world, but here you could - literally - cook eggs on the road if the air wasn't so wet).

But wet hot air makes for wonderful cloudscapes, and a lot of the time, very beautiful sunsets.

And so here we are. :)


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And so clouds. )
moonvoice: (calm - cumulus)
2017-02-12 12:08 am
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[Photos] Hillarys in the Summer Interstitial

So while the Eastern States has been sweltering,
Perth has been having its coldest and wettest February day/s on record.
We've been having an extremely aberrant summer.

Which is lovely, except for my chronic illnesses, which don't find it so lovely.

But today was a rarity. Going to Hillarys on a Saturday afternoon to watch the sunset and grab some gelato, and it wasn't absolutely packed to the gills. What a lovely day though:


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A fair few more under the cut lol )
moonvoice: (tv - kuro - ciel looks left)
2017-02-07 12:32 pm
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[Art] Gillaroo (Salmo stomachicus).

So on a whim, during Inktober 2016, I decided to take on some fish. They're an unfamiliar subject matter for me (I think I've done like...maybe 2 or 3 bony fish as totems? Maybe?)

Illustrated in ink on illustration board, and coloured in watercolours, which are a medium I've been trying out a bit lately and am still getting the hang of.

Anyway:


Gillaroo (Trout) - Salmo stomachicus // Available at Etsy

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Photos )
moonvoice: (o - Winter Syndicate - photophores)
2017-01-29 11:58 pm
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[Photos] A golden evening.

At a time when things are more chaotic and awful than ever,
when there is so much to be mad at, outraged at, horrified at, grief-struck at,
I need these things more than ever.

I need to look at the sky for 20 minutes and marvel at the clouds.
I need to touch the leaves of the Corymbia ficifolia in my garden and whisper soothing words to its tired branches.
I need the hardiness of my Acacias and Grevilleas, and the song of the winds around me.


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The sky sings, and it says... )
moonvoice: (wczuciki - raven is family)
2017-01-29 12:18 pm
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[Photos] From heat wave to tropical storms...

So we've just come to the end of a fairly intense heatwave.
In Ellenbrook, because we don't get the seabreeze, and heat swelters against the Darling Scarp, it's always about 2-4C more than it is in the Perth metro area.
So we've mostly been dealing with average temps of 41C for four days in a row. (A range of about 105-110F for USians).
Complete with high humidity.
Last night, the weather broke down as a degrading tropical cyclone system approached.
And now today, we have rain.

But here were the clouds from last night's sunset, which was glorious.

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More under the cut. )
moonvoice: (calm - antarctica sun)
2017-01-25 05:35 pm

[Art] Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella)

This was part of Inktober 2016 (specifically day 8).

Now watercoloured and accented in metallic acrylic / gel pen.

In other news, it's been horridly hot today.
I don't wish Australian summers on anyone.

Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella), available at Etsy

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Two more under the cut. )