Labor Day in the Forest

Back from my fulfilling but lonely trip to DC, I was eager for a hike with my daughter to celebrate Labor Day. As it turns out, I got two.

Purple Flowers.

To check out a bunch of cool and colorful nature stuff, read on! Continue reading “Labor Day in the Forest”

Against Burnout

I’ve been off the blog for a little while as I visited my parents and spent some time in the woods. I’ve got some nice pictures from my little adventure for you to enjoy.

I chose not to bring any hobby projects with me, though it’s a good place to paint & concentrate. Pushing myself hard this Summer both in my painting and in my efforts to create a more exciting website left me a little lacking in direction as I finished up the painting phase of Yarry. Many people believe that you simply have to paint all the time in order to improve, but I’m not certain that’s true.

Sometimes it’s best for me just to recapture the desire to paint and the desire to better yourself as an artist before you get creatively burnt out.

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What’s Yarry Looking At?

After a couple weeks painting this nice mini I think I’m more or less finished.  There are always tweaks and fixes you discover, but this is basically what he’s going ot look like.

I’ve styled Yarry’s hair, added stripes to his pants, and filled in the last few details.

The hobbit Yarry (Enigma Miniatures) looks at the camera

Oh, and I repainted the face. Minor detail. Continue reading “What’s Yarry Looking At?”

ToadForge

Many small gods are worshiped in this place.  One neglects them at her peril.

At all hours, when the toadscribes are not around, they accomplish many things great and small.

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So what do the small gods make?  Good question.

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This was on the forge today.  Some of it is nearly done.  Some is merely growing into something in the village – if you can even call it that – of ToadChapel.

The ToadForge houses the very Anvil of the Toad, where she who is Toad and he who is mouse create the order of the world.

You can always see what the small gods have wrought, but rarely will you catch them in action.  When they seize upon a fragment of our world, the fickle but powerful small gods tumble themselves into it violently, tearing at the fundamental structure of reality, undermining the laws we know in small ways.

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But the small gods do not only make things.

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They unmake things as well.

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They love surprises.

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The small gods are the spirits of my imagination.

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The small gods set things in motion, change them, distort them.  From many sources unreality expands, shards of a story that sometimes seems to surge in the fires of the Forge.

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I am not an expert.  The purpose of ToadChapel is about discovery.  Here you may listen and look for the signs of the small gods at work.