Perennial: Libertas


per·en·ni·al adjective

  1. Lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring – his perennial distrust of the media
  2. (of a plant) Living for several years – tarragon is perennial
  3. (esp. of a problem or difficult situation) Continually occurring – perennial manifestations of urban crisis
  4. (of a person) Apparently permanently engaged in a specified role or way of life – he’s a perennial student
  5. (of a stream or spring) Flowing throughout the year


This diorama is inspired by a friend, who is breaking the circle of an “apparently permanently engaged in a specified role or way of life” in a spectacular way.

Libertas is the Roman goddess of liberty. The Statue of Liberty, among other icons, are based on her. She tells us that we are free to make good choices – to choose things that are important and leave paths that no longer lead us where we need to be. We are free to not be enslaved by ourselves or others. This diorama is a reminder to be a fearless, hopeful and supported agent of change.

This is the fastest I’ve finished a diorama – which is exciting. It’s becoming a viable platform for story telling. The above image shows (if you look closely) that the horse really IS in the barn.

To freedom. And having four arms.


Midsummer Night

I’ve carried this tin in my bag for many years. I kept my chapstick, nail clippers and band-aids in it. I think I was working for the muggles when I got it. Or, maybe even Voldemort. I’ve had it for many years, anyway.

I’m trying to not repeat using the same container. For example, I won’t use a Creme de Menthe again. For now, anyway. This week’s Illustration Friday prompt is “Midsummer Night” and that made me think about Venus bathing, only to find her clothes missing. Which made me think about this curiously hawt tin.

I’ve been wanting to use color and please notice that Venus is all one cut-out – her left foot in actually under the water.

Here’s a WIP shot, to show the wonderfully well-worn inside of the tin.

Happy Midsummer Night! Don’t let rascally raccoons steal your clothes.


The Death Watch Beetle

When the death watch beetle opens, if you are lucky enough to witness such a thing, it becomes a window into the Land of the Dead. This beetle is showing Charon (the ferryman) launching a ship across the dead sea [“Launch” happens to be this week’s Illustration Friday prompt].

WIPs and Such

I did this drawing a couple of years ago for my sketch blog, which is where the idea came from.

From Wikipedia:

“To attract mates, these woodborers create a tapping or ticking sound that can be heard in the rafters of old buildings on quiet summer nights. They are therefore associated with quiet, sleepless nights and are named for the vigil (watch) kept beside the dying or dead, and by extension the superstitious have seen the death watch as an omen of impending death.”

Also from Wikipedia:

“In Greek mythology, Charon or Kharon is the ferryman of Hades who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead.”

I know you already knew that, but it seemed prudent to document it.


Shadows of Pine Island

On Pine Island, which is in the dead sea, everything falls under the shadow of Death Cat. At night, other things come out of the shadows.

This shadow box diorama is based on the drawing “Death Cat on Pine Island” which I did a few years ago as part of my sketch blog. This story takes place in a can of Lapsang Souchong, which is no longer available in tins of loose tea leaves. I’m crushed – it’s one of my favorite things.


Here’s how I arrived at this piece.


Like a Fish needs a Bicycle

I’m super excited about this, which is the first of three in a the longer series of recycling objects into dioramas. I think I could perform eye surgery after making this. Heck, I probably need eye surgery.  Here’s some WIPS from this one:


There’s always a bigger fish in the food chain.