… and the bat played on

… and the bat played on

and the bat played on

 

Happy Halloween from Harmony with Animals!

 

 

Sneaky Kitty Dusts for Prints (it’s getting messy ’round here)

sneaky kitty test 2

… I am attempting, in an act that goes above the superhuman (leaning toward the superfeline, even), to integrate something new into this site. It might get dirty. It might get messy. Beware. Be very, very ware…

Ahem. In other words, I’m under the hood of my website, staring at the grease-streaked hoses, wondering why the hell not as my creativity chugs along. So if things get weird here for awhile (well, weirder than normal), that’s why.

Crossing my fingers and the creek don’t rise, you can scroll down to see blog posts appearing as normal beneath this very strange and oddly wide area of the site which you are reading right now. This strange area itself, though, may morph and change like a Transformer toy left on the barbecue.

This spot right here is where my illustrations should appear when I ask them to nicely. And if they don’t, I’m sending Sneaky Kitty in to dust for prints. Or for treats. Whichever comes first.

 

 

Achoo! The Second Whale Belly Dispatch

Achoo! The Second Whale Belly Dispatch

 

 

The Dispatch: Original Version

(Paragraph 1) It’s getting crowded here in the whale belly (called Wha’bly by us locals). The dog population is booming. I don’t know how I’m going to feed this many critters, let alone keep their beds clean and dry, what with the whale’s digestive juices sloshing around.

(Paragraph 2) I did have a brief reprieve, however, of the sneezing-and-body-ache variety. The whale kicked me out for a few days, presumably to lower its internal mucous count.

(Paragraph 3) But I showed Wha’bly. I hid my pencil and eraser in the recesses of my costume. I then stole away from my sea-creature studio to draw dog cartoons even while I was sick. 

(Paragraph 4) Yes, friends. I am that dedicated to dog doodles. I did not even mistake a single cartoon for a stiffish kleenex. Of this I am proud.

 

A fuzzy pic of fuzzy dogs! By Harmony Harrison | from "Achoo! The Second Whale Belly Dispatch" | www.harmonywithanimals.com

A fuzzy picture of fuzzy pictures — and a sampling of pencil doodles for Chase the Ball

 

 

The Dispatch: Harmony-to-English Translation

(Paragraph 1) I am still sequested in my imaginary whale belly [Editor’s note: What if I only think it’s imaginary?] so that I may focus in a focused way on the illustrations for Chase the BallDog drawings abound. They do not actually need to be fed.

(Paragraph 2) A cold was caught by me.

(Paragraph 3) Though I tried valiantly not to work while I battled said bug, I did work, but only when no one was looking. Certainly not when whales glanced my way.

(Pagragraph 4) I have not yet blown my nose on my art.

 

In Other News…

I have a fabulous announcement to make. Which I will make, as soon as Wha’bly lets me back in.

 

Me: “I swear I’m not contagious.”
Wha’bly: “Hmph.”

 

Until the fateful day when I stop my random groans and sneezes, know this. If you are someone who…

  • makes some kind of art,
  • loves intuition, and
  • gets stuck now and then in your art & your life

… I may have a solution for you. Woot! Or, as we say in Wha’bly: Woof!

 

 

Cartooning in the Belly of the Whale: My artsy, dogsy life, now in glorious InkSpillVision!

Cartooning in the Belly of the Whale: My artsy, dogsy life, now in glorious InkSpillVision!

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Tiny Books and Paper Prototypes: How I cut out more than 90% of my word count, got ideas for 70+ illustrations, and set my artsy heart a-soaring

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An Acrylic Angst Solution? Quite Possibly! My first steps in retraining my brain away from chemical sensitivities and toward bouncy good health (because all brains should really bounce back)

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  Happy Health Update: I feel great! (And I’m saying it with roosters. Well, one rooster. A roostette.)     Thanks to good medicine, good nutrition, and good thinking, I am back to feeling fabulous. I’m strong and energetic and capable again. That thick mental fog is gone, and once more my great brain isContinue Reading

Swimming Brains and Journal Pages: A hypothyroid update and a peek inside my art journal

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  Hello all! I’ve been quiet around here lately, mostly because I’ve hit more storms and swells in my hypothyroid voyage. One of the many lovely results: Brain Overboard. I could hear the ker-splash as the little gray cells hit water. Fortunately, my brain knows the doggie-paddle and can steer with its stem till IContinue Reading

“Shadow”: A New Watercolor Dog and the Search for My Blue Heaven

“Shadow”: A New Watercolor Dog and the Search for My Blue Heaven

  A couple of weeks ago, back in the dark ages when I had not yet crossed into the light that is forty, I posted a few watercolor-washed backgrounds that were just itching for a dog, cat, or marsupial to inhabit them. Among them was the bare beginnings of a pup, picked out in goldContinue Reading