Roses and Lilies
I haven't posted anything here for a while.  Though I continue to create, I haven't had much of a taste for talking about my work lately.  Real life concerns have been eating up much of the time that I would normally spend writing, and on top of that I have been experiencing a kind of restlessness and dissatisfaction with much of what I've been producing.  Not because I am not happy with how it turns out, but rather because I want to create more and better work yet feel crunched for time to do so.  I recognize that more elaborate projects will take a long time to yield results, and I don't want to disappear completely while working on these things, but talking about the work tends to limit the time I can spend doing it.  I've also been in the space of trying to determine how to do things that will affect both my art and what I post about it down the line, but for now simply take up time without yielding immediately visible results.  So, lots of angst and spinning my wheels, and not much posting.  :/

This piece accompanied my Icon Alchemy astrology blog post for January 30th, 2017 but it's something I'd actually created earlier.  Most of the time I work on new digital pieces within a few days of writing the post that will go with them, sometimes even doing the writing and the art back-to-back, but this piece I'd created a few weeks before and didn't know what to post it with.  I think it's especially appropriate for me to post here now when talking about my current discontented state, as this piece is a blend of elements that I was very happy with once I'd worked them out, and other things I'm much less happy about but don't know how to remedy with my current limited understanding of the software.  I suspect that I will revisit it at a later date, but for now this iteration is the closest I've come to what I wanted.  Sometimes my perfectionism gets the better of me, and I have to back off from chasing "perfect" in favor of "good enough."

Prints of this piece are now available via my page on deviantART and via RedBubble as well, where it can also be found adorning clothing and other useful objects. 

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