‘Well! Which version of me do you want, anyway? The gruff, stubborn creature you met on TV once? The soft family creature that buries its dead that you read about in an article? I hope you’re strong enough to learn the truth. First things first, we’ll get comfortable in my home, do you have a den of your own? You should! What a terrible oversight, if you don’t. And do you know what it is to be steadfast? To value generational wisdom? Do you care for what you pass onto the world and into nature? Do you know what it means to be a warrior? Or how many kinds of warrior there are?
It seems like you have a lot to learn, and perhaps it seems overwhelming, but this is why we have our dens in the first place. To rest in the dark, amongst each other, warm and close. Strong and fierce if need be, but loyal and devoted too. I suppose, if you want to spend time with me, you’d best be ready for a long-term friend, I am no fair-weather fellow!’
Earth dog. Possessing a temper when stirred. Tolerance. Home sweet home. Warrior energy and warrior mythologies. The warrior. Strength. Loyalty. Devotion. Staying close to safe spaces. Developing tolerance and acceptance of others. Steadfastness. Generational wisdom. Passing knowledge to your progeny. Valuing heirlooms. Inverting a situation to understand its wisdom. Inversion. Shapeshifting. Local folklore and wisdom. A persistent relationship to pop culture.
Watercolour pencil / pencil / ink / metallic and iridescent acrylic -> Crescent cold-pressed illustration board -> 18.5 x 20.5 cm (or 7.2 x 8 in).