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Sunday, September 4th, 2016

Tattoo sketch of a peacock

a peacock with sakura and kanji

A tattoo sketch is the only thing I have created in the last week. The virus that knocked me over two fridays ago is still with me and I’m sleeping more than ever. The sketch is based on the idea of a playing card. The background is cherry blossom, the foreground is the peacock with a tail extending beyond the confines of the card. The characters say “Western style artist” in Japanese.

The peacock was chosen as symbol of rebirth which dates back to the Greeks. In the the Japanese context it is a symbol of Kannon which is the Japanese regional variation of Kwan Qin. I like Kannon,  that it also symbolises her is not bad. The next step for this tattoo is to go in for a drawing session. I can’t complete this one on my own, The format of the tattoo is inspired by previous work of Cody Cummings who I intend to take the sketch to.

Current tattoos.

I already have two tattoos.

mauve dragon tattoo

Dragon tattoo done in 2012, and touch up 2015. My original design,

I designed my first tattoo, the mauve dragon, from scratch using at least nine different sketches. It’s to do with my identity. Dragons are probably the most popular tattoo among my friends and I don’t think I’ve seen a single one done from a flash. I believe that you should either design your own tattoos or have a drawing session with a tattoo artist. Then thinking about it for some months. There are exceptions I know two different people who got tattoos of the logo of their karate dojo or former karate dojo.


This is my second tattoo. Inked in 2015 with two friends paying for it for my 30th birthday. It has three triskeles. The triskele is a symbol of celtic heritage. My great-grandfather Daffyd Morris was Welsh. I also like triskele because it as complex spiral, and I like spirals.

Another tattoo design.

tattoo 4

This is my design for a kemetic tattoo. There is a kemetic belief that images of the gods are the same as the gods themselves. This and other factors lead me to avoid tattoos of the gods. The ankh is of course a symbol of eternal life, the five point stars symbolise the ancestors, the tear drop is based on the kemetic idea that the sky is a great flood. I need to decide how big I want this one and then get a quote.

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Sketch of a Cat in a Box

Last week my schedule combined with anxiety and depression got on top of me and there was no blog post. This week I have had three days of panic attacks. I was determined to post something today. So here’s a sketch of a cat in a box.

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Pagan and an Artist but not “a Pagan Artist”

Nut at sunset (c) Anita Morris 2012

Nut at sunset (c) Anita Morris 2012

I’m a Kemetic Neo-pagan. I worship the gods of Ancient Egypt and venerate my ancestors. I’m more interested in your willingness to let me get on with my religion, and your ethics than your religious affiliation .

I’m a pagan and an artist but not “a pagan artist”. You can’t build a career making art only for the pagan community, not in Australia.

The ink drawing of the sky goddess Nut is unusual because she is not a goddess I have any particular relationship with.  I usually create art about the gods I have relationships with such as Aset who I have done a sketch of in preparation for a painting. It’s also a modern interpretation. Nut is usually shown stretched over the earth. The ancestors are also sometimes described “as stars shining in the vault of Nut” giving her some association with night.




Sunday, April 12th, 2015

The question of the meaning of life, the universe and everything

I don’t claim to know the meaning of life. Physicists, mystics, philosophers, and satirists have all have had attempted to define the question and the answer for several thousand years. It is however the theme of this art piece “42”.

The black writing left to right is quotes about how to live your life mixed in with some general observations. I’m still not sure what made me add “Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana”. On the other hand “A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting.” – the 3rd Doctor, could describe most of my life. Or as mum used to complain when I was a child “Why must you always do things the hard way?”

The red writing in the opposite direction is the first four verses of the nonsense poem Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. This is to juxtapose with the quotes and to suggest the existentialist view that life is meaningless.Which one is right? Make up your own mind,

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Learning from tasks you dislike

This was originally intended to be a sketch of diamonds covering the whole page. It was to be a precursor to a painting along the same lines. However drawing diamonds that size is repetitive. I dislike repetitive tasks. I get bored. It is also possible I associate repetition with frustrating life experiences like learning to read. I learned a few things from this sketch if I’m doing a repetitious art I’d rather be doing embroidery than drawing and that the painting I had hoped to do from the sketch won’t happen.

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The crowd motif in my art

A mentor of mine recently observed that I have used the crowd motif recurringly. She encouraged me to pursue this. Syrian Saran Gas Attacks is the first result. Originally done in my sketchbook at the time of the attack because I saw it on the news and I needed to process it. Drawing it was catharsis. There’s a reason why I don’t usually watch the news. It’s been redrawn in pen and ink on shin hosho rice paper because of what my mentor said. I’m not sure this is what she expected when I said it.

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