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So today our university sent out a warning about water buffalo running around loose on campus and everybody was like “haha good April fools joke”

then this happenedimage



You CAN’T go around saying everybody’s got a water buffalo when everybody DOES NOT have a water buffalo!

We’re going to get nasty letters saying ‘Where’s MY water buffalo?’ ‘Why don’t I have a water buffalo?’ and are you prepared to deal with that?! I don’t think so!


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Harry Crewe and Aerin-sol. Watercolor and colored pencil, 2013.

A few months ago I got inspired by the Ladies of Literature project and did these. Seeing all of the wonderful art inspired by female characters in books made me wish I was participating, so I drew two of my favorite characters by one of my favorite authors. Robin McKinley’s books are amazing, and I have lost count of how many times I’ve read The Blue Sword and The Hero and the Crown. Aerin and Harry are inspiring, and not because they manage to do everything right. They don’t feel like they fit into society the way they should, are well aware of their flaws, and seem to stumble onto their destinies by accident. In spite of all of that, both of them step up to fight for what they care about. Even though the people they care about have not always cared for them. Even though they have little hope of success. Even though their enemies are so powerful that defying them could mean death, both of these heroes take a stand. 

A while ago I came upon hardcover copies of both of these books at the Creative Re-use store. They’re in fine condition except for the chunk of the dust jackets that seem to have had library barcodes cut out of them. Even though I already owned paperback copies, I snapped them up because I didn’t want them to turn into someone’s up-cycled book project. Someday I’m going to see about making prints of these paintings and incorporating them into replacement dust jackets, because I think that would be pretty cool.

(I might do a different one for Harry at some point because she looks a little too serene, but I love the way Aerin turned out.)

Painted Bunting. Acrylic on canvas, 2013.

When I was working on the bird paintings for my parents’ Christmas present, I joked to my housemates that I was just going to paint bird tiles for everyone since I didn’t know what to get them. One of my housemates has already received a bird painting from me in the past (I got her a Legend of Zelda hoodie instead) but the other housemate was enthusiastic about the prospect of a painting. Since she has not professed to having a favorite kind of bird, I did a painted bunting because they have awesome bright colors going on.



(Don’t read past the break if you don’t want to read a rant about how one of my favorite authors let me down by ending a trilogy with lots of unanswered questions)  Dang it.  I am up way past my bedtime because I got sucked into the book that I was reading…

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Pretty sure this series is still going …. The Collegium Chronicles
Foundation (2008)
Intrigues (2010)
Changes (2011)
Redoubt (2012)
Bastion (2013)

Haha, yeah, I wrote this rant a few years ago when I had just finished reading the third book and didn’t understand that the author was breaking her trilogy mold. I’ve read the other two and still wasn’t terribly impressed with them, but they do answer a lot of the questions I brought up. (And I keep reading them, so I guess that says something for my overall enjoyment of the series, heh.)

Anyway, thank you for taking the time to reblog this to make sure I knew about the other books! I appreciate it. (Also I’m going to follow you now because I like your taste in literature.)

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