Welcome to December, can you believe it’s only four weeks till Christmas? I’m ready for it, bring it on…well, maybe. ha Thank you for being here, this is my favorite part!
I’ve been doing my Digital Advent for several years now here on my site. I love sharing my work with you, especially interactive pieces that you can make your own. This year, since my focus has shifted to Patreon, there is a SECOND set of downloads that are only for my Patreon patrons.
Every morning (today was a fluke) I’ll be posting two downloads – one free one here to continue my tradition, and one on Patreon for patrons only.
The free ones will be simple things like paper chain and ornaments. My patron-only ones, however, will be something really special. Both sets are made with love and gratitude, and are designed just for you.
If you haven’t already, please hit Follow over on my Patreon to make sure that you don’t miss out. As always, thank you! xo
Music has always been the one constant in my life. It has been the soundtrack to my joys, my fears, comforted me in every emotion, and spoken my words when I could not. I am always seeking out new music and am so overjoyed when I find something new. Playing for Change isn’t new to me, I have been following them since they started on their Songs Around the World journey and what they bring together never ceases to amaze me.
Most people don’t know this about me, but I grew up with my mother’s love of Africa. (photo: My mother with us at Animal Kingdom dancing to live African music two days before she had surgery.) African culture, art, pattern. I think it is why I am so drawn to black and white, high contrast art, pattern, and texture. It is where my love of elephants comes from as well.
It may also have influenced that I have the heart and hands of a drummer. Though not what I would consider well, I played doumbek, djembe, and other hand drums for years. I cannot imagine my life without music, sound, rhythm, beat, percussion, the sounds of feet dancing in dirt, the sounds of nature’s heartbeat on the wind. Music of all varieties speaks to me and influences my creative force daily.
Africa has been speaking to me lately. Elephant keeps popping up as well as tribal patterns. (photo: a lovely gift from a watercolor artist I met recently, check her out here) It keeps me focused on my own personal strength and power as an individual, reminds me of my connection to the Sacred Feminine, and that with that power comes a duty to be compassionate. Compassion has also come up in that I recently reworked my logo. Moon Rabbit is compassion in Japanese culture.
A while ago, in response to some very disturbing discussions in the news about hunting elephants, I created this paper doll in protest. You can download a copy and print it out (I use 110# cardstock) for personal use! Feel free to share it*, just make sure to link to this blog post and not the PDF. Enjoy!
_____ *All downloads are protected under copyright and are not to be duplicated in whole or in part without written permission from Renmeleon aka Ana Maria Selvaggio. If you share it, please link to my and not to the PDF. Thank you!
If you are a teacher and would like a custom doll for your classroom, please contact me. I’d love to make something for you!