Wren Day

gouache & watercolor on paper

(I couldn’t decide which colors I liked best — the blue is a photoshopped alternate version, and the gold is closer to the original painting.)

My piece for the Animystics show at Light Grey Art Lab, opening this Friday! The show is all about the spiritual and mystical ideas associated with different animals, and I chose to illustrate the Wren because of its place in druid lore and celtic mythology.

In one tale, the wren won the title of King of Birds when he hid unnoticed under the feathers of an eagle in a race, and flew ahead at the last second. Ancient druid rituals involved sacrificing a wren at midwinter, and the tradition was carried on into Christian times, with “wrenboys” catching a wren on St Stephen’s Day, tying it to a decorated pole, and marching from door to door in the village wearing costumes made of straw, asking for donations.

My piece was inspired by the St Stephen’s Day (or Wren Day) tradition, which I first learned about from a lovely little song called Wren in the Furze, which you can (and definitely should) listen to here.

frankly if you have the choice to either a) make fun of social activists by using hyperbole to act as if they’re blowing things out of proportion or b) just say “hm, it wouldn’t be that hard to just take these words out of my vocabulary” I don’t fucking understand why anyone would expend energy on the first one

I wish people would quit being so dramatic about “POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, EVERYTHING IS OFFENSIVE NOW!!” and “wahhh social justice warriors ruining everything again!” like damn it is not that hard to just stop and consider what you’re saying or doing and how it affects people who might not enjoy the same privileges as you…also if for some reason making racist/sexist/ableist etc. jokes or just using slurs in general is a fundamental part of your life that you’re going to miss….why??? why do you get enjoyment out of that


it made my heart skip a beat to know that this relatable feel is a feel that is also not only accessible to but familiar to koko

I found this in my twitter favorites and I can’t totally remember why I favorited it but either way it’s stunningly profound

I found this in my twitter favorites and I can’t totally remember why I favorited it but either way it’s stunningly profound

YouTube comments aren’t “just the Internet.” They’re not the product of a group of otherwise nice guys who suddenly become evil when they wear a veil of anonymity. YouTube comments are actually a nightmarish glimpse into the sexist attitudes that define the fabric of our own existence in the “real world,” a world that, like YouTube, is owned and dominated by men. The most terrifying gift that the Internet has given us is that it’s shown us how men honestly perceive the world: as a place where women exist exclusively for their sexual pleasure.

In the wake of VidCon, and as more and more women start speaking up about the harassment they face online, it’s time to start realizing that our narrative of progress is deeply flawed. Things aren’t getting better for women on the Internet; they’re deteriorating and ignoring the problem amounts to being complicit in it.

"For women on the Internet, it doesn’t get better" by Samantha Allen


(Source: femfreq)


sorry for being relatively inactive this week! I spent tuesday night, wednesday, and thursday up in traverse city with my parents on a little mini vacation and it was great. we kayaked and went downtown and visited a bunch of these awesome little artisan shops that were set up in what used to be an asylum. I don’t really plan on selling fine art like..even a little bit, but DAMN those gallery spaces almost swayed me

today was my first day at the new store and it went really smoothly. almost boring even?? like yeah some stuff is in different places and there are subtle differences but I’d say like, ~95% of the job is the same. which is great in a way, although I really have to figure out how to get some more responsibilities so I don’t go nuts

I also ended up buying that clearance fishtank from my old store hahaha oh god I have no willpower. I’m gonna hold off on setting it up until I move into the dorm, though, I don’t wanna stress out the fish. it looks like this though! just a lil thing

I only wanna have like, 1 or 2 fish in there at max though. and some plants. no idea what kind I want, maybe mollies??? there were some very pretty calico-colored ones at the old store

also the zoo finally got back in touch with us, although with how late it is in the summer I have a feeling they’ll just want us to do touch-up work (no new murals). lame. I guess it’s something though

school starts literally a month from today! unacceptable. I need to go play a LOT more video games, goodbye

we done did it

we done did it



Environmental Design from Coraline. Artwork by Chris Appelhans.

Source: Chris Appelhans

look at this