Once upon a time when I was a kidlet, someone gave me a Brian Stroud book. It totally blew my mind, and I found a few more when I became a bigger kidlet capable of tracking down my own books.
Because magical creatures and more magical creatures, ALWAYS. I'm thinking his amazing kelpie drawing, which was in that first book of his that I got, may have bubbled up and helped me with my water horses..... that, and reading Maggie Stiefvater's Scorpio Races.
And I might not have realized it but for Patience Brewster having her annual ornaments bonanza or whatever it is going on over there :)
I am an artist living and working in Hillsborough, North Carolina, and have been maintaining this blog as a daily painting project since January 1, 2008. Each of the daily paintings and studies posted here is available on Etsy. My larger and more involved works can be rented from me or purchased through Etsy, from the Broomfields Gallery in West Jefferson, North Carolina, from Bull City Art and Frame in Durham, North Carolina, or from me directly by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org .