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Coming back from a few weeks absence. November 2018 kinda kicked my ass, to put it lightly. Regardless, I did have a very unusual but good Thanksgiving. There is a lot I have to be grateful for.

Getting back on track, I’ll post some long overdue artwork. In November there was the annual Hindu holiday of Diwali. The illustrations were completed. It’s only now I’m getting around to posting them.

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Before color. Diwali illustration. Pen and ink. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Nov.2018.

Diwali is one of the most important holidays in the Hindu religion. In this festival of lights, the goddess Lakshmi is honored. Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity, as her puja is celebrated on the third day. The new year festivities continue for five days.

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Before color. Lakshmi. Pen and ink. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Nov. 2018. 

In the honor of this grand festival of lights, I went ahead of did two illustrations. First done in pen and ink, then completed in watercolor.

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Diwali. Festival of Lights. A holy holiday in the Hindu religion. Pen, ink and watercolor. Artwork by Michele Witchipoo, Nov. 2018. 

Quoting from the BBC online article:

“Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world.

Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness.”

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The Hindu goddess Lakshmi. Pen, ink and watercolor. Illustration by Michele Witchipoo. Nov. 2018. 

There will be more playing catch-up soon.

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Soon it will be that most ‘wonderful’ time of the year. Psycho Bunny thinks otherwise. He’s just barely recovered from Halloween. Where did all the time go? The year was passing him fast while he was getting his beer. Doesn’t even notice Krampus creeping up behind him.

Introducing the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week.

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Where did the time go? Soon the holiday season will be here. Psycho Bunny isn’t happy. Based on the comic book written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress. Nov. 2018.

If you don’t know these by now…follow on social media!

Facebook: pages for Psycho Bunny and for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress.

 Twitter: One account for me, and one for Psycho Bunny.

Tumblr: World Ov Witchipoo

Instagram: there’s WitchipooArt.

 Get yourself some cool stuff on RedBubble, featuring my designs.

(Don’t forget to order my Krampus greeting cards! Not at Catland currently but always available online. $3.00 plus S&H. Please send an email to Witchipoo@witchesbrewpress.net to inquire and purchase. PayPal accepted.)

 

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Last week was Ganesh Chaturthi. For those who don’t know about Ganesha, he’s one of the most important gods in the Hindu pantheon. In order to work with the other deities, one must go through Ganesh first. He’s the remover of obstacles, patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom.* The main day for Ganesh Chaturthi this year was September 13th. In 2019, the holiday will fall on September 2nd.

Back in 2002, I had a job in some quasi ‘New Age’ store. It sold tarot cards, incense, bland Flax brand clothing, spiritual/esoteric/occult books, jewelry, statues and other curios from around the world. The store was located on East 6th street, in NYC’s East Village area. Sixth street was a row of inexpensive, brightly lit Indian restaurants, so this shop stood out. It did sell Ganesha related merchandise. As usual I sketched on the job when I was supposed to be doing something else. That was around the time I did my first Ganesha sketch, completed in colored pencil. Both the store and the original sketch are long gone. The shop went out of business in 2003, six months after I quit the job. Despite the joy of never having to deal with that ugly Flax clothing ever again, there’s still fond memories of the place. My former manager was a practicing Hindu; his main deity was Kali. He encouraged me to find my own path, interests, etc., but was also very down to earth. In fact, when it came to the general population, he was just as cynical as me. Retail does eventually bring out misanthropic tendencies. That guy was one of the best supervisors I ever had.

Although my former manager was kind enough to share some of his wisdom, I didn’t come back to Ganesh until years later. It was the advice of a current friend that turned my interest back to the elephant god.

It was time for a new Ganesh illustration anyway. This one was completed within the past 72 hours. It was done in pen, ink and glitter watercolor. I’ve been working a lot with glitter watercolor lately. Even if the shimmer doesn’t come out too good in the scans. In person the result is lovely. The glitter watercolors I use has a good balance, so it doesn’t look tacky. Thinking about turning this piece into either prints, greeting cards or both.

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Ganesh illustration. Pencil, pen, ink, glitter watercolor. Done by Michele Witchipoo. September 2018.

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One of the things I hate are fireworks on the Fourth of July. Always thought they were kind of stupid. Okay, I get the significance of such. However, every July 4th, lots of people get idiotic. Just don’t see the point in blowing up stuff.

In the U.S., especially once you drive out of the major cities, you’ll come across lots of those fireworks superstores. You’ll especially come across them in the South and Midwest. It’s amusing to find them in trucker stops. It used to be a slight novelty to me because fireworks are illegal in New York City. Once you hit an area like rural Pennsylvania, buying fireworks is as easy as apple pie.

No thank you.

What really impresses me are those who do historical reenactments, such as the American Civil War, or The American Revolution. That to me, takes dedication, intelligence, and skill. A bit of imagination never hurt anyone. Personally, I never took part in a real life reenactment, but love the period outfits.

One drawback though is people tend to romanticize history. For starters, people often forget about Native Americans. Second, in reality, those who fought on the colonial side against England, went into battle despite everything. Many on the American side were so destitute, they fought barefoot. When wintertime came, those without proper footwear wrapped rags around their feet. You could see the bloody footprints in the snow. Another interesting fact was during the American Revolution, England had spread it’s military so thin. Remember, at one time, Great Britain was actually a genuine empire. As in ‘the empire on which the sun never sets.’ It applied first to the Spanish Empire, then the British. Due to this, the British brought in German Hessians. In other words, paid professional soldiers to do the dirty work on England’s behalf. Yet some Hessians decided to stay in the States after the war. Of course, if it wasn’t for France’s help, we still might be pledging allegiance to the U.K.

There’s a whole lot more to the American Revolutionary war, which leads us to what we now call Independence Day, or simply known as the 4th of July. The United States is still a relatively new country compared to the rest of the world. Some, including myself, feel that right now, the U.S. is in a very dark period. You may not even feel like celebrating July 4th. Therefore it’s important to reflect on this country’s roots, both good and bad. July 4th isn’t all about fireworks while barbecuing in the backyard with time off from work.

Not going to get too political here. Politics never brought people together. Music, art, education, science and love; that’s what brings people together. So here’s the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for July 4th, 2018.

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Psycho Bunny does the American Revolutionary War. Psycho Bunny sketch of the week for July 4th, 2018. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo on WitchesBrewPress.

Social media time:

Facebook: pages for Psycho Bunny and for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress.

 Twitter: One account for me, and one for Psycho Bunny.

Tumblr: World Ov Witchipoo

Instagram: there’s WitchipooArt.

Get yourself some cool stuff on RedBubble, featuring my designs. There’s dresses, tee shirts, notebooks, etc. The notebooks, and the Quentin Crisp tees seems to be one of the best selling items. Just in time for Pride.

One of my hobbies is documenting what goes riding the NYC subway lines: Wildlife On The MTA. Cause if you can’t laugh, you’ll cry. MTA passengers know what I’m talking about. Even better: My WildlifeOnTheMTA Instagram is active once again.

Come back next week for a new Psycho Bunny sketch.

 

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In the U.S., we’re coming to the end of Memorial Day weekend. Not particularly that patriotic, but many Americans forget it’s veterans. So here’s the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week.

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Psycho Bunny sketch of the week, Memorial Day 2018. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo, on WitchesBrewPress. May 2018.

What else is new? Nothing much. Went to check out a local art opening in Brooklyn. Afterwards, visited the famous Junior’s, at it’s original location since 1950. Yes, it’s true. Junior’s does have the best cheesecake. Anyway, here’s the usual social media hints. Follow me on the following:

Facebook there’s pages for Psycho Bunny and for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress.

Twitter there’s my own account, and one for Psycho Bunny.

World Ov Witchipoo is my Tumblr one.

On Instagram there’s WitchipooArt.

Get yourself some cool stuff on RedBubble, featuring my designs. There’s dresses, tee shirts, notebooks, etc. The notebooks, and the Quentin Crisp tees seems to be one of the best selling items.

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

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Over the weekend, a few events happened. One was The Misfits with the original line-up live at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

No, I didn’t have tickets. It’s okay. I met Jerry Only back in early 2001, when I was in Las Vegas for a week. Later years, got my Misfits collector doll signed over at Forbidden Planet in NYC. (Psycho Bunny was sold in Forbidden Planet back in 2004, in the self-published/indie section)

There was the L.I.C. Open Studios event which happened all weekend long, near where I grew up. Alas, didn’t make it to any of my friends’ exhibits in time.

The other event that happened, well you’re probably sick hearing about it. It was the British royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Normally I wouldn’t care about weddings. Certainly don’t give a toss about some Hollywood actress. However, the English side of me was just a tiny bit slightly curious. Not enough to get up 5am to watch the wedding live though. Just curious enough to attend a friend’s royal wedding party over at her fabulous salon, while sipping some pink blush champagne.

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So if the worldwide coverage wasn’t enough to make you roll your eyes, there’s always the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week. Where Psycho Bunny uses any excuse to party.

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Psycho Bunny attends the Royal Wedding 2018. Based on the comic written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo, on WitchesBrewPress. May 2018.

Now for the social media shout-outs:

On Facebook there’s pages for Psycho Bunny and for Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress. On Twitter there’s my own account, and one for Psycho Bunny. World Ov Witchipoo is my Tumblr one. On Instagram there’s WitchipooArt. Got some cool stuff on RedBubble, including cute summer dresses featuring my designs, as I’ve mentioned before.

 

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A few days ago was Maha Shivaratri, or Shivaratri. It’s annual holiday honoring the Hindu god Shiva. The “great night of Shiva” is a lunar holiday, falling on the 13th or 14th during the winter season.

After a few days past 2018’s Shivaratri, I came across old artwork from 2003. Totally forgot about this sketch. It was done while passing time at a former job. I worked at some pseudo-spiritual gift, clothing and bookstore, located in the East Village. The shop was on East 6th street. At the time East 6th street was lined with small Indian restaurants. Inside the shop I was surrounded by deity statues from various pantheons. Now that year of 2003 was particularly significant. It was right before entering my Thelemic phase, which lasted a few years.

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Very old sketch from 2003. Hindu god Shiva by Michele Witchipoo. 

Maha Shivatri is very important to Shivaites, or those who practice Shavism. Within Hinduism, there’s a sect devoted to Shiva and his teachings.  The Shavites worship Shiva as a supreme god.

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