My brain was having a rough time getting started today. I searched for an intriguing creativity exercise but not a single one seemed to be quite right. With just 15 minutes before I began my 8 to 5, I was at a loss. So for today, I thought I might write about two instances in which I spotted my owl illustrations hard at work, making money for other people. The kicker: although the owls shown on this site are available for purchase, these had never been purchased. They were stolen! One appears on a devotional (ironic isn’t it?) and the other appears on a sign in a sad little antique market in Akron, Ohio.
The thieves hadn’t bothered to mask their crimes at all. With the exception of a few minor changes, these owls appeared exactly as I had posted them on my Facebook page a few years ago. I could get upset about it, but actually, it’s a bit flattering that someone liked my illustrations so much they had to steal them. It probably helps that they’re early owls and not even close to what I consider my best work.
I have friends who are doing illustration-a-day projects but only post low-res, low quality images. Hopefully, I won’t have to do that here. If you like my owls and would like to use them for anything, you can purchase better quality images and even commercial rights through my Etsy account. I love sharing my owls and want to do so fairly.
What a nutty day! I started the day off by getting up at 5 am to volunteer at a race that happens TOMORROW. Awesome. Once I realize my mistake, I happily crawl back in bed and sleep way too late. My daughter and I went antiques shopping–she finally revealed that she actually likes 1950 designs. We wrapped the day up by taking one of our beagles on a run. We tuckered poor Beagle KenEvil out. (The dog was named after Evil Kneivel, but the kids insisted on using their spelling of the name since the other spelling did not make sense to their Kindergarten and second grade minds!)
It’s the first day of October! NOOOOO! Do you realize what this means? COLD WEATHER! NOOOOOO!!!! I got butterflies in my belly just thinking about running in the cold…and snow. I hope I can stick to my running plan without too many excuses–already accepted one today. The 60 degree weather just seemed a tad too chilly for me. I know it’s just going to get worse. At least the forecast calls for three 70+ degree days this week. I’m running all of them!
Since I’m being a “Fraidy Cat” about the weather, so is today’s owlet.
No time to finish today’s owl. Working over 12 hours today has sucked all of my energy. No worries though–double post tomorrow!