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There Is Still Wonder โœจ

This drawing was meant to be accompanied by a long post describing my acceptance of being agnostic, a word I’ve only begun to use to describe myself this year, after one last, deep foray into religion that ultimately helped me finally be free.

In the end, I decided to post it by itself –well, mostly. This was going to be a lot longer. But I feel that my road to peace, to breaking away from religion and trying to find my spirituality without being constrained by fear or indoctrination, is more between me and my maker (I do still believe in intelligent design, but I also accept that it may not be a thing, I just wish that hopefully this is the case) rather than something I should share as a long diatribe.

The short of it is, I feel at peace –I had to grieve, in a way, but now I am happier than before. I was afraid that accepting what I suspected in my heart since childhood meant the world would lose its wonder and magic, but it has not: the world holds incredible wonder regardless of how it came to be. The only difference in my life, truly, is that I am free from fear, and left with wonder alone. I’m grateful for the journey.

๐Ÿ„ You may NOT copy, color, reference, repost or use this artwork in any way or claim it as your own. Copyright is ยฉ 2021 by Marina Neira McKinzie.

The Tale of Horus, Chapter 3: The Dragg’n Catchin’ Pit

You’ve probably seen this on FA quite a while back, but I completely forgot to mention here that chapter 3 of the Tale of Horus is now available! You can read it here: https://www.marinaneira.com/horusindex (Just click on chapter 3.)

๐Ÿ„ You may NOT copy, color, reference, repost or use this artwork in any way or claim it as your own. Copyright is ยฉ 2021 by Marina Neira McKinzie.

๐Ÿฅ‚ Here’s To A Happier Year ๐Ÿฅ‚

Here’s my early wish to a happier year for everyone who follows me. It would be disingenuous to tell ourselves that our problems will be solved at the stroke of midnight tomorrow, and I have to say, if we have even some sense of normalcy returning by July 2021, I’ll feel infinitely grateful. In this winter of our times, I believe we still have a good few difficult, cold months ahead. But if I squint a little, I can already see a glimmer of hope in the horizon. I hope you can see it, too.

I leave you with the lyrics to the opening song of one of my favorite Disney sequels, which inspired this drawing and has both lifted my spirits during sad times and made me smile during happy ones with the reassuring reminder that yes, things worked out in the end, and will again.

Have a happy 2021, everyone.

Under the snow, beneath the frozen streams,
There is life…
You’ll have to know, when nature sleeps she dreams,
There is life…

And the colder the winter, the warmer the spring,
The deeper the sorrow, the more our hearts sing,
Even when you can’t see it, inside everything,
There is life…

After the rain, the sun will reappear,
There is life…
After the pain, the joy will still be here,
There is life…

For it’s out of the darkness that we learn to see,
And out of the silence that songs come to be,
And all that we dream of awaits patiently,
There is life.

Songwriter: Friedman David Allen
There Is Life lyrics ยฉ Walt Disney Music Co. Ltd.

Upcoming Holiday Icon ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽโ›„

Before you all worry, there’s been ton of commission work behind the scenes… the BG for the Winter Friends YCH is almost done and most of the characters for that are inked as well! I don’t mean just the animals, but actually all the YCHs individually. ๐Ÿ˜Š So, I allowed myself one little personal thing in between!

I’m trying to get myself in a Christmasy mood. I’m not depressed or anything, frankly the complete opposite, but I don’t feel the energy to decorate like, at all. I want to do it for Christopher’s sake at least though. I will try!

In addition to the new icon my blog will have a whole Christmasy revamp. I’ve had that ready for a while and kinda chomping at the bit to use it… the featured image on this post is a sneak peek of that, and will be used on all Christmas themed posts. Maybe I’ll reward myself with the full revamp after I decorate the house.

๐Ÿ„ You may NOT copy, color, reference, repost or use this artwork in any way or claim it as your own. Copyright is ยฉ 2021 by Marina Neira McKinzie.

If You Help Me, I Know We Can Do It

I drew this a couple of days ago –when the election results were becoming clearer, but had not yet been announced by every media outlet.

I felt pretty sure that Biden would win, but I was heartbroken regardless, because it was so close, and for me, it wasn’t really about Biden winning as much as it was about seeing the majority of our country repudiate what I feel is a lack of compassion and basic human decency. When I saw it was so closely split, it changed my view of things going forward.

This country has hate of all kinds, it has racism, it has white supremacy groups. But at its core, I believe our United States are still made mostly of good people. People who even in terrible misunderstanding and disagreement do not want to fight. People who do love each other, in spite of seeing the other side make choices that they consider to go against whatever their basic morals are (don’t fool yourself, both sides feel this regardless of who is right, and you know where I stand myself.)

It’s easy enough to say that the viewpoints on each side cannot begin to be compared, and that one side is quite right to be demonized by the other. Unfortunately, it really will get us nowhere. It REALLY will happen again if we don’t reach out to our neighbor, no matter where they stand, and ask: “What made you choose this? I’ll listen to you. Tell me what you are afraid of. I’ll tell you my fears. Let’s find a common middle ground.”

So much of the hate in this country is rooted in fear. Seeking to see eye-to-eye with someone who holds what may be an abhorrent viewpoint to you (and to many) is a bitter pill to swallow. But I feel it is the only way forward if we are ever going to heal.

Most people aren’t a lost cause. Neither is our nation. Most Americans are good people. Believe that, and we will be united again.

๐Ÿ„ You may NOT copy, color, reference, repost or use this artwork in any way or claim it as your own. Copyright is ยฉ 2021 by Marina Neira McKinzie.

It’s Just A Little Pet Peeve

Shameless trace of a wonderful screengrab of perhaps the worst anime ever made, Chargeman Ken. The moment I saw it on a YouTube review this afternoon my brain immediately connected it to my inner rage at my myriad of pet peeves that I shared earlier today in this post https://marinaneira.home.blog/2020/11/02/pet-peeves-%f0%9f%92%a2/ and thought of Christopher often trying to hold me back from exploding.

In reality, it’s usually me emanating violent energy towards someone and him emanating calming energy towards me or going “aaaaanyways” to diffuse a situation. ๐Ÿคฃ

๐Ÿ„ You may NOT copy, color, reference, repost or use this artwork in any way or claim it as your own. Copyright is ยฉ 2021 by Marina Neira McKinzie.