Cartoon Animals vs. Real Life

First: I’d strongly appreciate if conversation on this blog was kept to art, homesteading, and other stuff tied to the entries as much as possible… BodyTwo was taken down for a reason and while I know everyone wants to know the details, I’d rather not have those issues affect this site as well. There will be a time and place when it’s possible to discuss this at length but this isn’t that time or place… Thank you.

Second: If anyone has any ideas as to why this blog renders its archive and index pages wrong on IE (other than “IE sucks!”), please drop me a line so I can fix it… Or switch to FireFox!

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Third: I’m still alive and doing fine and looking forward to a wonderful holiday period with Nefarious and Caitlin and others, and am as always, working to create lots of new stuff. A couple more paintings are now on the go — on the left is “Where Water Snakes Come From” “The Origin of Water Snakes” and on the right is “Owl’s Adventure III” (on wood panel).


I’m also giving a lot more thought to the idea of the children’s art museum, and perhaps launching a children’s clothing line at the same time. I was being interviewed by a doctor yesterday as part of my ongoing legal stuff, and he asked me how I saw myself, and I told him that I saw myself as someone with a deep drive to create things of beauty, bring them into the world, and share them with as many people as I can.



  1. wintermute wrote:

    Glad you are still here.

    Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 9:24 pm | Permalink
  2. alecia wrote:

    That was a great response and sums you up perfectly.

    Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 9:40 pm | Permalink
  3. manini wrote:

    My ever practical owl loving daughter saw the picture and said, “Aawww how cute, but I thought owls had wings.” Then we both laughed manically. Sometimes she’s too smart for her own good. ;)

    Hope your holidays are most wonderful.

    Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 10:13 pm | Permalink
  4. Matte wrote:

    I agree, that is how I think the majority of us see you.

    Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 10:21 pm | Permalink
  5. Linda wrote:

    You do much more. You share your life, your being, with everyone, your food, your travels, your family, your thoughts on anything and everything.
    Most people could/would never do that.

    I hope your getting back at least a little of what you put forth and what you’ve given to others.

    Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 10:44 pm | Permalink
  6. nickkk wrote:

    …so uh what happened to bodytwo?

    Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 10:46 pm | Permalink
  7. estrojenn wrote:

    i’ve been a little obsessed with the idea of starting a kids clothing line. talk to me!!!

    Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 11:04 pm | Permalink
  8. dita wrote:

    the owl’s so cute :)

    Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 11:08 pm | Permalink
  9. iDEATH wrote:

    Childrens clothing line!! I have three little girls who would be sporting that stuff, without a doubt.

    Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 11:46 pm | Permalink
  10. sarah schizm wrote:

    Glad to hear you’re still alive :)
    Hope you have a great holliday!

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 12:31 am | Permalink
  11. Mandy wrote:

    that owl is adorable. even though i’m not a kid, i’d totally wear that owl on a shirt!

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 1:59 am | Permalink
  12. Lala wrote:

    Shannon! You are such a talented artist! You know, the owl would really make a great shirt for anyone… The cute, indy-feel stuff is selling like hotcakes nowadays. ^_^

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 3:04 am | Permalink
  13. Miss Faye wrote:

    you are constantly creating and finding beauty. It’s incredible and i think you are the bees knees Shannon.

    Just want you to have an amazing christmas with ur loved ones.

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 3:10 am | Permalink
  14. MafiaPrincess wrote:

    I love both painting ideas. Wow.

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 3:58 am | Permalink
  15. steve maresca wrote:


    Your cross-browser woes are for once not caused by IE stupidity. Instead, the problem was hidden because firefox and friends tried to be a bit too intelligent. In a nutshell, you have several pictures in posts with are wider than the 512px width you set for the div with id=’page.’ As a result, IE expands the container to fit the width of the widest picture and firefox et al make a clever, accurate guess that you want the overflow hidden. IE needs to be told this.

    Time to edit the source — in the conditionally included CSS you have defined for IE, add “OVERFLOW: hidden;” and your problem is solved.

    By the way, the pictures are:


    I hope that helps :)


    PS. Apologies for my comment in the last post if it contributed to your first item of business posted above.

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 4:33 am | Permalink
  16. steve maresca wrote:

    That edit is of course in the #page { //blah } portion.

    Oh and by the way, thanks for the reference to Dignam; I just received my catalogue.


    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 4:39 am | Permalink
  17. Telyn wrote:

    (First post here, though I’ve been lurking awhile, spurred on by the fact that I miss folks.)

    You’ve got yourself pegged pretty well with that description, as far as I can tell; it’s great that you can know yourself so well, and doubly great that ‘yourself’ is such a good, creative person. You give so much it boggles my mind.

    Also, the children’s clothing line sounds great. If your art here is anything to go by, it would be very popular. Hell, I want that yellow owl picture on a shirt. (I’m a kid at heart. It counts.)

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 5:29 am | Permalink
  18. Elizabeth wrote:

    Glad to see you ever creative and optimistic. Inspirational as always. May you and yours share a very happy holiday.

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 8:44 am | Permalink
  19. ed wrote:

    I cannot wait to see the Owls III — that looks soo interesting.

    BTW- while I only know a fraction about the artist Dali, he created many things that might have been considered odd/ unusual/ etc….. YET, that same person became well known as an artist. My point being — just because a person creates things that are different than the norm (or is eccentric as I am) just means they like to be different from the norm- nothing else.

    And I do think that having a children’s art museum is a good idea! Art stimulates the mind – and helps with creativity and imagination. And with creativity and imagination there is no limit to what nifty inventions can be made! :)

    And….. keep the artistic posts coming please! I enjoy looking at the variety of art you create:)

    p.s. PLEASE …. when you complete the OWLS III … PLEASE post a high res image of it: that looks AWESOME and I’d like to have a pic of the completed image.

    Thanks! :)

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 8:59 am | Permalink
  20. Isabel wrote:

    Ahhh! That lizard has got to be my favorite thus far (of the lizard paintings, anyway).

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 10:03 am | Permalink
  21. alyssa wrote:

    i see owl starring in his own childrens book.

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 10:16 am | Permalink
  22. Kaitlin wrote:

    My aunt does ‘children’s art’ (she is very creative and imaginative, the execution needs work) and although it’s technically not the greatest it’s featured often at a gallery (in Belleville actually hah) because the children who visit the gallery love it and can see something there that they relate to. I think a children’s art museum is a great idea.

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 11:28 am | Permalink
  23. nicole wrote:

    Shannon – if you do put up a kids clothing line – make sure to make extra large sizes so us “tiny” adults can get in on the fun!

    someone with a deep drive to create things of beauty, bring them into the world, and share them with as many people as I can.

    Don’t ever stop Shannon, because you’re wonderful. You’re an amazing artist.

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 11:37 am | Permalink
  24. Hudson wrote:


    First I’d like to thank you for all the work you do for the bodymod/art community. I hope all the legal issues you’ve been having are resolved as quickly and as fair as possible.

    I really enjoy your art, it just makes me happy whenever i look at it. I’ve often thought about writing children books just because it would be so much fun to illustrate them, and i think i was heavily influenced by the book “where the wild things are” when i was younger.

    you seem to have real knack at making killer websites so in closing i’d like to throw an idea out there. artblog! i paint (oils) and airbrush and also love charcoal and colored pencil drawing so i think it would be a fun site.

    good luck with your homesteading, it looks beautiful out there. in louisiana i am still wearing shorts and muscle shirt

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 11:38 am | Permalink
  25. Ratty wrote:

    Yeah, if you started making Owl T-shirts in adult sizes I’d entirely buy one.

    Gorgeous paintings.

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 11:50 am | Permalink
  26. Cari wrote:

    I think a children’s art museum is an awesome idea!
    Would your idea include art by children, art for children, a combination of the two, or am I way off? I think a combination would be neat, especially if part of it was dedicated to being interactive where children could create masterpieces of their own and learn about different aspects of art depending on their age group (like, one age group learning about colors combining to form different colors, another dedicated to fingerpainting, etc). If you did the clothing as well, you could include an option for kids to get their own artwork put onto a t-shirt.
    I dunno….it just sounds so neat and my mind started going crazy!

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 12:16 pm | Permalink
  27. Shannon wrote:

    Cari — yeah, a combination of the two. I’d love to get art done by mainstream artists for a young audience, as well as art by young people.

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 1:38 pm | Permalink
  28. mephisto wrote:


    dude. all of your work is beautiful, your paintings and your body art and everything. i just wanted to say thanks for giving us BME in the first place. and then BodyTwo. you’re an awesome person.


    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 8:04 pm | Permalink
  29. TheWomanMonster wrote:

    Childrens clothing, that would be an awesome idea.
    I second the request for sizes for us silly adults.


    Happy Yule to Shannon, Caitlin and Nefarious!
    Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 11:22 pm | Permalink
  30. if6was9 wrote:


    Tonight’s HGTV’s Worlds Most Extreme Homes included a segment on Bill Lishman’s home. An energy efficient underground home in Ontario consisting of seven inter-connected domes. Quite an interesting home on 100 acres.,1797,HGTV_3662_2653129,00.html

    Good to hear you’re alive.


    formerly iam:Syringe


    Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 4:37 am | Permalink
  31. Allahkat wrote:

    There is a place here in Ann Arbor called the Hands On museum which is a lot more science-y than art-y; however you could totally run a gallery like that.

    Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 6:42 am | Permalink
  32. ELY M. wrote:

    I think you should make some of adult clothing too.

    Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 2:13 pm | Permalink
  33. “I told him that I saw myself as someone with a deep drive to create things of beauty, bring them into the world, and share them with as many people as I can.”

    Sounds familiar. Keep on keeping on, friend.

    Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 2:54 pm | Permalink
  34. badur wrote:

    I stare at the owl you painted everyday while i take a break from work
    been thinking of all the adventures it could go on in its balloon
    i think it would make a wonderful kids book

    Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 4:03 pm | Permalink
  35. ImInNarnia wrote:

    I really adore the “Owl’s Adventure” pieces you’ve been doing. I would love to rock out an Owl tee shirt or hoodie.

    Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 7:10 pm | Permalink
  36. Ash wrote:

    I can totally understand wanting to create things for children- the most important goal I’ve set for myself is to become an illustrator for children’s books. It would be awesome to write books about all the weird and awesome things in the world, so kids have something to read that’s not all about morals.

    If you make clothes for children, be sure to make them in adult sizes too, I for one would love some of your characters on my t-shirts.

    Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 7:52 pm | Permalink
  37. Cyka wrote:

    I actually like “Where Water Snakes Come From” … I’ve always felt that when you play something on an instrument, you aren’t just playing the sheet music – if you’re truly passionate about what you are doing, you make it own and create something wonderful in the process. Even if you aren’t a “professional”. That doesn’t matter. The sincerity of it will come out in the playing, and personally, I think that the water snakes idea captures it perfectly.

    Monday, December 24, 2007 at 3:05 am | Permalink
  38. penski wrote:

    I love owls….And Owls’ Adventures would be an awesome kids book…

    …But am the only one who thinks he looks a bit sinister?



    PS: Can’t wait to see the Water Snakes painting finished.

    Monday, December 24, 2007 at 12:04 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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