Month: July 2015

Halloween Sketchbook and Way-Out Wednesday: My Favorite Vulture, the new TV show!

Just kidding.

Black Vulture, © 2015 Liz Vitale

Black Vulture, © 2015 Liz Vitale

In actuality, I rescued a black vulture this past week;it seemed to be injured and was hanging around my mom’s place. I fed it dog food for a few days and then got in contact with AWARE, and Uncle Steve and I transported it to the facility.

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Monster Monday: Heraldic Beasts!

Apologies for the lack of updates–Uncle Steve was out of town and I had to a lot to keep our animal rescue and household running.

So here is a big look at my sketchbook I have of Heraldic Beasts. I only have done my favorites, and only monsters so far. I may cover regular animals, too, eventually.

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Monster Monday: The Manticore!

Manticore.© 2015 Liz Vitale

Manticore.© 2015 Liz Vitale

I guess it’s obvious by now that I love monsters. There are monsters I would love to have as a pet, or as a pal, or that I would simply like to see in real life. The Manticore, however, is not one of them. I am not fond of monsters with human attributes.

The Manticore is a Persian legendary creature similar to the Egyptian sphinx, in that it has a lion’s body and head or face of a man. It also has a stinger-type tail, usually a scorpion’s. It sometimes has wings. The Manticore myth was of Persian origin, where its name was “man-eater” (from early Middle Persian martya “man”  and xwar- “to eat”). The English term “manticore” was borrowed from Latin mantichora, itself derived from the Greek rendering of the Persian name, martichora. The Manticore also appeared in Medieval bestiaries, derived from the Greek and Roman writers.

It has a huge mouth often “open to the ears” and has triple rows of teeth, which it obviously needs because it eats human flesh,devours its victims whole, and leaves no clothes, bones, or even possessions of the unfortunates behind.

The Manticore is said to have a voice like the sound of a pan pipe blended with a trumpet.

Random Art: Bruce!

Bruce,© 2015 Liz Vitale

Bruce,© 2015 Liz Vitale

We saw Jaws on the big screen last night, and it was an awesome experience. Since it was a classic movie, everyone was cheering and clapping when certain stars came onscreen(mainly Robert Shaw). There was much whooping it up over the best lines. And it was great being able to scream and jump in all the right places!! (Ben Gardner’s dead head got the best scream!)

It was also fun seeing it with Cuz’n Ashley, who had never seen it before. What a thrill, introducing someone to this treasure of cinema!!

We saw it at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

Fiery Friday: Storsjöodjuret!

Storsjöodjuret,© 2015 Liz Vitale

Storsjöodjuret Statue,© 2015 Liz Vitale

Storsjöodjuret, or the “Great-Lake Monster”,is  reported to live in the 300-foot-deep lake Storsjön in Jämtland, Sweden. The only one of its kind in Sweden, it had its first sighting in 1635.

Storsjöodjuret is described as a serpentine or aquatic reptile with fins across its back and a doglike head. It is reported to measure approximately 20 feet long, and some accounts describe it as having several humps. There have been over 200 recorded sightings of the serpent. In 1895 a group of men,sponsored in part by King Oscar II, attempted to capture it, even constructing a huge trap. Their venture was unsuccessful,but the trapping device can still be seen in the county museum.

n 1986, the Jämtland county administrative board declared the Storsjöodjuret to be an endangered species and granted it protected status. However, it was removed from the list in November 2005.