As a traveller, I wouldn’t recommend Southern Illinois to be a destination to visit unless you plan to die of boredom. However, there is a lot of history and places worth stopping if you happen to be going through the area. This statue is tucked away in an area called Glen O. Jones Lake in Saline County.
Tucumseh was a Shawnee chief who fought the whites to keep his native traditions alive. His teachings can be appreciated by people of all beliefs:
*So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. *Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. *Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. *Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. *Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. *Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. *Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. *If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. *Abuse no one and nothing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. *When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. *Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.
A few weeks ago I posted about my first Paperclay sculpture, Rune Doggie. With the leftover Paperclay product, I decided to make him a little pal, Pumpkin Patch. It is quite the challenge to make anything hollow in a round shape, but I used a combination of wire and foil to make it happen. Pumpkin Patch is a little lopsided, but when I visited a real pumpkin patch earlier this week, I noticed that many of them weren’t perfect.
For the first time ever, I used Paperclay and ended up with this little guy. At first I was trying to make a cat but soon realized that he looked more like a dog (and as someone put it “with a big head”). After waiting for him to dry, I sanded him to smooth him out and then decided I was going to paint him a Halloween theme. I started with an orange base, let it dry overnight, then one afternoon I painstakingly painted very tiny symbols over him. It took several hours, fine brushes, and a very steady hand for the fine detail.
The symbols I chose to use on this doggie were runes, but I also used other universal symbols that I will discuss in another post on my writing page. Since my little doggie was covered in these symbols and I intended him to be a Halloween theme, I decided that his costume is in fact a rune costume. For his eyes, I added tiny amethyst stones.
Based on one of my all-time favorite TV shows, I made my best attempt to carve Samantha Stevens and the Bewitched background theme into my pumpkin last year. It took me about 4 hours, mainly because I didn’t have the proper tools. A drill and some pottery tools helped complete the job.