Daily Doodle #35: Everything Dies

I thought I'd get back to what I consider to be my "truest" form of doodling today -no pencils, no plans.

I'm really curious to read how other people will caption this one, but for me, I think it started with an eagle because I read my Free Will Astrology horoscope this morning, and Rob Brezny said I should think like one over the next few months.

The rest of this doodle is me dealing with the relentless cycle of creation and giving away that I've thrust myself into with this Daily Doodle project. It's really quite an experience to create something every SINGLE day, share it, find out what people think, or don't think about it, and then to give it away. -A lot of ups and downs each day.

Over the past couple of weeks, I've fallen in love with a few of my doodles, and I've been having a hard time putting them in the mail. I now allow myself a week with each doodle, before sending it off to its new home.  So, I've been watching doodles wash over my wall and out my door like waves crashing on the beach. Themes, mediums, patterns, emerge and pass away. I'm sad to see them go, but delighted and surprised by what the next wave brings.

I feel like a traveler on a journey with a heavy pack.  Each step I take, requires me to leave something behind in order to move on, and I'm not always gracefully accepting of this loss. Hence, "Everything Dies."

There is a river flowing into death, parting that thin veil that separates the living from the after-living.  This river relentlessly carries us along, despite the will of our resistance.  Everything passes away: the eagle eats the fish, the bowling pins fall, the moon is chased off by the sun, the stars burn out, the river keeps flowing.

And for me, doodles keep washing in and out of my life.

Someone proposed an alternative story about this doodle that I prefer to mine and want to share:

The "Eagle" is actually a shape-shifter in disguise who flew in to the Afterlife to save two souls.  He tricked the moon, and said he was just coming to fish, but then he snatched the souls instead and whisked them back to the land of the living.

Also, perhaps I should change the title? "Everything Dies" might be a bit to emo for the doodle now.  Someone suggested "Owl's Well that Ends Well," which fits the new story a bit more.

Watercolor and permanent ink on paper. 5" x 7 1/2". 12/9/2013. Win it here. Purchase a print here.


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