Who Lives in this Tree House?

The fact that I am hardly the first to create fancy little trees with fancy little doors is not lost on me.  However, it is fun!  Are they fairy houses or gnome houses or beast houses?  Friend or foe?  My goodness, it could be a door to the other side of the universe. Maybe every time you open one of these doors, you are presented with a window to another dimension!  I could go on for days, but I don’t think that’s quite as interesting as showing you some fancy little trees with fancy little doors (and all the attendant beasts, of course).

Here is the most recent:

Who's House is This?

I like it.  I purposely left the background blank because I may make prints with a variety of digital backgrounds.  Maybe I’ll have it printed onto cling film of some kind so you can put it in your window (house or car, whatever).  Tragically, there is a spot on it in the upper left.  I can remove the spot digitally, but I am hoping to put the original up for sale so part of the reason I posted this is so that I can ask my Doodle team at Etsy for some expert spot-removal advice.

Speaking of the Doodle team, the first of the crazy tree house scenes, attached below, is the result of yet another Doodle challenge, this one based on the theme “The Enchanted Forest”.

Hogging the Swing

Tocktock the rat was hoping to have a go on the swing, but that silly purple bird was hogging it again. His closest friend was the dog, Ollie. But Ollie mostly liked to stare at brightly-colored things. Everyone said he was a magical dog because he could see colors. Tocktock did not think this was useful magic. Useful magic would get him a turn on the swing quicker.

Tocktock was even pretty sure the big blue bird was frequently irritated by the swing-hogger. But he could hardly expect one bird to side with a mammal over another *bird*. Oh well.  Maybe he would go eat some bugs and come back later.

This 8×10 woodland-type community portrait is available in my Etsy store.  Yay!

Here’s a couple other recent things in my continued attempts to figure out these tricky Copic markers:

Cecil is Curious

Cecil was quietly waiting for the tiny dwelling’s occupant to make an appearance when the monstrous pink bird showed up. Hello, he said. The bird looked at him with interest but did not answer. Do you speak? asked Cecil. The bird shook its wings out. Cecil did not know if this meant no. Or yes. Or wasn’t an answer at all but just a shake.

I have been visiting this spot for several days, said Cecil. I don’t know who lives in that house, but I am hoping they will show up. Maybe they will be nice and make tea. The bird bobbed his head up and down. Cecil did not know what to make of this, but was happy the bird did not seem to want to eat him.  (A 5″ x7″ drawing.)

Ornery Beast Hydra

One of the heads is always supposed to be awake. At least, that’s what their mother told them. You’ll get caught unawares by a monster! she would say.

To be perfectly honest, the three never believed this tale. Sure, it might be useful for one head to stay awake in case of rain, but they were a hydra! What monster would possibly want to tangle with a hydra? Besides, naps are such nice affairs. They take at least three per day. (A 5″ x 5″ drawing.)

Green Bird & Friends

Lymon the bird noticed recently that his favorite tree was becoming a favorite spot for other people. He liked to think of animals and bugs as people. Why not? They could all talk and everything, although of course they preferred not to let the humans know this.

He still wasn’t sure what the little grey guy was, since he was pretty sure porcupines don’t climb trees. Echidna? Hard to say and frankly, hard to understand with that high-pitched voice. But he was a patient bird-person and eventually they would understand each other.

I quite like this ACEO.  I even listed it at one entire DOLLAR more than the others, although I am considering adding another entire dollar for a whopping total of ten dollars.  What can I say?  Sometimes I go off the rails.   :O)

Thanks for stopping by!

4 thoughts on “Who Lives in this Tree House?

  1. Sheri McClure-Pitler

    You’re so funny! I’m as hooked on the little stories as the illustrations. I like the direction those pesky Copic Markers are taking you; whisking you away through magic little doors. And the trees are like characters themselves with multi-colored twists.

    Is that the spot – that teensy-tiny greyish dot? Or is it a speck of dust on my monitor? Well, if that is it, here is my advice; embrace the spot! Turn it into something like a tiny flying whatzit. That’s how I handle all of my spots, errant lines, blotches… Unless of course the thing I turn them into is worse than the spot itself. Then I’m doomed.

  2. The Beast Tender Post author

    Haha yeah, it’s a pretty small spot. I was trying to leave all the white space but I may extend a curly branch out. Or, someone on Etsy suggested dabbing it with the cleaner you can get for waterproof markers. So, one way or the other. :)

  3. Zenobia

    I really enjoyed reading this post! And I especially like the hydra. And the story just adds so much more depth to the work.

    Keep it up :)

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