"Mermaids" Vitiligo and Mastectomy are the subjects in this watercolor. [TRIGGER WARNING, mentions cancer, death, bullying, surgery.] My brother has Vitiligo on his face and neck. He struggled growing up because bullies thought he wore make-up. He was tortured by his classmates and eventually had to change schools because the bullying. I personally find vitiligo beautiful. It reminds me of watercolor; dropping water in dark paint, it disperses and creates the most beautiful patterns and shades. Like a masterpiece on the body, no matter how small, or large the patches are, it is beautiful. The second subject of this painting, I cannot even begin to understand. Mastectomies. I painted the pink mermaid because I know so many women who have died from breast cancer. Some of them were told that the best thing to do during their fight with cancer would be to get either a single or a double mastectomy. None of them did. I remember distinctly while talking to one of them, she said the reason she didn’t get the procedure done, is because she would no longer be beautiful. I just found out that she passed away a month and a half ago. I know that scars are hard to live with, I know that many feel that scars are ugly. But every scar that is on your body is a tattoo, documentation of where you have been, your battles, and your adventures, and no matter how torn, or how crooked, or how lumpy, or twisted your scars may be, they make up a beautiful story, and a beautiful masterpiece, that is your body. -Watercolors by Shy Cross
"Fox" Scars and Stretch marks are the subject in this one, along with body hair and plus sizism. I’ve had a lot of problems with my scars which are everywhere and as red as a fox’s tail! The scanner messed up a lot of the shading in this one. But I still like it. : ) Watercolor by Shy Cross
"Spring Spirit" -Shy Cross. So this is a watercolor I did inspired by Becca a wonderful fatshion blogger here on tumblr! Check her blog out at afatfox.tumblr.com
"Sedna’s Abyss" -Graphite. Art by Shy Cross
"The Traveler" -Graphite. My Owl phase isn’t ending anytime soon, and neither is my new love of black and white. This work was done by myself Shy Cross. Shycross.tumblr.com.
"Nara" -India Ink, pen and watercolor. I wanted to paint a beautiful girl with an octopus, since this is my first octopus I think i did alright. I got a bit of criticism from one of my narrow minded family members for drawing the girl the way I did (not white and skinny). But I think she’s freaking beautiful! http://fatbabexo.tumblr.com/ is the blog of the girl who inspired this piece.
"Shy" -Shy Cross.
"The Watcher" Oil pastel on canvas by Shy Cross.
"Dreamland" Oil paint and pastels by Shy Cross.
I don’t normally post pictures that don’t really have artistic value but this is Hiro! He is one of two young rats that I pardoned from being eaten by a beautiful ball python at a local pet store. I’ve only had the two rats for two days, but I’ve fallen in love! They are so sweet and have such personalities!