Jan 31, 2010

Endearing Young Charms

Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.  
 ~Pablo Picasso

I recently had occasion to step back and review the pieces of artwork I've done in the last few years, and I noticed something.  I don't incorporate kids into my work nearly enough.  Perhaps it's because I haven't interacted with that many children recently; maybe I've become bitter and jaded in my old age..?  Whatever the reason, I think kids' endearing young charms justify a bit more artistic attention.

"Young Artist"

"Centaur Lord", in which an intruder is brought before the Master of the Forest.

Palindrome illustration, "Lonely Tylenol©"

"Artichoke Heart"

Jan 14, 2010

Gabriel's Power, Satchmo's Grace

"The trumpet child will blow his horn
Will blast the sky till it’s reborn
With Gabriel’s power and Satchmo’s grace
He will surprise the human race."
 ~ Over the Rhine, "Trumpet Child"

So, remember in my last post, how I was all whiny about having to seek my fortune in the world?  If you're under the impression that I'm a lazy, spoiled good-for-nothing... well, two outta three ain't bad.  Today's been a day of counting my (plenteous!) blessings.  There's so much for which to be thankful.  For instance, I discovered Over the Rhine's album "Trumpet Child" today.  And because I'm a sucker for a good hook, the phrase "Gabriel's power and Satchmo's grace" struck a chord with me.  I love when that happens!

"Trumpet Child"

"Earl Grey" -- viva LolCats!

"Love", an idea for a poster.

"Baby Saint", another team spirit sketch.

Jan 11, 2010

Roses & Cabbage

"The question of common sense is always 'what is it good for?', a question which would abolish the rose and be answered triumphantly by the cabbage."
  ~James Russell Lowell

I love roses.  Back home, my 'antique' rose blooms for me every year around Mother's Day; it's a lovely, delicately pink flower called "Marchioness of Londonderry".  I also enjoy figurative roses, as in the things one does just for the heck of it, rather than out of necessity.   Unfortunately, I've noticed that my tastes consistently run toward things (roses, even) that require "cabbage".  Which is all to say that it's a shame that nearly everything we want to do, possess or give requires a steady job and a paycheck. 

Pretty soon, I'm going to have to give up roses for cabbage.  (Pouts.)

A green jay, whose coloring was inspired by the song "Green Jay".

My rather Mucha-esque "Ghost Girl".

A rough, dragony kind of sketch.

Inspired by a baby shower I attended this weekend...

Jan 1, 2010

Clean Slate

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
~Pablo Picasso

It's 2010, and it's been a good year so far.  After ringing out '09 with fireworks, Martini & Rossi Asti and (our) traditional year-end cocktail shrimp, I spent today internetzing, drawing and chilling with my husband and cats.  Can't beat that with a stick, as they say. 

Happy New Year!


"Headdress", a study; photographer unknown.

"Rocker Boi", a very sketchy WIP (work-in-progress)

"Rainbow Hair", a study; photographer unknown.