What Grows Here?

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What grows here?
the mystery of
cells dividing reaching towards
the sky’s endless crown

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“Until around the 19th century, Europeans had thought of the horns of a stag as essentially branches, like those of a tree, growing out of its head.”
–Boria Sax, “Imaginary Animals”

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Collage and shadorma in response to Jane Dougherty’s tree challenge.



The eagle-eyed artmoondreams pointed out that the second painting was upside down. Yes it was and it looks better the right way. Reposting, therefore.

Draw a Bird Day Roundup for February 2016

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Once again we have a beautiful banner designed by Nina for our roundup.  And plenty of wonderful birds.

Pixolog, an interesting art blog, happened to feature a group of amazing paper birds by Johan Scherft on the 8th, and sent along their link to share.

Owls are always welcome, and Nina showed us how to draw one:

Jodi at Life In Between gave new meaning to the word parliament with her colorful creations.

Two cardinals made an appearance.  Carol at Carol’s Creative Papers treated us to equal representation for the females of the species (https://carolscreativepapers.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/draw-a-bird-day-february-2016/) and Myriam at Mry’s Bytes drew not only a cardinal, but a yellow-headed blackbird (http://myrsbytes.com/2016/02/08/draw-a-bird-day-the-cardinal-and-the-martian-eyeball/)

More red:  A vermilian flycatcher from Deborah at Cicadian Reflections (https://circadianreflections.wordpress.com/2016/02/06/vermilion-flycatcher-male-in-watercolor-1/?c=4627#comment-4627), a rose-breasted grosbeak from Snehal Kank (https://snehalkank.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/bird-day-rose-breasted-grosbeak/), and European robins from Lance at Weisser Watercolors (https://weisserwatercolours.com/2016/02/09/belated-draw-a-bird-day/).

Charlie O Doodlewashed an “F” for flamingo as part of his February journey through the alphabet.

And Laura at Create Art Everyday continued her “100 Faces Challenge” with a peacock face surrounded by feathers.

Beverly dyer at The Art Prescription posted a bluebird with a poem.

But black and white makes for a beautiful bird painting too. Josh at Too Much White Paper shows us how with his chiffchaff.

February seems to inspire a longing for the sea.  There were a number of seabirds posted.  Teresa at One Good Thing drew black necked stilt (https://teresarobeson.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/birdday-on-wordpress/), Susan Feniak painted a pelican (https://susanfeniakart.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/draw-a-bird-day-4/), Kestral Art linked us to a page of cormorants (https://kestrelart.wordpress.com/living-dinosaurs/), and Judith Garnett contributed a kingfisher (https://judithgarnett.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/kingfisher-oil-on-canvas-board-8-x-10-inches/).

Sarah at First Night Design created a lovely birdcage blossom clock.

And then we have those birds that have flown in from the land of Imagination:  Jill’s Art Journal found a Dipsy Doodle (https://artjillkuhn.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/a-dipsy-doodle-bird/), and Sharon Mann Illustrations created a unique collage bird (https://mondaytuesdaywednesday.wordpress.com/2016/02/07/draw-a-bird-day-february-8/)

We also had some Early Birds, who posted the end of January:  a pheasant from Rebecca Evans Create (https://wordpress.com/read/post/id/82624701/1339), and snowbirds from JM Landin at Red Newt Gallery (https://rednewtgallery.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/snowbird-shape-shifters/).

Oh, and I did starlings.

The usual thanks to A-Wing and A-Way for the original Draw-a-Bird Day inspiration and continuing posts on all things avian.

I hope I didn’t leave anyone out…if I did, accept my apologies and put your link in the comments and I’ll edit you in!

Bordered Landscape 3


I haven’t done a gouache resist in a while. Started this a few days ago because you have to use a heavy layer of gouache and let it dry thoroughly. 

After it dries you paint the whole thing with Higgins Black Magic ink.  

Then you throw it in the sink and wash off the ink. The gouache resists the ink and you get a cool effect.  

Unfortunately I think the piece was better before I messed with it. I did go in with more silver and some other colors. Time to try again!

Shaman Masks

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I told Nina that her doodles from yesterday reminded me of some of the shaman masks I drew the last time I went to the Rubin Museum.  Here are two of them…they look like close relatives, no?



Done while waiting for fifteen minutes for Medicare to pick up my call. I tried one of Kerfe’s techniques of not picking the pen up from the paper. (The colored pencil I filled in later). 

Postcard from Kerfe


Kerfe sent me a cool postcard which I received today. She knows I love skeletons.

I drew the skinnier frog. The postcard is black and white but I filled in the frog in green because, well, it’s a frog.

On the back was a nice poem or haiku (I can’t really tell the difference). This postcard was a welcome piece of mail for me today. Thanks Kerfe!

Junk Mail Art 11: Question

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“No one is dumb who is curious.”
–Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a science educator and director of the Hayden Planetarium.

Sweaters I would Knit…


If I had a knitting machine and the talent of Kerfe I would knit some sweaters. I was very impressed with K’s lobster and it got me thinking, what would I knit? Of course I’d have to do a dog sweater. 

Next I would do some rainbow stripes.  

And if I really knew what I was doing on that knitting machine I would do a hawk sweater with some lettering on it.  

 Alas, the best I could hope for is a scarf. Maybe I’ll head over to AC Moore later and buy some wool. Again, inspired by Kerfe!


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When Teresa at One Good Thing published a post about knitting, I told her I had made a sweater for my daughter for Christmas, and she requested that I post a photo.  I finally got around to taking one, and here it is!  I made a lot of sweaters back in the day (oh about 25 years ago), but I hadn’t done one in a long time, so I was a bit apprehensive.  My daughter wanted a lobster, blue on red, and gave me one of her sweaters for fit.  Even though I made a sample swatch for size, it’s definitely shorter than her sample sweater, but she seems to like it anyway–at least she’s worn it.  The neck was what I was most concerned about–a crew neck would have been much easier for me–but it turned out OK too.

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Then for her birthday, she saw this Star Wars fabric and requested pillow cases.  The fabric was sold out from the original source, but I managed to locate some more.  Again…I used to sew, but it’s been so long I had to look up how to thread the machine.  On the other hand, pillowcases–the only dilemma was how to construct it:  fold at the top, or on the sides.  We have pillowcases made both ways.  I chose fold at the top, and used an existing pillowcase as a pattern.  And actually sewing (a seam anyway–I would not attempt a zipper at this point in time) is like riding a bicycle, it comes back.

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My daughter has seen the new Star Wars movie at least 5 times that I know of (once with me).  But here’s what I really like:  she just assumed I could make these things.  And so I did.  There’s a little lesson here I think…


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