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Rooster Skull (Draw a Bird Day)

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What creates
this form, measured
perfectly
and complete,
a structure to hold a mask
adorned with feathers?

The outline
sits naked, revised,
unconcealed,
redirected
to death.  Not malevolence–
the shadow of time.

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Well, we couldn’t miss draw-a-bird-day, could we?  Continuing with the Year of the Rooster, two views of a rooster skull.

I also didn’t want to miss National Poetry Month; last year I managed to post a poem every day, but obviously I won’t be doing that in 2017.  I have an idea for a series involving dots and magnetic poetry, so I’ll start that on Monday (I hope).  And next week I’ll try to catch up on what everyone has been up to.  Happy weekend! and happy Draw-A-Bird-Day!

Perry at the movies

My daughter’s dog Perry (@perrythepitbull). 

Here he is looking at the painting. 

Perry the pit bull!

Deer Skull in Camouflage 

I don’t really know where these skulls come from. I’d like to think they died peacefully in the woods and were found a while later. In truth they may have been shot and killed so I guess it’s ironic that I’d paint one in a camouflage pattern. 

I’m no expert but I think this is a young one. Only three points. Thank you, deer. 

Two Deer and a Goat

A pharmaceutical rep just came in and brought me these three skulls. They are beautiful! They need to be soaked for a while and then cleaned with hydrogen peroxide. This was a lovely gift which really made my day. 

Birdy Boy

My eight year old chocolate lab/German shorthair mix. He started going grey (or maybe it’s ticking) when he was two. Now he is almost completely white. 

Fox (?) Skull

Found by my friend in Eagle Rock Reservation, he was kind enough to give it to me. As per the genius skull collector Alan Dudley (the book is Skulls by Simon Winchester gifted to me by Kerfe and an invaluable reference) I soaked the skull in a bucket for many weeks to clean it. At first I thought it looked like a large dog such as a Rottweiler. Now I think it is probably a wolf. 

Couple of close ups:

Postcard Fiction: What She Saw

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I actually had a completely different idea when I started this response to Jane Dougherty’s microfiction challenge this week.  The painting prompt is below:

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First the junk mail I chose (for a gallery opening) had a strange silvery dot figure on it which I decided to incorporate into the background.  Then the words jumped out of my word oracle box.  Then, I thought I would add a bird…

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Well, it just escalated from there.  I have a box of animals too.

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I got the name “postcard fiction” from one of Merril’s commenters, who looked up microfiction to see how it was defined.  It works for me!

 

Horse in a Field

I’ve been wanting to draw a horse lately (reverting to the mind of a twelve year old girl?) so today at work had a chance to do one. He or she is trotting through a field of blue flowers with some nice hills in the background. 

Jaguar Masks

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I’ve been featured on Marianne Szlyk’s blog “The Song Is…” with a poem and 4 junk mail art pieces of Mexican jaguar masks.  She also always has great musical links included with her posts.

Click  here and take a look!

Of Cats and Time

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your shadow   not you
half glimpsed movements refracted
sideways through corners
of the eye that seem to be
always pregnant with the past

When I moved into my current residence, I found that my neighbor’s four cats considered the deck outside my kitchen to be an extension of their yard.  She had taken all of them in as strays, years ago.

The last of them died this weekend.

Their presence remains.

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My final drawings of Tabby from last week.