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End of August 8/30/2020

I spend some hours this weekend sitting and painting some rocks that I’ll put around later when they’re finished. I did some painting too, gouache on black paper and then cut out and pasted on another piece of black paper.

I’ve put out a lot of my rocks. I sort of wish I had counted but I’m not that organized. All I know is people seem to like them (I always keep a few at work which I know goes against Covid as I’ve given a few out there). I’ve kept some rocks that I couldn’t part with:

Kerfe and I wish the WordPress community the best as we head into fall.

Amabie

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pandemic
healing spirit rises
from the sea

I missed Draw-a-Bird Day in March.  Amabie is not exactly a bird, but they have a bird beak.  A Japanese Yokai spirit, Amabie has reappeared recently in fresh interpretations all over the world.  The image of the Yokai itself is supposed to act as a charm against infectious disease.

Mine is a bit more fierce than most, but I feel the ferocity is warranted.  You can read more about Amabie, and see some gentler interpretations, here and here.

Tomorrow starts NaPoWriMo!  As Nina is still on haitus, I will be posting each day at my blog https://kblog.blog/.  Join in!

In the Wake

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When I think
of you, I see you
floating, sails
unfurled in
iridescence like fish scales
or maybe crows’ wings,

dark and light
reflected in waves
traveling
unanchored
by time.  Will we meet again
on unmapped seas? or

as birds, hearts unveiled, trailing stars?

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A elegy for both NaPoWriMo Day 24.  The first one I wrote was quite gloomy.  I took some of the images and began again.

I think the replacement was sent by the Oracle.  It has her mark.

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on tides

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to be weight
less, sparkling colors
in water
or air, caught
ungrounded and threaded with
invisible light

My post for Day 15 of NaPoWriMo–better late than never I guess (wordpress has not been cooperative this morning either)–is inspired by Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, above.  I went off the edge of the page for my response.

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Tomopteris joins the party

The little Tuscaridium cygneum looked so lonely on the paper that I decided to add my next sea creature right along with it. This Tomopteris is a type of plankton. I think they look good together! It needed something else so I added the seaweed. It is not scientific but neither are my depictions.

Here’s the photo from the Times:

Dumbo Octopus

I remembered that I had done sea creatures before: also from the New York Times. I did quite a few of these but could only find this one. I may have posted them before but couldn’t find them. Anyhow, this was also from an article in The NY Times Science section. I hope I can find the other ones. I have a huge pile of paintings but this is the only one I found from that series.

Tiscaridium cygneum

Another glowing deep sea creature which looks like something from outer space. These creatures are quite fun to paint. There are a few more from the NYTimes article which I’ll attempt.

Here’s the photo. I didn’t quite get the intricacy of the animal.

Another beautiful day with a chill in the air. Fall is starting to arrive.

Anglerfish with lure

Tuesday’s New York Times Science section featured some wonderful sea creatures which make their own light–bioluminescence. This caught my attention as I’m always looking for things to paint. My first attempt is this grumpy looking anglerfish with lure. I used a lot of silver and if you look at the original it’s pretty sparkly. You can’t really see it in a photo. That’s why Kerfe and I should have a show one of these days, right, (K)?