making art

he asks
why do I have to take art
I respond
art is not something you take
it is something you give

she says
I can’t even draw a stick figure
I respond
life saving fire has been born
of simple sticks

he says
I can’t do anything right
I respond
you’re in good company
now put all your wrongs together

and make beautiful art

tiger mouth/acrylicI really like this verse (first posted last year) but not because I wrote it.
I wish we said this to young creative hearts more often.

tiger – acrylic on canvas, long ago-thank you

the ocean’s power

twenty lifetimes of burden for one to bear
is unjust
life asks so much of some
while requesting so little of others
the waves you cherish
float sorrow along
when you’re ready to let go
let the bad memories sink
to a place where they can no longer drown your thoughts
or consume your heart
perhaps there will come a time
where the waters won’t be so tumultuous
peace will ripple
and sailing on a cool breeze
through silent ocean blue
an aqua-eyed mermaid
with delicate feet
and hair spun of flaxen gold
will find you
welcome her with open arms
allow yourself
happiness
and the power of
the magical ocean
find the peace you seek

dolphindolphin created with markers, a touch of acrylic and some ‘ocean’ water ūüėČ for an upcoming project

Mojo’s Tail

The simplicity of a dog’s¬†tail¬†measuring more than temperature. How that tail¬†remains alert until its owner¬†unearths a treasure. A¬†perfect ball ‚Äď mushy, once yellow ‚Äď perfect just the same. It’s Mojo’s treasure. The purity of finding bliss. Wind be damned.¬†The grey sky an¬†extemporaneous play with an early curtain call.¬†How Mojo’s¬†tail flies ‚Ästa noble waving¬†banner from the winning side. The captivating colors of victory unfurl. Mojo’s tail is happy as is he ‚Äď by extension…
mojo gardenmojo in snowMay you dream of finding singular happiness in the simple things…
Mojo’s pics snapped this blustery morning.
Red wolf (endangered) with a happy tail created last week with marker and pencil.
red wolf

Money Whales and Wolverines

My Friends,
This weekend I sketched¬†a gentle¬†humpback whale and an uncooperative wolverine.¬†When uncertain with specific morphology,¬†drawing animals¬†can be¬†challenging.¬†My¬†bathtub is a tad tight¬†for a frolicking whale, and I dare say a feisty wolverine would snack on¬†Mojo the Dachshund. Since I can’t have a play-date with a whale or¬†wolverine, I need to¬†rely on resources. I use my general knowledge to imagine¬†the subject first then¬†roughly sketch out a preferred pose. Next, I research¬†multiple image sources¬†and¬†study them noting specific characteristics. I move on to studio¬†reference books,¬†i.e.¬†Animals in Motion.¬†I use this text to get a sense of bodyweight and movement. Finally, I¬†combine¬†this¬†visual knowledge with a¬†bit of¬†improvisation to render¬†a critter I can call my very own. This is important if one hopes to get published¬†and have¬†no concerns¬†over royalties or copyright issues.
I’d like to introduce you to my newest friends, Henry Humpback and Willard Wolverine born today.
whale:wolverine

Below Henry and Willard’s¬†pencil sketch, is a post from¬†January 2014¬†‚Ästmy first month into blogging. It mentions¬†whales. Notice¬†the clever¬†segue ūüėČ
whale and wolverine

Posted January 2014

My daughter is in tenth grade. Today¬†she¬†will peruse college course offerings with an eye toward the¬†future. She’s unsure what she wants to do, or who she wants to¬†be. She’s interested in two things ‚Ästmarine biology and making money. At the tender age of fourteen, whatever she decides will probably change.¬†But as long as she’s filled with cockeyed-optimism, she can keep a positive outlook¬†when¬†if they begin downsizing at her job.

I wonder if there is an employment opportunity out there for rescuing money-spouting whales. ūüôā

Thank you. May you and your pet wolverine dream of sitting in a whale’s belly for some quality reading time.