Doodlewash is a blog I follow – both for Charlie O’s great water-colors but even more for his wonderful stories and descriptions about each drawing.
Today’s Doodlewash post inspired my pome.
Pome by judy
No one catches Santa on the roof
or in the snow sees prints
of tiny reindeer hoof
for Santa’s no bigger than a fly
and reindeer all the size of ants
ferry him through the Christmas sky
I don’t think it silly at all
to imagine reindeer quite so small
how Santa slides down chimney flues
with nary much soot on his beard or shoes
So make your cookies the size of peas
and leave the milk in a thimble please
Limit the weight of gifts and such
to crush an ant
it doesn’t take much
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To read Charlie O’s inspiring story click here:
Here’s my semi-weekly Did you Miss Me!!!!!??????? post. Lately, it seems like every other week I’m blogged-out. As my energy (and attention) waxes and wanes so too my posting.
The last art classes produced these projects. The first was sketching onto a plastic plate and then using water soluble color to print.
Left side – acrylic plate
Right side – print
Print with watercolor
In the portrait class we had 3 hours to create a portrait of a real live man. And although I’ve been known to take liberties with the models . . . like adding arms where there are none . . . I didn’t make up his hair-do.
Bob Blobfish sez: “Her artistic range is either versatile or erratic. To be kind I’ll call it erratically versatile . . .”
The Peacock mantis shrimp
is no wimp.
Its rear sways
while the front prays
that its glow
4 inches is enough
to strut it’s stuff
Watercolor, Peacock Mantis Shrimp by Charlie O’Shields
“Some mantis shrimp species are rather romantic, meeting their dream shrimp and staying together for life, which is up to 20 years. These lovebirds share the same burrow, protect their eggs, and help each other in hunting. When particularly aroused during mating rituals, the mantis shrimp will start to fluoresce. This means, you guessed it, they have glow-in-the-dark sex, which more than qualifies them as an uncommon creature.”
Click here to find out why the shrimp is no wimp: doodlewash
“Along with its spiky reddish-brown hairdo, it’s quite a sight to behold. It’s also a bird that you are better off viewing from a safe distance due to its other key characteristic that has earned it’s rather insulting nickname. But it’s an accurate one, as the stinkbird actually does smell like poop.”
judy’s stink bird pome
The Stink bird, if you will
is a walking, pecking still
Its cow poop smell
is just a cover
for a liquor lover.
Wanna know why it stinks? Ya gotta click here: DOODLEWASH Sinkbird
I never know where I’ll find inspiration.
The last Princess & the Pea assignment was to create 20 different compositions and then pick one to paint using a credit card. I was stuck – none of my compositions appealed to me. Well . . . truthfully there were a few that I liked . . . I just didn’t think I could paint them with a credit card . . .
Looking through my stash of paper I came across this unfinished watercolor from Jan 30, 1989.
The date of the class I took was on the back (I remember I dropped out because watercolor was too difficult) The paper tape that held the wet paper on the board was still there.
I was trying to paint a lemon.
Inspiration! A giant pea! (aka lemon). There was my composition for the Princess and her PEA! (click if you forgot how my credit card painting turned out)
Moral of my tale: Never throw anything away and
some fruit should be a vegetable.
Experimenting with Yupo paper is part of this month’s assignment. Yupo is slick, non absorbent – kinda like photo-paper – and “not cheap”.
The water-color paint does strange and interesting things on the paper and most of it isn’t in your (read MY) control.
I started with the intention of doing flowers (from the 100 flowers we are to draw – I’ve not done 100 but am pooped out on flowers for the moment).
I “flung” water-color at the paper in a devil-may-care manner pretending it didn’t matter if I ruined a sheet of expensive paper . . .
The more I looked the weirder it got. I saw all kinds of faces & critters in the strange shapes. So I emphasized the faces I saw with pencil and here is Yupo #1, my kind of fairy-garden . . . and I am, I swear, completely sober.