Monday, December 05, 2011

Art: a 'Hidden Garden' revealed!



With Winter Solstice 2011 approaching, our days shorten and the long nights grow colder--but my drawing of a Hidden Garden is hereby seen with mossy rocks and leaves tres green!


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Now updated: Stars Over Washington. Warning: Politics may be involved...

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Return of "A Night in Celadon Forest" by Jude Cowell



Night in Celadon Forest has returned to Secret Moon Art in honor of the Autumn season. Don't forget your lantern is my best advice!

Plus, there's a Full Moon in Taurus, you know, on Thursday November 10 (2011) at 3:16 pm est so the Taurus/Scorpio energies will be reflected by moonbeams during the evening as they swirl through the cool night air!

Click to view a horoscope of the Full Moon (@ 19Tau) with the chart set for Washington DC, a devilishly Scorpionic spot on Earth if there ever was one. Living there twice in my life taught me that if it taught me nothing else...

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All artwork and images are copyrights of pencil artist Jude Cowell, 2011 and beyond.

Media: Prismacolor oil pencils, Rexel Derwent watercolour pencils (dry only) on black paper which allows certain effects that you'll never achieve on white paper, no matter how hard you try! Try it and see what you think, and...

Draw On, Y'all

Jude

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Other places include SO'W, Jude's Threshold (an astrological reference to Saturn as Guardian of the Threshold to Adventure, and Woolly Mammoth Chronicles.

Any or all of my blogs may contain videos some of which are scientific (word to the wise), musical (hurrah!), or even perspective widening by way of Max Igan presentations. Mr. Igan includes how to deal with today's issues in this time of great confusion.

Not to be missed!


Disclosure: no payments or gifts of any kind have anything to do with what I write or recommend on this blog or on any other. My opinions are my own. jc

Friday, October 07, 2011

A 'Hidden Garden' as Wrapped Art Canvas...



My drawing Hidden Garden looks rather at home as a wrapped Art Canvas, yes? I can see it in a child's room or a solarium room. They do still make solarium rooms, right? Or is the phrase too politically sensitive these days?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

'Predator in Blue' now an Art Print!



My drawing 'Predator in Blue' is shown here as a customizable Art Print for cat lovers of a wilder variety. Rrraowr-r-r-rrrr!

Now please pay very little if any attention to the 'cowelljude' title on my Jude Cowell Art Shop @ Zazzle. You see, when the shop was opened, the sign-up process wouldn't allow me to use 'judecowell' for some mysterious reason so I had to make a quick decision and ended up with a silly user name for my Zazzle account!

It's still just me though, drawing on paper with colored pencils in Georgia...

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Click the Begin selling my art online link to sign up with Zazzle youself and offer your own Art for Sale. I mean, if you're an artist, why not? And leave a comment here with your Shop link if you do, okay? I'd love to visit and browse! jc

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New Zazzle addition: 'Liberty Cries' necktie!

Good morning! Have you seen my latest Zazzle Panel of art-designed merchandise? Drop by when you can 24/7 for a browse of Art Prints, Greeting Cards, iPad and iPhone skins, and more...and leave a starry rating if you feel so inclined!


create & buy custom products at Zazzle

The freshest addition to my Zazzle Art Shop is a Liberty Cries necktie with a patriotic theme yet a 'secret message' flavor--check it out! Sleuth about my shop a bit and you'll discover that the Liberty Cries image is also available as an Art Print.

Visit the Jude Cowell Art Shop and select the 'Artsy Necktie' category to view all my necktie designs grouped together.

Thanks for viewing! Jude

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

'Purple Pansies' by Jude Cowell w Spinning Art Cube



Have you seen my drawing of Purple Pansies somewhere before? Maybe you have here, there, or...perhaps as the banner image for my Zazzle Art Shop, mmm-m-m?

Well, don't go art browsing there yet!

First, please try to spy Purple Pansies on one panel of a 6-sided spinning Time Capsule Art Cube from 1996. Cosmic drawings are included so you can see what my pencils were up to in those olden days.

Spying Hint: you'll see more of the stone stairs from the drawing above and less of the pansies. C'est la vie!

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Please remember that your Comments & child-safe Art Links are always welcome here @ Secret Moon Art. jc

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You might also like: Stars Over Washington where I peek under the hood of Politics and politicians using Astrology as the excellent lens it is.

Fair Warning: tiptoe gingerly for there are huge gaggles of varmints, gangsters, charlatans, and stinging pests underneath the political rocks of Washington DC...

Plus, there's a Food and Diet article I published just today concerning the Raphanus sativa if you dare!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

World Drawing Day June 4, 2011: join in!



Such good news for those among us who love to draw!

Upload your artwork to the Drawing Day site on June 4, 2011 to be included in an online gallery and a chance to have your work published in the Drawing Day book. Being as prolific as I be, it's a bit of a head-scratcher to decide which image to upload - Children's, Botanical, or Adult themed? Perhaps something botanical from my Dreamyfish Art collection? Or should it be a freshly drawn offering?

Options, You've Got Options

Now you may prefer various options such as checking out the Drawing Day *FaceBook page, or using DrawPlus software by Serif for creating your entry in a spiffy way. Me, I'm old school: colored pencils on paper, and drawing for the love of it (since I could hold a pencil, age 2 1/2. Keeping enough paper on hand for a kid who loves to draw is a real challenge for parents, isn't it?)

Another idea is using YouTube to upload a video of your very self caught in the act of drawing, perpetrating in the light of day, revealing your chops for the whole world to see.

Now the goal of Drawing Day is the creation of one million drawings around the world on June 4, and I hope you'll plan to join in with the happy drawing throng!

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*Pardon me for not providing you a link to the Drawing Day FaceBook page.

Months ago I closed my FB account though they retain my info so my connection to FB isn't truly broken, much to my annoyance. (It feels as if FB is holding my content hostage.) Yet you may still find a member or two occasionally linking there to my Political Astrology articles or perhaps to some bit of artwork.

Besides the myriad of security concerns about FaceBook's access to our private information, I became alarmed earlier this year upon hearing news reports that Russia and Goldman-Sachs were considering a FB buy-in.

Whether or not this became or will become the case, it shows how we put ourselves at risk to shady entities whenever we participate on the FaceBook site and the daftness of allowing any social network site complete access to information which should be under our personal control. The US government won't protect us - they're in cahoots! jc

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Emerging Visions May 2011 issue: Mad Majicks!



Fantastic! Good news has arrived: the May 2011 issue of Emerging Visions has dropped!

This issue has a mystical Mad Majicks theme with fabulously creative flash poetry included so do check it out at your leisure.

Above you see a small slice of my offering for the May 2011 art-zine #20 where the complete image of 'Shroom Trio may be viewed.

Enjoy!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Be advised that Troubles Can Swim!



Troubles Can Swim, a Neptune-inspired illustration touting moderation in all things, as drawn by Jude Cowell.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Something New: Psyche Jones' Art Slideshow!

In a flurry of something different than the usual Secret Moon Art fare, here's Miss Psyche Jones presenting a newly created Psychedelic Art Slideshow just for you...and yes, you'll find a 1970s version of yours truly at Slideshow's end sporting a 60s-inspired 'shag' haircut!




All Art copyrighted by artist Jude Cowell; share but no derivatives please. Thanks!


Saturday, May 07, 2011

Our universal Diluvian Flux flows on



While our universal Diluvian Flux flows on, this cosmically inspired illustration may be downloaded for printing or as a screen saver from my Lulu Art Shop if you wish, at a very modest price along with several other art images perpetrated in colored pencil by yours truly.

Hope you'll check them out!

In addition, you'll find that 24/7 art browsing is readily available to you at my Jude Cowell Art Shop a la the excellent Zazzle.com where everything is always in stock and ready for immediate shipment.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Oldie-But-Moldie Art? Yes, a Moonlighter returns!



Pencil portrait of a Moonlighter of Western Australia by Jude Cowell of Athens, Georgia USA. All rights reserved (c) 2011

Not the usual fare here on Secret Moon Art yet the little fellow floated in from Dreamyfish Art just as I was sweeping up for the day...

And if you'd care to view this Moonlighter as an art print - with all the great magnifying features of Zazzle.com - try this link which may take an hour or so to update.

Good-bye for now!

jc 7:30 pm edt

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Gladiolas in Moonlight for an early Spring 2011!



Gladiolas in Moonlight seems quite an appropriate image for Secret Moon Art today considering our recent and lovely early Spring weather!

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Art Alert 3.3.11: a new art print has been added today in my Jude Cowell Art Shop @ Zazzle, if you'd like to mosey over. Title: Lilith in Fringe Bikini. See? Spring is busting out all over!

Also, my latest art blog, Cosmic Lilith Art, is now open for public viewing.

And if you're wondering where you can find a science-y/poem-y blog, you may wish to try Woolly Mammoth Chronicles just for fun, w Science News & videos complimentary.

Plus, botanical fish portraits are always viewable @ Dreamyfish Art along with Marine News, videos, & more. jc

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Petrifyin'! Spooky Fairy Night most PVs ever!

Zounds! My drawing Spooky Fairy Night takes all the cake crumbs as Secret Moon Art's top ranking most-viewed image ever.

Published here November 2009, almost 900 peeks have accrued for what really is a simple drawing of white on black. Some shading has been added but only by hand.

As for your part, m'dears, I'd say 900 peeks is Very Well Done!


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Secret Moon Art: five years & still publishing the original drawings and paper collage images of Jude Cowell!



Edge of Petrified Forest, all art copyright of artist-author

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Here's something you might enjoy. Or not. :D

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Why are Van Gogh's Sunflowers fading to Brown?

Someone seems to have discovered the reason why over the years Vincent Van Gogh's famous yellow Sunflowers have been fading into a brownish haze. Don't leave us, Van Gogh's Sunflowers! Even if you are a floral symbol of monarchy!

(Sun = Leo = natural ruler = divine right of kings, as they think.)

Well, truth is, I have no sunflowers about the place for publishing here but I can sympathize with one of my favorite master painters. If only he could be around to decry this unfortunate fading which is seemingly due to something Van Gogh added to his palette himself to make his colors...brighter! It's a sad and classic case of unintended consequences, right?

This reminds me of some artwork I perpetrated in 1996, the first I'd drawn on black paper since high school art classes; then I had photos taken of the pieces which were transferred onto slides - no desktop publishing then, at least not for moi.

But when I scanned the slides for my art files later on, I found that a certain fading, yellowing, or, browning had occurred which you may just be able to peek through in this example of an original illustration from 1996, Pattillo Armadillo Arrives Late:



There's Pattillo on the grassy bank, upper left, as he arrives too late for an important neighborhood meeting (as the story goes.) If only the community's organizers had had Twitter in 1996! That's a falling star plunking into the water and some curious fish investigating.

Actually, this is one of the first portraits I ever did of my children's book character Pattillo Armadillo and it illustrates a story which I won't regale you with now. Compare the above drawing's 3rd generation, muddied tones to the much more recent drawing, same character, Pattillo Finds Mystery Footprints (at the Pond), below:



A clear difference, yes? ;p

Well, great tasks can be accomplished these days by expert art restorers and I hope their skills and experience may successfully rescue the fading Sunflowers of Vincent Van Gogh.

To read a brief yet intimate profile concerning the hero's journey of the inestimable Pattillo Armadillo, click here for a Gather feature with pictures.

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Scroll this blog's sidebar for links to Art Slideshows of all sorts, floral and more.

And for 24/7 art browsing, mosey on by Blue Tiger Art Shop, or check out my Zazzle Store as you wish...

Monday, January 24, 2011

A Fairy on Threshold Path!



Perhaps it's no surprise to you that there's a Fairy on Threshold Path!

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For 24/7 Art Browsing drop by Jude Cowell Art Shop!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tea Party at 318 Silvery Tree Path!



318 Silvery Tree Path is a fairly recent drawing inspired by the first children's dummy book I ever created called Silvery Tree Path. Fairies were not supposed to show up in my drawings back then for they weren't consciously invited, yet pink fairies appeared anyway which is a typical happening when you draw on black paper!

You know, there's something about black paper that I've always liked. Perhaps it's the 3D feeling I get when shading layers of colors as images form and seem to come out of the blank page toward the viewer which encourages whatever visionary or visualizing ability a pencil artist possesses. Actually there's almost a sculptural quality which I never get when drawing on white paper.

There can be a definite spiritual, cosmic quality as well - perhaps because the black areas suggest an abundant cosmos of vast space to my astrologer's eye. I am a fan of the cosmos!

Anyway, you see here one of my 'shroomhome' illustrations wherein tea and buttery scones are served in front of the fireplace each evening and one reads fascinating books late into the night...

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If you like cosmically inclined art, you may also be interested in viewing Night Scene of a Secret Moon which retains a lot of the black paper before the drawing was completed and colored. Wish I'd left it in this unfinished version!

Oh, and I added some Cetus the Whale info, too, for good measure.
jc