Monday, February 13, 2023

A Portrait of Polly's Perspective!

by Jude Cowell

Although many moons have passed, my Portrait of Polly's Perspective, a simple pencil drawing on white paper, is finally completed for your consideration!

Inside scoop: Her expression suggests something of a throwback to my past days as high school newpaper cartoonist, and Polly's unusual point of view as depicted in this pencil portrait reminds me of my own views when the principal of my school vetoed my more, shall we say, political cartoons.

In other words, Mr. Hmhmhm basically turned the high school cartoonist into a Caspar Milquetoast via censorship, so that Fight the Power leanings of the 1960s were successfully squelched.

Yet all these years later, we find that Polly retains her own ideas!

So for political ideas and topics discussed through the excellent lens of Astrology, join me at Stars Over Washington where I attempt to translate astrologese into English, and you're free to agree or take issue as you may!

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Tarot's High Priestess: Venus enters Pisces

With planet Venus entering the mystical sign of Pisces tonight at 9:33 pm est, I'm celebrating by posting a version of the Tarot's High Priestess card 2, as depicted many moons ago by yours truly via colored pencils!

Now as many Tarot readers and fans know, the High Priestess symbolizes higher, deeper knowledge, intuition, mystical insight, and may represent a feminine form of 'The Pope'. So that for some folks, this Major Arcana card number 2 connects to the controversial legend of Pope Joan, a lady dressed in men's clothing who some believe rose to lead the Vatican for two years in the mid-850s.

Understandably, the paternalistic Catholic hierarchy has denied the existence and career path of Pope Joan through the years, and one assumes the church's course of denial has not changed. For if her story is real, Pope Joan's ascendancy to leadership is what some might call an inconvenient truth, and quite the embarrassment for men who labor under and promote the myth of infallibility.

In closing, I'll simply say that personally, as a Protestant, but with ancient ancestors of the Catholic persuasion, I have no opinion whatsoever concerning the Pope Joan topic, but the possibility of a feminine pope back in Medieval times does make for an intriguing legend or myth that Venus in priestly, mysterious Pisces can readily appreciate!

Friday, October 14, 2022

Portrait of Brunella

Here you see a new fanciful figure study, Portrait of Brunella, created with a combination of Prismacolor oil pencils and Rexel Derwent watercolour pencils (dry) on black paper.

And because viewing Art is healing, the symbol for Chiron, the healer and the key, is snugged in there somewhere!

Friday, August 19, 2022

Cosmic Persona Designs returns! Or can it?

Today is Friday August 19, 2022 and I'm in process of reviving Cosmic Persona Designs to a spot in the Blogger pantheon of art blogs - if possible.

Therefore, it seems that a fresh publish of a drawing may be necessary so I've chosen a descriptive image, A Mask Beyond, for your kind consideration!

Browse more drawings in my Jude Cowell Art Portofolio where images decorating items such as wall art, coffee mugs, pillows, and greeting cards may be ordered at your leisure!

Saturday, June 04, 2022

Thursday, June 02, 2022

The Return of Pattillo Armadillo!

June 2, 2022

Posted with a flurry of fondness, here again is the dummy book cover for 'Pattillo Armadillo and the Dream of Green' from way back in 2004: