Saturday, December 20, 2008

'ShroomHome on Silvery Tree Path

This is not a completed drawing, 'tis true. Yet 'ShroomHome on Silvery Tree Path is happy as a puppy with two tails to see you!

When the drawing is done and published, you will be notified, if you like.

'ShroomHome on Silvery Tree Path, jude cowell Unscene World 2008+


Prismacolor oil and Rexel Derwent watercolour pencils on Black...yes, Black...paper.

12.20.08 12:45 pm est

Sunday, November 30, 2008

When Do You Want to Know a Secret?

As the Bush-Cheney administration packs up to leave the White House in January '09, they're tucking many heinous secrets into their saddlebags and hoping to hide their deepest flaws from the public and from other interested parties.

Here you see a drawing from my Cosmic Persona Designs collection, Secret Gazer, which asks a certain question of you:

Do you want to know a secret?

Dreamyfish Art for portraits of certain tropical fish of Western Australia...some may be pretty shady characters like the False senator wrasse, a varmint if there ever was one.

If you like the infrequent and possibly groanworthy rhyme (perhaps of the limerick persuasion), try Lim's Limericks as dictated by Mr.A. Cat and his cohort, Lim, my chef and roommate. I'm merely the blog's typist and would-be editor and contributor.

Who knew cats could be so political? But as Lim often says, just because you have no interest in Politics, doesn't mean Politics isn't interested in you.

Wise words worth remembering. So don't think you're well-out. For you're not.

Mr.A.Cat, Esq., it may now be told, is a former agent in service to our nation. In a word, a spycat, as we may murmur in private company. 'Nuff said.

Actually, you, Lone Reader, may prefer Politics through the lens of Astrology for a peek under the hoods of political hoods...if so, visit:

Stars Over Washington


Jude's Threshold, a tapestry blog that loosely weaves Art, Astrology, Politics, and sometimes a smidge of Poetry into a brocade of creativity by this, your reluctant astrologer and lifelong artist, Jude Cowell.

~>And that's pronounced Coh' wull, not Cow' as in moo-cow or Simon. Thank you for understanding!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

A Large Disappointed Audience

Here is a full view of A Large Disappointed Audience, a drawing in honor of the Sabian Symbol for '28 Aries.'

In his book, The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, Dr. Marc Edmund Jones gives this degree as...

...the transiency of the rewards in a life taken too literally and narrowly in its more superficial terms. Implicit in the reversed symbolism is the disillusionment that comes when an individual learns that he cannot depend on the applause of his fellows, or make the momentary mood of the masses any proper guide for the values he should pursue.

There is here the call to a selfhood which can rest secure in its own creative potentiality, catering to nothing exterior to itself.

The keyword is: DISJUNCTION...

positive manifestation: complete spiritual independence;

negative/unconscious/shadow side: a destructive assimilation of the self to every defeat or frustration of human kind.

To which I would add: the show must go on!

A Large Disappointed Audience, by jude cowell 2008; use by artist's permission judecowell at gmail dot com

Monday, October 13, 2008

New! Jude Cowell Art

Great Lichen Forest with Fairy wants to know why and how can I add yet another blog to my list...

It's just crazy, I guess, yet Jude Cowell Art has gone live today so please drop by, sign my Guest Book and add Your Link, then check out the variety of Art~Astrology~Politics content and features available for you!


Click post's title to visit Jude Cowell Art


all my online art images/drawings are copyright 2008 by artist, jude cowell; contact for fair use: judecowell at gmail dot com

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Circular Paths of an Unscene World

Circular Paths of an Unscene World, drawing by jude cowell 2008.

'Circular Paths' may refer to Astrology which is the observation and study of planetary orbits and cycles - as well as to labyrinths, of course. Actually, the entire sign of Capricorn is said to be a labyrinth, all 30 degrees of the mer-goat's sign.

Unscene World is an imprint I began in 1996 as black paper took over my drafting table and celestial themes became prominent...and I've never, as they say, looked back!

They also say that black paper gives depth and a spiritual quality you cannot achieve on white or light paper, and I must agree with them.

Here's an example of my early black paper art, Timeless Path, a drawing which won a Merit Award at one of the Olympic Games art venues in Atlanta, GA, summer 1996.

Timeless Path is appr 18"x24" (and was sold before the exhibition opened!) but these days my renderings are small enough to fit a scanner bed so that they may be easily published online for downloading and such, though sometimes I do miss working in a larger format.

My Favorite Pencils: Prismacolor oils, Rexel Derwent watercolours, and a few Spectracolor oils left over from the 90s. The Spectracolor brand, last I knew, was discontinued which for my purposes is a sad state of affairs.

(In fact, I remain to this day in quite a snit of miffdom over it.)

Watercolour pencils are used dry only although you could dampen them if you prefer. Anyone who is proficient or masterly with watercolour painting is a very admirable artist for that's one media I never managed to master even a little bit.

So if you, dear viewer, are good with wet watercolours, kudos aplenty go to you!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Path to an Ancient Temple

Path to an Ancient Temple, drawing by jude cowell 2008.

Yes, I do like paths'n'portals, ancient temples, and greenery, too!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Golden Chanterelles and new art too!

Golden Chanterelles, drawing by Jude Cowell 2008.

Announcing: Art images are now on display within the Jude Cowell Art Boutique and are suitable as Wall Posters.

One image, a drawing titled, The Orator, is from Cosmic Persona Designs, a collection of drawings for viewers over the 17+ age range because some of the images may involve what I call Chiffonery Art that is sometimes tagged as "sexy-fun."

There are no photos at all. Only Art. Drawings on paper. Quite harmless really.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

New! Art Slidehow for you

Fork'd Way drawing by jude cowell (c) 2008.

You may wish to scroll down to view my latest creation, an Image Loop Slideshow using a blend of drawn images from Dreamyfish Art, Cosmic Persona Designs, and from Secret Moon Art.

It's a virtual smorgasbord of Artiness created just for you, Lone Viewer! And you're cordially invited to sign my Guestbook if you'll see it just above the Art Slideshow. jude

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Friday, September 05, 2008

A Snowy Path

Winter is on the way and here's A Snowy Path for you to wander!

drawing by jude cowell 2008

Jude Cowell Art

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Wandering Educators: September Artist of the Month

Wandering Educators has given me the honor of being their September Artist of the Month with interview and featured images of my drawings, so do check it out!

And if you're an artist, educator, photographer, or an associate or a fan of such, you may wish to join this new site ~Wandering Educators ~ and show your creative content while viewing that of others. Hope to 'see' you there.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Secret Moon Art update!

It's a magical night and there's a Fairy at Work...shhh! ~~~
And here's a heads-up for you for
you may wish to check out my 24/7 browse-able Art Portfolio at Fine Art America!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Minerva's Glen

Minerva's Glen being one of my all time favorite drawings, I'm adding it here for your viewing or reviewing purposes.

Blending 'real with visionary' somehow seems most interesting to me.

What do you think?

Minerva's Glen by jude cowell 2008

Photographing Ballerinas

Photographing Ballerinas is not the usual fare for the Secret Moon Art collection, but things are changing around here and the ladies wanted to see what's going on!


Photographing Ballerinas by jude cowell 2008

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Isle of Ruins returns

Welcome back to the Isle of Ruins, an image of a drawing from 1996 with the usual Prismacolor and Rexel Derwent pencils as the culprits!

jude cowell (c) 1996 - 2008 and beyond...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Wire Art vs Pattillo Armadillo!

>Candle Bower 2003 Look! here's a photo of one of the Candle Bowers created by yours truly as Uranus (lightening; new ideas) traversed my 5th house of Creativity.

This was during my electric art phase, 1995 - 2004...see Cosmic Light Panel below - the photo is a bit fuzzy (from 2000) but it will give you the idea.

Wish I could still shape wire, beads, stones, and prisms into a spun stageset of silver, gold, copper, and brass - a decoration meant for candle enjoyment as well as for lighting purposes - but it's not to be. (Beware the nickel content in silver wire!)

Mirrors reflected candle flames the better to see you with, and here you observe candle's image at the top of the *bower - wish you could see it in evening light where it really glows.

But after 6 years of creating this line of designs, nickel had overly sensitized me and so I gave up creating my line of Wire Art, as I called it then, along with other styles of candle art, plus: mobiles, bead-studded boxes, light-catchers, articulated fish with bellies full of beads, and all manner of sculpturous things which one may invent with wire, whether beaded or no.

Then HG-TV called in 2004 about taping a segment for a new program but it conflicted with a writers' conference coming up where I could work on Pattillo Armadillo and the Dream of Green, my childrens' book. With Pattillo invited to NYC, his story and art had to be completed.

At last Pattillo made The Great Trip to NYC to have his book dummy - or dummybook, if you prefer - scrutinized by big town editors but he didn't 'fit' their list. Not quite up to snuff. So he came home to Georgia where he has remained ever since and as far as I know, has no plans to return to the Big City.

Here's a view of Pattillo from his dummybook cover:

So Pattillo and I are sending Big Thanks to readers of this blog - both of you are very kind to make it to the end of this post!

* concept for Candle Bowers came from bower birds and their amazing, cozy nests.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Venus Rising by Jude Cowell; update: Venusian Washington DC

Venus Rising by jude cowell (c) 2008

Update June 10, 2015: Venus, Politics, Presidents, Astrology, Zodiacs, and Washington DC

by Jude Cowell

How curious that I posted Venus Rising in 2008 since I discovered only recently that April 6, 2008 is what some call the first day of the current Venus Cycle. So considering the 8-year cycle of planet #Venus there is hidden significance in America's 2016 Election/s because 2008 + 8 = 2016. And let us not leave out our Founding Fathers' preference for a goddess-worshiping mystery religion. If a woman is elected president in 2016, we will have uplifted once again matriarchal rule after centuries of paternalism.

Although political conservatives and Evangelicals in the US prefer to call them 'Christians', Franklin, Washington, Jefferson, and our other Utopian founders are usually listed as 'Deists' and most people are aware of their secret society connections such as Freemasonry, Illuminism, and Rosicrucianism. Yet the feminine statues and engravings that decorate the city of Washington DC (ex: the Armed Freedom statue on the Capitol Dome, the stars of constellation Virgo so prominent during early Masonic cornerstone layings of DC buildings and highlighted within DC's many Zodiacs and horoscopes) with their Great Mother-Isis-Semiramis-Mary and Virgo/Ceres/Demeter symbolism relates directly to goddess and archetype, Venus, the beautiful and the vengeful.

Of course, Venus is the consort of our country's official and obvious phallic symbol, the Washington Monument which is dedicated to the "Father of Our Country", sterile though George seems to have been (probably due to one of his several childhood diseases. Additionally, George descended from a Star Family of Enochian priests which is one reason his contemporaries idolized him so highly as a cult leader and by other of his brethren immortalized Washington in statue as 'Jupiter-Zeus' and as a transcendent being (ex: the famous painting of his apotheosis into godhood...Enoch translated to heaven? puh!)

Now as you know, a 5-pointed star is a symbol of Venus, too (5 x 8 = 40.) Stars appear on the Washington family crest which was a template for the design of the US flag. And with a few unavoidable exceptions (assassination, resignation), our US presidential inaugurations every 4 years are held based on the Venus Cycle for as you know, much value is typically attached to the concept of a two-term presidential residency (2 x 4 = 8) of the Oval Office, its shape a shout-out to the Cosmic Egg and the fertility of goddess Venus. Plus, have you ever heard Washington DC called the "New Jerusalem"? This is an intriguing Venusian link as well because the word 'Jerusalem' means "place of Venus rising," a good place for the observation of planet Venus at certain times of the year.

And no, yours truly knew very little of these concepts when I visualized, then perpetrated, the above drawing of Venus Rising! jc

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Cosmic Light Panel 1999

View of a 1999 Cosmic Light Panel, one of several I created back in the electrified art days leading up to the New Millennium:

Formed upon a wooden frame with fabric, wire, beads, colored electric lights, and mirrors, this Panel sits unobtrusively near me as I type and must be plugged into a wall outlet to see what you're seeing in the photo.

The brightest object--representing Chiron, the Wounded Healer--is actually a small prism hung behind the fabric with a bulb set to spotlight it.

Ahh, the glowiness of 1999!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Neptune's Daughter and friend

Something a bit different for Secret Moon Art...
Neptune's Daughter and friend, by jude cowell (c) 2008

Actually this pencilic rendering is an expression of Mercury's links to the astrological 12th house of the Unconscious and its typical feeling of thoughts floating up from the Unconscious realm which is symbolized in our dreams by Neptune's province, the ocean.

And that includes the Collective Unconscious--as Cetus the Whale and this mer-maid could agree!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Your Estee Lauder rep circa 1972

Hi! it's Christmas 1972, Athens, Georgia, USA. Here's a smeer of red lipstick to welcome you back to Secret Moon Art!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Pleiades Sisters: a portrait

Pleiades Sisters, a drawing by jude cowell (c) 2008.

Yes, it's true that Secret Moon Art is not usually where I publish figure studies unless they have starry connections.

So here's a photo of the Pleiades, the most auspicious and identifiable Taurean star cluster of all, the mythology of which appears in many cultures as a hen with chicks, a flock of doves, and for my drawing purposes, The Seven Sisters.

Which is which? You decide: it's Sterope, Merope, Electra, Maia, Taygete, Celaeno, and Alcyone, the daughters of Atlas and Pleione, as represented in whimsical human form by your artist of the evening, Jude Cowell.

And tonight is Earth Hour from 8:00 to 9:00 pm, if it hasn't come to your time zone will be a good chance to view the stars without the usual light polution and save some wattage simultaneously!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Trail to the Moon

Trail to the Moon, drawing by jude cowell (c) secret moon art 2008 Use only by express permission of artist

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Moon Reflection Pyramids

Here's a drawing from my Nostalgia Files, Moon Reflection Pyramids, done on white paper--way back in 1995!

(c) secret moon art 2008 by jude cowell

Friday, February 22, 2008

Pink Fairy Pink Dawn

Pink Fairy Pink Dawn, drawing by jude cowell (c) 2008 Use by express permission only

Monday, February 18, 2008

Cloudy Moon Night

Cloudy Moon Night--drawing on left, and the same drawing above but with sprigs of fresh-blooming rosemary from my garden scanned upon it just for fun.

Cloudy Moon Night by jude cowell (c) secret moon art 2008+

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Blue Trumpet Flower in Moonlight

Totally made this up--to my knowledge there are no such things as Blue Trumpet Flowers, but there is moonlight and my imagination.

Blue Trumpet Flower by jude cowell 2008 Use only by express permission of artist.

Which reminds me...I heard that the Hollywood writers' strike may be ending soon which is good because I want to see more episodes of my favorite new show: Moonlight. I'm not a fan of the vampire normally but a humanitarian vampire is a difficult paradox to ignore!


Yes, Moonlight came back from the writers' strike but was cancelled at the end of its run - which grumped me up considerably. Anti-kudos to CBS. :-(

Friday, February 01, 2008

Lady Unmasking: in time for Feb 7 '08 Eclipse

Lady Unmasking is drawn and published in honor of the Feb 7, 2008 Solar Eclipse in the 10 North Series.

Keyphrases for this Series which last manifested on Jan 26, 1990 (so similar issues may resurface from that time period) are:

strong emphasis on communications; frustrating or inhibiting events occur relating to news, paperwork, or a young person; a draining of energy--take things quietly for there's an element of fatigue with this Series. (Brady's Predictive Astrology.)

Yes, Lady Unmasking is a bit of a departure for Secret Moon Art, for my figure studies and mask-related images are usually published at Cosmic Persona Designs with Children's, Botanical, and Fairy Art published here at SMA.

Plus, I hope you don't mind a smidge of Astrology with your Art today! I have sashayed into Astrology here before--it is Secret Moon Art, after all.

Why "Unmasking"? The reason some folk call this the Unmasking Eclipse is because it falls at "18Aquarius" and the Sabian Symbol for that degree is "A Man Unmasked."

This speaks of a man's secret motives being revealed due to the impossibility of keeping one's true motives hidden forever...and '18AQ' is the opposite degree of Venus' position on 9/11/01.

Venus' degree on 9/11 was same as the Sun/Moon degree of the August 11, 1999 Solar Eclipse...aka the King of Alarm Eclipse which set the tone for the New Millennium. Sour note so far, right?

Nostradamus' description of this difficult Eclipse related primarily to monetary issues and we know that the attacks of 9/11 were aimed to decimate our financial system.

Yet even Washington DC may fall prey to the influence of the Feb 7 Eclipse, for they have the most secret motives of all...and the most to gain by keeping things out of sight.

To read more on Washington and its starry doings, visit Stars Over Washington and for a blend of stars, politics, Art, and the occasional lapse into poetry, drop by Jude's Threshold where you'll find an article in the blog's Sidebar with more details on the King of Alarm Eclipse of August 11, 1999.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Indian Pipes

My botanical drawing of these mystical little Indian pipes shows them rising in ghostly cluster from a shadowed forest floor.

Indian pipes are sometimes mistaken for fungi but they are a true flowering plant. Yet their leaves lack chlorophyll and present as scales along the stems.

Therefore they are unable to manufacture food, so their tangly masses of rootlets live quite intimately with subterranean fungi. Both then take their sustenance from decaying organic matter and from living tree roots.

Blooming in summer, Indian pipes' single nodding cup-shaped flowers do resemble small clay pipes atop their waxy stems.

And who can say that fairies don't play tunes upon these lovely creations of nature-- or puff a puff or two?

Indian pipes by jude cowell (c) 2008 Use only by express permission of artist.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Fairy Glen

Fairy Glen is a drawing about to be donated to my local Mental Health Benefit Art

Fairy Glen by jude cowell 2008; Use only with artist's express permission. Thanks.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A Chinese Woman Nursing a Baby with a Message

Beyond synchronicity?

Two years ago when I rendered this drawing to illustrate the Sabian Symbol for the 12th degree of Cancer, "A Chinese Woman Nursing a Baby with a Message" I was unaware that in August 2012, Venus will be "stationary in the hand of Orion" (Signs in the Sky, Adrian Gilbert) in mid-degrees of Gemini.

This relates to the cataclysm of 2012 predicted in the Mayan Calendar and in ancient Egyptian texts--and Venus is the prime planetary actor in the drama.

(And in Astrology, Venus may be considered a significator of a woman, as well as of values, relationships, aesthetics, beauty and the Arts, and money.)

Most people have heard by now that the three pyramids at Giza line up with the stars in the Belt of Orion (though some may dispute it.)

My religious friends have told me for 30 years or so that Christ's Second Coming will be from the direction of the Belt of Orion. And a certain prophet has predicted a Shaking of worldwide proportions--which sounds much like the pole shifting of 2012 with its earthquakes and tidal waves...tsunamis.

Orion as a constellation equates to Osiris, a Christ archetype at the equator, well-known in ancient Egyptian star lore...Orion/Osiris was god...not a symbol of god, he was god.

There is a pyramind text which captures the Egyptian concept of Orion/Osiris:

You sleep that you may wake
You die that you may live.

And in Brady's Book of Fixed Stars, we find that Orion is an archetype of god and because the constellation is on the earth's equator it is subject to the hero's journey of the whirlpool. I'd say that Christ's life on earth was a hero's journey if there ever was one.

The brightest star in Orion is Rigel (Ree' gal) and Venus conjuncts Rigel in August 2012. The Star's keywords are: the educator; one who brings knowledge. Seems the Woman is bringing knowledge bwo her Baby who has a Message for all of mankind.

Well, what brought all this on? you may ask. If you look behind the Woman in the image, you will see what appears in all my drawings of the sky...the constellation of Orion.

And Venus at "12Cancer" will rise with Rigel during August 2012, something I discovered this very evening (Jan 22, 2008.) This occurrence is what reminded me of my drawing for this degree.

Perhaps it's having Orion at Midheaven in my natal chart...yes, that might account for the synchronicity of the planet, the Sabian Symbol, my desire to illustrate it, my belief in the literal Second Coming, and the stars I am impelled to place in the night sky of my drawings, for Orion has been appearing in my artwork since 1995.

Then there's the synchronicity of YOU, Dear Viewer, finding this lonely little art blog with its lost-among-the-millions-online post with my meager illustration of "12Can"...*keyword: MATERIALIZATION...

positive: a gift for bringing the more Godlike resources or superior powers of self to a point of real community service;

neg/unconscious/shadow side: completely unreasonable demands for recognition.

Please do this as soon as practical: go outside and look up at Orion--for he really is the most beautiful constellation in the sky!

*The Sabian Symbols in Astrology, Dr Marc Edmund Jones.

~:~update July 3, 2008 (7:11 pm edt): if you've shipped over from Jude's Threshold because of July 2 2008's New Moon '12Can' conjunct asteroid Isis then Happy Independence Day, America (tomorrow but we're celebrating tonight while we still may) and wishes for Freedom go out to All the World as per usual! jude

Saturday, January 05, 2008


Here's a small illustration of the wild flower Self-Heal.

Click image to enlarge if it seems too dark for your computer screen... drawing compliments of your artist this evening, jude cowell (c)2008+.