Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My first Kindle Fire photo app experiment!



Here’s my first photo taken with the Kindle Fire photo app of an older drawing of mine, Faye & Toni, which is displayed on a wall at the moment (which is why the image is slanted and rather odd looking.)

Colored pencil on white paper isn’t my usual mode as you may know for I tend to prefer the depth of colored pencil on black paper. Still, the ladies do seem quite happy, don’t they? (Or can you tell with those blubbery lips?)  Winking smile

Now this drawing and several others on white paper were perpetrated between 1995 and 1999 and are too large to fit in a home scanner bed. The size of this image is 18” H by 24” W so you see what I mean: no scanning, no publishing in my online galleries.

But since I have the Kindle photo app to play with, perhaps I’ll show  you photo-app’d facsimiles of my larger never-before-published drawings from the late 90s and beyond. In fact, it may be fun for me and somewhat surprising for you.

Oh, and if you’re experienced using a similar app for a tablet, please leave a comment on this blog if you wish with handy hints for better photo-taking for I’d definitely appreciate it!

Your experimental ‘photographer’,


(Pleasant folk may also contact me at: judecowell at gmail dot com but no grouches or spammers please.)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

'Fairy in Rain' now a throw pillow!

Updat DEc 11, 2021: my apologies! Half the content of this post has been deleted by yours truly because Zazzle no longer supports the widget. But hopefully, the widget below with my drawing Hidden Garden, a-pillowed, will tarry here a while longer! Jude

And Hidden Garden has gone cushy pillowy, too, as you see!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

'Saturn Rising' now a cosmic keepsake box!

Though I've been so-o-o busy typing up the Oct-Nov-Dec 2012 issue of Stars Over Washington Monthly, today I took a break long enough to create a wooden keepsake box with one of my cosmic designs on top, Saturn Rising. So what do you think? It should be good for Capricorns like me for hiding away a few secret items, right?

Update 9.28.12: the 2nd issue of Stars Over Washington Monthly is now available for subscription and will be electronically delivered to your Inbox on the evening of Saturday September 29, 2012, if you so desire. This issue (Oct-Nov-Dec 2012) is offered at a Special Holiday Price of $15US (regularly $18) and addresses the October debates, Election Day 2012 (including our traditional First Vote at midnight in Dixville Notch, NH), the Solar and Lunar Eclipses of November, Winter Solstice 2012, and the closing of 2012 by the light of a Full Moon on December 28 (horoscope shown, as are those of both eclipses and the Winter Solstice with its difficult YOD patterns.)

With all the 4th quarter's cosmic and political events and synchronicities, this may be the one issue of SOWM you won't want to miss! To subscribe simply go to Stars Over Washington and click the link at the top of the sidebar.

Or, go directly to the sign-up form here and add your email address. Payment is through Amazon Payments and is a one-off charge for Issue 2 which contains 3 months' worth of astro-details with horoscopes set for Washington DC..

Thanks a bunch and here's wishing you an early Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Jude Cowell

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Wantful now has Amy Zerner's Jewelry!

Good News! This Memorial Day weekend I am pleased to discover Wantful which now carries the creativity of excellent artists and artisans such as Amy Zerner. Amy and husband Monte Farber are the creators of The Enchanted Tarot, the only deck I ever use!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mountainous Canton GA Hosts Fine Art Festival May 19-20, 2012!

In the North Georgia Foothills May 19-20, 2012: Art and Lit Lovers Join In!

by Jude Cowell

If you're out and about in the Canton, Georgia area the weekend of May 19-20, 2012, the Canton Festival of the Arts will provide you and your family with lots of creative inspiration and activities galore.

The Festival includes 50 Fine Arts vendors, a Literary Festival complete with writer's workshop hosted by award-winning Georgia author Terry Kay (To Dance with the White Dog), plus, a Serenity Garden (how cool!) with demonstrations on green and sustainable living, and interactive, hands-on art activities for children of all ages.

So for May 19-20, it's sustainable greenery, a serene mountain setting with Garden, a famous author teaching a writing workshop, plus, a variety of Fine Art suitable for viewing and/or purchasing--what a wonderful weekend is promised at the Canton Festival of the Arts for you, yours, and mine!

Now here's one of my children's drawings recently completed with my preferred colored pencils on paper, May's Fairy Moon:

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Beautimus Pillows presents: Pattillo Armadillo

Well, here's Beautimus Pillows' second offering now available in my Zazzle Art Shop: little Pattillo Armadillo! Now this pillow may be perfect for decorating a kid's room, yes? ;p

Beautimus! Owl of Minerva pillows

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Okay, so here's the latest Zazzle Merchandise panel from my Jude Cowell Art Shop. Not sure if or when my newest creation--illustration 'Owl of Minerva' as a double-sided throw pillow--will turn up in the panel's slideshow, so check out my art shop whenever you may and browse to your heart's content, 24/7, with no strings attached.

My thought is that an Owl of Minerva pillow is perfect for a child's room, especially one with a magical or botanical theme! And when I have a chance to add to my Zazzle Pillow Gallery, I shall file them in a new Beautimus Pillows folder because that's what I called my designer handsewn line of cushy pillows back in the 1990s!

So look online for 'Beautimus Pillows' by Jude Cowell when your head needs a soft landing or your sofa calls out for a different sort of decorative pillow...


Art Note: Owl of Minerva was previously titled Minerva's Glen and you may see the drawing in full here. Plus, this image is also available as an Art Poster so scroll down a bit for a view and a direct link. Thanks! Jude

Blog Note: am trying an experiment by adding Amazon's MP3 clips widget in the 'New Age' genre...what else for Secret Moon Art browsing? ;p If the music annoys you please advise and I'll delete the widget forthwith and anon! jc

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Cosmic Persona Designs gals visit Secret Moon Art

It's February 11, 2012, and for some unknown reason, Anne, Sybil, and Maeve are visiting Secret Moon Art today though I have no idea why since portraits such as theirs tend to turn up more often in my mildly adult-themed Cosmic Persona Designs collection of illustrations!

Perhaps they slipped by me while I was busily working on my entry into Sketchbook Project 2012...hmmm?

Or maybe the gals are here as reps for the (often secretive) Moon which, in Astrology, signifies women or a woman!

Art Note: My other Art Collections may include:

Cosmic Lilith Art, the chocolaty flavorings of Sepia Art Theater,
and Jude Cowell's Art Shop where you're cordially invited to drop in whenever you may!

Plus, you may wish to check out these Creative Places & People:

Shelli Pabis Photography (my friend of several years), hand-dyed yarns from Spring Tree Road (my fiberista daughter Maya!), and my long-published cousin, author Donny Seagraves. All of us are based in Georgia but you know what 'they say'...y'all come!

So if, like me way down in Georgia, you've ever wondered what it's like working at NYC's wonderful Agora Art Gallery, please allow Karin to fill you in on what it's like working at the gallery direct from an insider's perspective!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Buddha-esque Baby returns: Got Diapers?

Feeling a little nostalgic today, my last day of a 34-year career. Plus, new babies are on my mind so here is a re-posting of my drawing, Buddha-esque Baby...

Does he look serene and wiser than his year?

Still working on my entry for Sketchbook 2012 Project and happily I found out (thanks, Caitlin!) that my sketchbook isn't due until the end of April (because I signed up after November 2, 2011) rather than January 31--quelle relief to find I have more weeks in which to complete the project which at this point is about 2/3 done!

This gives me more time to concentrate on helping with a new baby in the family so hold onto your diapers and pray for serenity, right? ;p


You are cordially invited to visit Jude Cowell Art at Zazzle for leisurely 24/7 art browsing (posters, prints, stretched canvases, greeting cards, etc) whenever you can.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Does Mozart like Sketchbook Project 2012?

Mozart, a pencil portrait by Jude Cowell.

Art Alert!! There has been confusion concerning the deadline for sending in our Arthouse Sketchbook projects so I'm posting an excerpt from the Update I received today:

Reminder: There are two weeks left to work on your Sketchbook for the 2012 Project! Please postmark your book by January 31st, 2012. (If you signed up after November 2nd, you are in the Limited Edition Project and have until April 30th to submit your work.)

My own confusion is almost cleared up for I'm not certain if I signed up before November 2nd or not! (That was last year already...)

Guess I'll just have to complete my Sketchbook over this weekend, mail it in, and hope for the best even though I haven't begun drawing yet--because I thought I had until the end of April. Hope I've not confused anyone else about the correct postmark-by date--if so, I sincerely apologize!

And I'm fairly certain that my favorite classical composer, Mozart, would approve of such a global Art effort and could get any creative project done on time because they formed first in his noodle--well, maybe I can, too!

Happy Drawing Everyone,

Jude the Semi-Confused