Thursday, February 18, 2010

Return of the 'Silver Tree'

Silver Tree is a drawing from 1996 when I using paper in the 18" x 22" or 20" x 24" sizes. But these days all my drawings are scanner bed size, know what I mean?

There are two reasons I think this image looks's third generation because it's been scanned from a slide (you do remember slides, right?), and back then I embossed most of my drawings with silver pencil (actually aluminum which stays silver-looking longer than an actual silver pencil could.)

Perhaps I should have titled it 'Aluminum Tree' but somehow that's not as...lyrical.

The original framed and matted Silver Tree has been described to me by more than one person as looking as if a unicorn might step out from behind the foliage.

Well, what do you think? Are you imagining any magical creatures in the forest? ;p

Friday, February 05, 2010

Take a 'Uranian Road' for Spring Equinox 2010!

Soon it will be time for the 1st annual International Astrology Blogathon scheduled for March 19 - 21, 2010. Various authors will present articles to aid us with the challenges brought by the now-forming T-Square pattern between heavyweights Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto.

This difficult planetary pattern will influence the collective off and on from 2010 - 2014 so practical ideas are in order from the most up-to-date astrologers around. The most helpful info will be gained by readers who have a copy of their own natal charts so that the houses involved may be noted yet Blogathon articles will be educational for everyone.

If you wish to keep updated on the Blogathon and its Aries Ingress 2010 celebrations visit Donna Cunningham at SkyWriter where it's all happening at the zoo...and with your Auntie Moon, C. J. Wright, helping coordinate, along with Mandi Lockley from Astroair Astrology.

Part of my own Blogathon 2010 contribution is a new drawing 'Uranian Road' which is now available as a small Art Poster for your wall, or as adornment upon an electric blue tote bag for stylishly transporting your Astrology books or other stuff. For as you undoubtedly know, one of Uranus' favorite colors is electric blue so grab a sneak peek of 'Uranian Road' by checking out my Zazzle Art Shop offerings.

And keep your eye peeled for this blog's Cosmic Art Gallery Opening specifically drawn and published for the International Astrology Blogathon 2010!

Cosmic Art Gallery Opening to be announced...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

'Shroomhome on Silvery Tree Path

'Shroomhome on Silvery Tree Path is actually not one of the original drawings from an early attempt at writing and illustrating a children's book, it's a more recent effort.

No, I'm not certain at this point which of the story's characters lives here though perhaps it's the home of one of the Chimes Sisters who appear each Saturday evening at the Roasted Root Cafe, premiere gathering spot in the Great Lichen Forest!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

'Secret Moon Art' Kaleidoscope Slideshow!

Welcome to the Secret Moon Art Kaleidoscope Slideshow 2010.

If the 1st Annual International Astrology Blogathon for March 2010 has inspired your visit, may I extend a Special Welcome to you!

Seventeen images of my oil and watercolour pencil drawings await your consideration and I hope you enjoy them any time but especially this Spring Equinox...aka, Aries Ingress 2010.

Jude Cowell

The International Astrology Blogathon is sponsored by Donna Cunningham and Friends. Donna may be found at her SkyWriter blog.

All images copyrighted by the artist; your use by permission only; convo: judecowell at gmail dot com

More of my Artwork and/or Astrology articles may be found at:

Jude's Zazzle Art Shop (original Art designs decorating apparel and other merchandise)
Cosmic Persona Designs (contains some Art images for 17+ years of age)
Two Hours You'll Never Get Back (a tapestry blog woven of various threads)
Stars Over Washington (Political/Mundane Astrology about America, Washington DC, and the politicians who infest them)
Lim's Limericks (political cat limericks with kitty photos complimentary)
Jude's Threshold (Art, Astrology, Politics, and News)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Shhhh! There's a Fairy at Work!

Don't move too quickly, you might disturb the Fairy at Work!


You may also like to visit Sepia Art Theater for Art, Drama, and Chocolates, or my two 'tapestry blogs' of various themes Two Hours You'll Never Get Back (don't fret, you will) and Jude's Threshold, both of which contain a little Astrology and Politics mushed in with a helping of Art.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Julia Howe tune w Rob Howe Christmas Art~video!

A dreamily beautiful tune by Julia Howe blended with Christmas Art Work by Rob Howe make this synthesis of Art & Sound a must for YouTube embedment here in my Secret Moon Art gallery. I couldn't resist and if you're yet to view and listen, you'll be thanking me for the shout-out. So...

...enjoy 3 minutes and 46 seconds of Joy from a brilliantly creative pair!


Disclaimer: this blog artist/author has no connection whatsoever to the artists here described, the Howes. I just think the Video Art and Song are perfect for our harrowing times - why not chillax for a few moments! You deserve it.

It helps to read a children's book. Preferrably read it to a small child (or two) but for Yourself Only is good, too.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The 7th Tree

The 7th Tree is the one unique from the you feel like a 7th tree?

How interesting! Tell me more...and click this post's title to visit my Art Shop @ Zazzle if you wish.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Spooky Fairy Night

Spooky Fairy Night, another artful offering on behalf of the upcoming winter season here in the Northern Hemisphere!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Remains of Kyle Castle barely stand - photo

Of Family Genealogy and stuff:

Oh dear! Guess this is all that remains of Kyle Castle in Great Britain and my Cowell-Kyle-Coel-Coil-Coyles-Coilus-Cole family members circa 2009 must be living elsewhere by now...let us hope.

A friend sent me this photo a while back and I don't know who snapped it. The pic may be from a website so if this is your work, you have only to let me know to receive a deserved photo cred, no problem!

Until then, I'll be sleeping in America where my ancestors migrated afar from their Old King Cole/King Coilus remembrances of long ago...such as...

King Coilus was King of the Britons in Roman times, I've read, and there were thought to be 3 of them - father, son, and grandson, at least one of which was an early astrologer. (This would apparently make me a late astrologer.)

In fact, if you know anything about Astrology charts, you're familiar with the terms Medium Coeli (Mc) and Immum Coeli (Ic) with 'coeli' meaning 'heavens' or 'sky.' Well, you'd be under the heavens and stars for certain if you slept a night in Kyle Castle!

Interestingly, the ancient city of Colchester may figure in to the legends somewhere, and although I've seen Colchester featured on PBS' Rick Steves travel program, I have yet to walk its narrow streets in search of a distant cousin or two. But I do know that if you say 'Kyle' or 'Kile' with the right accent, you get what in America sounds like 'Coil.'

And few believe its verity, yet I've read that when William the Conqueror first arrived in England one of his men struck the land (presumably with his sword) and is said to have been given the surname Strickland ('Strike land'.) Funny that, since my Dad's mother was a Strickland. William built Colchester Castle in 1076 on Roman ruins - the Temple of Claudius - to give it strength which must have worked since it's available for touching if you but go there and lay your hand upon it.

Yes, these old chieftains of Eire are sometimes known as Coel Hen - Coel the Old) which I assume to be an 'Old King Cole' reference, but who knows? It was all so many centuries ago.

Plus, it may be the case that King Coilus' daughter
married - or birthed, I never remember which - Emperor Constantine and both of them went mad for Christianity as promoted by the Catholic Church. (I say that because in America my family has been firmly Protestant for as long as we can remember! Yet back across the ages and the seas to Ye Olde Country, who knows? Druids, perhaps? ;p)

Well, you may wish to merrily check out more ancient history about King Cole and Roman Britain at Wikipedia, but Bing or Google for more links and sites where some industrious folks have traced their lineages back to ancient Britain, but most are just full of misty history.

Now perhaps you've never read the Page in the sidebar column of my Word Press blog wherein I detail the harrowing evening of my entry into the space/time flux of Planet Earth. You see, a personal name asteroid Cowell arose that evening, a few minutes later I was born, then asteroid Judith arose a few minutes later.

And who synchronistically named the little squalling babe on that dark winter's night? My Dad, of course, for he obviously knew a fellow Cowell when he saw one!


Disclaimer: no ancient chieftains or merry fiddles were harmed in the typing of this post; spelling of author's family name has been slightly adjusted to echo its astrological spelling, Cowell, and 'Jude' is short for Judith. jc

Have you more Coel-Cowell-Coil-Kyle info? Contact: judecowell at gmail dot com

Monday, November 02, 2009

Red banded wrasse says, Fish Art as apparel? Yeah!

A small Red banded wrasse has floated in to say, check out my Zazzle Art Shop for botanically drawn fish designs on various products and apparel! Can fish make good mousepads? you ask. Why, yes they can and do.

Plus, here's a heads-up direct from me to you:

A new Links List has appeared in Secret Moon Art's sidebar column containing a few of my favorite Zazzle Shops - more will be added soon - so do swim over the 'net when you can and visit their wildlife offerings and wonderful nature paintings, too.

Or you may wish to check out my designs at Cafe Press, if you prefer their site.

After all, gift-giving season nears, y'know!