My newest poem, it’s a bit dark but sometimes we need to get things out.
It’s All Wrong
Loathe everything you are
Because it’s all wrong
Under the instruction
Of the misguided throngs
Though “you shall not judge”
In the mind’s own grudge
They say not to bother at all
With the superficial side
But this is the path
On which they stride
Hide your words
Hide your thoughts
To what you’ve been taught
I previously put up a poem by a talented young lady Jennifer Burton. But, writing is sort of a side thing for her at the moment as opposed to her primary focus as a visual artist.
Her style is often whimsical in nature and makes use of a variety of colors for a warm and engaging feel. Here are a few samples of her work.
You should stop by her Etsy store Hope Dream Art to take a peek at her work.
Toilet paper is a hot commodity right now. I bet you never thought you hear that phrase. But, while toilet paper is a bit scarce, most of us have tried to stock up. That brings us to the question of what to do with all those toilet paper rolls when the tissue itself is gone from them. Sure, we can just toss them out or put them into some recycling bin. But, if you want to get a little creative, especially if you have children, there are lots of interesting things you can do with those rolls.
You can get out the hot glue gun and glue them together side by side. If you want to go with a safer and less messy route, you can use velcro or double-sided tape or even duct tape wrapped around both roles to attach them together easily. And just like that, you’ve got yourself cheap and easy pair of imaginary binoculars.
You can also take a string or a piece of rope that is three to four feet long, or whatever length you choose, tie a pen, pencil, small stick or really anything else you have around the center of one end. Place rollers through the other end allowing the first one to be stopped by the stick and adding more to go up the string as far as you like. Now, you have something that can be used as either a toy snake that slithers as you pull the string or you can paint or draw on the tubes to make them look like train cars and drag the string along the ground like an imaginary train.
You always have the option to make ornaments or decorations. For the summer time or holidays like the 4th of July, you can color them or cover them in a red with paint or craft paper put bright yellow and orange tissue paper coming out one end and attach a black pipe cleaner inside so that it sticks out an inch or two from the top of the tube and you have yourself firecracker decoration to enjoy.
A different spin on this candy Christmas ornaments made to look like wrapped candies. All you really need to do is get some cellophane paper and in various colors and cut it into pieces to wrap around the tube leaving a couple of inches on each side. Wrap those two sides and secure them with tape or string and you have yourself candy decorations.
I love art, and while I write, work with photography and do some graphic design, I will not say that I can paint. Even so, that doesn’t stop me from messing around with it and as such, I wanted to share these two recent pieces I completed that have been something of a tribute to those essential workers during the pandemic. Please feel free to share.
Rise of the Everday Angel – Watercolor and acrylic on watercolor paper
Heroes – Acrylic on watercolor paper
I played around in photoshop and a few other tools and found a way to come up with photo files that look to fit the impressionist painting style of artists like Monet, Renoir and Degas. It took a lot of doing and some major trial and error but I think the results are worth it. Check out some samples.
If you are so inclined, I offer this as a service through Fiverr.com
As any aspiring and establish artist likely knows, if you are working with human subjects, posing is always a key part of the process. While some may have poses picked out right from the beginning, others may need some help or be looking for something different.
Whether you are working with drawing, painting, photography or even sculpture, a posing guide can be helpful. And while there are many posing guides available, it’s not always easy to have to carry them around or find a place in your studio to store them with the gazillions of other things you have in that area.
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