There was a comic book called “Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew” that I read while I was in hight school. To try my hand at drawing, I learned how to draw Captain Carrot’s head/face. That’s about as far as I got – the head. But since that time, I have drawn this odd bunny for children every time there’s drawing or coloring happening. The animal became much goofier and less “cool” than Captain Carrot.
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I’m pretty sure this is my first watercolor painting ever (Aside from childhood doodles). I liked this and I’m sure it’s why I kept going for a while. There was a painting in my house that was a white flower in a vase, and there was red everywhere. I loved it, but it looked too bloody, too gory, too over the top. So I painted this to replace it, a nice flower with just a bit of creepiness.
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One of the anthems in Orwell’s “Animal Farm” is described to be a cross between “La Cucaracha” and “Clementine”. I tried to do this in my head, but I ended up doing was singing the anthem to “Clementine.” Now it’s been stuck in my head for years.
Beasts of England, Beasts of Ireland,
Beasts of every land and clime,
Hearken to my joyful tidings
Of the Golden future time.
Have fun with that
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“Now I know for sure…”
I was playing with perspective here on the angles of the barn and the pavilion, and I remember reading about “vanishing point” which I tried to use to make the perspective look realistic. I don’t know, it was six years ago! (However, this might have been a 2011 painting, since I didn’t sign or mark it.) Anyway, when I finished, it was boring, so I thought I’d try to make it funny. I remembered a “Far Side” cartoon that was stuck in my head from long, long ago. I stole some of the point of that cartoon, and left the rest to the imagination. What happened to the person who did this? Did he just wander off? Did he hurt somebody? I’d like to think that when he woke up the next morning he decided he’d better quit drinking so much. Enjoy!
This is the Far Side cartoon I found (Gary Larson)
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The Nowhere Tree
Although I’m under no illusion that I have any skill whatsoever as an artist, I do not mind putting myself out there. So here I am, showing the world. I painted this with watercolor in 2007. Since then my strokes and outlines have gotten thinner, but I had to start somewhere. I like my stuff, not so much because it’s good, but because I did it. I love being out there living life. And this is part of it.
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hmmm….perhaps you’re right, Matthew
Look, Hank. I don’t mean to be a jerk, but if your “good friend” in NYC truly never called you by your name, just “hillbilly” – then he wasn’t a good friend. Don’t go gettin’ yourself put in jail for him.
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These are from my 2009 paranormal investigation (read: ghost hunt) at the Willard Library in Evansville, IN. The ghost is supposed to be haunted by the “Grey Lady” as they call her. So that’s who we were looking for. It was a fun night and I met a lot of cool people. Every single one of them was tenanted by tangible form*, however. I feel like I may have caught a picture of the ghost, but I hesitate, because I don’t really believe that. I’ll let you decide what to think about the following pictures. I have never shown these to anyone.
*in Poe’s Masque of the Red Death, he uses the phrase “Untenanted by any tangible form” to refer to the entity.
Then, summoning the wild courage of despair, a throng of the revellers at once threw themselves into the black apartment, and, seizing the mummer, whose tall figure stood erect and motionless within the shadow of the ebony clock, gasped in unutterable horror at finding the grave-cerements and corpse-like mask which they handled with so violent a rudeness, untenanted by any tangible form.
Read the whole thing online…
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