Update Nov 2, 2013: Finally managing to update this entry and remove old links no longer live, etc. Art blogs still active are: Cosmic Persona Designs (for those 17 and older), Secret Moon Art, and Dreamyfish Art. Added is Woolly Mammoth Chronicles where I fret my concerns in rhyme concerning the cloning of a woolly mammoth.
Now here’s the rest of this rather ancient explanation of my art, my astrology (which peeks under the hood of Politics), and my name:
Update Sept 4, 2008: here’s a link to a September Artist of the Month interview I’ve done at the Wandering Educators site with more art stuff and personal info:
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A Self Explanation of and by Jude Cowell
Lifelong artist, descended from weavers, quilters, embroiderers, and tatters (lace-makers) on both sides of my family (I have natal Pallas in Taurus in 9th house = patterning ability and I’m from Athens, GA), I’ve always enjoyed perpetrating several art forms from Fabric Art (including felt collage), wire/beads/vintage jewelry “candle bowers” which I created based on the nests of bower birds and which combined my love of vintage jewelry, candles-with-mirrors to increase light, and stones (must have a little magpie in me–I like shiny beads) to paper collage, Painting -both oil and acrylics.
Yet pencil drawing remains my first love.
One of my deepest admirations artwise is reserved for those who successfully manipulate Watercolors–how on earth do you do that ?? ;-)
Note: the wire/metal art I can no longer do after 6 years of sensitizing my system, and I caution anyone due to the absorption of metals into your system: I do not recommend working with wire, but do miss the sculptural quality of ‘spinning’ shapes with it…wish I could!
In 1995/96, when inspirational Neptune conjoined my Mercury/Mars conjunction in the natal 5th house of Creativity (and Mercury/Mars gives manual dexterity), I nabbed my first-ever drafting table with magnifying lens/lamp and began drawing full time–usually on black paper as I had done long ago in school art classes.
Black paper gives a certain spiritual quality, I think, and describes Neptune’s influence perfectly. It also gives me a feeling of sculptural work as I build up layers from black to lighter colors or white.
Formal training was good all through my school years–back when creative classes weren’t dissed by politicians–and my favorite junior high/high school Art Teacher was Dr. Robert Nix of the University of Georgia–yet I did not attend UGA, for I was accepted into the Fashion Illustration, Layout, and Design courses at Atlanta College of Art at the High Museum–it was ‘School of Art’ then because academic courses had to be taken at Emory University. And there lay the catch–I could not afford to take anything but Art classes, alas, so I missed my degree.
However, I know you can see the Fashion influence in many of my pieces–the ones in the Cosmic Persona Designs Gallery for sure – see link below. Some of designs are somewhat saucy – you may even say, sexy-fun, if you wish. Yes, I consider them for 17+-ers Only, and although I can’t prevent online viewing, Blogger does have a Caution Alert which you must click through before the gallery opens.
Of course, parents should know what their under-17s are up to, I think, and my ‘Chiffonery Art’ is certainly mild compared to other web content, so I think you can view the gallery of images and go on to lead a normal life with no ill effects.
Also I’m a fan of Children’s Art in a big way–see Secret Moon Art for some of those, including Pattillo Armadillo, a character I created for a children’s book, the dummy for which has been considered for publication by Little, Brown in New York. Similar to entering Atlanta School/College of art based on my portfolio, Pattillo was invited North based on a Little, Brown Art Director’s viewing of his portfolio at an SCBWI Conference in Atlanta.
But Pattillo didn’t make their List, yet I still dream of ‘doing something’ with him one day, and later on I’ll publish a pic or two of Pattillo for you here–he’s quite a charming little fellow…you should meet him, if you haven’t.
Astrology was an early (age 12) interest which I left behind because my church said, stay away from it–but then one day in 1996, I picked up an Astrology book a friend had loaned my daughter, and immediately found myself becoming a ‘reluctant astrologer’ against my wishes. Yet there are no accidents, are there? Synchronicity abounds!
Soon my lifelong interest in Politics (that “organized system of hatreds”) directed my astrological studies toward Mundane Astrology, or more specifically, Political Astrology, as evidenced on this blog and on Stars Over Washington which I’ve published continually since October 17, 2005. SO’W is now 8 years old!
So why “Jude” and why “Cowell”? Because a few minutes before I was born, personal name asteroid, Cowell arose, then baby moi yelped into the time flux, then a few minutes later, asteroid, Judith arose. (Yes, I am a ‘Judith’) So what else could I be?
Oh–and it’s Coh’ wull, not ‘cow’ as in moo-cow, or Simon!
Well, I hope this helps explain ‘the mystery that is yours truly’ with my Neptune-Pluto midpoint rising when I was born and the ‘mystical air’ that such a midpoint provides!
Dreamyfish Art – botanical fish portraits in visionary settings;
Secret Moon Art – Children’s, Fairy, Moon/Cosmic, and botanical illustrations;
Cosmic Persona Designs – sexy-fun art;
Two Hours You’ll Never Get Back – societal issues, Art, Astrology, Politics, food and diet, and family stuff;
for political cat limericks of the Mr. A. Cat variety:
Lim’s Limericks! – Rrrraaorrwwwww-w -w -www!
and more limericks and odes are found at:
Woolly Mammoth Chronicles along with Science News and videos.
And of course there’s also my Zazzle Art Boutique for browsing!