Sunday, December 30, 2007

Happy New Year, Y'all!


Celebrate! by jude cowell (c) 2007

This is a rare and bubbly vintage drawn in honor of the New Millenium 2000--or 2001, as some say...remember those halcion days of yore?

Saturday, December 29, 2007

3 Babes in Evening Gowns (full color)

The ladies' portrait is completed...scroll down a smidge to view the early version when things weren't as defined!

3 Babes in Evening Gowns by jude cowell (c) 2007+

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

art undone: 3 Babes in Evening Gowns

Anatomy of a drawing!
Soon these 'Babes' will be shown in full here in the Cosmic Persona Designs gallery--as soon as I finish perpetrating this drawing!

3 Babes in Evening Gowns by jude cowell (c) 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

the declining sight of Edgar Degas

Newsletter from artist Robert Genn:

Declining sight

December 11, 2007


There's a wealth of creative info to be had in the life and
work of Edgar Degas. He was a precise, thoughtful
artist with an evolved, academic drawing ability. Impressed by Japanese
prints, Degas contrived compositions not seen before, snapshot
cropping and happenstance placing that gave a sense of movement
and the passage of time. Degas shunned outdoor work but is
nevertheless lumped in with the Impressionists. His subject
matter was wide-ranging and eclectic--historical and classical
scenes, horses, dancers, cafй life, figures, sports, women at
work, portraiture. His media included oil, chalk, pastel,
pencil, engraving, mono-print, sculpture and photography.

Degas first noticed his eye problems when he was a national
guardsman in the Franco-Prussian War in 1870-71. With a blind
spot in the center of his right eye, he was a poor shot. By
1890, his left eye also began to deteriorate. Looking sideways
at his work, he used peripheral vision to compensate. Much has
been written and speculated about Degas' eyes. Stanford
ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Marmor has used computer
simulations to gauge the problems and mimic the blurred vision
that increasingly affected Degas' ability to see form and line.

Degas' later works are marked with unfinished passages, even in
tightly rendered paintings. He frequently blamed his eye
troubles for his inability to finish. Having what is now called
a "scattered mind," he claimed to "begin a hundred things and
not finish one."

Noting the changes that came about in his later works, some
observers feel that while Degas' draftsmanship lost realistic
description and refinement, it gained in grandeur and
expression. To give you an idea of the debate, we've included
early and late Degas figure studies in the current clickback.
See URL below.

Edgar Degas (1834-1917) often turned to sculpture. You can
understand the appeal by blindfolding yourself and putting your
hands on wet clay. Form can be felt as well as seen, and it's
even more voluptuous and expressive in the hands. Degas'
sculptures rival Rodin's. He wound up his working life about
1912. Degas spent his last years dejected and alone, imprisoned
in his advanced disability, having outlived many of his
friends.

Best regards,

Robert

PS: "Degas works were prepared, calculated, practiced and
developed in stages. Each part was adjusted to the whole, their
linear arrangement was the occasion for infinite reflection and
experiment." (Andrew Forge)

Esoterica: Plugging "Edgar Degas" into "Google images" brings
up 79,000 illustrations and their links. Commercial online
print sites, museum collections and illustrated scholarship sit
cheek by jowl and invite further clicks. High-res and low-,
Google presents a different type of learning. Follow-your-nose
browsing takes the scholar on a magic carpet that is
independent of approved curriculum.

Curiously, lack of information alongside some images often begs valuable
questions: "What's going on here?" "What could be?" and "What do I think
about it?"

Current clickback: If you would like to see selected,
illustrated responses to the last letter, "Book launch," as
well as interesting Degas material, please go to:

Robert Genn.com

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You may wish to read details on the natal chart of Degas here:

the eyesight of Edgar Degas posted at Jude's Threshold.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Lola Lazing



Lola Lazing: another one of the Lazing Sisters; drawing by jude cowell 2007, using Prismacolor oil and Rexel Derwent watercolour pencils on paper.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Lady in Green with Red Fan


Non! This is not the full view of the Lady in Green with Red Fan. Scroll just below to see the full image in my new SlideShow as 8mm film, 'Eugenie's Mirror'...this is but a detail of a dancer loosening her shoe ribbons.

Or snugging them up...

artists who want to evolve

Here's my recent Newsletter from artist Robert Genn:

Getting to 'must'

November 23, 2007


Psychologist Abraham Maslow has written, "A musician must make
music, an artist must paint, a poet must write--if he is to be
ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must
be." The question for many would-be creators is simply how to
get to "must."

Maslow spent a lifetime researching mental health and human
potential. He emphasized the study of healthy minds and
successful systems rather than the abnormal and the ill.

He was particularly interested in the hierarchy of needs,
meta-needs, self-actualizing persons, purposeful play, and
peak experiences. Leader of the humanistic school of psychology,
he referred to his ideas as a "third force"--beyond Freudian
theory and behaviourism.

Maslow saw human beings' needs arranged like a ladder. The most
basic needs, at the bottom, were physical--air, water, food,
etc. Then came safety needs--security, stability, comfort. Then
psychological or social needs--belonging, love, acceptance.

At the top were the self-actualizing needs--the need to fulfill
oneself, to become all that one is capable of becoming. Maslow
felt that unfulfilled needs lower on the ladder inhibited a
person from climbing to the next step.

For example, someone dying of thirst is not likely to write or
paint. People who managed the higher needs are what he called
self-actualizing people. These folks, he found, are able to focus
on problems outside themselves, have a clear sense of what is true
and what is phony, and are spontaneous, creative, and not bound
too strictly by social conventions.

Here are a few of Maslow's ideas for artists wishing to
further evolve:


Systematically study, understand and neutralize the effects of
lower needs. Accept the world in all of its complexity, mystery
and ambiguity. Take cues from the winners in this world, not
the losers. Keep the company of the doers, not the talkers.
Play your personal game on as many levels as you're able.

Fall in love with your processes, innovations, dreams and higher
ideals. Be sensitive to and welcome the arrival of peak
experiences. Have no guilt when you see yourself becoming
compulsive and proactive. Allow yourself to be swept up in your
personal "must."


Best regards,

Robert Genn

PS: "Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled?
A good question might be not why do people create, but why do
people not create?" (Abraham Maslow, 1908-1970)

Esoterica: Peak experiences are profound moments of love,
understanding, happiness or rapture, when a person feels more
whole, alive, self-sufficient and yet a part of the world--more
aware of truth, justice, harmony and goodness.

Maslow found self-actualizing people have many such peak experiences.
Acts of art can be structured so an individual sets himself up for a
series of them. He feels good, becomes habituated and demands
their repetition. Maslow was not a snob about his conclusions.
"A first-rate soup," he said, "is more creative than a
second-rate painting."

Current clickback: If you would like to see selected,
illustrated responses to the last letter, "Ambiguity," about
adding mystery and double entendre to your work, as well as
Antony Gormley material, please go to:

ambiguity

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information or observations to this or other letters, please do
so. Write: rgenn at saraphina dot com

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Thanks for your friendship.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

saucy cosmic art in Slide's '8mm'



Presenting! from this very online gallery, here's my latest slide.com project of the racier sort of
figure drawing...some images from my Boudoir Blossoms Collection,
some perhaps you've seen before.

Slide's '8mm' style for displaying my artwork gives all 9 images a green-hued
look as some of the Cosmic Persona Designs ladies Go Green!

note: in my IE7 the SlideShow is slightly impinging ont the sidebar on the right...if you experience problems with this application, please let me know forthwith.

contact: judecowell at gmail dot com

Saturday, November 17, 2007

loose depiction of the Pleiades sisters



In their Taurean splendor...presenting: the Pleiades sisters. Or at least, a small rendition of them by yours truly.

drawing by jude cowell (c) 2007 Cosmic Persona Designs

Monday, November 05, 2007

Panacea's Pink Fringe


Panacea's Pink Fringe by Jude Cowell (c) 2007

Panacea (Gr: Panakeia, all healing), goddess of cures, was daughter of Aeslepius, god of medicine, and granddaughter of Apollo, god of healing. Panacea was known for her poultices and potions which healed the sick.

I've been known to enjoy a good poultice now and then myself, how about you? For insect stings and bites, try a poultice of activated charcoal (preferrably with heat) for 4 or 5 hours and it will draw out the poison. Pink fringe is optional!

You'll find two new drawimgs: Magda Green and The Raven Sisters at my Lulu Storefront for easy and affordable download!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Paula's Petulant Pout



Paula's Petulant Pout is a new image completed a few minutes ago using my favorites: Prismacolor oil and Rexel Derwent Watercolour pencils.



You may also visit Secret Moon Art if you wish!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Anima Snakerton


Archetypally yours, it's Anima Snakerton.

drawing by jude cowell (c) 2007

Art Downloads for you!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

tiny Rembrandt portrait sells for millions

Rembrandt Fever Over Auctioned Portrait which may or may not be painted by Rembrandt himself, perhaps by a follower or student.

But the miniature sold for $4.5 million after 15 minutes' bidding and is clearly a portrait of the artist (as Democrates the Laughing Philosopher) if not by the artist.

At 9.5" x 6.5" that's a lot of speculation in one small package!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Rufino Tamayo's 'Tres Personajes' found in trash!


Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo's painting from 1970, Tres Personajes (Three People) was found in a trash bin four years ago by Elizabeth Gibson during her morning stroll around Manhattan's upper west side.

No, the image you see here is not Tamayo's painting but only one of my own drawings of three people: Jasmine, Laly, and Coco, titled, Borrowed Glove Dispute.

Tamayo's Art Masterpiece Found in Trash and is said by Sotheby experts to be from Tamayo's mature period. His mysteriously discarded painting may bring up to $1 million at auction!

Meanwhile Borrowed Glove Dispute is from my struggling-to-be-mature period and I do hope the ladies get their tiff settled amicably!

(c) 2007 by jude cowell

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Layla Lazing behind the curtain



Here you spy Layla Lazing behind the curtain which
isn't hiding her charms very well at all.



Layla is one of the Lazing Sisters--so far we've seen Lana and Lesley, and now Layla.

So here's a friendly heads-up from me: there may be more sisters tucked behind the curtain!

Layla Lazing cordially invites you to drop by my Lulu Storefront for inexpensive, lovely Art Downloads--some from Cosmic Persona Designs.

And a few originated at Secret Moon Art...and one is a botanical fish portrait from Dreamyfish Art--all for your desktop or poster-printing purposes.

Hmmm--wonder if the Lazing Sisters have met the
Fretting Sisters, the Raven Sisters, the Frowse Sisters, or the Pleiades Sisters?


(c)2007 Layla Lazing behind the curtain by jude cowell

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Emerging Visions: Mindful Designs

Have you seen the latest issue of libramoon's Emerging Visions? You should!

Mindful Designs has flash poetry and art with one drawing, Isle of Ruins, by yours truly.

Blue Bra of Happiness



Hi there!

cosmic persona designs 2007 by jude cowell

Cezanne's Ghosts, by Robert Genn

Cezanne's Ghosts

October 12, 2007


I'm one of those painters who is forever fascinated with the
work of Paul Cezanne. I've tracked down his locations around
Mont Sainte-Victoire and peered out at the village of Aix
through the wavy glass of his studio windows. Looking closely
at his paintings and trying to figure out what was going on in
his head has been a major preoccupation. So I paid attention
when Dewain Boyce sent me his latest findings.

Dewain is making a case that Cezanne imbedded cones, ovals and
other geometric motifs in his work. Dewain claims this is the
basis of structural strength in the compositions. He leaves it
to someone else to figure out whether this was conscious or
unconscious. Why should we care about Dewain's well-conducted
research? It's just possible that Cezanne shows us a way to
give weight, mass, volume, compositional integrity and harmony
to our paintings.

Cezanne gave us lots of clues to the pictorial harmony he was
seeking. He told Emile Bernard that one needs "an invisible
scaffolding of spheres, cones and cylinders." Like the
Classical tradition of entasis and other devices in Greek
architecture, he had an understanding of hidden structure. "To
paint is not to copy the object slavishly," he said, "it is to
grasp a harmony among many relationships." So you can get an
idea of Dewain Boyce's remarkable insight, including overlaid
illustrations of Cezanne's work, we've included a link in the
current clickback. See URL below.

Cezanne was a plodder, never far from feelings of personal
failure. Persisting in relatively uninspiring subject matter,
he worked and reworked until a distinctive style emerged. In a
way, it was his sense of failure that drove him in his
obsession--trying to get it right--trying to improve on his
ideas. There's a lesson in this. By his own admission he was
not a great artist. "Chance has not favoured me with
self-assurance," he said. At another time in a rare moment of
bluff, he said, "I have come only to show the way." Indeed he
did. Lineups, implied and continued curves and other forms of
linear activation are now basics of abstraction. Realistic
painters also need to know about these compositional
strengtheners. As in the work of Cezanne, many an unresolved or
wispy painting can be saved and made compelling by hidden
scaffolding.

Best regards,

Robert Genn

PS: "Beyond the three dimensions of length, breadth, and
perspective depth, there is a rhythmic, voluminous movement, or
a poised spatial relationship that speaks emotionally to the
spectator. In a great many of Cezanne's canvases one detects a
fluctuation of the volumes and planes--a palpable feeling of
emotional organization." (Art critic Sheldon Cheney, 1886-1980)

Esoterica: Of interest and concern to observant realists is the
apparent pervasive amateurism of much of modern art.
Consciously or unconsciously, Cezanne was one of the first to
ask people to look at something else--something beyond the
simply real--a request made possible only by the advent of
Impressionism. "The Impressionist's style," says Dewain Boyce,
"is the perfect method for camouflaging ellipses, cones and
cylinders and hiding them among sketchy images, loose outlines,
colour and tone changes, arbitrary marks, squiggly lines,
washed-out lines and bare canvas patches."

Current clickback: If you would like to see selected,
illustrated responses to the last letter, "Street art," about
outdoor paint-ins and paint-outs, as well as connectivity to
Dewain Boyce's study, please go to:

RobertGenn.com

Thanks, Robert! Cezanne has always been at the top of my favorite painters list. He and I share the same Sun and Moon signs. Now artistic ability? that's another matter!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Felicia Fretting, one of the Fretting Sisters


Felicia Fretting could not believe her eyes. There they were--together. Now Francine would have to be told--and much sooner rather than way later.

Felicia Fretting, (c)2007 cosmic persona designs by jude cowell

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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Saturday, October 06, 2007

new! Cosmic Persona Art Cube with music



Here are a few Cosmic Persona images for you. Use your mouse to spin at will...tune is by Colbie Caillat. Enjoy!

Art by jude cowell (c)2007

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Portrait of Lana Lazing



(c) cosmic persona designs by jude cowell

Here's Lana, one of the Lazing Sisters, for you.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Mermaids Gathering



Mermaids Gathering (c) dreamyfish art by jude cowell

"Education is the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another." (G. K. Chesterton)

"The trouble is, we've been taught what to see and how to render what we see."(Pablo Picasso)


Thanks, Picasso--I knew there was a good reason why I never completed my art degree. And thanks to artist Robert Genn for these quotes--see his Painter's Keys button for his excellent Newsletter and website.)

Mermaids Gathering from the gallery at Dreamyfish Art which consists primarily of my botanical fish portraits ensnared within their most colorful dreams surroundings!


Art Downloads available

Friday, September 21, 2007

Romance: 2 by 2



Here's a brand new drawing, Romance: 2 by 2, perpetrated upon paper with
Prismacolor oil and Rexel Derwent Watercolour pencils.

And a giant Hi! to all my Gather friends who may be visiting Cosmic Persona Designs from Gather.com--you're all cordially invited to come back when you can stay awile!


My Lulu Storefront has modestly priced Downloadable Art so you can feel good about yourself and stop that naughty file 'sharing'!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Fanny Fretting



Fanny Fretting Flags Down Her Friend, Jo.

Jo has cups, no boubt adoubt it, and she loves coffee and tea, so she opened a cafe called Jo's Cups. Fanny drops by when she can for chai and chat.


(c) cosmic persona designs 2007 drawing by jude cowell

And you may wish to drop by Jude's Threshold when you're in the neighborhood, chai optional. If you don't see any Art when you arrive, simply click Art in the Sidebar Categories and voila! You'll see my revolving Slide.com Cosmic Art Cube there as well...and with a Diana Krall tune just for you!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Fran at the Opera: her film debut!



Are you free? Join Fran for some light opera, if you wish, for your ticket is complimentary!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Slide Show Times: New Cosmic Art Rising



Get your new art while it's hot!


And remember to Download Art Now as you wish, or just have a pleasant peek! Requests for particular Downloadable Images will be answered when possible...email: judecowell at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Eclipse with Pansies



This scanned photo of a drawing from 1996 is one of the recent finds of which you may view more at Secret Moon Art if you wish to take a stroll down Memory Lane circa 1996 with me.


Eclipse with Pansies (c)Unscene World 1996-2009+ by jude cowell

Friday, September 07, 2007

The Rarity of Art



Tamara's Tulle Tutu, detail by jude dowell (c)cosmic persona designs 2007

UPDATE Sept 6, 2008: see the rest of Tamara's portrait published as part of my Frisky Friday Art series!


And now for some words from artist Robert Genn bwo his excellent Newsletter, The Painter's Keys:

Rarity


For those artists inclined to sell their art, the concept of
rarity is worth understanding. "Keep 'em rare," said one of my
dealers when he named me "The fastest brush in the West." As
part of his ploy, he kept a lot of my stuff in the back room.
It never bothers me when dealers do.

From a marketing point of view, not only the work of one artist but also genres of art need thoughtful control. The world is awash with florals. Landscapes are thick on the ground as well. They have to be darned well done or different from the
crowd to get noticed. Figurative works are less common, mainly because not many painters do them well. Some might say they are less popular anyway, but I don't think so. Quality in figurative work is allusive.

Media have to be watched as well. The wildlife-photo-litho-print market went up the spout a few years ago when the market became oversaturated. This has had a negative effect on all print-like art, including hand-done limited-edition prints and original watercolours. Sad to say, in many areas people currently distrust flat art under glass.

The business of supply and demand has an effect on all collectables. Back in the 1890s, a New York printer, Nicholas F. Seebeck, obtained the rights to print sheets of South American postage stamps for the benefit of what he thought were eager collectors. The collectors rebelled, and to this day the "Seebecks" are mainly worthless. Currently, stamp collecting is in decline because of general overproduction. Pictorials from small countries in the Middle East are knownas "sand dunes."

What's an artist to do? Many respond by making art a challenging hobby and accepting the occasional sale as a pleasant bonus to go toward art materials. As well, some
satisfaction comes from knowing that fashions and taste are cyclical. Today's orphan could be tomorrow's pride and joy. But that doesn't help the living artist who needs to make a living.

Artists should know that creative personality, stylistic uniqueness and the handmade look will forever be art's main virtues. That works of art are uncommon and hard to get is also part of the game. Also, the degree of skill required may count in the long run but may be overlooked in the short. No fun for the speedy among us but no comfort to the slow ones either.

Best regards,

Robert

PS: "All excellent things are as difficult as they are rare."
(Benedict Spinoza 1632-1677)


Esoterica: "Rare" and "perceived to be rare" are two different
things. During the North American photo-litho print bubble, the system of controlled distribution and limited access popped when too many folks got into the game.

Bears, wolves, eagles and ocelots became as commonplace as McDonald's hamburger
wrappers. The misguided investor with piles of paper under his bed suddenly had no recourse. Collectors soon revived the wisdom of original art. As the wise man said when he was asked for a few words that might stand the test of time, "And this
too will change."


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Thanks, Robert, for an informative piece on Rarity and the pursuit of it! -jc

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Gazer Future Past returns



Is that a symbol on her forehead for Venus...or for Pallas?

(c)cosmic persona designs jude cowell 2007

Monday, September 03, 2007

Tutu's Limelight



Do you you have a tutu? Then step into the limelight with Tutu!

And if you wish, download some modestly priced images for print or for desktop at my Cosmic Persona Designs Store! You won't need a tutu there, but it helps.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Portrait of Magda Green



I'd know her anywhere...wouldn't you?


(c)2007 cosmic persona designs by jude cowell

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Sophie Jones, where are you?



Here she is...Miss Sophie Jones!

(c)2007 by jude cowell

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Missing Cosmic Art is found!

Today I discovered 5 missing art photos of the sort of larger drawings I was perpetrating way back in 1996.

My plan is to debut them in my Secret Moon Art Gallery and the first image is there now if you'd care to view...title, Clouds Descending Near Turquoise Pond.

What was happening in the heavens in those days? you may ask. Let's consult Astrology for a smidge of insight:

Having Mercury conjunct Mars (dexterity) in the 5th house of Creativity, I can tell you that my visualization ability was expanded by mystical, imaginative Neptune as it joined Mercury (thinking) and Mars (action; initiation.) Both planets are in Capricorn which is ruled by the planet of form, Saturn.

And Neptune is a higher octave of the planet Venus, both of which are associated with art and with artists. My natal chart also has a helpful sextile (60 degr) between Venus and Neptune, an aspect which is quite decent for art perpetration.

So you may see in 2007 one of the drawings which occurred during this long-time-coming transit of Neptune in 1996 by merely clicking on the above link...wow! that was 11 years ago already!

Wry Necked Lady in Blue



(c)cosmicpersonadesigns 2007 by jude cowell

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And if you're feeling a might political you may wish to mosey over to Stars Over Washington for some astrological details on Mitt Romney's natal chart, as well as on other stuff like the current Perseid meteor shower...remember to go outside and check them out tonight!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Subliminal Simone Says


Subliminal Simone Says...download some of Jude's drawings here and for a few pennies you'll feel better about yourself and encourage this famished artist to continue providing images online for your enjoyment!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Warhol in Scotland this summer



Here's a small drawing from 1982 of Hollywood star, Gene Tierney...nothing like Andy Warhol's Marilyn images, of course! But every time I see it I want tomato soup...

Warhol Soups Up Scottish Summer. I was a young teen when Andy Warhol became popular plus, I was quite the Campbell Soup fan, too. But Warhol did so much more than that--Art as business, Fame as a goal and way of life.

So if you're in Edinburgh beginning August 4, I hope you can take in the Warhol exhibition...it should be smashing!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Peche Claire: herself in person



Do you think it's synchronicity that Peche Claire's name is same as the Prismacolor oil pencil that was used for her skin tone?

(c) cosmic persona designs 2007 by jude cowell

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Gretel's Green Chiffon



Gretel has a new costume! Do you like it?

(c)cosmic persona designs 2007 by jude cowell


Mosey by my Cosmic Persona Designs Storefront at Lulu dot com for Downloadable Art at modest prices.

And let me know if Gretel here is your cuppa tea and she'll be added to my Lulu collection of available images.

I'm sure she'd like to visit with you a spell!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Art Knowledge News




Art Knowledge News is an excellent resource for keeping up with what's going on in the world of art...and you won't be disappointed!

Image: detail from A Large Disappointed Audience (c)cosmic persona designs 2007 by jude cowell

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Friday, July 06, 2007

The Raven Sisters debut!



Here is a brand-spankin' new drawing of the lovely Raven Sisters. And here's the lowdown on the ladies:

One keeps all her eggs in one basket, another has too many eggs for any basket, and the third likes hers over easy.

That's all I've been able to find out about them so far.


Have a visit and an Art Download! Mosey over to Jude's Lulu Storefront if you get a chance.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

a slice of Pandora's Pals



Yes, this is a mere peek at a slice gleaned from a fuller drawing which has no place to be published due to its rather extreme raciness.

It could be published in my Boudoir Blossoms Album at Art & Then Some but that only shows a distilled version for each image. What to do?

If Gather.com is in harmony with my system now I could publish it in one of my Gather Groups, Art Mavens...we'll see. For now, here are Pandora and her Pals to see you!

UPDATE Aug 25 2007: okay so now I've parked the full view of Pandora's Pals in an old unused draft spot to hide them away from prying eyes...well, from under-17 eyes at least:

Pandora's Pals (in the virtual altogether)

Monday, June 25, 2007

Her Green Shadow



That's eye shadow!

Sometimes my drawings have an odd quality about them for which I do not apologize.

Now to answer Bev's query: the shadow that appears in certain scenes is obviously the past--more specifically, the past catching up--for it most often does for us all! Even the Collective has some balancing of accounts to attend to.

Thanks muchly for your message, Bev, and your kind compliments. -jude

from Paris!

Out of France: sample some Paris Parfait a simply smashing blog concoction I've just discovered which is created by Tara, an American in Paris.

Tara's mix of Art, Antiques, Culture, Poetry, and Politics is a perfect...parfait!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Genevieve in June



You know it: ooh la la--Vive la Genevieve! And that's some serious red lipstick she's got there.

Red lipstick reminds me of my days as an Estee Lauder rep. This pic is Christmas 1972 at Macy's (perhaps the only Macy's store Mrs. Lauder would countenance because they had turned her down when she was first getting started. Well you can't blame her.)

Youth Dew, Estee, and Azure were her popular perfumes then with Aramis for men. Now that was an ooh la la!