Tuesday, April 24, 2007

is this art naughty?

Please avert your eyes, if so...

Blue Chiffon Nudery (c)2007 cosmic persona designs

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Green Art for Earth Day 2007

This drawing of a Brown-spotted wrasse has actually floated over from Dreamyfish Art and is here to celebrate Earth Day with its cool green colors and its hope that we will...

Save Our Oceans!

See more green drawings as well as other colors at judecowell@gather.com and at judecowell.blog.com and at SecretMoonArt.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Terese and the Girls

Terese and the Girls welcome you to Cosmic Persona Designs! I'm your artist, Jude Cowell, a lifelong renderer and perpetrator of drawings of all sorts.

Limited Edition Color Prints and PostCards are available...scroll just below for ordering details.

And be sure to visit Secret Moon Art for your cosmically-inclined, moonlit images--where fairies sometimes drop in unannounced!

And if you need a few (political) cat limericks (and who doesn't?) mosey over to Lim's Limericks and read a spell and view a few cat photos of fuzzy meow-meows.

Who knew cats could be so political?

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Girl in Hyacinth Blue

Today I began and completed this drawing upon my last sheet of black paper, fyi.

Platinum Blonde on white paper

Another doodle on white...Marilyn-esque I guess.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Thea Identifying with her Mask

Pandora's Pals (in the virtual altogether)

If you've happened upon Pandaora's Pals you've ferreted out a secret drawing which I hid here in an old draft spot due to its semi-naughtiness...good job! To cover Pandora's tracks there will be no labels or tags applied to this image...

The Cosmic Persona Designs Storefront has downloadable Art...instantly! And at modest prices, too.

(c)cosmic persona designs 2007 jude cowell

Robert Genn on Drawing

Drawing skills

April 13 2007 Excerpt from Robert Genn's Painter's Keys Newsletter:

As I've grown older I've noticed a decline in my ability to
draw. That is, my facility to draw lines that show the way
things look is less than it used to be. I put this down to my
increased interest in directly painting form, colour and tone
rather than accurate delineation of edges. Fact is, I've been
less interested in linear work. I've done fewer drawings and,
unlike some of my actively journaling, sketching and thumb
nailing contemporaries, I'm rusty.

I've often wondered if there are other factors in play as well.
If you read Nicholas Humphries' remarkable thesis comparing
cave drawings with those of a mute, autistic child by the name
of Nadia, you begin to see that the ability to draw may be
linked to the absence of well-developed language skills. Nadia,
born in Nottingham, UK in 1967, has been the subject of much
speculation. Drawing brilliantly at the age of four, her
ability gradually diminished as she began to use words and

As we come to know more about our world, and develop terms to
describe the objects and experiences therein, we begin, in our
drawing, to draw our ideas of things rather than the physical
nature of things themselves. In other words, our ability to see
becomes clouded by what we know.

Anecdotally, I once met an artist who was unable to read and
was very nearly mute. He happened to draw like a wizard. On the
other hand we all know artists who are well read and verbal but
who also draw well. By sidestepping language, they have taught
themselves how. "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain," by
Betty Edwards, gives various techniques a dedicated drawer can
use to trick the knowing faculties rampant in our evolved
cortexes. Other mind benders that may improve drawing include
loud music, magic mushrooms and lobotomies. I may be wrong, but
these days there doesn't seem to be a big demand for

We can, however, take an excellent lesson from a surprising
source. Wildlife artists such as Roger Tory Peterson, the
creator of the Peterson Field Guides to Birds, taught himself
to find, observe and draw the thousands of minor variations
that distinguish different species. These differences became
vital to wildlife nomenclature. Peterson's drawing skill
depended on circumventing words and investing in a pure form of
unabashed "scientific" observation.

Best regards,


PS: "At the age of six years Nadia's vocabulary consisted of
ten, seldom used, one-word utterances. There were strong hints
that this lack of language went along with a severe degree of
literal mindedness. She saw things merely as they appeared."
(Nicholas Humphries)#

You never know what Robert will write on but you know it will involve creativity and the practical concerns of the artist.

So check out Painter's Keys or you may click on the Painter's Keys button hereupon.

Drawing is good for you!


Wednesday, April 11, 2007


Abigail's portrait isn't completed but she wanted to drop by and say hello anyway. Hello.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Peche Claire: mummed!

Peche Claire has something to tell you yet she is prevented by the fact that you have yet to order her portrait as a Limited Edition Color Print, PostCard, or Desktop WallPaper by emailing judecowell@yahoo.com for details.

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Peche Claire has something to tell you...are you listening now?

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Chiffonery Perkins

Seldom do I draw upon white paper...here you see the reason why.

Introducing: Chiffonery Perkins. A Boudoir Blossom on white.

jude cowell (c)2007

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Singer in Blue

More chiffonery and theatrics at Cosmic Persona Designs! I do so love the chiffonery.