The First World

"The First World" - by Todd Powelson

“The First World” – by Todd Powelson

I thought I’d post this new digital painting diptych today (shown above), even though it isn’t quite seasonal, and instead of green leaves and flowers I saw snow on my walk today up into the canyon by my house. I actually finished the images a month or two ago in September, but am just now sharing.

One of my very favorite things to do is to walk through the green (or gold, or white, depending on the time of year) underneath the trees. Walking up into the hills is probably one the things that helps keep me (relatively) sane. Its important to spend time out in nature. And, I love trees. I love to look up into and through their branches. I love the patterns and geometry those branches make as they reach for the sky. I love to see the patterns their roots make as they dig into the dirt. I love it all.

I’ve written a bit here recently about the Green Man and dryads, and I love them too. I’ve included their spirits into this here artwork as well.

These pieces are part of a series I have been working of for a little while called Songs from the Earth. I’ll write more about the series sometime soon, but in the mean time, you can see the progress I have made with it through the link below:

A World of Potential

"World of Potential" by Todd Powelson

“World of Potential” by Todd Powelson

Everything is alive. When I walk through the world everything seems to be alive to me. I feel pretty strongly that life is the point of this grand old Universe. To create and sustain life. And all life is constantly changing, moving from one state of being into another.

I was looking at some rocks and minerals a little while ago, appreciating the beautiful abstract patterns and colors. I found myself thinking about how these minerals became the basic building blocks for other, more complex life (yes, I think minerals and rocks are alive. Different, but alive). They became organized and turned into something else. Structure became more complex and turned into something else.

I suppose that is what I was thinking about while working on my digital painting above (which is a diptych meant to be two panels). I was thinking about rocks and minerals and crystals. I was thinking about the most basic of elements. I was thinking about the most basic geometric shapes. I guess I was also thinking about how, when geometry becomes more and more complex, this also creates something new. New forms. A new potential.

Why are there sort-a human type faces in this geometry? Well, it seems to me that one of the points of life is to create mind and intelligence. And, although I believe that there are all sorts of different types of mind and consciousness out there (there is plant intelligence, animal intelligence, and a number of other types too I’m sure), since I am a person, I relate to that intelligence by giving it a human face. But I also put the faces there because everything in Nature is moving and changing into something new. The most fundamental elements eventually became us. And there we are.

Cubes & Bikes & Ladies

"Composition with the three figures"

“Composition with the three figures” by Fernand Leger – 1932


It seems like a great day to look at artwork by Fernand Leger. So, for today’s post, I think its a good idea to show a couple of pictures we can all enjoy together here on ArtDuh!


"Leisures on red bottom" by Fernand Leger - 1949

“Leisures on red bottom” by Fernand Leger – 1949

The Mary-el Tarot



I got a new set of tarot cards this week called the The Mary-el Tarot, and they have quickly become my new favorites. So beautiful! I honestly only have a small handful of decks, but when one stands out for me, I usually get it.

To be honest though, that wasn’t the case with the Mary-el. I came across it the first time quite a while back, but decided I didn’t need it. Then I saw it again. And again. And finally the images became too beautiful to resist and I bought it.

The cards are interesting and powerful. I’ve always loved symbols. Always. And tarot are typically among the most powerful symbols around. These Mary-el… the artist and creator Marie White did a great job interpreting those symbols in her cards. I’ve posted a few images here, but you can visit her site and check the rest out (I guess I should give a warning though, there is some nudity, in case you’re sensitive to that sort of thing or at work or something)! | The Mary-el Tarot



"King of Wands"

“King of Wands”





"9 of Wands"

“9 of Wands”

"8 of Wands"

“8 of Wands”

"2 of Disks"

“2 of Disks”

"4 of Wands"

“4 of Wands”

"Knight of Cups"

“Knight of Cups”

"8 of Disks"

“8 of Disks”

Reptiles, Birds, Vegetables & Furries: The Art of Zachari Logan


“Leshy” by Zachari Logan

I first came across the artwork of Zachari Logan when I was looking at different images for the Green Man, but I find myself going back from time to time to look at his plant people and animal men. I look forward to watching his artwork evolve. I hope you enjoy it too!

"Wild Man" by Zachari Logan

“Wild Man” by Zachari Logan

"Emperor's New Clothes" by Zachari Logan

“Emperor’s New Clothes” by Zachari Logan

"Green Man" by Zachari Logan

“Green Man” by Zachari Logan

"Leshy" by Zachari Logan

“Leshy” by Zachari Logan

"Green Man 2" by Zachari Logan

“Green Man 2″ by Zachari Logan

"Feeding 1, from Wild Man Series"  by Zachari Logan

“Feeding 1, from Wild Man Series” by Zachari Logan

"Feeding 2" by Zachari Logan

“Feeding 2″ by Zachari Logan

"Wildman 2" by Zachari Logan

“Wildman 2″ by Zachari Logan

Safari Honeymoon


Safari-Honeymoon_4I recently read a comic that I have been thinking a lot about. Its called Safari Honeymoon by Jesse Jacobs, and its among the best that I have read for a long while.

The fine folks over at 11 O’clock Comics recommended it on their podcast a few weeks back, and I decided get a copy. Especially when I saw the artwork, which is pretty straight forward line work and fields of color. Simple colors. Black, white and shades of green… and those colors and shapes really helped make the story even more powerful.

Maybe these are spoilers (I don’t mind spoilers and its hard for me to tell for sure) so if you’re sensitive to that sort of thing then maybe don’t read any further, just pick up the book :) Anyway, this is kind of a reverse Garden of Eden story. Instead of the man and woman being thrust out of a garden paradise, the couple in this book leave the complexity of the modern world and go back into nature.

But the nature they return to for their Safari Honeymoon is pretty damn brutal and threatening. Maybe it was written that way to illustrate how the modern mind tends to see nature as a threatening place? Of course nature can be a wild and threatening for sure, but in Honeymoon Safari, every leaf will poison, every animal will attack, even the air is filled with bacteria that will possess and control the mind and body of its host. This exists in nature, but because it is so apparent in Safari Honeymoon, it really enhances the point of the story.

Not a big deal but I’ll admit, and probably silly to even mention since “safari” is part of the title, but that sorta brutality did kinda bug me. Even though it is cartoon-ie and all, the guns and violence kinda bothered me. Even though the animals and plants are weird geometric shapes for the most part, I still liked them and they had personality. I didn’t want them to get shot, even if they were ready to eat or poison the peeps. But the cartoon violence was necessary and also enhanced the point of the story. And they are on safari so I guess that is part of it… plus it was also nice to see the modern Adam & Eve leave civilization behind and go back to this strange Garden.

A little side tangent, but something I was thinking on after I finished the book… Its pretty obvious that nature feeds on itself in order to survive. Animals (including people) feed on other animals. Plants and bugs feed on the corpse that is left behind. Rocks, rivers and wind grind it all into dust. And that dust feeds the plants, which feed the animals. I understand all this, and even see it as beautiful. But I chose to become a vegetarian a long time ago because I do think it is ugly how far our modern culture has taken it. Or how far removed from it we are is probably a better way of saying it. At this point, seems to me, we usually live outside of that natural cycle. I do think it is natural for people to eat meat, but I don’t think the way we farm it is correct or ethical at all, which is probably the main reason why I became a vegetarian. Now, I know being vegetarian doesn’t let me off the hook at all. I’m sure there are many other beliefs and behaviors I maintain just because I was trained to think they are okay due to the social contract I was born into. Anyway, even with my diet I could also do more and only eat renewable fruits and leafy plants. Maybe I could become a master yogi and survive on air. But truth is, I am pretty happy with my diet and choices. I’m at peace with them. And at least I’m not eating anonymous and (way way way too often) mistreated animals. Probably sounds funny, but the way nature was portrayed in this book made me reflect on my choice to become a vegetarian. And upon reflection, I still think it was and is the right choice for me.