Rams, Goat and Baboon

"Têtes de Béliers" by Pablo Picasso

“Têtes de Béliers” by Pablo Picasso

I came across this lithograph of rams (above) by Picasso earlier this week that I really like. Picasso has drawn, painted and sculpted many great pieces of art featuring animals, and I enjoy having them here on ArtDuh. I saw the sculptures of his goat and baboon (below) in person a long time ago, and wanted to see them in today’s post too. I especially love that the baboon’s head is made from a little toy car.

"She-Goat" by Pablo Picasso

“She-Goat” by Pablo Picasso

"Baboon and Young" by Pablo Picasso

“Baboon and Young” by Pablo Picasso

Tolkien’s Trees and Landscapes

"The Gardens of the Merking's Palace (Roverandom)" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“The Gardens of the Merking’s Palace (Roverandom)” by J.R.R. Tolkien

The work of J.R.R. Tolkien has been a constant companion throughout my whole life. I discovered The Hobbit when I was 9 years old, and went on to read The Lord of the Rings soon after. My family was living in Taipei at the time, and there was this cool little bookstore just a short bus ride into the city where I was able to find the books in hardcover, which included these huge intricate fold-out maps, and had Tolkien’s beautiful artwork reproduced on the dust-covers. I also found copies of The Unfinished Tales and The Silmarillion in that bookstore too, which I tried to read at the time, but they were probably beyond me…

Ever since then I go through these phases where I become obsessed with Tolkien and his work all over again. I travel to Middle-earth and stay there for a while. As an adult, I tend to focus on The Silmarillion and related titles. There is something about that book and all of the related stories that is just fascinating to me. And so beautiful…

April ’16 was one of those Tolkien themed months for me. Maybe not as intensive as usual, but the theme was still there. Although now that I think about all I read and listened to, I guess there was a whole lot of Tolkien jammed in there.

I listen to a lot of audiobooks while I work and paint, and I started April off by listening to “Tolkien and the West: Recovering the Lost Tradition of Europe” and “Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth“. I also listen to a lot of podcasts while I work, and spent a bit of time listening to the Tolkien Professor’s “Shaping of Middle-earth” series. And then finally, as the month was wrapping up, one of my favorite podcasts, Rune Soup, had a new talkin’ Tolkien episode that I enjoyed hearing.

In that Rune Soup episode, there was some discussion about the drawings and paintings that Tolkien created during his lifetime. I’d seen some of Tolkien’s artwork before, but not a whole lot. I became curious, started to explore, and now I’ve posted many of his trees and landscapes here on ArtDuh so I can see and enjoy them any old time… and you can too!

You can also find many more goodies through the link below:


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"The Forest of Lothlórien in Spring" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“The Forest of Lothlórien in Spring” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Wudu Wyrtum Faest (Grendel's Mere)" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Wudu Wyrtum Faest (Grendel’s Mere)” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Old Man Willow" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Old Man Willow” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Cove Near the Lizard" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Cove Near the Lizard” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Caerthilian Cove and Lion Rock" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Caerthilian Cove and Lion Rock” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Water Wind and Sand" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Water Wind and Sand” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Shores of Faëry" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Shores of Faëry” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Rivendell" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Rivendell” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"The Hills of the Morning" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“The Hills of the Morning” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Tree in Flower" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Tree in Flower” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Fantasy Landscape" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Fantasy Landscape” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Nargothrond" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Nargothrond” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"by J.R.R. Tolkien" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“by J.R.R. Tolkien” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Alder by a Stream" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Alder by a Stream” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"King's Norton from Bilberry Hill" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“King’s Norton from Bilberry Hill” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Foxglove Year" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Foxglove Year” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Tumble Hill, Near Lyme Regis" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Tumble Hill, Near Lyme Regis” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Flowering Tree" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Flowering Tree” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Lunar Landscape (Roverandom)" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Lunar Landscape (Roverandom)” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Man in the Moon" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Man in the Moon” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"The Cottage, Barnt Green" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“The Cottage, Barnt Green” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Three Trees in a Cubist Style" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Three Trees in a Cubist Style” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Moonlight on a Wood" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Moonlight on a Wood” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Bird in a Flowering Tree" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Bird in a Flowering Tree” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Abstract Design" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Abstract Design” by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Fangorn Forest" by J.R.R. Tolkien

“Fangorn Forest” by J.R.R. Tolkien

Three Musicians

"Three Musicians" by Pablo Picasso

“Three Musicians” by Pablo Picasso – 1921

I felt like looking at Picasso‘s painting(s), called “Three Musicians”. He did two different versions of these musicians in 1921, so… bonus!

“Three Musicians” by Pablo Picasso – 1921

I Saw the Figure Five in Gold

"I Saw the Figure Five in Gold" by Charles Demuth

“I Saw the Figure Five in Gold” by Charles Demuth

I was reminded of Charles Demuth‘s painting “I Saw the Figure Five in Gold” earlier this week, and was surprised that I’d never posted an image of it here on ArtDuh before.

There is something I really like about this image. I do a lot of graphic design work, and variations of this image have appeared in that work from time to time. It’s helped inspire elevator and building signs, printed pieces, and I put a variant on a company car once. Not direct copies, and I doubt anyone would even know this painting was the inspiration, but there ya go.

From what I remember, Demuth himself was inspired to make this painting when he saw a fire engine speed by one day with a big Number 5 painted on ‘er.

I am not the only person to be inspired by the figure 5. Pop artist Robert Indiana made many many variations of Demuth’s Figure Five. Check them out!

Everything is Waiting for You

I came across the poem below by David Whyte recently. My mind keeps retuning to it and I wanted to share it here on ArtDuh as a constant reminder that Everything is Waiting for You!

Everything is Waiting for You

Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.

Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
the conversation. The kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.

— David Whyte
from Everything is Waiting for You
©2003 Many Rivers Press


Deer @ The Springville Museum of Art


“Deer” by Todd Powelson

I’m really happy to say that my deer, above, will be hanging in the Springville Museum of Art‘s upcoming 92nd Annual Spring Salon. If you’re able, stop in and check it out.

At dusk, a deer walks out of the golden forest onto the trail in front of me. We stand looking at one another. Soft light and shadows define the angles of its strong animal body. Slowly, he walks up the hill and into the trees.

Here is a little more information about the show:

Wednesday April 20, 2016
Exhibition Opens
*Opening Reception and Artists in Conversation, 7:00-8:30 pm

Saturday July 9, 2016
Closing date of exhibition

126 E 400 S, Springville, UT 84663

Hours & Admission:
The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm, Wednesdays 10am to 9pm, and Sundays 3pm to 6pm. Closed Mondays and Holidays. Admission is Free.