Portrait of a Three-Spotted Rabbitfish


Hello There! Here's a personable little Three-Spotted Rabbitfish (drawn with pencil on paper) floating in from the environs of Western Australia and cordially inviting you to visit my Dreamyfish Art collection of tropical fish portraits, marine news, fishy videos, and links to underwater worlds and topics!

So put on your best fins and glub on over when you may...



What do Greta Garbo and Yasser Arafat have in common?


Two Worlds Collide: A Place Where Hollywood and Palestine Meet!

To answer my own question, and besides the fact that both Garbo and Arafat have passed into the Great Beyond, I was amused to find that today's Sun-Moon combination is shared natally by Greta Garbo and Yasser Arafat. Who knew?

This means that some facets of their personalities were the same or very similar in relation to their Sun (male principle) and Moon (feminine principle), a combo of energies relating to relationships on the conscious (Sun) and unconscious (Moon) levels. Relationships go better when these realms are integrated within the personality - another good reason to Know Thyself by having a natal chart consultation!

The Sun Virgo-Moon Taurus blend is also shared natally by Mother Teresa and Peter Sellers, also Great Beyonders!

But today, August 30, 2010, is sufficient unto itself and is quite alive with relationships and such, so let's take a peek at its energies:

Sun Vir-Moon Tau is a double Earth combo indicating its natives possess a down-to-earth quality of practicality; its shadow side gives deep fears of chaos and a loss of control. (Is this part of why Garbo decided she vahnted to be alone? She became quite a 'nun' during her lifetime which easily reminds me of Mother Teresa and the Image below!)

Sun Vir-Moon Tau gives one an excellent reasoning ability, common sense, resourcefulness, and a capacity for hard work. However, there is a tendency to be too rational and to have a wide materialistic streak with a 'black and white' type of thinking. There may be an addiction to routine and great stubbornness which appears when hierarchical relationships are ignored by others. How imperious!

"Actions speak louder than words" is a good motto for this sensible combo.

'Images for Integration: A nun finishes up in the refectory, and then takes the keys to her Bentley and drives off to see the new art exhibition...A sculpture of still life.' (Sun Sign-Moon Sign, Charles & Suzi Harvey.)

Happy Practical Monday, dear reader!



Pentagon sputters @ WikiLeaks: give us our files back!

Our Death Star the Pentagon sounds more and more ineffectual and frustrated as it sputters at WikiLeaks to give back their files and delete them from the WikiLeaks site.

Even if WikiLeaks did delete them, methinks it's too late to close the barn door on that particular mule because he's already left the barn!

Oh what can an Imperial Empire do when the truth gets out and its hypocrisy is on full display? Why, demonize the other guy, of course.


Autumn beckons: are you knitting yet?

August has arrived and already my thoughts turn longingly toward Autumn, my personal fave of seasons - yet I am no longer a knitter or crochet-er! Here you see a new skein of scrumptious handspun and dyed yarn suitable for your special projects and which combines some of the best of autumnal colors, imo.

This beauty is called 'Dabbler' and was spun and dyed by my fiberista daughter, Maya. You may check it and other lovelies out in her etsy shop SpringTreeRoad if you wish.

After all, Autumn will arrive before we know it and hand-knitted mittens, hats, and scarves make excellent, practical gifts for children and adults alike!



Summer 2010: bees like blackberries or trees a-fallin'?


This photo taken by my daughter Maya so far sums up Summer 2010 in Georgia in one photo. The pic was taken in early July near Atlanta, GA and I stand by the observation I made when I published it to Gather that one of them bares a stricking resemblance to a blackberry!

Can you see it?

Well, there may be one exception to summing up summer with blackberry bees: a storm last Sunday evening brought a tree down on my house so it's been a week of contractors, roofers, insurance adjusters, electricians, the power company, and the dumpster-bringer.

Yes, roof shingles have flown in a mad flurry this week and I've met quite a slew of new folks who all have been courteous and professional.

And though I was previously unfamiliar with Old South Traditions, an Athens-based construction, renovation, and storm damage repair business, this week has left me very impressed with their work and service. Check out their site if you wish!

It is a flash site so give it a few moments to load fully for a touch of Athens, GA, my hometown!



Now appearing: Cosmic Lilith Art Calendar 2011!


Design a personalized gift at Zazzle.

Having just updated my Zazzle Panel of artful stuff, I'm posting it here experimentally to see if I prefer its newer style to the previous one.

Then click for a browse in my Art Shop, if you wish, and you'll view my latest offering published this very day: a Cosmic Lilith Art Calendar 2011 displaying 12 pencil portaits of glamorous ladies, one for each month of the year - for ages 17+, btw.

(If you don't immediately see Cosmic Lilith Art Calendar 2011, simply click on the Folder or sidebar link that says, Art Calendars. Plus, Lilith and friends will begin cycling through the images in the above zPanel at some point in time.)

The archetype of Lilith in Astrology and Mythology can display many faces but my all-time fave has to be her glam persona. And you know that Lilith's cosmic calendar makes a great gift, too.

Plus, January 1, 2011 will be upon us before we know it, so you may wish to be artfully pre-prepared on Day One.

But for now, your glamorous Lilith ladies await!



Shadow of a four-year-old photographer!


This photo of a large Hydrangea bush was taken by a four-year-old photographer and I think her shadow personalizes it, don't you? ;p

Well, turns out, there is a website that's all about Hydrangeas and includes growing info and tips on using them for weddings, too.

My own love of the showy blue, pink, and purple flowers began in childhood with the two bushes my Dad grew in a side garden (near the banana tree! A banana tree in steamy Georgia? Of course!) They work well as dried flowers, too (the blooms, not the bananas.)

Yes, my Dad's Hydrangeas were quite the traffic-stoppers each year, not to mention great conversation pieces amongst the neighbors, so do check them out for your own garden if you've never grown them - the payback for your efforts brings floral heaven to any yard...

Four-year-old photographer not necessarily included!



Which Necktie for a Brown Suit? Roam the Jungle!

Have you ever cast about for an unusual necktie to wear with, of all things, a brown suit?

Both brown and indigo hued suits are now the updated look for gentlemen of all ages but unless you prefer wearing an 'establishment tie' every place you roam, may I suggest a Necktie adorned with one of my drawings called Predator at Dusk which to me makes a pretty good artsy necktie with a Wild Animal theme.

While there may also wish to check out a new category: Jude's Artsy Neckties for more artsy necktie ideas.

Click Predator at Dusk for a complimentary view - no strings attached, promise...just a fashionable tiger in a leafy jungle awaiting your approach.

Come roam the jungle!


And while I'm at it, here's my current Zazzle Panel of stuff (it will update in a minute) with a variety of Jude Cowell Art designs splashed onto this item and that...some things for your wall, a few for your desk, and for your tootsies some fancy coverings of the Keds persuasion!

make custom gifts at Zazzle