Close-up: Blue Man

Where do tree spirits go after trees are chopped or burned, milled into lumber, or ground into paper pulp?

I found this little man hiding in my drawing, right there in the blues of the under painting, so I darkened a bit around to make him easier for others to see. I did not purposely draw or paint that figure. I didn’t even see it until I had finished other areas. There was another one someplace else that I harshly colored over because it gave me a bad vibe. It popped up like sinister “hey I’m here, too” but bump that, scribble scribble, be gone!

Later on, I saw the ghostly face hiding in the light, but that one is an illusion of paint and pencils. I did not see the chain until after I photographed it. I must have drawn it, or drawn around it when I was darkening between the fence boards, but did not realize that I was drawing links of a chain. I was just darkening around what was already there, the fence and night scene in that area to make it more visible, if that makes sense. Everything else in other areas are drawn.

Sometimes, I like it when things like that happen and sometimes, I do not like it at all… I don’t like getting a bad vibe from something I see in my art.

I think the blue man is a wee little tree spirit that got stuck in there during the paper making process. This is that watercolor paper of unknown content, a 5×7 cut from those couple sheets set aside a few days ago. (After doing two on white cotton paper, I was in the mood to color on painted paper again.) The blue man is okay. It made me smile to see him, not like that other who just felt evil. I don’t want to see anything like that popping up in my art. If I can see it, can it see me? Maybe I ought to stick to 100% cotton?

Oh gosh… I must sound crazy. I don’t think I want to keep this one. That thing might still be inside the paper, maybe the chain showed up for a reason.

Anyone want it? Make me an offer, at least enough to cover postage and cost of mat, buy your own 8×10 frame. The photo doesn’t show all of it… I can snap it again come daylight. It’s not my best work.

Well, I best catch some zzz’s before the sun rises and the kid pops in asking for coffee on her way to work. Enjoy your day!


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  1. Tilting the paper in light just right, you can see where the oil based pencils did not go… and where I tapped the blue man’s nose, etc with a bit of white. I am serious about the offer, even though I am not selling right now as I’m trying to build up a decent body of work in hopes of having a show of my own someday, need enough completed works for a nice exhibit. I’m not paranoid, lol. I just don’t want anything that gave me a bad vibe in my house, even if is just imagined or trapped inside paper and scribbled out of view. If no one wants it, I will throw it up on craigslist youngstown. It comes with a black mat kit (mat & backer board, clear bag) and can mail in a flat rate mailer. If anyone is interested, my email address is on my gravatar profile or message me on facebook. I think it’s under my “contact” thing here, too. Thanks!


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