It is good to be back after a little break, which included a camping trip to Sequoia National Park. It is fortuitous as well, I think, to start posting again on the first day of National Poetry Month. Right before I left for my trip, Little Monster Girl nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award – thank you, LMG! If you enjoy comics that are fun and off-beat (and often NSFW), then you should definitely check out Little Monster Girl and follow along with Zela’s antics.
As regular readers know, I take a very liberal approach to awards and take a mix and match approach to them – but here are the official rules of the Versatile Blogger Award:
- Display Award
- Thank the person who nominated you ✔
- Share seven facts about yourself
Nominate up to 10 other bloggers
I thought this award was a good excuse to put up the “Portrait in Letters” painting above (acrylic on recycled paper) and make the seven facts about myself into a poem (it is National Poetry Month, after all!). All of these are true, no April’s Fools:
It was broad daylight
when I would prep cadavers
for $12 an hour back in the day
But night when
I turned to see Robin Williams
once dining at the table next to me
A home without
an overflowing bookshelf
is not home for me at all
Home is also in the desert
where I am free,
roll the windows down
Stop for a date shake,
but never a soda –
never have liked those.
Forget that time I got
seasick in a kayak
and remember the time
I went to the Louvre by myself,
reading every single placard,
as I always do – no one waiting
impatiently for me to finish!
My nominations are always “No Strings Attached” – so these folks should feel no pressure to take up the award – I only hope to introduce more people to these fabulous bloggers. This time I wanted to highlight Illustrators, particularly science/nature themed illustrators:
1.The Science of Illustration: Ms. Choudhury describes her two major passions as “science and art” and she works to visually interpret new and interesting science. Science communication and illustration is so incredibly important, I hope you all check out her work.
2. Red Newt Gallery: Dr. Landin’s tagline for her blog is: “Where art and biology collide” – SOLD! I was introduced to Dr. Landin’s amazing art blog because she also illustrates for one of my favorite blogs – A-wing and A-way – and I am so glad I now get another regular dose of her art!
3. The Forester Artist: Mr. Livingston is a forester in Northern California and draws and paints the incredible nature and life around him. I am consistently blown away by his art. He has also illustrated three children’s books and has some pretty adorable dogs!
4. J.C. Morley Arts: Mr. Morley works in a number of mediums, with a bent towards the abstract, and the quality and breadth of his work inspires me to be a better and more diverse artist.
5. Victor Szepessy Artist: I think this is Mr. Szepessy’s second Versatile Blogger Nomination – but in terms of versatility, one can never have too much of that, right? In terms of art, Mr. Szepessy draws and paints very cool doodles, comics, and portraits. I always look forward to his next creation.
Thank you again, LMG! I wish everyone an enjoyable and peaceful weekend!