skulls by chris roberts (r.i.p.)

My good friend Chris passed away four years ago today. I miss him a lot and there are few days that go by when I don’t think  about him. He often visits me in my dreams, which always seems appropriate, as he was one who seemed to travel in dreams, even while still on this Earth.. Chris was one of my favorite artists. His artwork always blew my mind and it still pains me that more people were not able to see it while he was alive. Among other subjects, he loved drawing skulls. So as a tribute to him I’m sharing some of his skulls with you today.

© Christopher Roberts

© Christopher Roberts© Christopher Roberts

© Christopher Roberts

© Christopher Roberts

tree deity

'Tree Herder' sculpture from recycled materials by Paul Rodriguez, found trailside @ Lake Roland, Balt County, Maryland, USA. © 2017 S. D. Stewart

‘Tree Herder’ sculpture from recycled materials by Paul Rodriguez, found trailside @ Lake Roland, Balt County, Maryland, USA. © 2017 S. D. Stewart

I came upon this woodland spirit during a sweltering late morning hike/bird walk. I’m thankful that it’s there watching over the trees. I was surprised at how many fellow humans were also out sweating in the woods. Trail people are always so friendly, even when it’s in the upper 90s and the humidity feels like we’re all floating in warm bathwater. One runner stopped to talk birds for a few minutes. Others just smiled or said ‘Good morning!’ One of my admittedly unscientific axioms, solely based in anecdotal evidence, is that people are much likelier to make eye contact and greet each other in the woods than they are on the street. Why is this? It is the power of the trees, I suspect. We are all happier in the woods, whether we know it or not. Nature has a calming effect and these days that effect is needed more than ever. As always at this time of year I have been struggling with the heat and not going to the woods has made it worse. But today I took up arms in the face of summer’s brutality and I’m glad that I did. For me there is no substitute for a couple of hours amidst the greens and browns of the forest. I feel it is my true home.

leonora and gabriel – an instant

throwback thursday

Some old doodles I came across today…

Coffee cat © S. D. Stewart

Cat and human © S. D. StewartLaundry day © S. D. Stewart

 

Mopping the floor © S. D. Stewart

 

Wave the flag © S. D. Stewart

Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings (1882)

Pastel astronomical illustration by Étienne Léopold Trouvelot.

Pastel astronomical illustration by Étienne Léopold Trouvelot.

(from Public Domain Review)

black sun

“Black Sun”, from Splendor Solis, a German alchemical treatise, 1582

“Black Sun”, from Splendor Solis, a German alchemical treatise, 1582

Wikipedia entry for Splendor Solis

Discussion on the significance of the Black Sun in alchemy

(found via Public Domain Review)

william t. horton

The Wave by William T. Horton

The Wave by William T. Horton

The Strange Case of Mr William T. Horton: a new essay by Jon Crabb on the proto-modernist illustrator William T. Horton published in The Public Domain Review.

Read Horton’s A Book of Images (with an introduction by his friend W. B. Yeats) at the Internet Archive.

close to me

Brazilian graphic artist Butcher Billy reimagines The Cure songs as horror comic books:

The Cure 'Close to Me'

Graphic artist Butcher Billy’s horror comic book version of The Cure’s ‘Close to Me’

baby mastodon

Mastodon sculpture, © 2015 S. D. Stewart

They’re making a comeback.

fairy house

Fairy House, © 2015 S. D. Stewart

No one was home.

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