Mud Pies and Bones: Writing and Art

from the Rocky Mountains

Lucy Simpson

Lucy Simpson
Monument, Colorado, United States
December 20
The Cleaner
I am a published poet and exhibited artist living in the shadow of the small, but lovely Mount Herman, a part of the majesty of the Rocky Mountains. I raise children, tend gardens, cook, write, clean, sculpt, read.....................................................................................


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Hand after Charles Bargue plate - charcoals on 9 by 12 paper - those twisty, Renaissance-style, women's hands, delicate, yet plump.  




Woman and Child After Michelangelo - charcoals on 9 by 12 paper   - in this, I return to young, motherhood, though… Read full post »

JANUARY 19, 2015 6:29PM

5 Signs You Weren't Meant to Be

5 Signs You Weren't Meant to Be

Is the 'you' plural or singular?
Is the author referring to me
in particular,
or the universal 'you'?
Is the 'you' a couple,
a country, a universe,
or just the reader?
I am very concerned.
Socrates said
the unexamined life is not worth
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JANUARY 19, 2015 6:24PM

Art - Blooming - Art

Sacrum in graphite on 9 by 12 paper



Portrait of Heather in chalk and graphite on 18 by 26 paper - 3 hour drawing session 



Copy of Durer Drawing in graphite on 9 by 12 - In the original drawing her abdominal muscles are shown, as… Read full post »

JANUARY 11, 2015 6:23PM

OF Art


Drawing in progress of skull - graphite and chalk on 18 by 24 paper 






 Portrait of a Hero  (Louis Zamperini) - graphite on 8 by 10 paper 


 Sketch of Kay sitting - charcoal on 12 by 9 paper 

 %IMAG… Read full post »

JANUARY 1, 2015 11:27AM



Shiv - charcoal on 9 by 12 paper - I've always loved to watch people's hands, the wrinkles, the calluses, the gesticulations of the hands.  Tells so much about a person's life and emotional state. I remember my grandmother's hands and arms, soft, dry and wrinkled; her many bracele… Read full post »

DECEMBER 17, 2014 9:50PM

Art OF

Male Muscle Study in graphite on 9 by 12 paper


Weapon - charcoal on 9 by 12


After Durer - nude woman in charcoal


Sketch of Kay - charcoals on 18 by 24 paper



Short Sketch of Kay - charcoals on 9 by 12… Read full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2014 2:02PM

Week's Art


Sketch of Jessie - charcoals and chalks  on 18 by 24 paper 


 Copying Michelangelo's drawing of a Satyr, charcoals on 11 by 16 paper



Self Portrait in charcoals on 18 by 24 paper 





Copying Michelange… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2014 6:48PM

Week's Art


 Copying Michelangelo - charcoal on 11 by 16 paper 

Michelangelo must have had a sense of humor.  I am convinced some of these sketches are cartoons.  Some people think this is sacreligious, viewing his work too seriously.  He seems not only to have created work… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 7, 2014 10:52AM

Art of My Week

Charcoal self- portrait in progress - 11 by 16 


copy of a Michelangelo drawing in charcoal - 11 by 16


male torso study in charcoal - 11 by 16 - seeing the underneath bone and muscles


Alien Dude in charcoal - happy belated Halloween!  11 by 16… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2014 4:31PM

Art of My Week


Caitlin - graphite on 20 by 24 paper - first nude model - had a good three hours in a group with other artists 

 Even at my beginning level of art, people are telling me what sort of artist I should be.  My art tastes are rather eclectic, as are… Read full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2014 1:36PM

Art of My Week

After Michelangelo - sepia chalk on paper - 11 by 16

Homer - graphite on paper - 11 by 16


After Michelangelo - sepia chalk on paper - 11 by 16  Read full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2014 7:02PM

Art of My Week

Nude Woman with Apple - graphie on paper - 11 by 16


Arm Study - graphite on paper - 11 by 16


Arm Study - graphite on paper - 11 by 16


Sketch of a Greek Statue - graphite on paper - 11 by 16


 I am learning bit… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 4:53PM

Art of the Week

Skeleton Study - graphite on paper

Study of a Bargue Lithograph - graphite on paper



Hand Bone Study - graphite on paper


Foot Study -graphite on paper  Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 8:26PM

Art of My Week

Nude People Should Not Play With Swords - graphite on paper - 11 by 16


Portrait of a Drunken Uncle - graphite on paper - 11 by 16


Still Life in Charcoal - No pie tins, fruits, or ewers were harmed in the process!


Winter Tree - first time… Read full post »

As a girl, I hated writing with a pencil, more from the scratchy texture than from my poor fine-motor control.  Scritch, scratch, scrape went the pencils.  When I was allowed to use pens, I celebrated.  They slid smoothly across the paper in blue and black and other colors when one was… Read full post »

AUGUST 15, 2014 1:48PM

Seen and Imagined

 Twisted Dead Wood, a woman bending with a baby on her back  - long path over dry, dusty land - Digital photography


Cartoon Newpaper Woman who can throw a punch - a regular pugilist - graphite on paper - 12 by 9 




 Gail's Sunflowers… Read full post »

graphite on paper 12 by 9 

Still working on this one.  My mother's nose needs more definition.  Date is September 9th, 1953.  They were very unhappy in their middle years and died fairly young, but it is good to remember that they were young and full of hope once and,… Read full post »

JULY 18, 2014 4:19PM

Adventures in Art

 There is so much in life that feels out of control right now: my husband has taken a job of love that means less money, but much more happiness, my son's hormonal, thirteen-year-old Asberger rages and my daugter's hormonal rages, my own peri-menopausal hot sweats, a different hot than the usual… Read full post »

"Her gleamin silks, the taperin
O her ringed fingers, and her feathers
Move dimly like a dream wi'in
While endless faith aboot them gethers."
Hugh MacDiamid, (excerpt from A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle, 1926)

 Unlike the poet above, I was not drunk when my family and I came across a crowd of wild… Read full post »

Sticky, waxy petals in the midst of inhospitable thorns.  I sat on a prickly pear cactus last year.  Was pulling thorns out of my cheeks for days.





The nucleus curled like a sea creature, the stamen like fronds of wheat grass.   

&nb… Read full post »

JUNE 5, 2014 5:26PM

Song for Brick

(for love of Tennessee)


You were meant to hold
up the foundation. 
May you never sober
in your crumbling self.

Brick, your Daddy's trying to help you:
see that a rail car and life
are the same thing,
that love and unbottoned trousers
are no different. 

You go down into that magnolia
scented/… Read full post »

MAY 28, 2014 9:03AM

New Spaces - New Art

Beautiful Spaces  

New Friends


Creating new art - terracotta mask in progress


Girl in Hat - Drawing in Progress


Me with a Garden Mask in Progress - photo taken by my loving man    Read full post »

MAY 16, 2014 5:38PM

Concerning the Moustache


(Italicized lines from Etiquette for Every Day by Mrs. Humphrey, 1904, pg 76, The Hatless Man by Sarah Kortum)



A man with a trivial nose should not wear a large moustache.

If the nose be small as a tiny thread bobbin, forget it entirely.
Persisting in this facial hair/… Read full post »

 Wildflower - Original photograph and Adobe Photoshop manipulation
I am continuing to teach myself Adobe Photoshop.    


Orange is my favorite color - these are the flowers I bought for the Easter table  - not many people like orange - I see this color and I i… Read full post »

APRIL 12, 2014 8:35PM

The Juggler Henry


a dream about my hidden high-school crush

Henry walks in
and out of plaster rooms,
with rectangular windows
ablaze, past gilded onion-domes
in the autumn pelting rain,
on cobblestone streets
with stones exposed
like bald cats. 
He juggles
six balls at
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