Mud Pies and Bones: Writing and Art

from the Rocky Mountains

Lucy Simpson

Lucy Simpson
Location
Monument, Colorado, United States
Birthday
December 20
Title
The Cleaner
Company
dishesmealsandpoopybutts
Bio
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.....................................................................................

MY RECENT POSTS

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FEBRUARY 26, 2015 8:34PM

Winter's Return Art

Black and Tan - dog (first dog ever drawn by me) in graphite, colored pencils and watercolors on 12 by 14 paper 

 

 

 After Durer - Rise and Fall of the Mannekins - According to Durer all women need to be women is to have oranges pasted on their… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 21, 2015 8:48PM

Chinese New Year Art

Sketch of an Old Man in charcoals and pastels on 9 by 12 paper 

 

Short Pose Session Sketch of Kat - charcoals and pastels on 18 by 24 paper 

 

Muscle Study in graphite on 9 by 12 paper   Read full post »

FEBRUARY 16, 2015 7:58PM

Lupercalia's Art

Lower Male Body Anatomy Study in graphite on 9 by 12   

 

Joe - portrait drawing in charcoals and pastels on 12 by 18 paper

 

 

Wedding Day - portrait sketch in charcoals and pastels on 12 by 18 paper

 

 Joe - Digital photograph  

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FEBRUARY 8, 2015 5:52PM

February - Winter's Dregs

Male Muscles in the Lower Extremities - graphite on 9 by 12 paper - using a mechanical pencil now for finer details - Drawing muscles makes me realize how close to animals we are - built very much the same. 

 

 

 

Sketch of a Great Beauty - practicing… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 1, 2015 3:32PM

January's Gone Art

Fire Elf - digital drawing

 

Beautiful Woman - charcoals and chalks on 12 by 18 paper

 

 After Michelangelo - lower jaw study in charcoals on 9 by 12 paper

 

 

 The Collaborators Never Locked Horms - ink, colored pencil, and water-colors on 1… Read full post »

 

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
living
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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 

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JANUARY 1, 2015 11:27AM

Of ART

 

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.

 

 

Inside

 

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

&nb… Read full post »