Lady Belinda!

Lady B

Hi everyone! Sorry for the unscheduled break – my computer was broken down for a while. Hope you like this latest character study offering – I think of her as an Elizabethan Betty Boop type – no doubt with a very annoying giggle!

UPDATE: This in from Tom in the comments catching the character of our flighty ship board lady…

oh my goodness whatever will become
of little me–tee hee!–so lost among the scum
who ride the ocean billows swelling white
heaving swaying thrusting in the night

i thought that donald fagoe was my man
my steady ready manly sturdy man
but all he does is vomit over-side
across the ocean stream so endless-wide

perhaps the captain is a better catch
so tough and strong upon his windward patch
although he seems to think my luck is bad
just because my husband died so sad

well i’m sure i’ll land right on my feet
won’t my father think it just a treat
to see his wayward daughter home again
although so far from hearth and home and kin

until then i guess i just make do with what
my luck has brought me in its push-cart truck
although i think that donald is so sweet
when he’s not feeding fishes he’s a treat!

Copyright (C) TJ Radcliffe 2011-03-30

Image (cc) 2011 Hilary Farmer


friend of D…

I'm not really sure who this is!

No, I’m not sure who this is… but I’m having fun working with lots of colour!

To go with my somewhat random character… check out this amusing Patches cartoon. “Don’t call me an asp”… lol

UPDATE: New poem!! Thanks Tom!

Great mastery of Time and Space
All things I will pursue
Amassing power and wealth and stuff
Such riches I’ll accrue!

Unless I catch a fleeting smile
From someone sweet and funny
For isn’t that the greatest wealth
Worth more than any money?

But until then I’ll conquer all!
Or maybe write a song
Or just enjoy the bright warm day
So peaceful and so long

Copyright (C) 2011 Tom Radcliffe

image (cc) 2011 Hilary Farmer

two years old!

happy koi

This past week my blog turned two years old! I was in the midst of doing character studies for the new project but here is a little celebratory doodle. One of my most visited posts ever is strangely enough “the meaning of koi” which expounds on said topic – lucky, lucky fish! So I thought they were a suitable doodle topic along with a water lily… just ’cause. Enjoy and thanks for visiting!

UPDATE: Celebratory poem from Tom – thanks!!!

Beneath the water-lily’s flower
Lurk the koi in cooling bower
Where the breadth of sun-bathed pads
Shades the fish from all that’s sad

O happy koi in water clear
Bringing luck to all come near
Such subtle spirit-healing power
Gold beneath the purple flower

Copyright (C) 2011 Tom Radcliffe

image (cc) 2011 Hilary Farmer

new character studies – D’s brother…

sensitive and thoughtful...

…and interestingly, also good with a knife!

but usually playful and friendly...

OK, here are two versions… different styles as well…

UPDATE: Here’s Tom’s poem which nicely ties together the facets of D’s brother’s personality!

My little sister’s such a pain
An expert in annoyance
She sees what irritates and roils
With something like clairvoyance

She tries on souls like suits of clothes
One fancy, now one drear
Each attuned to scandalize
Her family fond and dear

Not calm and wry and whimsical
Like her older brother
Who gets her out of every scrape
And now she’s in another!

Yet then she’ll say some silly thing
Naive with insight, daft
That melts my disapproval
To breathe then is to laugh!

Copyright (C) 2011 Tom Radcliffe

images (cc) 2011 Hilary Farmer

character development – D again…

a bit more attitude...

D was re-imagined over the weekend – I think this version is better! Opinions welcome – though I will likely stick to mine!

Hey! This is post #200!!

UPDATE: New poem from Tom. Watch out – it’s pretty hot stuff, well innuendo anyway!

Yeah, whatever, sure, that’s fine.
Like I really care
Maybe I’ll just burn you down
With my special stare

As if
You’d be
Worth even that
Be still my throbbing heart!

But then again
A whispered word
A poet’s velvet voice
So dark and smooth
With rhythmic thrusts
Might prompt a different choice

But like that’s ever going to be
Unless you rock my world
In ways that aren’t invented yet
To make my flag unfurl!

Copyright (C) 2011 Tom Radcliffe

image (cc) 2011 Hilary Farmer

new character study – D…

she's young, she's angsty...

…and she loves poetry!

An unrelated link to Buttercup Festival… I found it amusing!

UPDATE: Poem for “D” from Tom!

I wonder if this look of mystery
will seem mysterious enough? It’s like
a dream! My lowered eyes will draw his gaze…
but O what if he strays? Chasing flaxen
beauty down the dell, where… O who knows!
O well! My father says he is bad news!
What does an old man know of love? As if
I would fall in love with anyone
unworthy of my deeply throbbing heart!
I miss him so. I wonder where he is…

Copyright (C) 2011 Tom Radcliffe

image (cc) 2011 Hilary Farmer

new character study – M…

he's rough, he's tough, he writes poetry...

…and he’s handy with a knife…
Study for a main character in our new Big Thing… coming soon…ish… stay posted!

UPDATE: New poem in from Tom in response!

A man does well to keep a wary eye
on every wayward current of the flow
carrying intelligence unknown
around this kingdom and around the globe.
There’s more here going on than meets the eye,
more mystery and more intrigue, secrets fold
like parchment writs around a wanted man.
Always there’s the question: what to do?
I can’t just cut my way through every man
who stands between my place and future goals.
I grew up poor, by talent rose above
my family station. Now I find myself
a cork in currents deeply dark and cold.

Copyright (C) 2011 Tom Radcliffe

image (cc) 2011 Hilary Farmer