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

pretty girl…

pretty girl

Once again trying something different with layers and textures… Hope you like it!

This may be a bit of escapism from the early snow and cold we have been “enjoying” already…

UPDATE: From Tom in the comments, a sonnet… which may make you look at the picture differently.

Eyes of innocence observe the scene
through grassy stalks: the rites of springtime may
be misinterpreted the first time seen
by virgins who have yet to boldly stray
into those woods of pleasure and deceit
that lurk beyond the garden’s grassy wall
where satyrs chase their willing prey’s retreat
though the sunlit corridors and halls
of Pan’s dominion where the truth will out
that pleasures of the spirit may be great
but pleasures of the flesh–beyond a doubt–
can justify the body’s mortal fate.
In innocence and wisdom still she knows
That down those paths she will one day go.

(c) 2010 Tom Radcliffe

(cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

to dream…

floating dream

Here’s a quick doodle in response to Tom’s poem about the dreaming couple… this image immediately came into my head. Dreams of floating with stars and diaphanous fish…

UPDATE:  A lovely poem from Tom which explains (?) the image…

And in this sleep of reason what fish might come
swimming through the waters of the night
while she rides the dark between the stars
blowing on the stellar wind, a kite
strung by her soul down to her lover’s bed
where he dreams base matter as she flies
past shoals of souls awaiting karmic turns
toward the source, the sun, about to rise.

Copyright (C) 2010 TJ Radcliffe

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

Cindy Loo You!

I am delighted that my friend, Tom Radcliffe and I have set up – well mostly Tom – a website for our experimental work, Cindy Loo You, (formerly “What if”) which evolved on this blog in a very jazz-like way. We have done some tweaking and formatting and there is new material… It will be even more fun and easy to read with the images and poems together on each page. The posting schedule is twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays so check it out regularly!

We are also working on a Brand New Project! More information to come…

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

the flamenco dancer…


I did this painting recently during a figure painting class. Mostly we worked with nudes but this pose was with a costumed flamenco dancer. Here’s a link to a painting by the teacher, Charles Vinh, which was up in the gallery when we were taking the class… It was good to get instruction on painting on canvas – mostly I’ve worked on paper before… or on the computer, of course!

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

what if – part 4…

completely dazzled!

After reading Tom’s most recent Seuss-ian poetic offering (see previous comments) I immediately had this image in my head of Cindy Lou listening enthralled to tales from the stranger’s travels. I have a sketch from one of those tales started as well, but even though I’m having way too much fun doing these drawings, one per day is all I can manage!

Here’s a link to a random amusing strip from Patches. (Maybe particularly amusing for some of my friends…) Enjoy!

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

what if – part 3…

googly eyes...

And we’re off on another crazy literary romp led by Tom Radcliffe in the comments… Thanks Tom!

I thought we’d just pause before heading off to help out the Grinch with his home decorating troubles – or whatever it was. Obviously Cindy Lou wanted to get dressed up to impress the handsome stranger – and his morse… I think they make a cute trio!

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

today’s doodle – what if…

Cindy Lou who??

I have come down with one of those spring colds… blargh! and hacgh! anyway, as a result I have not been doodling and so I was looking through old doodles for something to post and found this one. Did Cindy Lou Hoo grow up evil?? She looks strangely Grinch-like!… very suspicious hmmm…

…checking out the poetic response in the comments is highly recommended!

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer

leafy sea dragon – mergirl…


A recently viewed image of a leafy sea dragon seems to have inspired this “mergirl” image… I like mer-girl better than mer-maid somehow… anyway, here she is! If you’ve never seen pictures of sea dragons, do google them – they’re pretty amazing looking creatures! Related to sea horses but bigger and well, …leafier! As with sea horse, the sea dragon male carries the fertilized eggs until they hatch – altogether a fascinating species – this concludes your Green Tea Doodles nature special feature. lol

image (cc) 2010 Hilary Farmer