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There’s a Cardinal

by Jim on February 2, 2011

Yesterday was the last day of Kat Apel’s Month of Poetry challenge. Here’s my last pass, image above, words below. I think just about everyone in the U.S. is with my sentiments on our Winter season. Of course, with today’s new snow storms I may have to amend this with a wish for March to start. We can skip February all together. Right?

There’s a Cardinal

There’s a cardinal in the holly
looking like the King of Winter
and I’m so very ready
for January to end

One more thing…
I guess the month of poetry had me revved up for more. When I saw Mike Jung tweet about a haiku contest on Ellen Oh’s blog for Cindy Pon’s books, Fury of the Phoenix and Silver Phoenix, I was ready. I’m still under the influence of red birds apparently. Can you guess what this is about?

fury of red birds
anger rising over pigs
phoenix save the eggs

OK, last thing. I promise.
The picture above is a quick sketch using Art Rage. I’ve been experimenting with Manga Studio too. I like Manga Studio for initial sketching and drawing, but I need to give Sketchbook Pro a real test before fully committing. Any opinions out them?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Lynda Shoup February 2, 2011 at 8:05 am

I love the illustration to go with the poem.

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Jim February 2, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Thanks, Lynda. It was this or a certain someone watching the sunset with a skunk.

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Julie Hedlund February 6, 2011 at 11:39 pm

I love the sentiment of the poem, especially since I too was glad to see the back of January.

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Jim February 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Thanks, Julie. And here’s to a better February, March and beyond!

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Lynda Shoup March 1, 2011 at 9:04 am

Ok, Jim, I just saw your witty retort. I’d love to see how you would draw the alternative picture.

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