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this beautiful song we call life!

work, sing and play
like the songbird greets the sun
with thanks for a new day
and grace from an old one

Artists finish their work ~ An audience completes it

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Sean of the South is my favorite writer. Without straining a muscle, but by simply articulating his funny bone, he reaches our soul and unfolds it right in front of us, in a good way.

Sean Dietrichexcerpts from The Holy City

"… I know this boy. But I haven’t seen him in years. I always forget what a nice boy he is.

And this niceness attribute, as it happens, is where a lot of his problems stem from.

Because the old saying is true, nice guys really do finish last. It’s merely a matter of physics. In the game of life, the role of the nice guy is to hold the door for everyone else. To refill the other guy’s iced tea.

But it’s a double-edged blade because nice guys aren’t usually nice to themselves. Nice guys have a hard time loving old Number One..."


"... I don’t want immortality. I don’t want success. I don’t want money. I don’t want bragging rights. I don’t even want to win more often than I lose.

I simply want to give my love liberally to all I meet; until my veins are bled dry and there is nothing left within me; until my body withers and fades. Love before me and behind me. Love within me. Love around me. Love on top my head. Love below my feet..."

see Sean Dietrich's website


A SPECIAL NOTE: I have bipolar disorder but have been stable for a number of years now thanks to proper medication, help from others, and perseverance. I pray and hope that my website doesn't disturb or worry anyone! I would appreciate your sending me an Email and letting me know if it does. The last thing I want to do is give a wrong impression to you! I am fine!

All things considered, five webpages Ed's Art Net is mostly a self portrait. A self-published soliloquy. A solo sociocultural web media philanthropy. A family size safe website for ages 12 and up due to some too scary for toddlers artwork and mature subjects like bipolar disorder.

I'm a self-proclaimed commonologist sharing my free-spirited art works, thoughts and behavior to anyone browsing the Internet.

My aim is to have built a fun intriguing website that's helpful and encouraging for all its visitors!

If I had to summarize Ed's Art Net, it would be self therapy that's been like talking with a stranger and winding up with a new friend. A pretty good feeling! 

Page one - Workings is mostly a collection of my early years art works with a little side trip or two. I try to make it interesting with exposition

Page two - I'm going out on a spiritual limb with Writings. Religion is personal and private, yet we want desperately to share it with others. In this webpage, I'm not promoting anything. I'm merely sharing my thoughts and opinion.

Page three - I love motorcycling and Diversionings is a compilation of road trips and experiences mostly in the southern Appalachian Mountains. It's a fun webpage for anyone interested in motorcycle adventure.

Page four - Meanderings is what it says. A lot of meandering. It contains the developing Music Net, some humor, as well as cultural references, and a few seriously serious articles. 

Page five - Meetings is what it says too. I introduce myself and some of my family and friends. I go on to write about mental health. My contact info is centered on this webpage. The subject You! contains a comment form.

ANOTHER SPECIAL NOTE: I'm not advertising for anyone and nothing here is for sale. This is not a business. It's a fun hobby. But it doesn't keep me out of trouble!

Ed Caldwell (Bear)

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Casting Art to the Net

Artists finish their work ~ An audience completes it

Workings is mostly a collection of my early years art with a little side trip or two. I try to make it interesting with exposition.

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Art Net

Art is a celebration of God's gifts 

art awakens the senses
composing reflections from life's reasoned fences
encoded skill and mind is the foundry
beyond the grip of night's emotional boundary


1975 - Acrylic and ink on acetate


This was my first work in this medium (animation cel)... I found it when cleaning out my files while sheltering in place from COVID-19.


I had mistakenly painted George's pants yellow before painting the Yellow Submarine so I opted to paint the submarine tail red instead of starting over... illustrative proof that two wrongs don't make a right!

Mickey Mouse

1981 - Printers Ink on White Corrugated Board

The bottom Mickey image in the above photo and the Santa Mickey in the right photo are cutout from a POP display (point of purchase) for Christmas candy that I designed the graphics for during my art career. The display was made of cardboard and the candy was Lifesavers in a Mickey Mouse cartoon themed package.

Drawing Mickey was the most fun I had as a professional artist and is the only commercial art from that career that I'm featuring on Ed's Art Net. 

The Mickey Mouse POP cutouts hang on my wall along with the two Disney signs that my wife gave me to help decorate my studio, office, cave.

Ken’s Ride

1979 - Acrylic and ink on acetate


"And I'm hovering like a fly, waiting for the windshield on the freeway..." lyric quote from the band Genesis, Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, released 1974


The highlights I painted on the windshields reminds me of the inevitable bug collisions. I reckon it's a good argument for a full face helmet...


Motorcycles are great fun but not without risk. They can be very maneuverable but are no match for any automobile that swerves or pulls out in front of you. 

Angle Wrangle

1982 - 11x14 Lithograph 


A fun project! I printed several of these with the intent to sell them but didn't. I completed the entire graphics production including sketch, pen and ink, rubylith color overlay, grayscale screens, camera ready mechanical, graphic arts camera work and printing on a 1250 Multilith offset printing press.

Dragon One

1971 - Pen and ink on paper 

Too scary for toddlers, this is my first pen and ink of this dragon. I found it when cleaning out my files while sheltering in place.


1980 - Metal Etching/Carving


I made two of these (left and right) for my 1979 Kawasaki LTD 1000 motorcycle (below). The two holes align with a gas tank mounting bracket. It started as a pen and ink drawing that was etched in magnesium (thanks to my friend Dub) then I carved it out of the etch panel and painted it gold to match the LTD's blue and gold pinstriping.

Circa 1980, me and my American built Japanese cruiser.


1976 - Watercolor on watercolor pad


This painting of "my Dragon" is the third of a set of three storyboard watercolors that were inspired by Gandalf's fireworks at Bilbo's Magnificent Party from The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien.


1977 - Acrylic and ink on acetate

This painting may be the closest I've come to perfection. 


This animation cel is my most mysterious work. It started as a drawer handle sketch to get my mind off of suicide and evolved.


I felt more and more spiritually inspired as this piece developed. It's called Balance due to its symmetry and the healing I experienced crafting it. 

If you look closely at the center of the image (see detail) you will notice two separate heads merging together to form a third... two looking toward the center and one looking at you, three perspectives from one source... a symbolic model of the Christian Holy Trinity.


The overall image gives the impression of an evil but beautiful dragon.

Satan plays a key role in our spiritual development.

Log Cabin Church

1978 - Pencil Drawing


This was my study for the painting below. Touch or click on the image for more detail.

1981 - Acrylic watercolor on illustration board


This Log Cabin Church painting is my personal favorite work. My adopted mom always said this was my masterpiece. I discovered this beautiful church in 1973. I saw the buildings as reflecting the two testaments of the Christian Bible.


"Old Testament" (log cabin) - the Tabernacle was built of cloth and wood, see Exodus 26

"New Testament" (stone building) - "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.", Matthew 16:18 NIV.


The ghostly shadow in the painting that's approaching the front of the stone church is symbolic of the evil that constantly challenges us all, see Romans 12:21. I took artistic license there and replaced the road that runs directly in front, (see pencil drawing).


In 1981 the stone church front doors were green but have since been painted red.

The Lamp

1974 - Pen and Ink on paper


Grasp as in "Get a Grip"... This drawing symbolizes Satan's spiritual posturing. Satan is perched with a grip on the earth as he's reaching out to take hold of our spirit. We frequently deal with his influence as we grow through life.


Satan is God's creation to help us develop as we grow. God knows we're not perfect and the devil provides us with spiritual challenges such that we have to make choices in our behavior. We can develop into honest and good Jesus followers or become dishonest and evil Satan followers. The devil seeks us and Jesus wants us to do the seeking. It's part of God’s good and perfect plan.

"No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you."  Luke 11:33-36 NIV

Search Light

climbing the tree

what to see

dare we aspire
a journey higher
to find key
beyond the lee
stars of fire
twigs of pyre

every soul be

on bended knee

light we acquire

evil will expire


1971 - Original pencil sketch

2008 - Wacom Intuos3 Drawing Tablet, MS Paint


We celebrate Jesus Christ's Birth on December 25. Such a humble beginning for the Savior of mankind. And what a strong mother Mary must have been to travel over one hundred miles in those days from Nazareth to Bethlehem at nine months pregnant! see Luke 2:1-21 


Portal is a study for a family Christmas card. The three stars are symbolic of the Trinity. Santa is symbolic of us humans. Overall, Portal is symbolizing the transition from this life to the afterlife. see Isaiah 65:17 


With Santa, the evil that we dealt with in this life is blowing away into flames of the second death. The flames trailing off Santa's eyebrows and hat brim represent the internal self-destructive thoughts many of us fight. The dragon's head in the beard is dissipating into flames symbolic of the external evils that we dealt with in this life's world leaving our memory. Evil is always closer to us in this life than we like. see Revelation 12:9 

Space is Out There

"My God, it’s full of stars!"

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world."  Psalms 19:1-(3.5) NIV

Thanks to folks such as the good people at APOD we have at our Internet fingertips an impressively large quantity of very high quality artistic and scientific images from the seeable universe. Their Astronomy Picture of the Day featured images are wonders to behold and many would argue enough for our astronomical appetite. But for others the thought of exploring space from the comfort of a faster than light starship is a bit more palate pleasing.

Unfortunately, travel to even our closest stellar neighbor is well beyond a reasonable human journey today. However, these distant space traveling dreams so many of us have likely indicate possibility. I believe we look and outreach with hope to the heavens because it's part of our nature.


How the star trekking dream is fulfilled, who can say.

Maybe Heaven holds the answer!


life’s flame burns like fusion
propagating emotion like starlit nebulae
who can hide from its beckoning
to the stars

onward outward

ever reaching...
for love's reward

1978 - Acrylic and ink on acetate with background photographic print


This is my rendition of Ed White's historic 1965 spacewalk. The above space traveler was drawn with black ink on one side and painted on the opposite side with acrylic in the fashion of early animation cel production.


September 1992 - Computer Animation


Commodore Amiga 3000, Imagine 3D 2.0 software - This work won honorable mention in a national Computer Animation competition for the Amiga computer. Unfortunately, this digitized video is made from a VHS tape recording. I no longer have the Amiga computer this was built on that would provide a sharper image.

The overall theme for HummerHead is that much of our inspiration and inventiveness comes to us by studying nature.

When we do finally realize how to build a starship, it will be with God's help.

Freedom’s Elation!

January 3, 2020 - Retirement is an emotional emancipation. All of a sudden, deadlines and commitments vanish like nighttime sparks from a roaring fire. 

Now what? Something has to take the place of the energy you spent every day for umpteen gazzillion years at work. So find a hobby... get a recreational job. Do something to reward yourself for all that career work. You deserve it!


As for me! 

The Net

January 2020 - Internet Circuit Board (partial view)


The above colorful picture is a raster graphics image of my career final PCB design. It's a pseudo partial "X-ray" rough representation of a small portion of a cable modem Internet circuit board. The actual production graphics data is rendered in a CAD tool then manufactured from multiple individual layers of copyrighted proprietary vector graphics artwork (not shown here). You might have a "real" one of these in your home.


March 2020 - Watercolor on watercolor pad


I originally started drawing this dragon in 1971 (see Dragon One). He's always been full of mischief, but I hadn't thought about naming him until deadly COVID-19 hit.


April 2020 - Acrylic and ink on acetate


This animation cel character painting cartoon of Covid was another post-retirement refresher project for me. One thing that you might find interesting about painting on transparent acetate is that the cartoon is viewed from the opposite side from where the paint is applied so that the brush strokes aren't visible. That means the highlights are painted first then background last. For example, the flames' red highlights were painted first, orange second and yellow background last. So that in viewing from the opposite side through the clear acetate, the red highlights appear to be on top. In contrast, on canvas and illustration board, two common examples, paint is normally applied background first and highlights last.

Ariel Mermaid

August 2020 - Ink on acetate


This is the second step in producing an animation cel. In this case, I traced a print of Glen Keane's rendering. Usually my first step is a pencil drawing on paper then trace my drawing using a rapidigraph pen or ink brush on the acetate as shown above. The $1.00 cotton garden glove with thumb and two fingers removed is the same one I've used since my Beatles painting. The glove protects the acetate from my skin and the fingers are cut out to help with drawing and painting control.


In the early days there was usually an assembly line team of artists employed to produce each individual cel for a commercial production animated film. First an animator would sketch broad step character positions on paper. Next cel artists would trace the sketches with ink on acetate. The cel artist would bridge the motion sequences by drawing the character positions between the broad step animator's sketches. The cels were then painted with acrylic by cel painting artists.

September 2020 - Acrylic and ink on acetate 


This is the third and final step in producing a cel. This painting is a present for my favorite oldest daughter's toddler. ❤️ The "apple of my eye" granddaughter. She loves this Disney character and calls her "Ariel Mermaid".

This work actually combines my Princess Ariel cel with my Sebastian and Flounder cel to make a single picture frame from two cels. Since acetate is transparent, multiple production cel artists were able to work on separate characters at the same time then overlap them for one camera film frame.


Typically there are 24 individual camera frames per second of animated film. Disney's first feature length animated film, Snow White (released 1937), contains hundreds of thousands of drawings done by a team of 750 artists. This traditional by hand labor intensive method of animation has since been outdated by computers.


Princess Ariel was created by Glen Keane.


Sebastian and Flounder were created by Ron Clements and John Musker.


Princess Ariel, Sebastian and Flounder are copyrighted by Disney.

Gulf Sunrise

work, sing and play
like the songbird greets the sun
with thanks for a new day
and grace from an old one

Most definitely a loving God's Art moment!

Above is my very patient, youngest daughter Katie's photograph of the sunrise beach scene I hope to paint at some point.


Both my daughters love the beach. They get that trait from their mom!

The beach gives us an unobstructed view of the sun rising above the gulf's surface. It's amazing to watch how fast the sun climbs in the beautifully colored sky. Close to 902 mph at this particular latitude.

The clouds make a clever natural Artist's frame for the magnificent Florida sun.

Back to Work

August 2021 - After eighteen months of retirement, I received a phone call from my good friend Billy W. at work. They needed some CAD support and Billy wanted to know if I knew anyone who would be interested.

I volunteered to come back out of retirement with the caveat that I am old and might be temporary... When you get old, you realize just how short life really is and you're not afraid to tell others that you're old!

In fact, there's knowledge in being old. You've already done the stupid things that youngsters have yet to experience. So you're kind of a "stupid" guru by the time you reach "oldenhood". And BECAUSE you're old, you can make up words without shame or remorse.

Besides, since you're not dead, you're not done with doing stupid things!


Guess this old horse wasn't quite ready for the pasture!

August 2022 - After twelve months I'm gradually getting back into the retirement saddle again. Work is slowly slowing down and I think that I may be looking at repeating the Freedom’s Elation goofing off for a living thingy!

Ed Caldwell (Bear)

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