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works and words from...

Ed Caldwell (Bear)
Canton, Georgia USA

Photo credit: Phoebe Chen

New Beginnings 

The Retirement Years...


Art - it’s an audience that completes a work...


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

A New Old Friend... presented in stages of development

January 23, 2020 - Sketch stage 1

It's been decades since my last painting project so I don't want to bite off too much. I think it will be fun to revisit an old favorite subject. Not much to look at in this initial stage but it's a good start.

February 7, 2020 - Sketch stage 2

I made some progress today. As you can see, I decided to add beefy hind legs... I don't have a master plan for this work so I'm just going to be winging it. My wife noticed they look like human legs. (maybe it's my alter ego)

February 8, 2020 - Sketch stage 3

I added more surface area to the wings to compensate for the beefy legs. Since I don't have any sort of plan I'll just keep winging it.

February 9, 2020 - Watercolor stage 1

Let's not get too fired up over this. At this point I'm feeling like a rusty old nail that's been a long time buried in the backyard. Let's see how the painting develops over the next two stages.

March 5, 2020 - Watercolor stage 2

Decided to try out watercolor pencils at this stage to see what this rusty old nail could do with them.

March 6, 2020 - Watercolor stage 3

I decided to stop. Well... it's not terrible for being out of the saddle for such a long time. I may try this same subject in acrylic on acetate next. Got to get all the wheels greased.

April 23, 2020 - Acrylic and ink on acetate

I decided to name this guy "COVID" after the pandemic we are battling. I'm also naming him "VAMPIRE" for reasons outlined on my Facebook page. This was a refresher project for me so I hope to do even better as my technical rust begins to dissipate.