How Many Almond Petals?

Artist and urban chicken farmer Janet Barocco lives in Santa Rosa, California. She submitted this delightful image and haiku as a celebration of early spring.

Lady Chicken Under the Almond Tree
“Lady Chicken Under the Almond Tree,” Prismacolor on black art paper by Janet Barocco

The Mystery of Behind the Eyelids Images

The Mystery of Behind the Eyelids Images

By Cheryl Renee Long

Acid Green and Manganese Blue
Acid Green and Manganese Blue

It is not unusual for me to see full blown images behind my eyelids just as I wake up in the morning.

I am not sure if this has to do with the strong light that comes through my window, filtered by our Broad Leaf Maple. Maybe it has to do with an overactive imagination wanting to get to the colored pencils. Are these images teasers to push me toward my black pages and my idea book?

Black Pears
Black Pears

I do not know, but Salvador Dali said that he would not mind solitary confinement because he could spend his life painting the images behind his eyeballs. We share this odd phenomena.

“Acid Green and Manganese Blue” appeared to me as a fabric or woven disc, backlit with brilliant blue. Black Pears hearkens back 15 years to my “black things” series. Art has an uncanny life of its own, and it am amazed when it asserts itself. “Paint Me! Paint me now!!”