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Deb Stewart’s Art Show

"Blue Monday"

“Blue Monday”

Deb Stewart is my mom. She’s also a painter who’s dedicated years of hard work to her art, and this month, it all paid off.

Over a dozen of her paintings were (and still are!) featured in the “Late Bloomers” art show hosted by the Preble County Art Association. On May 11, I got the chance to check it out.

As with all these photos, you can click to enlarge:




Center Table

Of course, the art show’s adopted mascot – Glinda, the one-eyed cat – kept careful watch on the proceedings.

Closeups of some individual paintings:

"Song of the Serpent"

“Song of the Serpent” – One of my absolute favorites. I love the explosion of color, the mysterious surrealism.

"Zinnias with Doily"

“Zinnias with Doily” – Notice the detail on the doily.


“Exuberance” – Another of my favorites. This one sold already.

Center Table Closeup

"Summer Daydreams"

“Summer Daydreams” – One of her older paintings, with a clear, crisp style. See how she uses contrasting colors (yellow and purple) to make the background interesting?

"Mixed Blessings"

“Mixed Blessings”

"Fun at the Fair"

“Fun at the Fair”


“Contemplation” – Look at the detailed texture in the upper left of the green area.



I can’t tell you how proud I am of what she’s accomplished.

Steampunk Triforce

It represents Wisdom, Courage, Power, and Bird.

Modeled off the Triforce Crest from the Legend of Zelda games, with coloring based on the Hylian Shield. Not strictly steampunk, I guess, but that’s the vibe I get from looking at it.

I did the drawing in ink, then colored it afterward with Paint.NET.

What do you think?


Orange you glad I didn't post another spider?

Click to enlarge. Rarrrrrr!

A couple weeks ago, I showed you a poster of a giant spider I drew for Halloween. This time I went for the orange poster board and took a shot at Jack. What do you think?

I may do a third one, too. I’m thinking Scarecrow of Horror. Any other sweet ideas?

Halloween Spider

If he jumps on your face, that means he likes you.

Betsy and I are hosting a costume party this Halloween, so we’re getting decorations ready. On our latest excursion yesterday, I picked up some poster board from Walmart and drew this guy with permanent marker. (Click photo to enlarge.)

I used this spider photo as a model, though of course I took some artistic liberties. What do you think? Creepy enough? I may do a jack-o’-lantern or a ghost later, if I have time.

Got any plans for Halloween?

Your Secret Mission

You are a secret agent. Though you operate in a world of cynicism, greed, and dreary materialism, you actually work for the other guys. You smuggle in notions of poetry and purpose. You hope for hope and you love love, and someday, when the moment’s right, you’re going to open these people’s eyes. But for now, you walk among them like an ordinary peon, and nobody knows the truth.

It’s okay. I won’t blow your cover. I work for them too.

This morning, I have an assignment for you. I know you have a lot of undercover work going on, and maybe you don’t have time. If so, we understand. This is strictly optional.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

Look around you, right now, and pick out something that strikes you as beautiful. Then report back here and tell us what it is. That’s it – that’s all you have to do.

For me, it’s this wonderful piece my mom painted, titled “Sunburst.” I still need to hang it up.


It’s dark in here this morning; the photo doesn’t do it justice. But I love it because of the richness of the background, the contrast of the fiery orange with the deep blue, the brightness and the darkness, and the slightly nonrealistic style of the flowers, whimsical yet proud. And, of course, I love it because she made it.

But you don’t have to pick something like a piece of art that was designed to be beautiful. It can be some ordinary object, or the shape of a shadow, or anything. Don’t worry about what someone else would think of it. They’re the other guys. They don’t understand. We’ve entrusted this mission to you.

You don’t have to take a photo (unless you want to). Just describe what you see. Encourage your fellow agents with your success.