“Trail” for Illustration Friday

John Horse

John Horse


I Googled the word trail and “Trail of  Tears” came up as one of the search results.
Of course I had studied the subject in history class many years ago but did not remember that one of the displaced Native American peoples had been the Seminole of Florida.

Further I had not realized the role Black Seminoles played in shaping American history. Then I read the story of John Horse and his incredible journey to find place of peace and freedom for his people.

Perhaps this is a loose reference to the theme ‘trail’ for Illustration Friday but I got a bit obsessed by this story and wanted to illustrate and share it here. Click on the links to explore the trail of John Horse.
The above illustration is digital and was made in Photoshop.
Thanks for looking!

eyes, lips, revealed

it is spring. some bug has bit me, which in no way excuses the following…

eyes, lips, revealed

i have never seen so many eyes.
so many lips.

lips that want to be kissed.
eyes closed then kissed open.

eyes round. round and down.
into the ground.

eyes that want to fly,
fly into the sky. up.

doors closed are now open.
opened up.

a new smile is reveled.
and then removed [sigh]
such is life.

again [sigh]

so many eyes…
and then,
opened again.
and again.




Untitled Fairy-tale (Prismacolor pencil on paper 9×11″)

Thanks go to Aric S. Queen for inspiration on the ‘spooky house’ (from one of his photos).













I’m kinda working backwards here as the sketch appeared before a story is written.

If you have title/story ideas please leave them in the comments,
I’d love to hear them!