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Due to popular demand, the second edition of only 100 art prints of my Great Tailed Grackle has just been released at Etsy for a limited time.

Great Tailed Grackle art print by Shelly Bowen

Great Tailed Grackle art print by Shelly Bowen

The first edition of the Great Tailed Grackle was sold in November 2008. It is an original ink drawing I did of a texas bird printed on museum quality archival grade paper. See all bird drawings at my art shop.

No reproductions permitted. Rights remain with artist.

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My good friend grows a garden each year, and her boys help. These are her artichokes. Another lucky artichoke bloomed on the stalk; the background color of the drawing here is a reflection of the color of the feathery blossom.

artichoke drawing on lavender by shelly bowen

I had planned to switch to my sticky series, but had to get one more edible in to complete the pineapple and papaya. At my sister’s request for one more fruit or veggie. For her kitchen. I can hardly ever turn down a request.

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I’ve completed my Texas Trio of ink drawings — now showing at Shellybees.com — and shared them with two of my favorite artist friends. One said she loved the Great-Tailed Grackle drawing, and also the Papaya Passion from my Maui collection (of 2; the others flopped). She politely didn’t mention my Loving Longhorn.

Texas Duo of ink drawings by Shellybee\'s

And my Racing Armadillo hadn’t released yet. My other friend, who also happens to be my sister, and I were sipping bright-orange cocktails when I asked her about my Texas drawings. This was after her art opening at the Museum of the Living Artist in San Diego. Her family triptych was accepted. So you see why her opinion means more than just sisterly fluff.

“I love the bird,” she said, then glanced sideways.

“And the Longhorn?” I pressed, smiling, because I already knew, but I wanted her to say it.

“I hate it,” she admitted.

I waited.

She gushed: “It’s just so, I don’t know, it’s the composition, it’s elementary, I don’t like it.”

I laughed. What a fabulous strong reaction. I’d much rather love or hate than ambivalence.

So what do you think. Love it? Hate it? Is it the composition? The subject-matter? The color? Do tell!

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I recently traveled to Hawaii for the first time.

Shellybee\'s Papaya

Things I loved: the air, the ocean, the bamboo, and the fruit stands. Hand-picked by some bearded red-head guy who really knows his fruit. Passion at first taste.

I ate a lot of tropical fruit. The maui gold and the ungainly papaya were my favorites. So sweet and edgy. I tried to capture this for you. You can get your own custom art print at shellybee.etsy.com.

You may find a hospitable pineapple there too. Mmmm.

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Starfish Nightmares Art Print - Printer\'s ProofWhat do artists do with printer’s proofs?

I have three of these 5X7s — they turned out greener blue and more vibrant than I intended. Still very cool, but bright.

The funny thing? This photo makes the proof color look like what I really wanted (on my monitor). The print itself is really vibrant blue-green.

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