Cuckoo Clock 13 – A Watercolor Sketch

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”
Michelangelo Buonarroti

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Cuckoo Clock 13 – A Watercolor Sketch

Yes, it’s a quilted cuckoo clock.  Who wouldn’t want to live in a quilted house?

About Michelangelo Buonarroti

Michelangelo Buonarotti, the Renaissance sculptor and painter, is considered one of the world’s greatest artists. He was born in Tuscany on March 6, 1475. He apprenticed to a painter at age 13, infuriating his father, who considered art menial work. By age 25, he had sculpted one of his finest works, the Pietà, in St. Peter’s. Working alone, he took four years to paint more than 400 figures on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. He also designed St. Peter’s dome and is perhaps best known for his iconic statue of David. He died on February 18, 1564.

Cuckoo Clock Number 12 – A Watercolor Sketch

“Make voyages! — Attempt them! — there’s nothing else…”
Tennessee Williams

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Cuckoo Clock Number 12 – A Watercolor Sketch

This one is really my favorite.  I don’t know why I didn’t use it on the cell phone case.  Oh well.  Did I mention that March’s project so far is Jell-O molds?  I haven’t drawn a single one… yet.  🙂

About Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams was the pen name of Thomas Lanier Williams, the multiple-award-winning Southern Gothic playwright best known for his plays Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie. He was born on March 26, 1911 in Mississippi, where he had a difficult childhood with an abusive father, a smothering mother, and a schizophrenic sister. His emotionally honest plays often feature sensitive souls who don’t fit into a confining culture. He spent most of his adult life in New York City. He died on February 25, 1983.

Cuckoo Clock 11 – A Watercolor Sketch

“If you want a place in the sun, you’ve got to put up with a few blisters.”
Abigail Van Buren

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Cuckoo Clock 11 – A Watercolor Sketch

Maybe a little of grandma’s house on this one.  🙂

About Abigail Van Buren

Pauline Phillips, better known as Abigail Van Buren, wrote the syndicated “Dear Abby” column for 46 years. She was born on July 4, 1918 in Iowa. She had never written professionally when she contacted the San Francisco Chronicle’s editor and said she could do better than their current advice maven. Her version was an instant success. Her twin sister, Esther Lederer, became an advice columnist under the name Ann Landers. Phillips retired in 2002; her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, took over her column. Phillips died on January 16, 2013.

Cuckoo Clock Number 10 – A Watercolor Sketch

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.”
Richard Bach

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Cuckoo Clock Number 10 – A Watercolor Sketch

I know I saw that kitty cat somewhere.  Where did he go?

About Richard Bach

Richard Bach, the American pilot and author, became hugely successful with the publication of the slim novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a spiritual quest about a bird who loved to fly rather than seeing flight as a means to an end. He was born in Illinois on June 23, 1936, a descendant of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. He has been an Air Force Reserve pilot, a flight instructor, and a barnstormer; most of his books involve flight either directly or as a metaphor.

Cuckoo Clock Number 9 – A Watercolor Sketch

“Action without study is fatal. Study without action is futile.”
Mary Ritter Beard

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Cuckoo Clock Number 9 – A Watercolor Sketch

This is very fun, I think, with the bird sitting on the dash.  Notice I didn’t let him drive.  He is only a passenger.

About Mary Ritter Beard

The American historian and suffragette Mary Ritter Beard was best known for the acclaimed two-volume work, The Rise of American Civilization, which she cowrote with her husband, Charles Beard. She was born in Indiana on August 5, 1876. She became a spokeswoman for the importance of women’s history with her books, On Understanding Women and Women as Force in History. She and her husband were controversial, dynamic figures who helped frame the way we view American history. She died on August 14, 1958.

Cuckoo Clock Number 8 – A Watercolor Sketch

Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit – and man is his own gardener.
John Leonard

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Cuckoo Clock Number 8 – A Watercolor Sketch

This is the one I submitted for the class gallery.  The image I submitted is a cell phone case design.

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It was fun!

Cuckoo Clock Number 7 – A Watercolor Sketch

“Think it more satisfactory to live richly than die rich.”
Sir Thomas Browne

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Cuckoo Clock Number 7 – A Watercolor Sketch

This one is a Cuckoo Clock Starship.  That little bird looks ready to fly!  If you want to see over 400 cuckoo clocks turned into cell phone cases….  check out the MATS Bootcamp gallery here.

About Sir Thomas Browne

The erudite English doctor Sir Thomas Browne, who wrote a number of books on science and religion, was known for his baroque prose style and his controversial opinions. He was born on October 19, 1605 in London and settled in Norwich to practice medicine. He wrote his most famous book, Religio Medici (The Religion of a Physician), an intellectual autobiography, in 1635. A friend published it in 1642 without his permission, embarrassing him, but the book’s popularity encouraged him to write more. He died on October 19, 1682.

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