A bald eagle gives a slightly menacing look as he glides past the fall landscape on foot. This artwork is actually based on a recent event. Very loosely based, actually. One day recently, Laura and I were driving home from somewhere along one of our rural roads here in West Tennessee. As we were going along, I spotted a bird in a tree, which is not all that unusual. As we got closer, the bird started to fly out of the tree and across the road in front of us.
A version of Mickey Mouse in a Burnsland style of art is the latest creation from Art by Burnsland. Mickey Mouse’s head here is done in a sticker look of sorts with the white outline and background. And then the swirls in his head and face are reminiscent of the recent sea turtle artwork. Why all the swirls, you may ask? Why not, I may reply. That is the sort of thing that strikes me as interesting at this time.
Evening clouds hover over the waves rolling onto the shore in this beach scene in the latest Art by Burnsland. Imagine yourself standing on a cliff high above the waves down below, with a beautiful sunset sky above it all. The sunset colors of the clouds reflect in the water below. That was the mood I was trying to capture in this painting. This painting is a follow-up of sorts to another recent art piece.
Celebrate! The Tiki of the Month for February is a birthday cake tiki! Because someone around here has a birthday today. I won’t say who it is, but I hear he is celebrating the big 2-5 today. Or maybe those digits should be in another order. I remember some years ago when word got out that Disney would stop having big celebrations for their characters’ birthdays because putting that number out there made them sound old, which could make them sound out of touch.
Around this time of year, the President of the United States will give the State of the Union address. And state governors will often give a State of the State address. But who cares about all of that boring political stuff? Why not something fun? So here is the State of Burnsland for 2023. I even got all dressed up for the occasion. Like my suit? And how about that fancy podium and curtain backdrop?
Swimming Along A sea turtle swims along in stylized water in this latest art piece. Sea turtles interest me, and they have shown up in previous art here at Burnsland, too. However, this turtle is completely different from the previous one. The last one was much more cartoonish, while this one is more stylized. This turtle does not look as happy as that last turtle looks. But then if you look at a real sea turtle, he does not look all that happy, either.
Cartoon Steve tries to stay warm on a winter snow day in the latest artwork from Steve’s Sketchbook. Winter Cartoon Steve is hardly recognizable here. He does (as of the time of this writing) also appear in winter garb in the header graphic up above. But because of the winter cold in this view he has pulled his cap down lower and added earmuffs and mittens, too. A guy has to do what he can to keep warm, after all.
Walking along a shore in Hawaiʻi - the latest artwork from Steve’s Sketchbook. You may remember that Laura and I visited the island of Kauaʻi in Hawaiʻi for our 25th wedding anniversary a few years ago. That trip made quite an impression on me because the landscapes there were very different from what we have here at home. On that Hawaiʻi trip, I took lots and lots of photos, as you might guess.
In the Cold A tiki braving the cold chill of winter is the latest Tiki of the Month. You usually picture tikis in warm, tropical climates, don’t you? So does this guy. He would much rather be somewhere warmer than this bleak winter landscape. Right now he is questioning how he ever got talked into coming to this place to begin with. He feels like he just won the “Most Gullible Tiki” award.
As you may know, each year we try to come up with an entertaining Christmas card to send out to family and friends. Our cards are usually nothing too serious. Just something to bring a little Christmas joy. See some of our past cards here. As with last year, there was not a good time to get a photo of the three of us together, especially the kind of staged photo similar to what we have done in the past.