Superimposed, Francis Picabia

"Mélibée" by Francis Picabia
“Mélibée” by Francis Picabia

I’ve been coming across a lot of work by Francis Picabia that I was previously unfamiliar with. I knew who he was, but had really only seen his early Dada work and mechanical/machine inspired paintings (like the first couple of images below) until recently. I liked the work I’d seen, but didn’t really pay too much attention.

Well, Picabia has a new exhibit at the MoMA called “Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction” and I have a whole new appreciation for his work. I haven’t been to the show in person, but I am very impressed by the reproductions of Picabia’s work that I’ve seen, and the reviews that I’ve read. I especially enjoy the work I was unfamiliar with… all of these beautiful superimposed image paintings. Love ’em!

Didn’t think I’d be posting for a little bit, but definitely wanted to save and share these images.

"Machines Turn Quickly", by Francis Picabia, 1917
“Machines Turn Quickly”, by Francis Picabia, 1917




"Sphinx", by Francis Picabia
“Sphinx”, by Francis Picabia


"Uncana", by Francis Picabia
“Uncana”, by Francis Picabia


"Salome", by Francis Picabia, 1930
“Salome”, by Francis Picabia, 1930


"Transparence", Francis Picabia, 1932
“Transparence”, Francis Picabia, 1932


"The Athenaeum - Dispar", Francis Picabia
“The Athenaeum – Dispar”, Francis Picabia


"The Dance", Francis Picabia, 1922-24
“The Dance”, Francis Picabia, 1922-24


"Gemini", Francis Picabia
“Gemini”, Francis Picabia


"Salicis", Francis Picabia
“Salicis”, Francis Picabia


"The Athenaeum - Lotruli - Visage de Olga", Francis Picabia
“The Athenaeum – Lotruli – Visage de Olga”, Francis Picabia


"Femme Fleur", Francis Picabia
“Femme Fleur”, Francis Picabia


"Edulis", Francis Picabia
“Edulis”, Francis Picabia


"Adam and Eve", Francis Picabia
“Adam and Eve”, Francis Picabia


"Lodola", Francis Picabia
“Lodola”, Francis Picabia


"Catax", Francis Picabia,1929
“Catax”, Francis Picabia,1929

Support HawkWatch


I recently made some owl artwork for HawkWatch International. I am pleased to say and see that it has been printed and is available for purchase on Just in time for the Holidays! This, and the other fine HawkWatch designs, will make a great gift.

Please support HawkWatch and the important conservation/environmental work they do for our wild birds.


"Barn Owl" by Todd Powelson
“Barn Owl” by Todd Powelson

I was asked if I’d come up with some new artwork for HawkWatch International, a raptor and environmental conservation group. I love HawkWatch and the work they do, so I said “Sure!”

Here is my new owl artwork. It’ll be screen-printed on t-shirts and other apparel, and should be available soon through HawkWatch International‘s website. I’ll post an update once it is, but in the mean time, I hope your eyes enjoy!

Tolkien’s Trees and Landscapes

"The Gardens of the Merking's Palace (Roverandom)" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“The Gardens of the Merking’s Palace (Roverandom)” by J.R.R. Tolkien

The work of J.R.R. Tolkien has been a constant companion throughout my whole life. I discovered The Hobbit when I was 9 years old, and went on to read The Lord of the Rings soon after. My family was living in Taipei at the time, and there was this cool little bookstore just a short bus ride into the city where I was able to find the books in hardcover, which included these huge intricate fold-out maps, and had Tolkien’s beautiful artwork reproduced on the dust-covers. I also found copies of The Unfinished Tales and The Silmarillion in that bookstore too, which I tried to read at the time, but they were probably beyond me…

Ever since then I go through these phases where I become obsessed with Tolkien and his work all over again. I travel to Middle-earth and stay there for a while. As an adult, I tend to focus on The Silmarillion and related titles. There is something about that book and all of the related stories that is just fascinating to me. And so beautiful…

April ’16 was one of those Tolkien themed months for me. Maybe not as intensive as usual, but the theme was still there. Although now that I think about all I read and listened to, I guess there was a whole lot of Tolkien jammed in there.

I listen to a lot of audiobooks while I work and paint, and I started April off by listening to “Tolkien and the West: Recovering the Lost Tradition of Europe” and “Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth“. I also listen to a lot of podcasts while I work, and spent a bit of time listening to the Tolkien Professor’s “Shaping of Middle-earth” series. And then finally, as the month was wrapping up, one of my favorite podcasts, Rune Soup, had a new talkin’ Tolkien episode that I enjoyed hearing.

In that Rune Soup episode, there was some discussion about the drawings and paintings that Tolkien created during his lifetime. I’d seen some of Tolkien’s artwork before, but not a whole lot. I became curious, started to explore, and now I’ve posted many of his trees and landscapes here on ArtDuh so I can see and enjoy them any old time… and you can too!

You can also find many more goodies through the link below:

Geek out!

"The Forest of Lothlórien in Spring" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“The Forest of Lothlórien in Spring” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Wudu Wyrtum Faest (Grendel's Mere)" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Wudu Wyrtum Faest (Grendel’s Mere)” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Old Man Willow" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Old Man Willow” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Cove Near the Lizard" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Cove Near the Lizard” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Caerthilian Cove and Lion Rock" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Caerthilian Cove and Lion Rock” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Water Wind and Sand" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Water Wind and Sand” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Shores of Faëry" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Shores of Faëry” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Rivendell" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Rivendell” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"The Hills of the Morning" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“The Hills of the Morning” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Tree in Flower" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Tree in Flower” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Fantasy Landscape" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Fantasy Landscape” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Nargothrond" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Nargothrond” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"by J.R.R. Tolkien" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“by J.R.R. Tolkien” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Alder by a Stream" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Alder by a Stream” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"King's Norton from Bilberry Hill" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“King’s Norton from Bilberry Hill” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Foxglove Year" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Foxglove Year” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Tumble Hill, Near Lyme Regis" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Tumble Hill, Near Lyme Regis” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Flowering Tree" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Flowering Tree” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Lunar Landscape (Roverandom)" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Lunar Landscape (Roverandom)” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Man in the Moon" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Man in the Moon” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"The Cottage, Barnt Green" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“The Cottage, Barnt Green” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Three Trees in a Cubist Style" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Three Trees in a Cubist Style” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Moonlight on a Wood" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Moonlight on a Wood” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Bird in a Flowering Tree" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Bird in a Flowering Tree” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Abstract Design" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Abstract Design” by J.R.R. Tolkien
"Fangorn Forest" by J.R.R. Tolkien
“Fangorn Forest” by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Eighth World

"The Eighth World" by Todd Powelson
“The Eighth World” by Todd Powelson

I’m a pretty big mythology nerd. Always have been, I guess. Even now it informs how I understand the world around me and my place in it. Mythical stories often present us with the personification of different aspects nature and natural forces, and I relate to that very well. Not because I take myth for literal truth, but because I believe myth can point us toward elusive “truth”, and help us understand nature and our history a little better.

I’m a bit of an animist too… well, more than just a bit… I walk through the world and see everything is alive and part of a vast living system. We’ve been taught in this post-Newtonian world that we live in a giant clock-work. A vast and complicated machine, and in a lot of ways this modern world wants us to believe we are also just some sort of bio-machines as well. But I don’t see it that way at all.

I look up to the Sun and see this giant living being. Different than me. Incomprehensible maybe, moving through and interacting with the larger Universe in a way I’ll probably never understand, but still alive.

That’s what my artwork here is trying to show.  This is Sól, Helios, or Ra… a.k.a. the Sun. And like Ra was known to do, the Sun helps create and nourish all life here on our living planet Earth.

It’s the Sun, but the firebirds are also an important part of the image. Maybe they are souls and spirits being forged in, or maybe simply passing through, the Sun. New life traveling from the Sun out into the larger solar system. I do know that the firebirds, together with the Sun, also represent the seven classical planets of the ancient world to me. And for me, that is The Eighth World.

You can buy this as a high quality 24″ x 16″ canvas print over at, or by emailing me at toddpowelson (at) .

This is part of my “Songs from the Earth” series, and you can check out the rest of that series by clicking here.

Artwork for HawkWatch International


Last year HawkWatch International used some of my artwork to promote their annual event, “Wings Across the West“. I also made a poster for HawkWatch using my artwork. Well, this year they asked me if I could make another piece, and you can see that new piece above. Any opportunity to draw a beautiful bird is a good opportunity, especially if it helps promote raptor preservation.

Artwork at the Rio Grande

“Winter” by Todd Powelson

Last Sunday I hung some of my artwork at the Rio Grande Cafe in downtown Salt Lake. A bunch of my artwork really… Stop in and give your eyeballs a treat! Eat some delicious food while you’re at it. I usually get the same thing when I eat there, but it is yumyum, so I have no problem recommending the #10 Combo (Veggie Enchilada plate).

It’s always good to see my artwork hanging in a new location, and every time I’ve been to the Rio Grande I’ve thought my artwork needed to spend some time on their walls. Now my pictures are hanging there until November 2nd.

Rio Grande Cafe
270 South Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 364-3302 (Google map)