Laughs. Calligraphy & Gouache 4×6 Brandi Malarkey, artist.

Recalcitrant worms and inappropriate butterflies.

Conversation with a friend as we are driving:

“I’m having serious problems drawing a worm. You’d think they’d be easy. This isn’t the right season to dig for worms.”

“What about bait shops?”

“That’s an idea. Do you think they rent worms? I don’t really need to keep them, and I don’t want to kill them, I just need to borrow them for a bit.”

“Maybe they have a return policy for unused worms?”

“Oh! Maybe they have an exchange program! I could take the worms home and sketch them and take their pictures and then bring them back and exchange them for something else. Like leeches? What else do they use for bait?

“I suppose it depends on if it matters if the worms have been used for resale. Does it matter if they are slightly used worms?”

“They do have professional flea circuses. Maybe they have professional modeling worms?”

“If they do, would you be union busting if you hired the wrong kind of worms?”

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These are the things you find yourself discussing when you might want to paint a worm in December in North Dakota. And you discover drawing worms is far more difficult than expected. Half a morning studying worm anatomy got me no closer to that particular goal. However, the internet is still quite useful, and I also learned about the existence of Christmas tree worms and they are SO PRETTY!

In the end I decided to leave the worm out, so the bait shop people were rescued from the potential train wreck a visit by me had the potential of becoming.

Note: It was correctly pointed out that tulips and butterflies don’t really go together….however, I have a LOT of dead butterflies that people keep giving me, and I love them, and I wanted to use one, so I have decided that reality need not apply. ‘Cause butterflies are happy.

Roots. Calligraphy & Gouache 5.5×10.5 Brandi Malarkey, artist.

Calligraphy & Gouache

HOWEVER– this means the last two calligraphy pieces are finished and ready for the Bismarck show in February, and I managed to do an extra, so that means I need to decide which of them will stay home and be showcased at Gallery 4.

Laughs. Calligraphy & Gouache 4×6 Brandi Malarkey, artist.

Calligraphy & Gouache

Soul blossoming. Calligraphy & Gouache 4×6 Brandi Malarkey, artist.

Soul Blossoming
Calligraphy & Gouache

See you in the new year!


  • Scott and Sharon Ingle says:

    Reminds me of the time we went to my parents vacation home. Went to grab ‘tub o butter’ for my toast and discovered my father’s worm stash. Beware unmarked containers!

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