bird sight from a tall tree
the horizon rounded
and miles of green and blue
above the earth they drift
in the silence of wind
in the world of weightless
wings sailing the open
sky while below in shade
we hear their liquid songs
and funneled eyes of pain
look up for birds again

(Words and images Copyright 2016© by Michael Kallstrom) 

sleeping in smiles and melting sun
gull’s wing whisper and pelican
splash in a moving field of blue
the shore in motion time is still
words recede and the strength of will
merges with wave and sand and wind

remember dreams remember song
life is short but living is long

(Words and images Copyright 2016© by Michael Kallstrom) 

a slow river of silence
currents slide a dark flowing
at the edge water slipping
past the stones and reeds and tracks
of those who watch and those who
drink from the murky movement
and those who will remember
the endless days swept away
borne away on the brown blue
black blood of the cold river 

(Words and images Copyright 2016© by Michael Kallstrom) 

low and gray and hanging rain
shrouded cloud drone of a plane 
yet light seeps through the fabric
begins to bleed the static 
we hope for sun and for light
we hope god will do what’s right
but day yawns and night withholds
our naked freedom enfolds
us in grit of our choices
and chokes the song of voices
just hoping to enjoy day
with endless sun with child’s play

(Words and images Copyright 2016© by Michael Kallstrom) 

in the rushing time of green
and rivulets of rain we
wonder how the light goes on
how the sky can continue
to be blue and deep and soft
with clouds when twisted metal
dives with shrill screeching silent
to a darkened hemisphere
asleep in peace or anguish
of its own a lightning flash
a shuddering fall and all
is quiet the sea waves hush
the wind smooths them down nightmares
are swallowed in blue waters 

(Words and images Copyright 2016© by Michael Kallstrom) 

Today I pulled up blank project on my iPad and just began sketching. Faces are so interesting to me and that is usually what emerges when I doodle.


I added another layer of shading. By the way, I’m using the “6B pencil” in the app, Procreate.


I felt like experimenting a bit with this work so I added another layer using a colorful work of mine I finished a couple of days ago. I set this layer to “color burn” and made it a foreground layer so it would show up only in the drawn and shaded areas. I had to adjust the opacity of the shading layer so it wouldn’t be too dark.


As often happens, I liked the result quite a bit but also liked the simpler version with just the shading. This is how I sometimes begin making a series of variations, by experimenting to see what else I can come up with.
(Words and images Copyright 2016© by Michael Kallstrom) 

I haven’t made many landscapes in the past but usually they are of the ocean and the shore. Others are of trees and the sky. Often, I make iPad realizations based on pen and charcoal sketches.

(Words and images Copyright 2016© by Michael Kallstrom)