a side of stardust


“He stared up at the stars: and it seemed to him then that they were dancers, stately and graceful, performing a dance almost infinite in its complexity. He imagined he could see the very faces of the stars; pale, they were, and smiling gently, as if they had spent so much time above the world, watching the scrambling and the joy and the pain of the people below them, that they could not help being amused every time another little human believed itself the center of its world, as each of us does.”

Neil Gaiman, Stardust

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early bird art 2011

“In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.”

Douglas Adams

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Magic Carpet Ride


Ink #helenbirdart with a little help from #Vernonrust on this one…

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Tales from the Pink Pyramid


Tales from the pink pyramid by Helen Bird

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All drawings original ink using sharpies, gel, metallics & neon ink pens…

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Trenda’s Story

Trenda had the light. She took in strays all the time.

Animals & people. Folks as she would say were, ‘Just lost, that’s all…’

 They came & went like clockwork. Most of them tweeking or drinking. Dopin’ & smokin’…

Each with a different story, none of them telling the truth.

 I was taken in at first. I bought all her crying & tears of pain. Poor iddy-biddy Trenda, been on the streets for a quarter of a century now…

 She was cute, in a petite sort of fashion. There was nothing to her. A super fast metabolism, tiny frame all fuelled by regular snorts of meth. Speed. Ice.

 She made out that she was in control. That she knew how to take care of herself. That she didn’t need a man.

 Yet she’d come a sobbing to me three days after the initial buzz. The confounded wiring, no sleep, dehydrated, can’t eat phase & then the guilt sets in…

 I knew from personal experience, so I did not judge. But, I honestly rationalized & reminded people that a wrong turn down the tracks never ended well for anyone. Jail. Death….

Believe me, I’m living proof. I’d listen patiently the first couple of times…Hmmming & Ahhhing, you poor dear. Here is some water, food, a cigarette….

Then she met Don, the wealthy guy. I was a little suspicious at first. He seemed to know her every move. Showed up when least expected, possibly stalking her. Women on the street are so very vulnerable…

 But, he gave her incentives. Here’s $6 if you stop smoking (not going to happen, but nice try). He refused to buy her smokes. Gift cards for food alone. He kept a smart phone turned on for her. She must have played him well, because he watched over her & helped her out a lot…

 $30 here, $40 there…always making sure that it was to be spent on things she needed.

 But, it only takes a $20. That’s all you need for a two day buzz is a $20 bill…

 She confided in me. Every detail of her creek activities…was she trying to titillate me? Entice me in to her way of life. Misery loves company, don’t you know???

 I couldn’t be sure…Could I even believe her? Although she really had no reason to lie to me, so I thought…

 On the spot confessionals, therapy, counselor, listener, nurse.

 Who would have thought? People seek me out & tell me everything…

 And I mean, EVERYTHING…

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cyberspaced out


“Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts…

A graphic representation of data abstracted from banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity.

Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding…”

― William Gibson, Neuromancer

More ‘Inksanity’ this piece from 2017

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inksanity by Helen Bird Art is now available on amazon.com why call my collection ‘inksanity’??? ‘Because I draw best when under duress!’ Thanks Helen


“I must have dreamed a thousand dreams

Been haunted by a million screams

But I can hear the marching feet

They’re moving into the street

Now, did you read the news today?

They say the danger has gone away

But I can see the fire’s still alight

They’re burning into the night

There’s too many men, too many people

Making too many problems

And there’s not much love to go around.

Can’t you see this is the land of confusion?”



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inksanity by Helen Bird Art is now available on amazon.com why call my collection ‘inksanity’??? ‘Because I draw best when under duress!’ Thanks Helen



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