One of the more fond memories of Danbury, is the state fair that came around every fall. That is, until 1981. Now the fairgrounds is a shopping mall. Still, there is still, a lot of good subject matter here.
Why this fuss about Danbury?
I’m part of a pop-up that just popped up on Friday nights in downtown Danbury. My first night was very slow, knowledge of the event wasn’t widespread.
Obviously, I need to work a bit more on the presentation.
I’m taking the advice of someone I’ve mentioned before. More or less, is that if you want to make a splash at a show, you should have one big statement piece, and the rest small accent pieces. I have the accent pieces…..but the statement?
I thought of it many times. I think what is best is to do an enlarged version of one of my more successful works.
My first thought was Floral Overload…
But I’ll be damned if I do all that work again. I was about rip the hair from my scalp, by the end of doing this.
So, I kept considering pieces, and considering pieces until I became utterly confused.
I called on a couple of a couple of friends. I’d like to say we had a viewing of my work with cocktails and hors d’oevres. Alas, I thought of that too late. It’s a nice thought, though.
All of us decided views of Danbury would be more inviting to come into the Pop-Up and Party Space. So, we considered a few.
My only request was no cats. I didn’t think it would be as interesting to people. Naturally, when you eliminate cats, that disqualifies about three quarters of my portfolio.
Oh yes, and no N:YC pictures.
We settled on this:
So, those of you in Connecticut and nearby New York State, the show is Danbury, on Main Street in an empty storefront, I think it’s spelled Mereiki. It’s on Friday evenings, going through August.
Oh, yes, ……the featured image of my last post was so big that it was impossible to see. So, shrunk down to size:
What, might you ask, has the above man strolling down an urban street, have to do with green? Nothing, except, while I was drawing him, my day’s priorities took the sudden turn around. Sometimes, when that happens, that’s a bad sign. This time it is good.
How about this?
So, why, may you ask, and ask you may….what have these got to do with anything? I was contemplating doing a large drawing of the man in the street…..or one of this tree, cloud, jet trail composition. That’s when I got an email.
I had applied to be in a Pop Up show this month. Never heard back about it. I had pretty much given up on it, and was moving on.
The email was an invitation to join the pop-up next Friday, as in tomorrow. So, I set about quickly getting things together. I’m to be selling notecards and holiday cards.
I realized that almost all of the cards are winter themed. Damn! It’s June. I was figuring on selling them in coming winter. But this pop-up is too exciting.
So, quickly, I tried to get together as many sunny cards as possible. In fact, I redid the cloud, jet trail, tree composition as a notecard:
Then in taking the tape off of it, I managed to tear the paper on the card. Drat!
So, I did this:
And if I sell anything, that means a little more green in my life.
So, I realize that my idea of posting on YouTube is dead in still water. Why? I realized that the people who have really good video channels, post about a subject other than themselves. They’re informative, and entertaining.
So, talking about one’s self, doesn’t seem to be all that interesting. Unless, of course, you’re a celebrity. Would anyone really be interested in someone yakking about her artwork?
Remember this? It turned out to be more of a work in progress than I realized. I made many revisions, and of course, it looks far different from my original vision.
Would anyone really want to hear the story of the subject matter, and how it came about? Whether you’re interested or not, here goes.
I believe I told you numerous times about the choo-choo train that links my little city of Danbury, Connecticut to my brother’s little city of Norwalk, Connecticut. So….
While I was on my way home, the train chugging and beeping along, I saw two children playing on a rock in their yard. No big deal, right?
This sight was no big deal, until you realized the kinds were dressed in colorful, summer clothing. Yes, it was spring, but very early, when the world is still in dull colors, except the red buds on the trees.
Only problem, is that it was about sixty degrees Fahrenheit out. The kids were rushing the season, in shorts and short sleeves.
Big deal. I enjoyed drawing it though.
BTW, about the title, when I was growing up, we did have a big rock in the backyard.
A good friend didn’t think giving up the blog was a good idea. So……
I was looking on the page that I would use to either delete or continue my blog. I felt maybe it was too rash a decision after all. So, sitting at my desk, with the stimulus money in my bank account, I made another rash decision, and paid for another year,a
So, what about YouTube? Still plan on doing that, and posting the link along with my written blog here. So, why haven’t I done that yet? I have a good reason. A very good reason.
I also am feeling rejuvenated about my artwork again. I just needed a change.
Good God, I’m going to have to tidy this up. Eraser marks galore!
So, this is what’s new. I guess I’m getting away from drawing and back into design.
As I did with this one, not too long ago.
And once again, I don’t know where to go from here.
As I have told you year after year, time after time…..St. Patrick’s Day is my birthday. And what I have told you, only slightly as often, it’s also St. Gertrude of Nivelle’s Day. She’s the patron saint of cats….I found that this last tradition is only from the1980’s. I’m disappointed, that it’s not ancient lore of some kind.
Anyway, in the spirt of having fun with art…..here’s a drawing of St. Gertrude herding (not hoarding) cats. Thanks to my friend Aaron for that great metaphor.
Now is the time to tell you this is the last post of this blog. I’ve run out of ideas, and I’m beginning to repeat myself. It’s also time to pay the renewal fee for the year. So, I’m letting it go.
i’m not disappearing though. I will be starting a video blog, entitled, what else? Roxanne Baldwin’s Artsy Vlog. I will have it on YouTube, and a link on my Facebook page.