It’s snowing again in NYC, but the sunlight hours are getting longer. A good day to present the finish on “January 2”. And here it is:
As for upbeat images, not sure if this qualifies, except for the idea of a person with an animal companion facing hardship cheerfully. So many of my friends are animal lovers, that I’d like to dedicate this to all of them, and all of my subscribers who are animal lovers, too.
A few technical notes…when I what looks like a flat color, it really isn’t. It’s layers of various colors, and varied in different areas. Flat color tends to be boring, unless you really know what you’re doing…or using it in contrast to a busy area.
As this was evolving, there was a point that I looked at it and thought “That’s it, that’s perfect”, and looked again…realized the image was too static to imply flying snow. So, a few loose scribbles imply the blowing snow.
And on to the next. I leave you with this.
January 2 is turned over, waiting for my fresh eye to critique it. Another trick I’ve learned is to put a mat around the drawing, gives you a better idea of what it will look like framed. So, in the meantime, I’ve got a string of ideas of what to do next.
It’s February now, Valentine’s is over. I took off the Cupid brooch from my coast, and replaced it with a Mardi Gras mask.
Having given some more thought as to what makes a healing drawing, I thought, upbeat imagery. Good symbolism if you can work it in. And the hope that the person observing will take a little time to “live” in the picture.
So, as I was pinning on the Mardi Gras brooch, I began to think……..hmmmmn.
For the drawing I’m working on.
I’ve been working on January 2, but progress is slow. I haven’t had much to show in the way of a wip. That’s because I’m doing the snow in the background. It consists of dots. Tiny dots. Lots and lots of tiny dots.
I can only do so much at a time, because it’s mind numbing, even while listening to music. I’m trying now to make it a meditation, focus on the act of putting down dots with full attention. I’m only partly successful. So, here’s January 2, the wip.
Also, in terms of healing, I’ve been forgetting that part of my background is energy work. I’m trying to make up for that neglect with yoga, meditation, and other exercises. I expect (though I can’t predict), that the results of concentrating on energy will eventually affect my artwork. Should be interesting.
January is coming along fine, despite the fact that it is now, February. What is taking me a lot of time is that for snow, I’m having to do little dots, dots and more dots. Not the big overwhelming kind I did in the original. It is time consuming. While I’m doing this, I’m trying to make it an exercise in mindfulness.
But I took a bit of a break, today, to work on the drawing for my friend’s charity “Pony Rides for Jessica”. You may recall, I started this project for my friend’s daughter’s memorial for a young girl who was slaughtered at the Newtown Massacre in 2012. The idea is to give a chance to underprivileged children to go to horse riding camp.
Here’s where the drawing stands now:
There is an event scheduled for May 4, in which I will be selling items with this image on it. I am considering adding a cloud in the background. I also will be doing quick-sketch portraits, with the money going to this charity, as well as the money from the sale of the items. I’ll keep you posted on details such as time, location.