I Goofed!

So, here is where I have landed on this drawing.  It’s a work-in-progress, but, as the title states…I made a big mistake.

 

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The mistake is in proportions.  As you can see by the photo I’m using, the shrubs come to over half the height of the drawing…more like three quarters. That is considered an ideal ratio.  However, not thinking, I divided it in half.  Bad, bad, bad.  Breaks one of the common rules of proportion. Of course, people say rules are made to be broken, but most of the time, they’re not to be broken.  The rules are there for a reason.  Anyway, I’ll either have to start over, or compensate in some way.  Compensating is ideal, and I do have an idea….

So, I haven’t gotten far, have I?  The rest of my life has been busy.  I’ve gotten many irons in the fire at this point into get another business going…and art is on the back burner.  Mixed metaphors, you gotta love them.

So, if you are interested in Reiki, cat sitting services, pet portraits or pet Reiki…let me know.

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Ya Gotta Start Somewhere

Every artist faces a blank piece of paper, or a blank canvas at the start of his/her work.  It can been seen as a inspirational moment, a moment of promise and heightened anticipation…an all around high.  Or, to others, it can been seen, as a daunting challenge, almost a threat.  Unfortunately, I belong to the latter group of artists.

So, I’m starting another piece.  I find the best way to defeat the anxiety of starting is just to put down a little mark, followed by another little mark, and then you’re on your way.  So, here’s how the paper looks now, and a sneak peek at the reference photo I hope to do justice to.

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Path to…uncertainty.

So (At the risk of sounding redundant), I have finished a drawing, and I don’t know whether I like it or not.  Do you see a common theme running through my posts?  Anyway, as usual, I’ll put it away for a while, work on something else for a while.  Then I’ll come back to it, and redo it. Or not.

Anyway, working as a healer is getting to be more of a reality. I’ve got my massage table, brochure and business cards.  So, all I need are clients.  Technicalities, huh?

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Some things take time….and a blast from the past.

In case you were wondering what happened to me the last week or so, I have been busy on this new drawing.  It has a lot of detail, and is time consuming.  I work on it for a while from time to time, but not so intensely that the monotony makes me want to pull my hair out by the dark roots.  It only works as a meditation for a while, and then I get incredibly bored.

So, instead of posting another work in progress on this drawing, I’ll take you back a couple of years on this blog.  The reason why?  I worked as a volunteer at the MS Bike Ride in Connecticut this morning.  For another MS event, I had drawn and donated a picture featuring the MS Bike Ride.  Today, felt a little like being in one of my own drawings.  Deja Vu?  No, Deja Drew.

So, here’s a reprise of that drawing, framed and on display at the silent auction that year.

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Oh, and yes…here’s a picture of cookies, because I’m hungry.

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Something Practical

Every so often I do something practical with my artwork.  A friend of mine, who is an expert in natural health, is creating a line of skin care products, so I did some work on the label.  Remember “Floral Overload”?

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Well, I did something along that line for a product which contains marigold (or actually a scientific name for it that I can’t spell).  So, here’s the drawing for that:

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Which brings me to a dream I had, that sort of illustrates my feeling towards the artworld, now.

I was in an exhibit of cutting edge modern art, and I was painting pictures of lilacs all over the work.  I was being filmed as I did this, and the footage of me doing this, was a piece of conceptual art.  Go figure.

Coloring is the New “Om”

Recently, there has been a trend using coloring for an adult as a type of meditation.  I’m not opposed to this, it just doesn’t work for me, I find it tedious.  Also, even as a child I was unable to keep within the lines. For those who find it helpful, sounds good to me, go for it!

Anyway, I do have meditative spells in my artwork. Frequently I come up with a design that needs coloring, and it is meditative to me. Or I have a portion of my work that requires just doing abstract shapes in a repetitive fashion.  All of these are calming and encourage introspection.

Here’s an example: I was talking about the drawings I want to create from the pictures I took of a park, the other weekend. Here’s a detail of what I’ve done so far:

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I’m going to do some artwork now.   Ommmmm……..