The Bird is the Word…

As I work on the crow picture, I’m reminded of Alfred Hitchcock and
“The Birds”.  I’m doing a number of crow, flourishing of course, in a limited color palette.  Now, how do I not make it look like this?

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It’s unfair to crows, which are a dignified, intelligent species of bird.

To be fair, it’s not too hard to make a good picture of birds….I’ve done many in my life.  An example is this…IMG_0148.jpg

And going back even further in time…

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A Blast from my high school day

Anyway.

Happy New Year’s to Everyone.  May you have a wonderful 2017.  And tomorrow, in my longstanding tradition (of two years), I will present my worst drawing of 2016.  Easy choice this time.

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Flourishing, not Surving

So, as I think about getting through the winter once again, I remind myself that certain species do very well in the cold, dark time of year.

It used to be that in Connecticut, there were all sorts of winter birds.  There were titmice, chickadees, and lots of cardinals.  I’m not sure where they are now, probably climate change has affected their migrations.  They’re happily snuggled perhaps in Maine, where it really does get cold.

But what remains of birds?  Plenty of crows.  They’re around all year, and they’re stubborn.

So, I’m putting together in my mind, a drawing of my admiration of crows.  I did a drawing of crows last year, but that was mostly incidental..this one I intend to be a full out celebration.

Speaking of crows, back in New York City…they give the pigeons a run for their money, too.

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This drawing was “Making Peace with January”, from nearly two years ago. This year, the difference in my art is not the “Making Peace”, but joy to be found in the dismal.

Winter Depression….Just Deal with it!

The title is a note to myself, not to those others who are suffering from SAD.  It makes one third of the year horrible, so I have tried many techniques through my art to …just deal with it!

So, one year, I did a drawing each month to make peace.. An example was making peace with December:

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Last year, I searched for Paradise and signs of hope:

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This year?  I’m slipping into depths again…and I’m thinking maybe I should just look and celebrate the beauty in the starkness.

Perhaps, that’s a strategy for dealing with depression in general.  As an artist I once knew said, “I prefer to find beauty in ugliness.”  So, for now, that’s how I’m going to deal with it this winter.

Fading away

When I first moved to Danbury, the ideas for pictures came in a rush. It was a lot like being in a wild, passionate beginning stage of love.  Once the highs and lows have straightened out, you’re either left with a solid, loving friendship..or a lot of bittersweet memories.

As it was, I really was overwhelmed with the physical beauty of being in Connecticut again. Last winter I worked quickly and intensely on lots of drawings…but, just as that love fades, so did the intense impressions.

So, now, much as I spent 16 years in Queens looking and reinterpreting the scenes around me, I guess I will do that for however long I am here in Danbury.

As for Looking at the Smaller Picture, or as it is now called, The Fading of the Morning Star, here it is…

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Looking at the Smaller Picture…

Without working in the retail Christmas rush, I have gotten past the rush.  Now, New Year’s is on the horizon, and then that expanse of time known as winter.

Last year, I spent winter exploring the new landscape around me, a suburban, not New York City surrounding.  Nothing much has changed in this new area in the past year..so, I’m looking past the immediate impressions the landscape made on me…and looking for the subtleties.  Yes, I’m looking at the smaller picture.

For instance, my living room window faces the southeast.  I get a splendid view of the sunrise.  Of course, with sunrise as late as 7:15 am, that’s not too hard to wake up for.  Last year, I played with that sunrise and came up with this:

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I realize I didn’t post this in the winter last year.  I wasn’t to fond of it.  However, I realize, that I was too busy looking at the obvious…if I had just looked at a bit of a smaller view….like this?

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Well, this is a scratchy version of what I really see.  Sometimes, random planting and the artistry of nature makes a composition as delicately balanced as a Japanese garden.

So, as I recover from yesterday’s feast and workout…I’ll be starting work, on this little corner that almost escaped my perception.

Wasting No Time

I said I was eager to get back to the rainbow drawing.  As soon as I was finished with the pet portrait, I got right back on it. It looks, still, quite a bit like the smaller version, but I drew the rainbow in with a lot of white space, a la impressionism, to give it a feeling of light.  I had more fun with the clouds, too.  Although, still not realistic, they are tempestuous.

I realized in looking at rainbows since, they do mark  a clearing.  So, I pulled in some incoming yellow light underneath it.    So, Dorothy, you want to go “Over the Rainbow”?  Not me, that’s where the clouds are.

The idea for this drawing came to me as I passed through a forgotten railroad station on the way to Brewster, NY.  So, going back to its origins, I’ve named this piece, Rainbow Over the Tracks.

Finally, I think I’ve gotten it out of my system.

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I Seem to Have Forgotten Something…

All this while, I was being very secretive about a project I was doing.  I figured I’d unveil the final product once it had been produced as Holiday cards, and given to my coworkers.

However, having had a chaotic month for most of December, I had a complete, senior moment on that.  Or maybe I just forgot. Blame it on age, sure, sounds better.

Here it is, don’t have a real name for it.

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Celebrate the return of the light!