Artists Just Wanna Have Fun

I’m enjoying doing these little pieces.  There’s not so much of an investment in time and materials, that I feel I have to take it so seriously.  I can play around with ideas, without feeling I have to create a masterpiece.

I still am having a little trouble coming up with ideas for them, I’m so used to thinking in terms of bigger drawings.  I am learning to let go, and have some fun.

Here’s one that was taken from an idea I had a long time ago, a heart carved into a tree.

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Yesterday

Yesterday was the show at the Bott Shoppe in Mamaroneck, NY.  I was happy to see how well my work was displayed, and I met a lot of nice people.  Most of the people live or lived in NYC, so in a way, it felt like reunion, as people spoke of their memories of places in the City. Very pleasant.

The Bott Shoppe is owned by Laura Bott.  She’s got a great business going there, and if your in the Westchester area, and interested at all, in art, you should check it out. Not only is there a gallery, there are little items based on original art of the Westchester area.  In the back, is an art studio for classes and activities for children.  For instance, there was a class in drawing superheroes, but in the process, children learn a lot about figure drawing.   It’s good art skills, made fun.

Laura convinced me on the importance of having a statement piece, so I will invest money on one very soon.  In the meantime, back to making art!

Here’s That Damned Crow Again

Off topic for a moment, and if anyone one of you is a great interpreter of dreams, input is most welcome.

I have a recurring dream.  I walk in a strange gallery somewhere, and find that my artwork is hanging there.  Surprise to me!  However, it’s in a style of mine that is old, and I don’t really work like that now.  As a matter of fact, in the dream are a lot of drawings that I don’t remember doing.

I have but one example of that old style.  Forgive the quality of the picture, it was taken with an old, not so smart, film camera….way back in the day.  I wish I had more of these drawing…but various moves and such, all but two are gone.

Back to the subject of galleries, which is much on my mind these days.  As I entered some drawings into the Bott Shoppe show, the owner of the gallery told me what sells the most are small accent pictures, and big statement pictures.  Not as much call for my modest, medium sized drawings.

So, I was researching into making a statement picture out of “Floral Overload”.  Can’t you just see this at five foot by five?

So, the main problem is finding a surface to work on. I found something that would work, but at $140.00 plus tax and shipping.  Someday maybe, but not real soon.

So, that leaves me with accent pictures.  Thinking about my old style hangs so proudly in dream galleries, I decided to experiment.

So, here’s that damned crow, again.

Just A Reminder!

For those of you in Westchester and Fairfield Counties, I’d like to remind you that the Winter Wonderland Show at the Bott Shop is tomorrow, between 1 and 4 pm.  I’ll be there, as will many others, and lost of great artwork to be seen!

You can even come in from New York City, if you want to schlep up here to Mamaronek.

The address is 172 East Boston Post Road, in Mamaroneck.  It’s walking distance from the train station, and easy to find!  Lots of good eats in the area, too, if you’d like to make a day of it.

Hope to see you there!

I Don’t Keep My Visions to Myself

All you Stevie fans, (and I know there are a lot of you), forgive me for sort of quoting her.  But it’s true, I talk about my visions far and wide!  Sometimes, I even draw them.

I don’t get many visions, in fact, only two that were truly spontaneous.  Once, while meditating, I got the image of a glowing white cloud.  I know I couldn’t duplicate it, and still show the feeling it gave me.  So, I elaborated.

Going even further back, while I was in high school, far more years ago than I want to think about, I spontaneously saw a flock of birds flying upwards.  The picture I drew was this, but I didn’t catch the movement.

It’s not that bad. As a matter of fact, I ended up doing a yuge, I tell you,  yuge mural of it, while I was in school.  I often wonder what ever happened to it.

But back to pigeons, which in a group is called a ‘kit’.  I think everyone knows that a group of crows is called a “murder’, but I didn’t know this about pigeons.  They can also be a flight..or more prosaically, a flock.

Later, again to many years for me to admit, I saw a kit in flight, similar to my vision.  I tried once again to capture it tonight, so I did this.  It’s very loose to imply the movement of flight.  It’s also small, 7 by 5 inches.  I don’t think it would interpret well in a large size.  I figure if you don’t like it, it would at least make a good fabric design.