I thought I’d show a drawing in the process of being done. Here, I am taking subject matter from a photograph, and interpreting it. I’m reducing the light and shadow in the photo to an interpretive design. The action is spontaneous, I don’t plan what I’m going to do. This keeps me fresher, and more involved in the work. Here’s the drawing as it stands.
My website is back up, except for such things as meta-tags. You can see more of my work at roxannebaldwin.com
One thing that happens on occasion, is that depression gets the better of me. I had some stresses that built up. I’m feeling better to handle all that now.
In the meantime, I did another piece in the paradise series.
I’m debating to keep making these small, or to try to make one a larger size.
Anyway, here it is
I have also completed my newly designed website. To see it, go to roxannebaldwin.com
I imagine it would not be possible to not mention the passing of Thomas Kinkaide. He was a very skilled artist who marketed his work well. His work is meaningful to a lot of people, and for all of the talk of his work being saccharin, he certainly contributed to the lives of many people.
That being said, I have a hard time ignoring the fact that he implied that buying a reproduction of his art, with a few dabs of paint added by an assistant, would be a great investment. To me, that’s a big con.
Anyway, back to my work and wanting it to make people happy. I’m progressing with these little paradise drawings. They are truly joyful to draw. Soon I may try a large sized one, to see how that goes.
So, here’s the most recent
Having the website down has been distracting me from getting any art done. It’s frustrating and slow, mainly because I just did it! I’m waiting for a refund for the software I used before.
It’s been a beautiful spring day. I should be out collecting material for the Paradise series, but that’s a little difficult in Queens. Sure, there are pretty places, but not around here. Just to give you an idea of what my area looks like, here’s a view from my living room window.
It’s great if your idea of Paradise is the Long Island
Expressway, and a cemetery
I don’t really like the idea of using other people’s photos, but for a while, I guess I must..
I’d like to talk a bit about another artist…not a friend, I promise, I never met the man.
I have a habit of browsing the completed auctions on eBay. It’s partly to see what actually sells, and also, because I just like looking at art. One of the artists I see a lot of there, is William Hawkins.His blog is at this link.
What I like is that purposely or no, he does pictures of paradise, too. He strongly reminds me of Maxfield Parrish, who was an artist and illustrator in the early 20th century. Mr. Hawkins does much of the same imagery, but with a more modern, painterly approach.
So, give it a try, click on the link, and enjoy.
It’s been a crazy few months since I posted here…holidays, commissions, some personal letdowns and pick-me-ups. So I’m getting back on target.
As I recall, I was working on “Almost Home”. I have completed this and have gone onto other projects. Here’s the finish on “Almost Home”
I have thought a lot more about the aspect of healing and art. It occurs to me, that if a person really likes a piece of art, and in fact owns it, much time is spent in contemplating it. The person, in a sense, lives in the painting. If one is doing that, what is more healing than a perfect environment?
I’m beginning to study the idea of creating paradises in art, as a healing motif.
The first attempt (small, 5×7 inches).
And more to come…..
I should note, that for the time being, my actual website is not functioning properly, all you get is the first page. I tried to redesign it with new software…only to find this problem, and others are having it, too. So I’ve contacted technical support…hopefully all will be well, soon.
Artist on Ground Zero
On this anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, I thought I’d share this video of an artist who painted pictures at Ground Zero.