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Yay for me!

Cycles

This is so exciting to me. A real vote of confidence, and a real shot in the arm.

Of course, since now I am working small, I thought I’d show the small drawing that this is derived from.

I’m proud of them both.

Just to let you know, I was planning to use this time to draw. The cat was in my working space, sleeping.

As always, the cat wins.

But back to the real subject..

Some drawings that are small work out very well……others? They bomb as a big drawing. Just not a powerful enough idea to hold up to the size of the statement. In other words, they bomb as a big drawing. Sort of like dropping a several tiered wedding cake on floor.

I’m not really proud of this. I didn’t even name it. Here’s the sketch:

Sometimes, you have to look squarely at your failures. It keeps it real.

One of the success of mine though, really makes me happy.

This…….

Became this…………..

As for rainbows, here’s another small one:

What I like about this is the simplicity. I don’t think it would hold up as a large piece.

And now, thanks for the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut for giving me the venue in which I sold my work.

And the Accessible Artists show:

A lot of good work there by many artists.

Do it Again, then

One of the pluses of working small, is that it isn’t an overwhelming task to redo a drawing.

The drawing of the yellow basket ball really didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped. I went too far, it became muddy. The leaves were too cartoony. So, I redid it, and I’m much more pleased.

A much fresher look, and more what I had in mind.

I haven’t redone a drawing in a long time. I had a lot of large drawing that I wanted to redo, but no time. A large drawing takes a lot of time, not to mention money. The cotton rag paper I used costs about $7.00 for a 22×30 inch sheet. That gets to be an investment after a while.

But when I had more money, and paper was cheaper, I did redoes all the time. For instance:

An oldie but goody. In one previous version, she looked more like a ballerina, which was not the look I was going for.

Another fascinating art business fact: Green art doesn’t sell. So I’m told. That’s why the mat on this drawing is blue, to cut the greenness.

Makes sense in a way. Most people buy art to decorate their homes, and not many people use green. Of course! Can you imagine it? Sitting in living room. surrounded by green walls? It sounds like something out of the Twilight Zone to me.

That diminishes the saleable subject matter….I can’t imagine too many landscape artists can follow that caveat.

As for me, I have a few pictures that are left to my Sale repertoire. Such as: