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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:

have a Ball!

Having grown tired of cats, I saw this little scenario, that had possibilities. So, I did a little picture of the little scenario.

Yellow Basketball

So, my mind got onto the subject of balls. Nothing dirty here, please folks.

Then it occurred to me, that I owe a friend a birthday card, which she specifically said she wanted it to be artwork of mine. So, this, that and the other thing (the other thing being my day job) and it’s now a belated birthday card. I didn’t have to think far for an idea…..balls!

As in, have a ball.

Here we have an old drawing of mine, for a high school year book. I did this in 1970 (not 1870, as you might think).

When I did this, once again, my mother despaired about my lack of knowledge of composition. I don’t know why, it looks fine to me.

I thought about doing this image again, but looking more colorful. Much like this:

Floral Overload

Okay, so what did I come up with? It’s your (belated) birthday. HAVE A BALL!

OH NO!

I’m at it again.

Cat Pictures. I realize, at least for now, drawing small cat pictures is the most soothing thing for me. Sounds odd, I know, but it works, and it’s a lot cheaper than a vacation in Bermuda. I don’t know, can you even go to Bermuda under the current restrictions? I get so confused.

Of course, most of my drawings are of Pumpkin. I’ve lost most of my other cat references when I moved.

Sometimes, I think I could do little cat pictures for the rest of my life. Of course, I will really get awfully bored. But for a time of healing, it works.

Anticipation


When last we saw our heroine, she was happily contemplating a new supply of art paper, and time to do work. But the paper wasn’t arriving.

Then it dawned on her. We’re in a pandemic, and art paper is not considered a necessity. So, disappointed, she went back to creating a handmade face mask.

That’s what’s going on. I ran out of small pieces of paper, and now I have zippo. The only thing to do, right now, is, damn, I don’t know what.

Just not artwork. Could be worse, I could be sick.

Above is the last little piece I drew, “New York Wildlife”. I was planning on doing a large one, but the the paper shortage came along.

Just thought I’d explain my abscense

EPSON MFP image

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Distraction

I know many artists are making sad art,reflecting the current times. I’m not good at that, my attempts at sad, thoughtful art have been damn depressing. Who needs that?

The best I can do is bittersweet.

I want to try to contribute something during this sad time, but I don’t have much in way of resources. I do, however, have toilet paper.

So,I guess, as always, I’ll do happy artwork.

Because if I can distract some anxious, or bored people with a few pretty pictures, that’s something.

Not to mention a few words to read. I don’t know about you, I am starting to read labels on cans of tomato sauce.

Soon, I’ll be drawing them.

Part two

So, I finished the full-sized drawing of Man,Dog, Phone, and Parrot. I guess I could add chain link fence to the title, but that would be too long.

I cheated. I started to draw the stairs, got them so out of perspective, that I just decided to make a cubist design out of the background. I just spoiled the illusion that I’m a really creative artist, didn’t I?

I’m taking a leave of absence from work. With all the physical and emotional stress, it just seemed a good idea, at least better than quitting, which I was on the verge of doing.

In some ways, the story would make a good comedy. Like all good comedies, it includes flatulence. It also asks the profound question, is it okay to call out of work with gas?

But I digress..this is supposed to be an art blog…and speaking of this….

I really should go back to drawing people. I guess I got away from it, it seemed too much like work.

I had decided to do landscapes, thinking they would capture a mood. I think I’ve run that one into the ground.

So, in my time off, I plan to do some drawings of people. For instance the one in the header is “Halloween”. Can’t do too much right now, because as usual, I’m running out of money and paper at the same time. Both issues are soon to be relieved.

Then of Course, there’s the occasional kitten.

Blatant self advertising

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Sheltering in place

So, what are you all doing in self quartine?

Reading? Yes!

Facetime? Yes!

Video Games? Yes!

Hobbies? Yes!

Housework? Errr, um

Surprise, I actually am doing housework, among other things. You see, I had scheduled this week off since January. A friend from overseas was going to be visiting. So. due to COVID-19, he wasn’t able to come. I have a week to get things done.

It’s spring now, and I can hear spring birds tweeting. Ironic, huh?

So, besides cleaning, I’m going through my artwork, seeing what to do with what. I’ve decided to do small stuff for a while, since I’m not too pleased with the full-sized pictures I’ve drawn.

So, into bottom of the flat file we go!

As in, what should I do with this?

All my Danbury Rocks? That sure went nowhere
This, too…
The whole Namaste Series. It was fun, while it lasted.
This cute little thing was a label for a friend’s holistic products.
There’s that damned crow again! But I have a lot of work, that just didn’t turn out to my liking.

That flat file seems bottomless…we’ll see how it goes

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