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Day is Done

It seems to be a new thing with me. I get tired, brain fried, and that seems to be the time I decide to write a blog post.

Take from that what you will. This time I am reasonably well rested.

The subject was trees,wasn’t it?

Well,this is the newest one. It’s the complete version of the one I just posted

I started out thinking titles like “Late Afternoon ” and “Early Evening “.

Then I realized it looked like lights out at a kids’ summer camp.

So,I thought of “God is Nigh “, but that sounds too much like death.

It joined this group of drawings

The last picture of summer, here and NYC. Because, “Day is Done ” is probably the last full size drawing until fall.

Maybe I will actually do a Halloween drawing…

More Trees, Please!

Looking back on the final version of “Reserved”, I am disappointed. I had such high hopes for it. It may end up in my New Years “worst “.

Live and,with any luck at all, learn

But!

I did a drawing today, which might work large. It’s bold enough with a good solid design.

This is the small sketch. “Late Afternoon “

Oh, yes, the mask I ordered with “Floral Overload ” came today.

From this:

It’s been a long, productive day. But I am looking at my sad,empty easel.

Gotta cheer it up somehow.

But speaking of sad,it’s mid August, and soon we’ll be looking at trees like this:

They are putting Halloween projects for sale at Joanns Fabrics. Let’s not rush it. Labor day hasn’t even gotten here yet.

I like trees

Just as I like cats.

When I was in high school, another girl my age, grumbled,”Why do you do so many trees?”.

I thought it was a silly question, so I just told her “I like trees “.

In remembrance of that girl,

I have named this drawing, “I like trees”.

Honestly, I always wonder why she had the irritation in her voice.

But then, she was a teenager. Who knows what goes on in a teenager’s mind. I don’t even want to remember what was going through mine.

So, as for liking trees, I’ve decided to do a series of tree pictures,as I did with cats.

So,far, I have only done two, and a third that didn’t work out so well.

This is a copy, in spirit, of a drawing I did in high school, about the time I irritated that girl.

What I liked about that, and this drawing, was that the abundance of green, created a mood.

Of course, I shoot for trying to capture a mood in all my work

Yes,I like trees. Even winter trees.

REserved!

I’ve been under quarantine, waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test. Bit of a hairy time, but I’m negative.

Which gives me the feeling of the sun shining through. It would anyonej.

I can think of all sorts of songs with lyrics of that…but it suddenly occurred to me: Am I violating copyright doing that?

Best to be safe.

But something I have copyright on is my own work. So, here are some drawings of the sun shining through.

And my most recently finished work it this:

Not surprisingly, this is titled “Reserved”.

Okay, back to the drawing board!

Reserved

16x20 inch drawing, matted to 20x24. Lightfast colored pencil on archival 100% cotton rag paper. Shipping included.

$250.00

“I was dreaming when I wrote this…….”

That’s been my earworm today. Prince’s “1999”

I could tell you about dance parties in 1999. And 2000 zero zero. The stories are probably only interesting to other DJ’s.

But as for dreaming (real sleep dreams)

I have this recurring dream. I go into a gallery and Lo and Behold! My artwork is on display. The only catch is. the artwork is in my old style, which I abandoned long time ago.

These are the only examples I have left, although it makes a guest appearance from time to time.

Heavy on design, not so much on realistic drawing.

So, I’m going to go back for a while, with the affirmation, “I a financially successful artist”.

Maybe that will work.

Winter Visitors

16x20 inch drawing, matted to 20x24 for easy framing. Lightfast colored pencil drawing on archival 100% cotton rag paper

$250.00

I’m Tired

Am I tired? You betcha. Synapses barely firing. I don’t know why. The weather maybe. Don’t know, but I’m tired.

Everybody goes through this I know.

Anyway, while I’m tired, I have to make a monumental, earth shattering decision. Okay, not exactly earth shattering, but doesn’t any decision feel that way when you’re tired?

I found I have one piece of paper left, until around July 30.

I finished this little drawing. It has potential to work out as a full sized piece. So, do I use this paper to do this, or cut the paper up and do more small drawings? Ah, that is the question.

In the past I’ve done this:

EPSON MFP image

And this

This..

I’d like to get back into drawings with more of a design element. Feels more like me.

But I’m tired. Did I mention that? A decision to make another day.

Bedtime for Roxy

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!