So, in tribute to Autumn coming – hard to tell with the summer weather we’ve been having-I did this drawing, “September Field”.
I’ve always been attracted to drawing landscapes, and now I realize why. Landscapes capture moods in complex way. I’m not talking something simple like a sunny day being happy. I’m talking about the subtleties of mood, what I believe Jung referred to as “feeling tone”, when talking about dreams. Or some famous psychiatrist did, perhaps one of you knows.
Speaking of dreams, I’ve had this recurring one, in which my work is recognized and in a gallery, but it’s old work of mine, in a style in which I no longer work. This gives a glimpse at the old style. Perhaps the dream is telling me to go back in time.
So, what now? I’m running out of paper, now, and I’m broke. It also just so happens that the winter holidays are right around the corner. I guess it’s time to start making greeting cards.
Okay, when I posted back some time ago, I was complaining about drawing foliage. This started a downward spiral to me hating doing artwork all together, and hating my finished drawings. I’d see ideas for artwork, but I’d shiver in disgust at the thought of drawing. So, I stopped for a while.
I don’t make a complete living from my art, so I have the luxury of doing that. Eventually, the green foliage started to take on an orangish color (I started noticing that at the end of July), and eventually…the green faded. It started looking interesting again. Finally, I passed by a field with loads of goldenrod blooming. I’m off drawing again.
So, it’s fall. While I do the work on this one, I’ll show you some of my past fall drawings. It’s also interesting to see how much my work has changed over the years.
Gee, scrolling through all my old drawings in my media library is like reading an old diary.
I’ve worked in the same size for finished drawings since the 1980’s. In those days, I would do copy after copy until my frustration limit, or until I got the drawing as I wanted it. Truthfully, I mostly compromised between those two points. It would take maybe five efforts, and I managed to complete only about four drawings in a year.
No, sixteen by twenty inches doesn’t seem that large, when you consider the vast size of much modern art these days. However, sad to say, my frustration limit has declined, and my work is not as carefully done as it had been. When you start repeating your work towards the approach of perfection, it’s damned big.
So, I’m starting to work at eight by ten inches, and it’s a much easier size to deal with, photograph and sell.
So, finally I present something new: Murmuration
Sad to say, I have to take a bit of a break from drawing…I’m having trouble with my thumb due to a repetitive motion injury. I can’t grasp a pencil very well….but fortunately, I can type one finger at a time. I can’t let this day go by without some commemoration.
So, tomorrow is November…for me, a very unpleasant month. A few years ago, I did a drawing “Making Peace with November”. So, while I nurse my playing hand, I will leave you with a revisit.
I actually miss Manhattan. Unfortunately, there was no magic way to teleport from Queens to Manhattan, and vice versa, so I was stuck, along with millions of others…with the subway. I’ve seen some beautiful artwork romanticizing the subway, but it’s not a romantic memory to me.
But yes, I do miss Manhattan. It’s the part of New York that songs are written about, movies are filmed in and life is as glamorous as it sounds. The only way I would move back to New York, is if I could live in a comfortable home in Manhattan, but that takes lots of money and lots of luck.
So, you may wonder, what brought this up now? It’s autumn, and it’s the time when I remember the sycamore tree out front shedding its leaves, and revealing the beautiful Manhattan Skyline. So, here’s a memory of those times:
Yes, it’s only October, and Halloween is still a couple of weeks away….but anyone who has a large portion of business in the dreaded fourth quarter, is gearing up for the onslaught. That is me, for instance, in my day job. Soon, I’ll be concentrating on my little quick holiday cards..no time for anything else….
But in the meantime, I have been working, sporadically, though it may be. My late summer/early fall drawing “Black-eyed Susans”. I have the notion that there is more I should do to it, but I’m not sure what…so I say the heck with it, and present it to you now.
If I don’t get back before then…..Happy Halloween!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but my autumn landscape has been finished for a while. I like it..wasn’t sure if I did. But that’s an artist’s constant conflict, so no matter.
I looked at it, and what came to mind is a bowl of Fruit Loops, my secret passion. So, here it is: October Fruit Loops.
Where have I been all this time? Mostly working the day job, but I’ve made some new friends and new connections.
November is always my worst, most depressing month. For my next drawing, I was going to do something called “Making Peace with November” but didn’t have a clue how that concept would interpret itself in a drawing. Well, November is almost here, I’m not depressed so, to heck with it.
As often happens with an artist I saw something that just stuck…a tranquil and healing image I’d like to explore. So once I get over this hullabalo of short handedness and sales at the store…..I’m going to work on it.
So if I don’t post before then…..Happy Halloween!