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Taking a second look

So,it’s kind of like this…and I am sure that all of you go through this, no matter what you do….

Finding something that you discarded as totally, totally awful, then deciding it’s not so bad.

As is the case with this.

See,I hated the damn thing so much that I didn’t delicately trim it.

Looking back on it,I realize I like it. It accomplishes what I intended it to do…looking at the dawn, blurry eyed, with a half drunk cup of very strong coffee in my hand.

Okay now, back to the present.

Since, as you recall, I had no patience, jumped the shark, or both, in terms of ideas for full size winter drawings.

So,the natural thing is to do little winter drawings for holiday cards. I did so many that I photographed them in groups.

Then,I jumped the shark on that project. As you may have noticed, I love the term “jump the shark “.

So,the cards are the ones on hold for now.

I have a fresh batch of paper, an idea, and I am ready to hit the road.

Speaking of second looks, here’s one that I declared was my “worst of the year “,I forgot how long ago.

Of course it goes the other way, too. Some pieces that I was sure were masterpieces, on second look, stink like moldy salami.

Do it again, again

Okay,  I really should give it some time  before I post a drawing I’ve finished.  There’s something about posting it, for all, the world to see, to show off my mistakes.  Ooops.

So, as I  looked at “Winter Horse Farm”, I realized, once again, it was too stark and uninteresting.  So, this is what it looks like now:

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And on to other news,

I’m trying to figure out how to put my display in the darn car!  I didn’t expect it to be so involved a display, nor did I expect the cargo space in the car to be so small.  That’s really not a good combination.  It’s going to take a lot of organizing, and as you know, my organizational skill are almost non-existent.

But I’m looking at a nearby craft show that I might do.  Fortunately, I will only be selling holiday cards and accent pieces.  Not nearly as complex…and I already have a decent picture of the display:

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So, here are a few items I’m planning on putting up for sale:

Well, see you next time I put up a drawing too early.  Until then, au revoir.

No,No,No!!

First off, a redo of “Full Moon in the Afternoon.

The original was meant to be minimalist. However, it turned out to be boring. It’s a lesson I learned long ago, sometimes what works in a small piece looks like hell when you enlarge it. So,I added a few patterns and designs that I could sink my teeth into! I think it turned out more interesting, although far from my original idea. So moving on…

I promised a look again at the boring titles of the category of not a chance. These are among the drawings for the show that I have entered to the jury. Not sure when I hear back.

This is “Number 35”,which I feel is a lackluster summertime drawing. With a lackluster title. I think I should rename it “Hidden Stairway “,which is the real subject of the drawing.
Some of these drawings I really like, but they don’t fit into the style or subject matter of my usual work. Such is the case with “Rocking Chair “. I think I will rename it “Rock, Rock, Rock!”. For no particular reason, except..it’s more interesting.
This is “Constellation “. Not a bad title, but a drawing that falls short of my usual quality. And so it goes.


“Cloudy Day ” Can you imagine anything more boring than that? Yes,the drawing itself. It was one of those drawings trying to find beauty in a sunless day. Failed miserably. But “Sunless ” is a better title.

This is “The Greening “. I like the name and the drawing. However, again it doesn’t fit with my usual style. All the advice I have gotten from career instruction is that I should be branding myself. I should ignore advice, I really, really should.

Anyway, the ayes have it. Let’s look into better titles for the ones I have chosen…next time

Missed the Boat…

Every so often, I do something that, to me, is unacceptable.  In other words I….fail. Usually I don’t redo the ones that miss the mark, but this time I will.

The featured picture is probably the best of the tries I made of this idea.  I did it when I was painting with acrylic, rhinestones and glitter.  I kind of miss doing that! I’m thinking of doing some more small ones, as a sideline.

Here’s another example.

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However, it didn’t quite do it.

Here’s another example:

PEEKINGTHROUGHAnd this.

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Yet another good drawing, but damned failure at what I was attempting to do.

THECAMPUSSo, there I go again.  Making the best of my failures (in my regular life, too.)  Maybe this time I will finally, finally get it!  Or maybe not.

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The Worst is Yet to Come

I have a tradition, on New Years, to post the worst picture of the previous year.  It helps me keep my sense of humor, and a sense of humility.   So, here goes, the worst of 2018!

I actually only did two pictures in 2018, due to my stubborn artist’s block.  Therefore, the worst isn’t as bad as it usually is.  So, here ’tis;

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So since I’ve got such a barren year to use last  year, I’ve decided to post the worst of all time:

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And the runner up:

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I’ve got other bad work to post, but I’m tired from staying  up last night to watch the ball in Times Square drop, and I have to be at my day job.

 

So, to everyone:

Happy New Year!  And a healthy and happy 2019!

 

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A Winter’s Tale…

This winter has been devoted to greeting cards, and gifts.  With my lack of energy in the winter, I’ve had a hard time being able to tackle much in the way of creative work.  Part of my brain hibernates, I swear, and lies dormant until March.

Looking at my previous winter’s output, there a lot of drawings I’m not proud of.  A waste of time and materials.

I also have another type of work I like to do.  I’m thinking of combining decals of my good, spring, summer and fall work, with the elements of Danbury rocks…and make objet’s d’arte.  Also, do the same with functional items…sorry of a Roxanne’s Shabby Chic.  So, I have plans not to waste another winter…..

And as we have this March blizzard outside, I feel more content and inspired than I have f0r months.

The Worst of 2016….and Moving Forward…

I’m still a little groggy this morning.  I stayed up until midnight to see the ball drop in Time Square.  Makes me think, all the years I lived in New York City, and close proximity, I never made good on my intention to go to New Years in Times Square.  I think the lack of available toilets is what discouraged me.

However, let’s get to it.  My worst work of 2016.  I do this to keep it light on my part, and to keep it real.  Everyone puts out a clunker now and then.  So, here ’tis.

Shrubbery.  It is.  It’s not really all that bad, but then, it isn’t good either.  Just laying there, in mediocrity, like yesterday’s stale sandwich.

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My comforting observation to myself, is that my worsts don’t seem to be as bad as they used to be.  Happy New Year…may 2017 be bright and populated with happy little clouds and trees, with friends.

The Worst of 2016

Yes, you read that right.  I already have a candidate for my worst art of the year.  I guess I’m still not feeling the greatest, and my judgment is off, but I really bombed hard on this one:

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I meant to exaggerate the colors in this slightly, but went clearly overboard.  It came out garish, and without a good focal point.

I may do it over.  I may do something else.  I can’t do much of anything yet, my new supply of paper is on its way, somewhere in Pennsylvania at the moment.

It’s a good day to do something else for a while.

On the Subject of Rainbows….

Another more modern association with rainbows is gay equality, diversity, etc.  Oh yes, it’s a fertile metaphor

BUT!

I see so many rainbow drawing that are just wrong, and do not capture the spirit of the promise after the storm.  First of all, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a rainbow against a blue, sunny sky, as so often is portrayed. That’s just wrong!

rainbow-1No wonder people shy away from the subject in serious art.

Not only that, rainbows seem to be pale and pastel in real life.  They’re made of light,  of course.  So, enough of the bright colors!

(Of course, one way to get around both cliches is to portray it in black and white….especially if it helps the plot line)

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So, now my drawing is in the late evaluation stages, waiting for me to come back to it with a fresh eye. In the meantime, I hope you have gotten some perspective on the serious subjects on rainbows.

Now back to real life, and real problems.  Terrorism, homelessness, global warming and other subjects.  Even if I spout fury on the subject of rainbows, it’s a good break.