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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!

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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.

Sometimes, you just gotta say @&^$^ it.

Okay, maybe it’s karma I earned for the pride I expressed in how much easier doing art is for me, now. …but I’m in a real mess with “Making Peace with January”.  After delicately laying color, it was bland and going nowhere, and I didn’t know what to do next.

So, I started scribbling, and then scratching, then scribbling again.  What I ended up with is a work-in-progress, which will a. Turn out to be a fabulous masterpiece. b.  a dismal failure destined for the scrap heap. c. One of those things that I think is bad, but everyone else loves, or d.  I’ll hold onto it all year, hoping I’ll like it after all, and it’ll end up in December in the retrospective of the year’s failures. But right now, it’s a scratched scribbled mess. But I’m stubborn, I’ll keep after it…even if it’s ruined.

In a way, it reminds me of the Joni Mitchel song “Clouds”. “I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now”.  Here’s a cloud drawing I did a long time ago:

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And one from either further back (please excuse the glare on the glass…this is framed)>

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But as it stands………here’s “Making Peace with January, 2015:”

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I may be shouting and screaming and tearing my hair out soon…stay tuned. 😦

 

It’s that time of year again…..Happy New Year!

Right about now, all sorts of news stories are printed about the triumphs of the year.  I however,  with my contrary streak, am going to display my biggest flops of the year. It helps me to remember I can fail, and I hope it helps beginning artists not to be discouraged.  Everyone screws up now and then.dancing

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"Ferris Wheel"

 

So goodbye to the failures of 2014, and welcome to the triumphs of 2015.  And probably a few flops in 2015, too.

For what it’s worth…here’s Grand Central Sunday Morning

Well, I finished “Grand Central Sunday Morning”, and I’m totally dissatisified with it.  And no, I  don’t have the patience to do it again.  I realize that I have a weakness when it comes to architectual detail, such as I found out in “Sentinel”.

Every so often, a group of art students gather in Grand Central, drawing pads in hand to do a perspective class.  I used to fantasize about stopping for a moment, and giving help to them.  After this humbling experience, maybe I should take tips from them.

 

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