I was going through my old winter drawings, looking for something, damned if I can remember what. I came across this, which failed in the purpose of a cheerful winter beach. The figure is alone and looks lonely. It looks like the mood I had that winter…lonely, blue, and wondering why the heck I’d ever moved from NYC.
Totally, totally wrong. It was meant to be an interpretation of a real event in my life. The day was cold, but bright and clear. I was with my then boyfriend, early in our relationship. The general emotion was that of the excitement of being deeply in love, and being loved back. That day, that morning was one the most joyful memories of my life.
But this drawing ….looks pretty damned depressing.
The name of this drawing was “Winter Beach”. While I was drawing the revision I intended to call it “Winter Beach 2”. My current boyfriend came along and said it was “Two People Looking at a Wave”. So, here it is:
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.
Not exactly the sea, it was actually the Long Island Sound. My friend and I went looking for rocks for Danbury Rocks and made a day of it. First we went to the art supply store, where I spent too much money. That’s easy, I’m like a child in a candy store, there. Then we drove to the shore.
Gathering stones was fun, as was soaking in the saltwater.
Anyway, back to reality and doing artwork…when I’m really supposed to be doing housework.
I’m going through some old drawings to see how I’ve handled foliage in the past…I came up with these…
I tried to find an ocean picture…but this is the only one that I still have:
Oh, yes and the winter beach I did earlier this year.
so thanks for enjoying this trip down memory lane with me…I’ve got to get back to work!
I must say, I’m getting intrigued by portraying irregular shapes with varied luminosity. Clouds, and waves are a challenge that is not easy. Since I often do things the hard way, it’s right up my alley.
I’m doing the wave in layers of different colors, much the way painters use glazes. I hope that it gives a sense of transparency to the water.
Anyway, first step.
And the sketch.
This was my half-rear-ended attempt at a seascape from memory. I don’t give up though. Winter beaches are a favorite experience for me, and one that brings back romantic memories of when I was young. So, I’m going to attempt one again, only with better copy to work from.
So, its a complicated drawing to do, and I may be in over my head. Wish me luck!
Also, I have put a number of items up on Ebay…just search my name, Roxanne Baldwin
One of the nice things about not drawing to sell to the market, is that I don’t have to have a distinctive style. So, I can do what I want, experiment, have fun, and it doesn’t matter. I can use the technique best suited to the subject matter and make better pictures. As you can see, this drawing is a lot different than “Heaven”.
I’ve had peaceful experience at ocean shores, as I’m sure many of you have. I’m hoping to capture that piece in this “Seashore Paradise”.