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The Bronx is up……….

Yes, I promised birds…………BUT.

I changed my mind again.

I found the files of old work, which was this woman’s treasure.  There’s a lot of stuff that I don’t think I put on this blog…was on my old Blogger Blog that still exists somewhere in the vast Universe of the internet, probably.  Maybe not, and I don’t give a……… something to do with a rat’s backside.

For instance this:

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Turns out I like it..wasn’t sure it was any good when I painted it.  I did this when I was living in NYC, and missed nature.

I’ve got a lot of nature here.  Somehow, when I do a drawing of it, I feel a need to put in a hint of humanity …..20170712_1412102893307260327462880.jpg

or else I get mighty bored.  Remember me ranting about foliage?

So, sometimes I still think about New York City and wonder if I was happier there.  Mixed feelings, six of one, and half a dozen about the other.  I still wonder though.

It seems my artwork though, has gotten weaker, since I moved here.  The NYC work seems bolder.

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and cleaner.

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Anyway…..I’m changing my mind again…..here’s my latest bird.  Which is also taken from a NYC theme.  Not to mention, it’s also a spring picture.  How’s that for three in one?

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Meow for Now

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Come Bobbing Along, Already!

I have a friend who visits from Thailand every couple of years.   He’ll be here in March, and I was starting to make plans……………and he said, “Well that’s two months away”.   I really thought it was right around the corner.  Thanks for nothing, James!

As I said last post, I was going to work on a spring picture, and that’s it, in the featured picture.  Or at least the preliminary sketch of it.  I may work on a large one, but I may change my mind about that.

There’s an old, dated, sexist saying “It’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind”.  Alright, sexist though it is, I’ll take it.

 

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This was my old logo, Embracing My Inner Cat.

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This is my current logo, Connecticut Fantasy.

But I’m thinking of changing back.

So, it turns out I have been accepted into the art show I applied for.  You remember, I was going over the no’s and the maybe’s.    So, on to the yes ones.  You may see that I’ve changed my mind about some of the no’s.

Of course, I may add a few small ones to it.  I’ll have to see the space, I will go after the meeting on February 20…or 21st, depending on the weather.

So, I’ve been changing my mind a lot lately, and will continue to do so…………

Nothing’s off the table!

Hurray! I Got Rejected!

I finally bit the bullet, and sent out an application to a gallery.  I got a polite note back, saying my work was not a fit for the gallery.  Also, the note said, that my information would be kept on file, in case there was a change. (Yeah, right?)

So, why “Hurray!”?  I’m celebrating that I got past my fear of rejection, and actually tried.  You know what?  It wasn’t that bad.  I felt a pang of disappointment, but that was gone, within 10 minutes.

However, back to the subject…..birds. Or more precisely, crows.  I’ve fallen in love with crows now that I’ve moved back to Connecticut.  In New York City, they were noisy scavengers, who tore apart garbage bags.  In other words, a general nuisance.

But here, they’re beautiful.  They’re the only birds I could see that braved the snowfall.  Their flight is graceful, and their presence is formidable.

So, Windback Wednesday….here’s a visit to a drawing I made about a year ago, when I was coming to terms with winter in Connecticut.

Good News…For Me at Least

I’ve been accepted into the art show of winter themed art, “Winter Wonderland”.  It’s going to be at the Botte Shop in Mamaroneck, NY on January 20th 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00.  I wish I could be there, but I have to be elsewhere.

The elsewhere I have to be, is the Michael’s Store in Wilton, CT from 11:00am to 3:00pm.  They’re having an open house to promote the classes.  The good news there, is that I’ve been approved to teach watercolor.

Anyway, despite best intentions, I’ve been having a couple of crazy weeks, timewise, and I haven’t gotten a chance to do any more artwork. So, for no particular reason, here’s a repost of one of my other winter pictures that I haven’t shown for a while.

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Wishing You Joy…and a Couple of Blasts from the Past.

I know I must sound like a broken record, referring to healing art.  Simply put, when a person is down and miserable, I want to supply an antidote.  My work is unabashedly feel-good, joyous and happy.  Making it brings me out of a chronic depression….I hope viewing it makes you happier, too.

So, be it.  If you feel that art must be about suffering..sometimes, finding what gives you serenity and joy is how to express suffering.

So, I promised some flashbacks…these are works from a while ago, but since I have some newcomers to my work, I welcome you to earlier parts of my artistic journey.  For those of you already familiar with them….I hope you are not bored, and can get enjoyment from them again.  Here goes:

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And of course some cake!  Nobody should be without cake.

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Easy Peasy…except Richard doesn’t like peas.

Okay, remember how I was struggling over the first “Making Peace with January”?  I went back to the idea…after first taking a more observant look at the subject matter I was planning to draw, a seagull in front of a mackerel sky.  I did the sketch in just a few minutes….easiest thing I’ve done in a long time.

As I mentioned, I have no need for making peace with February…so, I’ll think of a different title for this:

EPSON MFP imageGoing to play with the color a little in the sky….so it isn’t so bland…but it’s coming along.

BTW, I’ve put some drawing up on eBay, just go to advanced search and put in my name.  If you’d like to see more of my work in general…go to my website at RoxanneBaldwin.com 

My Little Chickadee…dee,dee,dee….

I’m working on the drawing that I sketched earlier in the week.

Since wintertime is such a hard time for me, and many others, I’ve decided to make my work this season devoted to making peace and healing with this cold, dark time of year.

Another theme I’m working on, as a healing subject, is that of friendship and community.  I have an excellent idea for that for a springtime drawing…but let’s get through the winter first.

So, friendship and community in the winter.  I thought of the symbol of birds.  I love drawing birds, but never really come up with good, complete ideas for them.  An example of one that I did do; PigeonIMG_0148_thumb.jpg

And one from high school, so long ago….

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And a Christmas card:

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So, now, what winter bird do I use for this sycamore composition?  I took a bit of selection and rejection:

Cardinals are beautiful, but they look like a Christmas card…and a cliched Christmas card at that….

Crows and starlings in a group would look like an Alfred Hitchcock movie….

Sparrows would just get lost in the color scheme, looking like diseased lumps of wood on the branches…

So, I come back to my little companion, the bird that cheered me up during the dark winters before I was diagnosed and treated for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Chickadees.  Cute and colorful in their own way with their little, cheerful tune….

Chick a dee dee dee.