You know, the latest “As the Crow Flies”, in person, has a nice stark minimalist air to it,much like a white-out snowstorm. Online, that gets lost. Since most of my work is seen online, I decided to change it and make it more finished looking. So, once again, “As the Crow Flies”
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.
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.
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:
And of course some cake! Nobody should be without cake.
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:
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
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; Pigeon
And one from high school, so long ago….
And a Christmas card:
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.