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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

Still Life Does Not Mean Dead Life..

Whenever I’ve gone to an art show, I’ve always found the obligatory displays of painting and fruit to be pretty boring.  Yes, I realize there’s a matter of technique, but I’ve always thought of such things as elementary lessons in drawing and painting, an exercise, until you are skilled enough to do more ambitious subject matter. Or so it was introduced to me by my teacher.  So, I’ve done my share of  boring still lives.

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I find though, use your imagination, treat it as a scavenger hunt, use the found objects as a Rorschach Test of what’s going on in your mind, and a still life can be a fascinating, moving composition.  Here’s one I did a while ago, it’s kind of on the border of a still life and a landscape.

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This is one that was fun as a small work, but didn’t quite translate well larger.

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But it shows the promise of using a little creativity in what could be thought of as a boring drawing lesson.  So, although I’m only up to doing my minimum 15 minutes of artwork today, I am doing a still life,that I hope is anything but boring.