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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like….OH NO!!!

As Summer arrives with the ending days of June, we look forward to the end of the Fiscal Year.   That’s right folks, while you’re enjoying the Fourth of July, and trips to the beach, people in retail are getting ready for the December holidays. Even artists are starting to look for the venues for art/craft shows in November and December.  I am no different.

I’m thinking of doing what is named the Pumpkin Festival, which is a large fair at a local church.  I have a while to think about it.  I’m going to give whatever venue I plan to do, my best shot, with my best moneymaker, which I realize now is hand drawn note cards and holiday cards.  So, that’s that.

I’m working now on note cards, because the weather here went from way too cold and rainy to go out drawing, to too hot and sunny.  So, while taking the trash to the dumpster the other day, I found a sweet surprise in the condo complex.  Wild strawberries!  So, I’ve done one note card, and am working on another.  I may eventually do a large version, like I did this:

And tried to do, this:

  

Here’s the photo I’m working from, which I like as a photo almost as much as I do a reference for a drawing….

Happy Summer Solstice!

Happy Holidays, I’ve gotten sidetracked….

Or Merry Christmas if that suits you better

Or Happy Hannakuh

Or Happy Yule…

If I’m leaving anyone out please forgive me.  I’ve read that just about all religions have a celebration around now, and I’m not aware of all of them.

But speaking of the holidays, and why I’ve gotten sidetracked:

Last year, at Pony Rides for a Purpose, I donated a gift certificate for a pet portrait.  I had just about forgotten about it, since it was over a year ago.  However, in my inbox a message shows up….is it too late to do a dog portrait? In time for Christmas?

So, I’ve put the rainbow drawing aside while I work feverishly at the dog portrait, actually two dogs.  Literally feverishly, I’ve been fighting the flu.  I’ve started a new day job,  and have other things in my personal life that are calling my attention.  Somehow, I will get this portrait finished in time for Christmas…and my reward?  I’ll be able to go back to the rainbow drawing, which I’ve gotten really enthusiastic about.

Here’s a holiday drawing from seasons past:

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I Mean, REALLY, Now….

I’m working on items for the Winter Boutique again, but this time, a little better rested.  So, for serious..here’s the first Holiday Card I’ve done…5 by 7 inches.  It’s pretty neutral in the way it presents a holiday.  It can be either Christmas or Pagan Yule.  I’m going to try to stick with as many winter landscape ideas as possible, because, no matter what religion you are (or aren’t), it’s going to be winter in the Northern Hemisphere in December.  So, here ’tis….

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And I’ve scrounged some items…notice I didn’t say Scrooge, I said scrounge.  I’ve put a copy of one of my cat drawings on a suncatcher, and it came out halfway decently.  This is the drawing, the suncatcher itself, is hard to photograph….

But for you cat lovers, I’m sure you don’t mind revisiting a young cat with yarn:

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I’m having fun with the pressure off…just coming up with stuff to sell.

Remembering New York City at Christmas

I’ve been dreaming about New York City recently…yes, I do miss, and I don’t. I think of the times when it has been idyllic, the glorious views, the excitement, but then…I gotta remind myself of why I left.

Anyway, in the spirit of remembering what’s good about New York, if you can ignore the stampedes of harried Christmas shoppers, the crowded, cold, drafty subways, the dirty slush….enough already!  It was beautiful in many ways.  The trees, the holiday store windows, the lights and all, and one of my favorite memories, was the Angel Tree at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Despite customers who demanded customer service that was beyond human capabilities, I did get some perks.  At Christmas time, in the medieval section they put up the tree decorated with angels. Looking at it, I got the old feeling that I hadn’t experienced since I was about 9 years old…that of the magic of a Christmas tree.

So, my impression, on my latest card…done from memory, not true to life.  If I had taken a reference photo and drawn it, well, that would be art based on other art, based on other art.  I felt funny about that.

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As for Christmas in NYC, I have some haunting memories.  I will leave you with this:

 

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Time Flies When You’re Working Retail…..

Or, oh dear..it’s that time of year.

It’s the Christmas Rush…or if you’re more politically correct, the Holiday Rush.  As for me, I go with the Yuletide Rush, since it encompasses the Christmas Holiday with the Winter Solstice.  So, the light returning to the Earth in the darkest time of year?  How can you argue with that for politically correct?

Anyway, I have developed the tradition for myself of doing little Yuletide cards to keep my hand in my drawing (and keep my sanity) during the retail’s busiest season.  Since I am on my feet waiting on customers, when I come home, my energy and concentration has gone the way of new moon light.

Just to let you know, I am not going to name the place I am working this year, although it’s a name you would know.  I’ve been known to put my foot in it on social media, when it comes to work, so I’m for good/bad/neutral, I think it’s best to keep my big mouth shut.

Here’s the first of m Yuletide cards:

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December’s Over…so is 2014

A good way to start the New Year is to finish what you start, and no, I don’t mean the bottle of vodka.  I finished “Making Peace with December”, this morning.   Here ’tis.

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So, one more month of the dreaded winter, gone.   Happy New Year, everyone.  May your 2015 be awesome, fabulous, fantastic…and any other superlative you can think of.

On the subject of New Year’s Eve, I made virgin pina coladas for my Special One and myself.  Somehow, we managed to act as silly as if I put 100 proof rum in them.  But when I woke up………….No Hangover!  Maybe I should sell the recipe, I bet I’d make a fortune.

But back to the subject of healing themes and making peace with wintertime.  Now it’s January, so it follows, that the next drawing should be “Making Peace with January”.

I did do a January piece a couple of years ago.  It’s called January 2nd, because it was my second try at creating it, the first being consigned to the circular file of unsuccessful projects.  Also, January 2 sounds as if it’s a significant date…..the holidays are over and back to regular life.

In case you haven’t seen it:

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Oh, and by the way, you can always see my complete body of work at roxannebaldwin.com

Indecision is my vocation…

So, the holiday fair is long since over.  Considering the weather, it was okay (in that I didn’t lose too much money).  I did, however, learn a lot from a fellow vendor. Plus a chance to visit with my long time friends…so, it was worth it.

But what has that to do with indecision? Absolutely nothing….as usual, I digressed.  What it does mean is that the time I spent preparing for it is now free…..but my day job is going through the annual terror known as the Christmas rush.

I have only bits and pieces of time to work on my art.  Precious little dribbles of minutes.  It’s not enough uninterupted time to really put into a finished, large work…although I have an idea for one.

So what do I do with these miser portions of time?  Making holiday cards is over, I will make some Valentines,  but I’m not psyched for that yet.  I could work on the sketch of the large work. Or I could just dedicate myself to making some small finished works.

But the time is so meager, that I use it for that great time-waster, Facebook. Really not enough changes with my friends THAT many times a day.

So, while I ponder…here are some drawing from days of Christmas past:

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