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And Changing My Mind Back…

It’s still wintry around here.  We had the bomb cyclone yesterday, gray skies today.  No daffodils.  No forsythia.  No crocus.  Spring is not in a hurry to get here.

So, paper is on order and I worked on the cloudy day drawing I originally intended.

So, is it moody…or is it just plain depressing.  I’m going to give it a rest, while you give it some thought.

Here’s “Cloudy Day in the Park”

Looking at the Smaller Picture…

Without working in the retail Christmas rush, I have gotten past the rush.  Now, New Year’s is on the horizon, and then that expanse of time known as winter.

Last year, I spent winter exploring the new landscape around me, a suburban, not New York City surrounding.  Nothing much has changed in this new area in the past year..so, I’m looking past the immediate impressions the landscape made on me…and looking for the subtleties.  Yes, I’m looking at the smaller picture.

For instance, my living room window faces the southeast.  I get a splendid view of the sunrise.  Of course, with sunrise as late as 7:15 am, that’s not too hard to wake up for.  Last year, I played with that sunrise and came up with this:

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I realize I didn’t post this in the winter last year.  I wasn’t to fond of it.  However, I realize, that I was too busy looking at the obvious…if I had just looked at a bit of a smaller view….like this?

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Well, this is a scratchy version of what I really see.  Sometimes, random planting and the artistry of nature makes a composition as delicately balanced as a Japanese garden.

So, as I recover from yesterday’s feast and workout…I’ll be starting work, on this little corner that almost escaped my perception.

Somehow, I Managed It

As I was saying, I woke up to a an orderly mess of scribbles.  So, what did I do.  Sometimes, there are things in artwork that there are no words for. I did something here, I did something there, I added a little blue.  So, I pulled it off.  I captured the feeling a bright summer day gives me, both peace and excitement at the same time.

And here it is…I think I’ll call it, “Sweet Summer”, because I’m big into alliteration.

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Unlike other times, I have an idea for the next drawing already, so I’m not having the empty, lost feeling that I often have once I’ve finished.  As a matter of fact, I’m so excited about my next idea, that I’m almost salivating.

The Worst of 2016

Yes, you read that right.  I already have a candidate for my worst art of the year.  I guess I’m still not feeling the greatest, and my judgment is off, but I really bombed hard on this one:

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I meant to exaggerate the colors in this slightly, but went clearly overboard.  It came out garish, and without a good focal point.

I may do it over.  I may do something else.  I can’t do much of anything yet, my new supply of paper is on its way, somewhere in Pennsylvania at the moment.

It’s a good day to do something else for a while.

“It’s Been a Long, Cold, Lonely Winter….”

Everyone is familiar with “Here Comes the Sun” by George Harrison.  I was, however, introduced to the song through this cover:

Peter Tosch….Here Comes the Sun

It was an anthem of a very beautiful spring.

Anyway, back to the present.  It feels as if it’s been a long winter, but it hasn’t.  In fact, the temperature has been unseasonably warm up until a few days ago.  But it has been dark and cloudy.  So, here’s a sketch, done for a change on a blank note card, since I’m out of paper until I get my supply in.

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I’m hoping that the cards my sell, whereas the little matted sketches did not.  I’m being true to myself, I’m coming up with inexpensive products from my artwork, that I can sell, rather than slave in retail selling someone else’s.

Oh, my New Year’s resolution?  For my artwork?  I plan to slow down and work more carefully.  In the past, I would do version after version of a drawing until I got it just right.  I’m not going to go back to that painstaking process, but I have been rushing, and I’m realizing my work is getting sloppier.  So, more care.

I’m trying to make something similar to this, that I did years ago, but in a more subtle style.

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Ahem,….While We’re Waiting

Well, still my pencils and papers are in limbo, between dwelling places.  As an old friend of mine would put it, I’m “jonesing” on lack of creative time.  My eyeballs are bulging, and the veins in my forehead are throbbing.  So it feels, at least.  Recently, I’ve been reading that simple coloring relaxes adults in a way similar to meditation.  I miss my coloring!

I also have a long, thoughtful, and hopefully not boring commentary on rainbows to present..but it doesn’t make much sense to present that without the drawing to go with it.  Hmmm, well, back to the other subject.  My flight from New York.

Digging through old artwork during my move, I came across an old drawing of mine, devoted to the dream of somehow, someday,  going to live and succeed in New York.  At the time, I thought it was impossible to achieve.  However, it did happen.  How many people actually have a dream come true?  I’m one.

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Finally Made Peace with February…

Around  the middle of March.

So, it was one of those deals where the idea for the drawing kept nagging me, and I couldn’t ignore it.  I had realized what I had screwed up, so of course…..I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t give it another go.  So.

Of course, I had a few rough patches in the process, of the personal life kind.   I’m unemployed right now, which makes me a bit stressed out about money.  I also had a bad cold, which had me wandering around, medicated, somewhere between sleeping and waking for several days.  But then, triumph.

Of course, my Beloved looked at the finished project and said “That’s pretty.  What is it?”.  I guess it is on the abstract side.

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Renamed “Mackerel Sky”.

This is a busy week…stretching the amount of matching frames to get ready for hanging a show on Monday.  Talking to someone about sharing a space on the sidewalk to share art.  And a good friend coming into stay with us.  Lots of baking….

So, I’m going to have to put art on the back burner for a while.  And the next project, is something that is a secret.

TTYL