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”
I did that cheerful early spring drawing, and now….IRL, we’re back to grey, dull, cloudy days. Anything spring-like I’d have to fake, and that never turns out well. So, I wonder, can I portray beauty in the dismal days?
I once tried doing a painting of Park Avenue in New York City on a cloudy day. I thought I’d make it look dramatic and moody. Instead, it turned out pretty depressing, just as it looked the day I took the photo.
So, I’m going back over my work to see…what have I done on cloudy and/or rainy days?
While I still lived in NYC, I did a drawing from a photo I took with a flip-phone. This is it, clouds in the late afternoon. The sky is clearing after a rainstorm.
Then much later, just as I was moving to Connecticut, I saw this view of clouds surrounding a double rainbow.
So, now I’m wondering…can I go back and do a drawing of a cloudy day, making it look moody and not depressing? We shall see……
I’ve actually found something that’s more tedious than drawing a lot of dots….drawing around a lot of dots. The dots in question are meant to be clover, and the around, grass.
It’s a shame I had to throw out so much of my old artwork. No space, no time to move it. There are some pieces I miss especially. One of them was a drawing of trees on a lake, but in such colors that it reminded you of a cloudy day. A moody, cloudy day.
As well as the Japanese paintings that my sister described as a rainy countryside, I find I have another association with clouds and rain. It’s what I expect England to be like. I’ve never been there, but I know the type of weather she’s famous for. Indeed, the literature that I’ve read, set in England, is made more romantic by the moody mist. I see King Arthur and Robin Hood, going through landscapes of green and gray.
So, finally I have duplicated the feeling of the old drawing I lost in time. Cloudiness and romance together as a serendipitous combination. Here goes: