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Sunshine, Lollipops, Rainbows, Everything….

The title is lyrics to a song, way back when I was a child. I wonder how many of my readers remember that song, and wish they didn’t.

So, here’s the complete on the rainbow drawing.

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Misses the mark in a few ways. I wanted to make the rainbow more pastel, and light, as I was complaining about in my previous post.  I didn’t quite get it.  Also, the sky is kind of a hodge podge of lines and swirls.  I’m not sure how I feel about that. Who knows, I may look at this drawing weeks from now, and say “Wow, that works well!”. Or I may say, “Oooops, better hide that drawing for the rest of my life”.  I don’t know yet.

Anyway, speaking of titles, I was debating what to do.  Then it occurred to me, I had a drawing from a beautiful time in my life,entitled “Cloud Over Greenwich”.

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If I project an intention of good times into this drawing as well?  Then I certainly can call it: “Rainbow Over Danbury”.  So then, I will.

Another Wip…………and I LOVE computers <3 <3 <3

Yes, computers are awesome…but I’ll get back to that in a minute.

It occurs to me that I have done many drawings (including the one I’m working on now) of the sycamore tree out front.  I have however, never posted a photo of it, so you can see it’s beauty for real…so, here’s the view of the tree from my window, Queens row houses and all.

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So, now computers………..

I love the fact that I can go into a desktop publishing program, or even these days, a good word processing program, and come up with something professional looking by scrolling and clicks of the mouse.  Such a difference.

When I was your age (Yes, this is one of those) cut and paste was done by hand.  My parents enrolled me in a course in it, figuring that if I was going to be an artist, this would provide me with an income.  I was really sure that by the time I was 25 I was going to be rich and famous….but I went along with it anyway.

It was a matter of taking little printed papers with letters on them, and lining them up perfectly so they could be photographed for print.  Of course, if you drew a line in regular pencil, that would show up to the camera.  If you erased that would look even worse.  But there was a solution…..

Non-photo blue.

This was a color that was invisible to the black and white camera.  So, graphic artists used it to painstakingly line up letters.  Did I mention the pain in painstaking?  BTW, I completely failed at cut and paste.

I’m sure there are very few, if any, graphic artists who do cut and paste manually.  However, Prismacolor still makes the color.  I think because it’s a beautiful, clear, intense color.  It’s perfect for skies, imho.

So, here’s a detail from “Making Peace with December”to give you a taste of what I’m working on.  Also, a good example of Non-photo blue.

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My Mother Would Have a Fit

As I looked at this, after a break, my mother’s voice came to me. “The composition is terrible! It’s too even. The butterflies and flowers should overlap! What do you think you’re doing?”

My mother passed away nearly 20 years ago, so I think it’s probably time I stopped listening to her. This has a firework type of composition. I think it will work fine. Sometimes, you just have to break the rules.

Since most of the butterflies that are attracted to this plant are Monarchs, there is a lot of orange (of course, not Prismacolor orange) in the composition. Therefore, the foliage is going to be a bit on the bluish green side, to compliment that. So, here’s the start.scragglyweedwip1

Another project of mine (and other artists, feel free to use the idea) for self-promotion….small magnets that I can give out on the street as free souveniers of New York City. The trick? My website address is on them. My plan is to stand across the street from the Plaza Hotel, and hand them out to tourists. Wearing my tie-dye sunhat. The weather has been upwards of 90 degrees Farenheigt, though, and very humid, so this project will have to wait.

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OMG….Everything is weeping!

Just noticed as I was finishing this, that I put in a weeping willow, a weeping pine, and made it a rainy day. Hmmn, the unconsious mind works in strange ways. Maybe sadness about the plight of those who live with MS? Maybe.
Anyway, here’s the finish to “MS Bike Ride”. I changed the composition dramatically. In Northern Connecticut, the landscape indeed sometimes suddenly drop off, and reveal a big hill. I found it gave a sense of distance that I felt enhanced the composition. Without further ado…..msbikeracefinish

Changing direction

I didn’t work on the MS bicycle ride for a while. I started to add the background, and put in a weeping willow. It made the whole thing look kitschy and awful. I tried to erase it, but it was too firmly drawn, that I couldn’t do it. I got very discouraged.

But then, the other day I peeked outside, just as it was beginning to rain. One thing I love about summer is the rain. It changes the atmosphere, puts a green cast over everything, makes everything moody, and enhances colors. So, I decided to go for it, and make the bike ride a rainy day. It also casts a serious note on a serious subject without being dismal.

So, here it stands. The bike riders will end up standing out more because of this change, which is a good thing. I’m going to have to darken the road a bit to play down the shadows. They’re too distinct for a cloudy sky.

So, back on track…but a different direction.msbikeracewip714

Back on Course

Started the redo of the MS bike ride, and I’m pleased with it. To get the asphalt right, it took long tedious work. Thank God for the invention of the iPod, otherwise, sitting, making miniscule pencil strokes over and over would have made me start raving….well, raving.
For those of you who are artists, just a note. Asphalt is very complex in color. It’s actually layers of color, so caution as to just making it gray, and that’s it. Of course, the local color is gray, but it reflects the light, making it have a cast of yellow to it, which makes it a gray-green…or on cloudy days, a purplish tone. And it’s got texture. Boy, does it have texture. Maddening texture. I accomplished my asphalt with small strokes of blue violet, grayed green, and yellowish orange, avoiding, of course, the dreaded Prismacolor orange.

I also moved the bikers over to make more room for the landscape, which I’m salivating to get started on.

So, here’s where it stands.msbikeridewip2

Okay, eraser crumbs and all

I tend to include diversity of people in my work. I guess that’s because I live in the most diverse county in the country, Queens, NY. That’s my world. So I was a little surprised when looking for copy for this drawing…all the bike riders I found were white!

I discussed this with my contact, and he said, originally, MS was thought only to affect people of European descent, although now it is known it affects other groups, too. So, I guess that’s the reason there are so many whites in these pix.
Well, here’s the first WIP, and I’m making everyone white….except I screwed up the fellow on the far left. I may make him another ethic group to cover up. So, I’ve shared a dirty little creative secret of mine.msbikewip1