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Making Peace with Winter

Hello folks!   I’ve mentioned before about my seasonal depression, and guess what!  It’s nearly winter again.  I did a series of drawings one year, making peace with each month.

For instance, this was “Making Peace with November”.

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And this was “Making Peace with December”

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I believe this one was “Making Peace with January”, but as I look back on my artwork, well, it sometimes is a puzzle to me, what I made when and in what context:

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I also see I have a picture entitled “January 3rd”……

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I think I intended it to be another year’s sequel to January 2,

 

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These drawings did work (or maybe it was the Prozac) and I was able to see happiness and beauty in winter.  Or I should say, most of winter.

What still gets to me are the grey dismal days, of dark skies and dirty slush.  A couple of years ago, I tried to make peace with the grey gloom, and came up with this;

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People in Danbury like this, because it’s a well known statue, here.  But to me, however, it still looks like a depressingly dull winter day.

But, I still have hope….that I will find some kind of beauty in the winter days.  I have an idea, we shall see if it works out.  After all, some winter days are dramatic, and gorgeous.

 

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Let’s Be Realistic

So, I’ve been diddling and doodling around with these drawings, so far, try to get the perfect balance of realistic drawing and fanciful design.
I redid 101.  Having done the one that was mostly a half-hearted try at a good realism, I decided to have a little fun instead.   Here’s the redo, of 101.

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These go so fast……..last night I knocked out one in a couple of hours.  It was more fun in this case, to draw as realistically as possible.  I was a little hesitant to do this drawing…for fear it would turn out as a colored pencil Bob Ross.  It didn’t, and I’m quite pleased with it.

Early in the summer, my friends and I went to a park in Connecticut……….Kent Falls. I snapped a photo to work from in light so bright, I couldn’t see the viewfinder.  Somehow managed to come out.  Worked on it, last night.  This was the result.

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Once again, I’m getting tired of summer, not only artistically, but weatherwise, too.
Late summer, with all its mugginess, and its bugs.  I don’t mind the crickets and other night insects, so much, but the break room at my day job, is decorated with fly traps and fly paper. All well populated.

I’m doing one more summer drawing and then maybe a still life.   By then, I hope it will be clearer, cooler, pretty early fall weather.  So, for now, I’m working on an improvement of this card:

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Also, I am eager to put together the tent and display panels, to get ready for show biz.  Since I think it’s late to do any shows this year, I figured we’d wait until less oppressive weather to assemble the display

 

Cosine of a Learning Curve

I actually liked math, except for trigonometry.  So, forgive if I use the terms wrong.

So, here’s the latest:

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It’s not perfect, but I’m reminding myself…..I’m learning.  The secret was in the details of the larger pieces.  That’s hard to do so small.  I did this piece, as a sketch…..

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To work out this:

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I used this:

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To work out this:

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See what I mean……..it’s close, but it’s not yet getting there.

Speaking of Math…and we were a while ago, if you haven’t forgotten, I’d like to discuss numbers.

I have a friend who is adamantly sure about the validity of numerology.  At times when I find myself needing to put numbers in a picture, I often wonder if I should use that number symbology to add meaning.  I believe in meaningful coincidences………..

But if I faked them, they wouldn’t be coincidences.  So, I’m doing the numbers as they appear in the study, letting the coincidences fall where they may.

The picture I just finished is : 101

This is 35

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And this one was done long ago, when I picked a number at random:

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Have Yourself a Merry, Little….thanksgiving

Yes, I’ve been working on cards.  Thanksgiving is coming with the whole conflicting attitude…on one hand, the original Thanksgiving story, and the fate of the Native Americans.  That’s especially poignant this year, with the protests of the Dakota Pipeline.

However, the idea of a day to count the good we have in our lives, and give thanks, seems like a good idea regardless.  So, I’ll take that attitude, and cook!

Thanksgiving will also be the celebration of a landmark birthday for my brother.  So, I’m looking for recipes that will be healthy enough for a diabetic, with heart disease.

But back to cards…here are some more winter landscapes.  The size of these is 5 by 7 inches.

Of course, not all winter is snow…some of the days have brilliant, clear, blue skies, with stark landscapes.  So, I felt obligated, I tell you obligated, in the interest of fair reporting, to do such a landscape:

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As you can see, there’s a red bird, a cardinal, flying into the view.  I’ve been told that cardinals represent a visit from a soul who has passed on…so, I’ve been wondering, who?

Also, in the interest of cheery, seasonal views, I did this nocturne.

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I’m going back to the idea of just drawing what strikes me, let my inner artist decide what is best for subject matter.  Having done a year of mostly paradise themed drawings, I feel something has fallen short in my output.  Maybe I’d better pay attention more to my subconscious’s input….

All the best intentions….

Evidently, the charity that I send my drawings to had a problem with its venue…so my work will be sent back. Maybe they’ll find someplace else in the future.
But in the meantime, more about “Connecticut Landscape Fantasy”. Sometimes, I like to do a composition based on real places, but in a free-flowing mode, using typical elements of that place. In the past I did one of the Oregon Coast, which has since been lost. Here’s an example I do have, it’s called “Merritt Parkway Fantasy”, which I did many years ago. For those of you not in the area, it is a main highway in Connecticut. Sorry, picture a little fuzzy.merritpkwy