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Sometimes, the Sky is Purple

A lesson in creativity.

When I was about 7, we were doing artwork at school. It was a assignment, don’t remember what.  Exclusive of one little boy, the kids at my group of desks, were drawing the sky blue.  That one little boy, was energetically coloring the sky purple.

 

One of the gaggle of kids, (I use gaggle descriptively, we were not geesee.) jumped on the purple sky boy and said:

“What are you making the sky purple for? Everybody knows the sky is blue!”

Then the rest of the gaggle, including myself, joined in the fray, insisting the sky is blue.

A teacher’s aide, noticing a ruckus, came over to see what was going on.  We all almost shouted, “Johnny (or whatever the boy’s name was) is making the sky purple.   The sky is supposta be blue!

The aide however, said, in a calm, knowledgeable voice, “Sometimes the sky is purple. For instance a rainy, cloudy day it’s purple.  The sky is lots of colors.”

We all quieted down.  However, I knew a scam, when I heard one.  Of course the sky is blue!

In all honesty, it’s not the royal blue in the small set of Crayolas either.

When did I decide the sky could be different colors?  I think it was when I made the sky a shocking shade of green.

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I’ve done my share  of purple skies.

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Often, the sky is multi-colored:

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But truth be known, most of the time, I believe the sky is blue..

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So there..

In other news, here’s the latest note card. Pumpkin posed for it.

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Kill Them All!

and let God sort them out later.  Was that from a spaghetti western or a WWII flick?  I know it was a from a movie, or at least, I sure, sure hope that was from a movie.  Unfortunately, in this day, it sounds just horribly like something that would happen in real life.

But that being said, I decided to draw notecards, good or bad, and sort them out later. I came to the realization that:

  • I can’t draw very well at all with my hand still injured
  • In the mood I’m in, I can’t tell whether any of them are any good or not.

I’ve been averaging a card a day, for a few days now.  Just fast and fun, without worrying much about them.

So here’s the first batch.

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Then there’s this:

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Then there’s that:

 

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And bringing up the rear:

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so, in another note, my friend and I drove out to the site of one of the fairs I signed up for.  We drove a long way, and in the cold, late winter the land looked depressing and isolated.  We saw some very big pawprints.  Bear maybe?  Cougar?

I’m sure in May, it will be much different.  I’m still worried about bears and cougars, though.

Hit the Road, Rox…..

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I’m really looking forward to Spring. I probably said that last year, and the year before…..but it bears repeating.  C’mon Spring.

I thought about it and I miss doing art fairs.  I managed to score a white tent on Ebay, and as time goes on find creatively inexpensive display items. i finally found a niche for a product that actually sells!  Hand drawn greeting cards.  I intended to start with an autumn holiday show,  but I saw an opportunity for a show on Mothers Day.

I started out doing winter seasonal cards, but have now switched over to spring/flower imagery.  The drawing above is a new example. Im a little rusty doing flowers. Ive got to get back up to speed.

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So,it may be a month early, but in my studio, it’s already Spring!

 

Not for Sale

My wrist is getting better, and I am savoring (More like salivating over) the prospect doing artwork again.  Yes, in a little more than a week, my cast will be off. A little physical therapy, and I’ll be good to go.

After that announcement, I want to know…are you tired of blogs (including mine), trying to sell you something?  Well, I’m going to put a reverse on that, and show you what you can’t have at any price.

 

 

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This is my cat, Pumpkin.  Not for sale, because, damn, it’s Pumpkin!

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I gave this to a friend.

 

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This one, because I’ll be damned if I know where it is.

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This was given to a different friend as a house warming gift. Boy, did my bf get pissed I did that. But, he never told me he liked it!

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I bartered this one for energy healing sessions.  BF was pissed about that, too. In all seriousness, if I had known it was so special to him, I would have bartered something else.

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I finally learned my lesson.  BF loves it. Not for sale

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This one I bartered for an art show in a coffeehouse in Manhattan. Yes, exhibit space is so competitive, you have to give some kind of exchange for even a coffeehouse show.

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SOLD!

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This one I lost by default, because I left it at a gallery too long after the show was over. we didn’t have a car back then. i always meant to make arrangements to pick it up, but time went by faster than I realized.

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One of  my favorites. Given to a friend. I do have reproductions of it.  No reproductions of my friend. She’s one of a kind.

 

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Given to a charity.

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Given to charity.

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Given to charity

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SOLD!

 

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Sold!

 

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Of course my favorite, and my logo.  And damn! She was my cat Hannako!

 

There’s more, but that’s it for now. My finger is tired. When the cast comes off, I’ll be able to type normally, again. I’m thankful for that.

 

 

I, Me, Mine

Channeling a little George Harrison, there…….

It seems to me that I talk about myself and my art a lot here.  I guess that’s normal, after all, it is my blog and it is supposed to be artsy.  Also, these are the subjects I know best,

The portrait above is me, a few years back.  I’m not really into doing self portraits.  Why would I want to do that, when there are so many more interesting and beautiful subjects to be drawn?

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Another topic I know a lot about is retail. I’ve worked in it for so many years, and it’s changed in stores since the internet became the competition.

It used to be enough to ask a customer if she needed help, and leave her alone if she just wanted to look.  Now it’s all about “asking  open ended questions”, to get the customer to talk about herself, giving the impression of sincere interest.  In the meantime, you are listening with the motive of finding out about her, to find something to sell to her. You step in like a vulture when you’ve got it.  Seems pretty dishonest to me.

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On the other hand, a friend of mine asked about making conversations with strangers to make a friend.  Again, the solution is to get that person to talk about herself.  If you can listen with sincere interest, you’ll make a friend.

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So, I’ve managed to not talk about myself a little.

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And some subjects aren’t subjects at all. Just a note, the drawing in this post are pretty random.

So, I don’t do many portraits, self or otherwise.  I find getting a likeness difficult, even if I do the tried and true.

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Starting All Over, Again, Again

Can You Draw a Bicycle?

I thought this article was pretty amusing.  Of course, drawing from imagination is a challenge.  Most of my life I’ve used photos or life as reference, but now I start out on a new quest (self-indulgence is great).  I’m drawing from imagination.  Pertinent to this is drawing a bicycle from memory.  Here’s mine.  Of course I did cheat, and put a figure in front of it, hiding a big part of it.

So, as to the title…I realize big life changes bring on big changes in artwork.  When I moved to New York City, my work changed from when I lived in Connecticut before.  It took a while to settle in.

Art from Connecticut first time:

 

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Another one from my Connecticut years about 10 years later.

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And getting into the 90’s

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Then with tremendous ado, we moved to New York City. Manhattan particularly.  I tried to work as if I was still back in my home town of Stamford, CT. but the subject matter had changed.  Finally, I made it work:

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And then, with a little less ado, we moved to Sunnyside in Queens.  I remember trying, trying, trying to draw the bridge outside my window that connected Queens to Brooklyn, or the other way around, depending on whether you were a Mets fan.  The picture turned out dark and horrible, and I destroyed it immediately. I gave up art, totally and forever, or so I thought.  Then after a long break which took me on a journey into learning and practising Reiki, of all things.

So, then once again, it began to flow.  I started up again, with drawing more appropriate to Queens.

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So, for many reasons, I decided to move back to Connecticut, dragging my boyfriend kicking and screaming. Of course, I tried to draw the state as if I were still living in Queens.

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I avoided drawing people in NYC, because there were so many of them, and they were downright annoying.  So, I’ve come back, and am, touching, very lightly, the subject of human beings again (as opposed to just cats).

The featured image is one of the first..so, let it rock and let it roll!

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