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Bricks

A little background info….

I’ve been away for a while, in case you haven’t noticed. I needed some time to reflect, think about where I’ve been, where I’m going and most importantly, where I am.

And it all comes down to bricks…well, sort of.

When I first really got going working in colored pencil, I lived in Greenwich, CT. Somehow, and for what reason I can’t figure out, I became drawn to drawing (Ha) buildings with bricks. I sweated tears over each individual rectangle, making sure it was perfect.

Then I landed quite happily but totally unexpectedly in Manhattan. Again, loads and loads of bricks to be drawn! I still was sweating over each and every single detail.

 

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So, then due to circumstances which are beyond explaining.  I landed in Queens, a little community called Sunnyside.  And much to my delight, I found bricks!  By now, I was taking those little rectangles in stride.

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Then after 20 years of ups and downs and all arounds in NYC, I ended up back in Connecticut in a small city called Danbury.  It’s as a large of a city as I want to deal with for a while.

And whaddya think I found there?  My first picture there, bricks.

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And bricks and cats.

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After this much needed break, guess what I start with?

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And a familiar door.  Yes, I know it’s October, I started this pic in May.

A Good Time Was Had By All….

Thought I’d give you some updates and some pictures from the opening of my show.  The turnout was small, but I’ve come to expect that. It was a beautiful spring day, with a of other event going on, so I’m happy with support I did get. Plus the show will be up about three more weeks.

So, first picture by my friend, and helper to whom I owe a debt of gratitude, Cathy.  

One of the things that Cathy helped with, was setting up the refreshments.  We had quite a spread.  It also helped with traffic.  Some library goers, took the food, but felt obligated to at least look at my show.

Nearly had one sale, but my work was the wrong color for the area of the viewer’s home.  I don’t really expect much in the way of sales from local shows, getting my name out is the motive.  Sometimes, in the future, people who have seen the show contact me for commissions.

So, it turned out well..

I should mention, the show is a part of the Accessible Arts Program, by the Artisans’ Alliance of Northwest Connecticut.

 

Speaking of Bob Ross…

As I was working on “Sunday’s Stream of Consciousness”, Dearly Beloved looked at it, and said “You’re no Bob Ross”.  I wasn’t sure what he meant by that, good or bad.  Turns out he meant my trees are not happy, although they do have friends….

So, here it is, a drawing done nearly spontaneously with not a lot of prior planning.  A stream of creatively, maybe, not consciousness, but a stream none the less.

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So, now I’ve used my more precious than gold paper. Until I have money to restock it, I’ll be doing some note cards.  See you soon!

Wasting No Time

I said I was eager to get back to the rainbow drawing.  As soon as I was finished with the pet portrait, I got right back on it. It looks, still, quite a bit like the smaller version, but I drew the rainbow in with a lot of white space, a la impressionism, to give it a feeling of light.  I had more fun with the clouds, too.  Although, still not realistic, they are tempestuous.

I realized in looking at rainbows since, they do mark  a clearing.  So, I pulled in some incoming yellow light underneath it.    So, Dorothy, you want to go “Over the Rainbow”?  Not me, that’s where the clouds are.

The idea for this drawing came to me as I passed through a forgotten railroad station on the way to Brewster, NY.  So, going back to its origins, I’ve named this piece, Rainbow Over the Tracks.

Finally, I think I’ve gotten it out of my system.

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Concentrate on the Rainbow…….

Let me repeat that: Concentrate on the rainbow.  Sounds very Zen and wise, doesn’t it?

Concentrate on the rainbow…..

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Well, it makes for a pretty lousy composition for a picture, doesn’t it?

When I was doing the original drawing, that’s what I did…I concentrated on the rainbow. And thinking of it, and the context of my life at the time, that’s what I did there, too….

I kind of flubbed in a landscape in the original drawing which didn’t really complement or add any ooomph! .  Also, making the move away from NYC, I concentrated on the promise of a new life, but didn’t take into account making a whole new structure…. Work, and community.  It takes a while to establish such things, I realize, now.  You can’t just concentrate on the rainbow, and have it all come out right.

You have to have landscape that anchors the sky and the rainbow, and leads into it.  I also realize I have to work a little harder to get established in Connecticut, in much the same way I worked hard over 20 years ago, in NYC.  I forgot I guess, that such things don’t come automatically, or even all that easily.

But isn’t this a much better composition for a drawing to work from?

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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….

For those of you in Connecticut and nearby areas…

I said I’m going to put drawings in the Redding, Connecticut show for the benefit of the Mark Twain Library.  Well, I’m not.  I realized that by the time I bought frames, paid the fee and donated a piece, I’d be out several dollars.  I figured I’d get more bang for my buck to get my out art there….or art out there….by doing a smaller show,  where I can be there in person.  Just as I love working in retail stores, meeting people and just getting to know them, I feel the same way about local arts and crafts shows.

I’m entering the Winter Boutique at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Danbury, CT on December 3, 2016 between 10 am and 4 pm.  For those of you who’d like to come, see me and my work, the address is 24 Clapboard Ridge Road.  I will have a few inexpensive items for sale, but really, it’s the best kind of advertising I could hope for!  Even if I don’t make a dime.

So, from now until then, I’m going to be working in items for the Winter Boutique.  I have some coffee mugs and magnets, but I also am drawing some original, hand drawn holiday cards, and doing some repurposed items, with my artwork on them.  So, I’m going to duck back into hiding, and show you a few of the cards I made last time.

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