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A Rose by Any Other Name

Still looks good in a picture with a cat.

 

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Okay, enough about cats.  Do I hear a collective sigh of relief?

I’ve been working on Rose Garden.  I was working on the first version while tired and sick, and it came out awful. Put it away to look at later, maybe it would look better.  No, after time, it still looks awful.

So, I’ve started a new one.  I like it better than the first one, but it surprises me how it’s coming out.  How can that happen?  After all, I’m the one drawing it.

Drawing roses makes me start thinking about roses.  Some flowers are beautiful, but have no scent.  Some flowers, like honeysuckle, smell divine, but look like scraggly little waifs.

No so the rose.  It’s both gorgeous to the eyes, and the olfactory organs.

Its strength amazes me.  It grows and spreads easily, often crowding out other plants around it.  Its thorns protect it.

They start blooming in the early summer and keep going through fall.  In one case, on a fairly warm December 1, I found one blooming as if it were June.

So, though I love other flowers as well…….

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Just give me a rose, dammit!  Give me a rose.

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Just Another Block in the Wall

My apologies to Pink Flloyd.

Artist block is a real thing that happens every so often.  I’ve been asked before how I get through it.  I’ve shown you a couple of the abstracts  I did to loosen up, and that’s one way I deal with it.

Another is just to draw anything, it doesn’t matter.  Paper bags, coffee cups, salt and pepper shakers.

I used to, as an assignment in an art class, keep a sketch book with me at all times, and in leisure moments, sketch whatever was around in sight.  I ended up with a pictorial diary that brings me back in time, each time I look at it.  I think it brings me back more than a written journal would. 

But back to just drawing.  There are so many odds and ends you can pick up and put together in a still life.  Here’s one I did, and am thinking of redoing more carefully.  It’s a statuette of Kwan Yin, and an amber sphere.

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And here’s another one I did, to break the block in the wall.

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