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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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The Bird is the Word…

As I work on the crow picture, I’m reminded of Alfred Hitchcock and
“The Birds”.  I’m doing a number of crow, flourishing of course, in a limited color palette.  Now, how do I not make it look like this?

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It’s unfair to crows, which are a dignified, intelligent species of bird.

To be fair, it’s not too hard to make a good picture of birds….I’ve done many in my life.  An example is this…IMG_0148.jpg

And going back even further in time…

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A Blast from my high school day

Anyway.

Happy New Year’s to Everyone.  May you have a wonderful 2017.  And tomorrow, in my longstanding tradition (of two years), I will present my worst drawing of 2016.  Easy choice this time.

Winter Depression….Just Deal with it!

The title is a note to myself, not to those others who are suffering from SAD.  It makes one third of the year horrible, so I have tried many techniques through my art to …just deal with it!

So, one year, I did a drawing each month to make peace.. An example was making peace with December:

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Last year, I searched for Paradise and signs of hope:

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This year?  I’m slipping into depths again…and I’m thinking maybe I should just look and celebrate the beauty in the starkness.

Perhaps, that’s a strategy for dealing with depression in general.  As an artist I once knew said, “I prefer to find beauty in ugliness.”  So, for now, that’s how I’m going to deal with it this winter.

Deep, Dark, and Dreary.

This past winter, I didn’t really complete much in the way of artwork.  I doodled and experimented, which was important to do, but I only did one completed piece.  Most of the time, I passed the dark winter watching YouTube music videos.  Could have been worse.

I did complete one, which I decided I didn’t like enough to post.  Instead, I went to bed, through the covers over my head, and decided to hibernate until April.

So, I looked at the drawing again, and with encouraging feedback from a friend, decided it wasn’t as horrible as I thought it was.  So, “After the Darkest Hour”

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Giving Me a Break!

I would have done the worst of 2015 today, but I am feeling less than in good spirits.  It will pass, but in the meantime, I’m going to be good to myself, and pass on posting the bad stuff.  What is meant to be a light hearted, not taking myself to seriously post, is turning into a drudge.  So, I’m giving myself a break.

I did do the still life, “A Box ‘O Bling”, but it’s sketchy because my concentration is worse than normal, while I go through this mood adjustment.  Here it is:

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So, I’m going to work small for a while, though I do have big ideas.  So, thanks for all your support in 2015, have a wonderful New Years!  See you next year!