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I Promise You a Rose Garden

Spoiler Alert!  It will look something like this, but hopefully (there’s that word again, hopefully) much better.    This, of course, is the preliminary sketch,

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Speaking of roses, I just sent a batch of note cards to a long lost friend.  This of course which I know I have posted before.

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The detail and control I had in it, reminds me of the lyrics to the Bob Dylan song
“Oh, I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now”.

Only, how do you explain everything that has happened in  your life for the past 30 years?  Especially, the tries I’ve made to make a living in art…..some well thought out schemes, some absolutely useless ideas.  Wow!  Have I ever tried.

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Commissions, portraits, merchandising, illustration…..and so on.  The idea of making art a product.

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I have come to the point, that I realize my life long ambition to be a rich, famous artist isn’t going to happen.  So, I have returned to drawing what I feel drawn to drawing (yeah, you read that right).  Thinking back on it, my own drawings are are what did me the most good in terms of money and ambition.

So, back to the drawing board I go.

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Questionable Quandary

Hurray for spell check!  Otherwise, I would have misspelled quandary. Thank God for the blessings of our digital world.  Some of those blessings I’m not so fond of, however.

But I digress.  This blog is about art, not the information age.

So, now the quandary.

My latest drawing came out very well, in my opinion.   Here it is:

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As I drew it, I had this flash of inspiration…..or not. I kept envisioning the drawing as this above.  Tendrils like roots surrounding  like a frame..  I don’t know, did I see something like this somewhere?  Am I unknowingly plagiarizing some artist’s work.  Also, is it something my father would have called “artsy craftsy”, his cleaned up version of “artsy fartsy”?  When I look at the small sketch I wonder if I like it better.

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If I had taken this, and drawn the foliage completely on the rectangle, would that have been better?  It’s what I envisioned originally, and gives the look of a miniature jungle.  Truth is, I like them both, but only time will tell which I prefer.

So, a couple of years ago, I was griping about how boring drawing foliage is.  No more!  After the grey dark winter (and the grey dark spring), bring on those leaves!  I will never complain about foliage, again.

The drawing that made me curse leaves and plants was this one.

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So, I guess for a few months at least, plants and foliage is the trend.   After all, plants and foliage is one of the reasons I left New York City for Connecticut.

So, what’s next?  I take photos of ideas I have, and the idea for the next drawing reminds me of this:

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After all, the grass is always greener in the next drawing.

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Missed the Boat…

Every so often, I do something that, to me, is unacceptable.  In other words I….fail. Usually I don’t redo the ones that miss the mark, but this time I will.

The featured picture is probably the best of the tries I made of this idea.  I did it when I was painting with acrylic, rhinestones and glitter.  I kind of miss doing that! I’m thinking of doing some more small ones, as a sideline.

Here’s another example.

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However, it didn’t quite do it.

Here’s another example:

PEEKINGTHROUGHAnd this.

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Yet another good drawing, but damned failure at what I was attempting to do.

THECAMPUSSo, there I go again.  Making the best of my failures (in my regular life, too.)  Maybe this time I will finally, finally get it!  Or maybe not.

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One More Piece

First of all, I should say a little about this lady.  She also made being ol….a senior, seem less dreary.  She was my partner’s grandmother and lived until nearly 113 years old. (Yeah, I bet you thought I was going to say 113 years young,  Fooled you!  Also, I’m sick to death of that cute little joke)

Anyway, she came from Hungary, through Ellis Island.  Settled in Connecticut.  She lived in her own apartment until she was about 111..  Cooked, cleaned at a time of life most people….are dead, actually.

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But back to my drawing.  It’s complete, all of the pieces have fallen together.

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No title so far. I’m pretty pleased with it.

Truthfully, I thought it would have made a better drawing if I had left the little dots white.  White clover.  It would have been a more intriguing composition in terms of lights and darks.  However, by the time I realized it, it was too late.  So I continued to make the clover pink.

Odd, some of the my favorite drawings have so little in them…a bit of geometry and some straggly lines.  For instance, this one.

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So, that brings up the question, which of my drawings is my favorite?  It’s easier to tell which drawings I don’t like.  I know!  My favorite drawing is the next one I’m going to do.

Did someone say something about gargoyles?

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Found it!

THIS was the picture of the Jungle Jim I was looking for!

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Actually drew it many, many many years ago.  As a more mature person with a more mature eye, I see a lot wrong with it.  Happily, I also see a lot good with it.  Maybe I’ll do a redo, when I have time.  Of course, I never have time for redo’s, too many new ideas come at me so fast, it’s blinding.

 

Well, I told you my latest drawing was of bicycles, so that spoils any suspense about that.  I’ve already shown you the preliminary sketch. Of course, there’s always what the final picture looks like.  Wasn’t there some game show where you were shown parts of a picture, and you had to decide what it was a picture of?  Or was it a child’s game?

Anyway, or anyways, if you prefer, I’m going to play that game.  Grammar police, me?

 

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Not much of this looks like a bicycle. What, chop sticks?  Maybe a picnic in a meadow of sushi?  Speaking of sushi, do you know I’ve never tried the stuff?  Too squeamish.  I must admit though, a platter of sushi is a beautiful thing. I don’t plan on drawing it though

Next picture:

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Okay, that’s beginning to look more like a bicycle.  Either that or a cloud with pink dots and a UFO.  I bet you can tell this is taking a lot of work.

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Eggs!

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Easter Eggs!

I hope to have the finished picture soon, now that I’ve teased and taunted you a bit.  It’s taking a lot of time to draw, because of tedious detail.  You know what I do when I have complex, boring things to draw……

“It’s only Rock n’ Roll, but I like it”

How about that Mick Jagger?  He gives me encouragement that old age doesn’t have to be dismal.

 

Then, for no particular reason:

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After My Tirade About Dogs

Why am I suddenly drawing so many bicycles?  Is it some kind of Freudian thing?

So, there have been two recent drawing of bicycles.  The last drawing I made, and this one:

20181229_204707Is it a wish fulfillment of my unfinished application to the Rhode Island School of Design?  As I think I mentioned, part of the application process was to draw boots and a bicycle.  I wonder if they still do have those drawings to do.  It can’t be that…it’s too long ago, and why now?

Here’s the sketch for the latest one.  So far, the finished work is coming out much differently.

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The truth is?  They’s fascinatingly complex and simple at the same time.  Sort of like when I was drawing  jungle gyms

(So where is that jungle gym pic when  I need it?  I’m sorry to disappoint.  It’s probably buried somewhere on my old point and shoot camera, that I disposed of long ago.  I’ll have to retake the picture)

Or bridges:

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Or chairs:

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OLDROCKERI never realized that the title of the one above is actually a description of me.

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But that still leaves the question…why now?

In the meantime, here’s to bicycles!

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SICK AS A ????!!!!!

I spent the week after the festival, sick as a dog with a respiratory flu.  But let’s back it up a bit….sick as a dog? Where did that come from?  Why does a dog become a simile for illness?  Why such a desultory description of such a kind, benign, helpful creature?  I did a swift search on Google, only to find the source of this comparison is unclear.  So, I call and end to the negative profiling of dogs as sick!  Free the dogs!  Let’s find something more accurate.

Sick as a monkey?  Maybe, but I have no drawing of monkeys.

Let’s try something that I have more drawings of.  Sick as a cat?

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If you’ve ever dealt with a sick cat, you know they can be quite unpleasant. Yes, sick as a cat is a definite contender.

How about sick a crow?

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In all honesty, I don’t know enough about crows to have an opinion.

As sick as a winged horse?  Naw, that’s pretty incredulous.

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My brother and I have this inside, family joke about bears throwing up.  Specifically, strawberry ice cream.  TMI about the Baldwin family?

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Not quite.  Just a little modification and I think I have it.  Sick as a giant stuffed Teddy Bear!  Put the onus on something in animate.

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And let’s get the dogs out of this unsavory simile.

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January 2nd