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Help Wanted: An Inventor

For sometime, I’ve been looking for the perfect art supply.  It can take images in my mind, project them directly from my eyes, and develop the picture on the paper, with absolutely no handiwork from me.  If you can come up with it, I guarantee you’ll make a fortune.

But since that doesn’t exist at the moment, I drag my way doing hand drawing.

On this piece, I’m going to be taking it slow.  Remember, I’m throwing out the rules on this one.  Remember what happened last time I took a risk?  Right, disaster.

So, easy does it.  Or maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment.

Anyway, here’s the beginning of “Construction”.  I’m starting with a detail and working outwards:

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Breaking the Rules

Sometimes, in both life and in art, you have to say “screw it” to all the rules you know.

Actually, I can’t think of a good example of life, at the moment, but I’m sure others have.

I have always relied on a limited palette to hold together a composition.  Then I was faced with this:

 

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I took this photo with my cellphone.  I was looking to capture the cliché of paradise of being in the sky with clouds.

As I looked at it, I saw a wide variety of colors…..and just using a limited palette won’t work.

Another rule I broke was never to draw a sunset, too cliché.  I think though, that the urban foreground with the construction and crane makes it original.

Here’s the initial sketch…got a lot to do before I do the big one.

 

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The Comfort Zone, and taking risks

I get the impression that many artists from experience know pretty well what each pencil or brushstroke will do.  They’ve mastered their particular medium, and they can create without too many surprises.

Every so often,in the artist forum, I read about artists talking about the Comfort Zone.  This mastery is what I think they mean by it.  Very little surprise, a perfect drawing or painting every time.

Sometimes I see people advocated to leave the Comfort Zone, take risks, and see the results.  Most of the time people are thrilled with the results.

For me, I don’t think I’ve ever found the Comfort Zone.  I still experiment, and maybe at this stage of my career that’s wrong….I should be working for a more consistent style. Most of the time, anyway, I’m pleased with the results.

However, not being in the Comfort Zone,experimenting and taking risks can also lead to failure.  Learning to accept this is hard, one wants to succeed all the time.

So it is with the large version of “Sunny Chair Paradise”.  I plan to do it over, more consistent with what the small sketch looked like.  As for this piece, I’ve put it aside, to see if I look at it later, I can salvage it, or that I like it better.  For now,it’s a dud, and it’s not worth the effort to photograph it.

Such is life.

Here is an example of another time I took big risks, and wasn’t sure I liked the results. I still don’t know if I do.  For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s called “Creativity”.

 

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Lazy Day

Been a busy week, and now I’m having a restful day.  Did a little work on Sunny Chair, but I’ve put a hold on it for a while.  I’m too tired to really do a good job.

So, I thought I’d show some odds and ends of work I’ve done but never featured. 

As usual, you can see more of my work at http://www.roxannebaldwin.com

 

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This was a sketch for the window reflection in “Sentinel”.

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Here’s a commission I did for a young man.  It’s designed to go on a black t-shirt.

 

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Another commission for that young man.  This is for a white T-shirt.

 

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An ACEO (art card) of St. Patrick’s Cathedral

 

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And a quick-sketch portrait of Richard, my bf.

Will post more, some other tired, lazy day.

Boooooring

A lot of the work of an artist doesn’t make for particularly good blog posts.  For instance, yesterday, I dropped off two pictures at an art show, and put together an application for Percent for Art.  Just boring stuff I gotta do.

In the online forum I go to, they say an artist has to put in as much time on publicity as doing actual artwork.

But today, I  worked a little on the chair picture.  I’ll have to take it slow, it’s kind of a delicate drawing.  Here it is in an early stage.  The scan makes it look splotchier than it really is.  I feel I am getting the feeling of sunlight in it.

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Another drawing

 

 

I imagine it would not be possible to not mention the passing of Thomas Kinkaide.  He was a very skilled artist who marketed his work well.  His work is meaningful to a lot of people, and for all of the talk of his work being saccharin, he certainly contributed to the lives of many people.

That being said, I have a hard time ignoring the fact that he implied that buying a reproduction of his art, with a few dabs of paint added by an assistant, would be a great investment.  To me, that’s a big con. 

Anyway, back to my work and wanting it to make people happy.  I’m progressing with these little paradise drawings.  They are truly joyful to draw.  Soon I may try a large sized one, to see how that goes.

So, here’s the most recent

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