As usual, I did a 5×7 sketch before working on the full size version of “Freedom Tower”, the working title. Once I’ve gotten finished using this to work from, I may put it up on Ebay, someone might want it. Anyway, I still have to work on getting the verticals and horizontals right. But I do think I captured this special, but fleeting time of year, before it was too late.
I have concentrated on natural beauty as paradise. The truth is, though, some of us have found our paradise in a big city. What can be paradise among t he noise, bad smells, crowds and dirt? It’s a matter of being part of a community. For some of us, that’s paradise..
Here I am featuring the lower Manhattan skyline as it is, now. The tall building is the Freedom Tower, the new World Trade Center. I also played a lot with types of pencil strokes…scribbles, parallel lines, and more in order to create a more atmospheric effect.
Okay, doing non-profit landscapes is all well and good…..but how do I get them out to people? I don’t have money to promote them, and most art shows cost plenty to participate. The internet of course, but I’m among how many billions of websites? It’s a miracle anyone finds me.
In NYC,it’s legal for artists to set up their work in certain places, as long as they have a business license. Despite that, artists do get harassed by the police. I’m not sure I’d want to deal with that. It would also take away from my precious weekend time off. So, I’m still thinking, and open to suggestions.
The art reception is over, and now I’m a famous artist! Or, not, depends on how delusional I am on any given day.
The reception went well. Turned out to be just a few friends, and we all had a nice visit.
Just what I was expecting, I don’t know. I was incredibly anxious on the way to Birch Coffee, and on the verge of hyperventilating. Frankly, I was going back and forth between visions of having all my work down,lined up against the wall, and being instructed to get it the hell out! Or the other swing, a crowd of people, just waiting to meet the newly discovered great artist. So, everything turned out okay, no complaints here.
Thanks to all my friends who came.
The one thing left, is which picture will be left behind. As part of the agreement, Birch Coffee will take one of my drawings in exchange for displaying my work. I kept the work out of the shop that I really wanted to keep.
Bets from my friends as to which will go: House at Sunrise
I should start a pool.
Another thing I’ve decided, is to make “Embracing my Inner Cat”, as not for sale. I’ve started using it as a trademark, and also, it is a picture of my dear cat, Hannako. For those of you who have never seen it:
“Construction” had been finished, but I’m waiting for better light to photograph it.
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:
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:
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.
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”.
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
This was a sketch for the window reflection in “Sentinel”.
Here’s a commission I did for a young man. It’s designed to go on a black t-shirt.
Another commission for that young man. This is for a white T-shirt.
An ACEO (art card) of St. Patrick’s Cathedral
And a quick-sketch portrait of Richard, my bf.
Will post more, some other tired, lazy day.