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Drive!

I was sitting with an elderly friend at the bus stop.  He looked around mentioned, “People used to drive around in boxes, like the model T.  Then the cars had curves, and now, people are driving in boxes again”.

As I watched the SUVs going by……I had to agree with him.

But back to drawing and driving (I don’t recommend doing both at the same time), I started reminiscing about all the cars that were hanging out past their prime in my parents yard.   Cars that are considered classics now.

I have to both laugh and cry when I see a car from the 1970’s considered classic.  Damn !  I remember those cars! They’re part of my childhood.

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I started this drawing for some reason I don’t remember, and then I abandoned it for some reason I also don’t remember.  Looking back on it, I realize I had a start on something that could be quite appealing.

I was looking for something to draw, and found it.

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There’s a wonderful old Ford, in the back parking lot of this condominium complex.  It presents an emotionally enjoyable drawing challenge.

Here’s the first step, without much background or context.

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I promise I haven’t spoiled the surprise of the finished work. And you know I keep my promises.

Blackout !

“I’ve seen the lights go out on Broadway,

I’ve seen the Empire State laid low.”    – Billy Joel

Right now, Rose Garden is going slowly.  It’s through no fault of my own, but pet owners will understand.  Pumpkin has taken up a new sleeping spot, right behind my easel.   It’s a choice between letting Pumpkin sleep peacefully, or get artwork done.  You can probably guess my priority.

So, I’ve been paying attention to the news.  Along with Hurricane Barry, it seems that Manhattan has had another blackout.  I’ve lived through a couple of those. Sure, there are big crises, there are also a lot of little crises.  That’s part of living in a big city.

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This is an ode to New Yorkers.  They gang together during times of crisis, but most are not very friendly.  I think it’s a matter of personal space.  If I can’t have it in literal 3D dimensions, at least I can keep my emotions clear.

 

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I can give examples of being pulled out of bad situations by strange New Yorkers, only to be met by gruffness afterwards.

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So again begs the question ….did I do the right thing leaving NYC?  I’ve come to the final conclusion, it just doesn’t matter.  I am in Connecticut now, and unless I suddenly am flooded with wealth, I can go back to New York City.  So, end of dilemma, I must make the most happy, successful life here.

 

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So, here’s to old new beginnings:

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There’s No Business, like well you know…

Last Saturday was the Danbury Street Fair! In which I participated in as an artist.  I was able to do this on the cheap, without investing hundreds of dollars on equipment. I was breathlessly waiting to take the tent from its case.  I only paid $65 and a trip to Queens, NY, so there would not have been a big monetary loss if it was unusable. But then, I’d be without a tent.  Low and behold, we set it up and it stood as high and as proudly as the American flag on July 4.

20190601_102858 (1)I would have had better display racks if I could, but money was certainly an object.

As for sales, I only sold three small drawings (one of which was to my sister in law).strawberrystilllife001

It always surprises me what people decide to buy.  A young woman, a cat lover, bought two drawings

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And a small version of this one. I did put out this large, full-sized picture, which got a lot of attention.  Cat pictures were the order of the day, including my brother’s cat.

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Lots of lookers though.  I’ve done enough of this kind of show not to expect to get rich off the sales.  The main thing was to get my art in front of the public, and have fun.  Yes, some people go on cruises, I do art shows.

It would have been a lot more fun if I hadn’t been fighting the flu with a fever.  That’s another story.

So, now making plans for the next one.  It will probably be in the fall, getting close to the holidays.  With better racks.  I’ll keep you posted.

Forsooth, forsythia!

I’ve lamented and moaned on how fast spring passes.  You’re probably sick of it, I’m sick of it, but I’m going to do it again.  Why?  Because it’s another spring, and by the time I draw the daffodils, the tulips are gone. Damn.

So this spring, I’m going to get away from my usual MO, and draw a few more spring pictures, although we’re quickly passing  into early summer.

So the drawing I just finished….

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Why the bicycle?   It’s just a great spot of color, which I needed there.  It also adds a carefree subject matter to the drawing.

I’ve had many people try to read my artwork, as they would a book full of meanings and symbols.  The truth is, I try to establish a mood, and the individual objects are just there because they add to it.  If there is any meaning coming from the objects, I’m not aware of them, except as the trickster of the subconscious mind may suggest.

In other words, stop trying to make it so hard, and just enjoy.

On another subject, in many apartment moves, I’ve lost or discarded a lot of artwork.  Many I still regret, but the moves were stressful (aren’t they always?)….so,  that’s that story.

One piece I was sure I lost was a drawing that was the first in colored pencil. It was one that I sill love, and feel is one of my best.  Low and behold!  As I was going through my artwork to show at an art fair, I found it. I still have it!  What is old, is new again.  It has on title (or symbolism for that matter).

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venus and mars are alright, tonight

For those of you who caught my short-lived, remarkably self absorbed post the other day,  I apologize.

But an update, the featured picture “A Western Tao”, is alright after all.  Much to everyone’s surprise, my artwork survived the flood waters.

It’s a drawing of a man and a woman.  Every remember the book “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”?  This drawing could be an illustration for that. Which brings us to a  quote from a Paul McCartney song:

“Venus and Mars are alright tonight”

Which cleverly segways us into my latest drawing.

Remember I was drawing a picture of the night sky and the Milky Way?  I was struggling to find a good name for it. So I finally decided on a title:

Venus and Mars are Alright Tonight

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I had the start of another drawing, but realized it was an image that belonged to my winter depression.  So, my next drawing will be about spring.

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Typos and all!

Taking the Plunge

I’ve finally managed to cold call some galleries.  Surprising to me, no one was rude, and everyone gave me instructions as to how to submit samples. It made me feel as if I should have done this five years ago!  Then I think back, and realize, I was in NYC then, and competition was fierce.  There’s a bit more breathing space here.

One gallery manager told me to bring in my originals at any time. Of course, I can’t bring them all, so a friend is coming by to give his opinion.

There are some drawings that I can’t show, though, because I’ve either sold, gifted or bartered them.  Such as these:

For those of you in Connecticut and nearby areas…

I said I’m going to put drawings in the Redding, Connecticut show for the benefit of the Mark Twain Library.  Well, I’m not.  I realized that by the time I bought frames, paid the fee and donated a piece, I’d be out several dollars.  I figured I’d get more bang for my buck to get my out art there….or art out there….by doing a smaller show,  where I can be there in person.  Just as I love working in retail stores, meeting people and just getting to know them, I feel the same way about local arts and crafts shows.

I’m entering the Winter Boutique at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Danbury, CT on December 3, 2016 between 10 am and 4 pm.  For those of you who’d like to come, see me and my work, the address is 24 Clapboard Ridge Road.  I will have a few inexpensive items for sale, but really, it’s the best kind of advertising I could hope for!  Even if I don’t make a dime.

So, from now until then, I’m going to be working in items for the Winter Boutique.  I have some coffee mugs and magnets, but I also am drawing some original, hand drawn holiday cards, and doing some repurposed items, with my artwork on them.  So, I’m going to duck back into hiding, and show you a few of the cards I made last time.

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