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And What I Mean by That is..

I guess I didn’t make that very clear.  I certainly would have understood what I meant, and I”m me.  Start with what you know, indeed.

What I mean, is that when starting out a piece of artwork, there are some areas that you already know how you’re going to handle them.   For instance, in the new drawing above, I knew how I was going to draw the people.  Started there.  Which gave me an idea of how to handle the branch, which gave me an idea of how to handle the middle ground, and so forth, so on, and blah, blah, blah, etc.

The drawing may look a little weird the way it looks here.  It’s a small drawing, that the WordPress format blew up in size.  Every little stroke of the pencil is visible here, whereas it really looks muted.

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Just a personal note about my life at the moment, my tremor has gotten to the point that I can no longer control the pencil well enough to stand at my easel to draw.  So, I’ve made a different approach, working smaller and in a way to brace my hand better.  True, it’s a little dull doing small pieces, but I tell myself if there’s something I really like, when I figure out how to do it, I’ll make a statement piece out of it.  Also, I’ll have a lot of little accent pieces.  See if that’s any better for sales.

But thinking about it, I wondered what of the drawings I have already would make a good accent piece.  My first choice is an unassuming sketch of mine which I am now naming “Mind Games”.  That’s firstly because it resembles the intricate working of a person’s mind and also, I was listening to John Lennon a lot when I drew it.  Okay, to refresh your memory:

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Yes, it needs a little tweaking, but with figures of children added to it, I think it would me a damn good huge, huge, I’m telling you, piece.

But there are others that I think would make a good statement piece.  For instance, this:

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It’s actually a nameless little piece that I did as a label for a friend’s line of natural products.  But can you see this 5 feet, by 5?

And then there’s this:

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My old logo, Cheshire Cat like.

Going back to my small, paradise works:

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Now, I’ve gotten so many statement piece ideas, I can’t make up my mind.  Mind?  Mind Games again?

I’m going to bed.

 

 

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:

At Last…or What Am I, Nuts?

I’ve labored long and not so lovingly on this.  I like the result, but damn, the tedium.  I know I’ve talked about the repetitive, long lasting tasks as being meditative, but this time, that didn’t happen.  Doing the ivy made me just about tear my hair out.  So, I did it a little, teeny-tiny bit at a time, as long as my patience would allow me.  Thus, it took me over a month to do this.

When I last wrote, I spoke about the Ride for MS event, I believe.  I volunteered there, and it all ended with a grand BBQ at an estate turned into a park.  So, I saw a garden…a little piece of peace, while I was there.

Don’t have a real title for this right yet, working title is “At the Estate”.

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Insert Something Insightful, here.

I honestly was trying to come up with a good title, and nothing came to mind.  I got to thinking about how my timeline on Facebook is loaded with insightful messages, that are pretty repetitive and useless.  You know them, the inspirational ones, with backgrounds of sunsets, seashores and nature in general.  So, I decided to cut it out, and not put anything insightful instead.

That brings me to, (I don’t know why it does) my weekend of drawing.  Yesterday, it was a hot, humid day…made for sitting inside and drinking iced coffee or something stronger.  So, I did this drawing, “A Shrubbery Composition”.

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Not particularly insightful, but hey, you gotta keep at it.

We did go for a ride, and ended up in a town park…beautifully natural, and very few people.  Rare these days.  Drawings will be coming up.

 

Having said all that…

Yes, it’s been a while.  Topsy Turvy winter into spring…kind of chaotic, don’t want to go there.

But still, I’ve had a revelation, I’m more a healer than an artist.  So, I’m going to start my Reiki practice again.

But no, I’m not giving up art.  It means so much to me, and to many other people.  I am, however, going to try to get my ego out of it.  That means, back to the intention of making joyful, healing art..without worrying whether it’s a deathless work of art.

So, I realized what I mean by paradises now. They’re gardens!  Flowers and plants in a harmonious composition.

So, with that…remember this picture from last year?

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I decided to do a complete drawing of the garden in the reflection.  Haven’t gotten a name for it, but it doesn’t really matter.  Maybe I’ll be an egoistic artist, name it Garden 1, to mystify people.  Anyway:

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A Stroll in the Old Neighborhood…

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Here I am, being nostalgic again. As we were packing the car with a load of *stuff* to take to the new place, I saw my landlord’s chair, against the stone wall. He’s had it there all the years we lived there, probably many years before, and now….

It got me thinking of how the neighborhood had been good subject matter for my artwork. I didn’t have to go too far for inspiration.

So, for those of you who haven’t seen them, a parting glance of a little street, in a very big city:

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Let’s Put It Aside. (Maybe It’ll Look Better in the Morning)

Came to a good stopping place on “King of the Beasts”.  It’s being set aside, I’m going to look at it with a fresh eye in the morning.  It it meets approval, by me of course, I will post it.  If not, it’s back to the drawing board…literally.

So…for now, I’m bringing you…

AN UGLY PHOTOGRAPH!

Taken through the car’s window, it contains the germ of the idea of the next drawing.

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So, stay tuned.

BTW, if “King of the Beasts” seems a bit familiar, maybe you’re thinking of what I tend to think of its companion “Tiger in the Jungle”, which I drew almost two years ago.  I donated it, heard that it sold at a silent auction for a botanical garden..never heard for how much.  Not that it matters, I suppose, but I’m kind of curious.

Anyway, another walk down memory lane.

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