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As Promised…And Now I’ll Shut Up About It

I kept promising an event at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Danbury, and darned if it wasn’t today.  I was there.  Met a lot of very nice people, gave out some business cards.  I had to take my old New York City business cards and cross out the address, and then write in “Danbury”.  Something very ominous and final about that act.  Even though my night time dreams are mostly set in the Big Apple, my day time reality is really, really gone from there…most probably forever.

By the way, does anyone really know why New York City is called the “Big Apple”?  I’ll be damned if I know.  Once I tried looking it up on the omniscient site Google, and no, Google had conflicting reports and reasons.  So, unless some bolt of lightning strikes with the right answer, I guess I’ll never know.

So, here’s my set up at the show:

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Also, in the past week, I had the sad task of drawing a sympathy card for a friend of a friend.  Somehow, it does make a difference to make a drawing sometimes, even if for a bright light in a dark time:

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And now, I can start to spend my time going back to the art I want to do.  So, for instance, there’s this remake I wanted to do..remember my Rainbow?  The one I decided was my worst piece of 2015?  I hope to make improvements on it.  I was so decidedly overconfident and cocky while I was drawing it..and you know what they say about pride.

So, here’s the revisit…not sure how I’m going to redo it, but I do know:

I’m going to get small.

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Retaility vs. Reality

I’m trying not to get too far into the Holiday rush on this blog.  After all, there’s a fierce election ahead of us.  But, for those of us who work in stores, we’re already focused on “Tis the Season” (to make money).  After all, when I worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gift Shop, we started receiving holiday items in JULY!  So, while I’m going to avoid that subject, and let you have a nice November.

So, let’s talk about the election. No, LET”S NOT!

Let’s talk about art.

And how beautiful autumn is.

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Here’s an autumn memory….from several years ago.

Merry Christmas…..Oh, Wait!

Yes, it’s only October, and Halloween is still a couple of weeks away….but anyone who has a large portion of business in the dreaded fourth quarter, is gearing up for the onslaught.  That is me, for instance, in my day job.  Soon, I’ll be concentrating on my little quick holiday cards..no time for anything else….

But in the meantime, I have been working, sporadically, though it may be.  My late summer/early fall drawing “Black-eyed Susans”.  I have the notion that there is more I should do to it, but I’m not sure what…so I say the heck with it, and present it to you now.

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If I don’t get back before then…..Happy Halloween!

Time Flies When You’re Working Retail…..

Or, oh dear..it’s that time of year.

It’s the Christmas Rush…or if you’re more politically correct, the Holiday Rush.  As for me, I go with the Yuletide Rush, since it encompasses the Christmas Holiday with the Winter Solstice.  So, the light returning to the Earth in the darkest time of year?  How can you argue with that for politically correct?

Anyway, I have developed the tradition for myself of doing little Yuletide cards to keep my hand in my drawing (and keep my sanity) during the retail’s busiest season.  Since I am on my feet waiting on customers, when I come home, my energy and concentration has gone the way of new moon light.

Just to let you know, I am not going to name the place I am working this year, although it’s a name you would know.  I’ve been known to put my foot in it on social media, when it comes to work, so I’m for good/bad/neutral, I think it’s best to keep my big mouth shut.

Here’s the first of m Yuletide cards:

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Well, maybe it’s not so bad after all….

I’m going to be brave and post “Grand Central, Sunday Morning”, despite my misgivings. I see some merit in it, for what it’s worth. Also, some work that I’ve hated, others have loved. So for what it’s worth.
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In the meantime, Grand Central Terminal is really hopping for the holiday season. It was so freaking crowded yesterday, that getting a cup of coffee was not worth the wait in the long lines. Long lines to the ladies’ room, too, but couldn’t avoid that.

I answered an ad in Craigslist for someone to work pro bono doing artwork for an organization that’s working on regenerative medicine. So, it’s a topic of healing, right up my alley. Going to talk to someone on Sunday to find out what this is all about.