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What do I do, Now?

As I was saying, there’s something in this drawing that catches my imagination.

But, now what? I had no idea where to take it. All I knew, is that I didn’t want to set it in New York city.

So where then? Rural? Another city? Suburban?

All I could come up with were either boring or cliches.

So maybe a foggy scene. What does that look like? How does that happen? Who, when, where, what, and most of all, why?

So, then it dawned on me, or more correctly, dusked on me. A nocturne! I haven’t done one for a while.

For instance, this rocking chair. Maybe that doesn’t qualify, it’s in doors.

I got the direction of the Milky Way backwards here. Artistic license? No, just Artistic Stupidity.

This is the original of what I tried to recapture.

I love snow at night. At least, if I don’t have to be out in it.

And of course

How can you live in New York City for twenty years, and not be affected by this.?

But, back to my little man. I ended up putting in a summer suburban setting. BTW, for those who might be interested, erasers don’t really erase colored pencil, but they do make highlights.

So, FWIW,

Here’s the sketch:

As you can tell, it could use some work. But do another small one? Or are big statement pieces?

Tune in again. Same Bat time, same Bat channel. And if you remember that, you’re old, like me.

I Can’t Get Over A Guy Like You

Well, my “Crow in Summer ” bombed. Sometimes that happens. No, actually that often happens. Sometimes, I can fix it. Sometimes, I can redo it. Sometimes, though, I don’t care of enough to do either. Like now.

So, that left me with the task of finding a new idea. Nothing came at me in a rush as sometimes, drawings do.

Like this one:

And this:

But not now, no. So my strategy is to go to my picture file, conveniently stored on my phone.

I used to store pictures on paper in an actual file. What a mess! Thank God for technology! At least, sometimes.

So, back to ideas, and the search for an idea…give you a glimpse of what I do when I’m really stuck.

I thought this was pretty, then I realized it was too sweet. Too Hallmark. It’s a pass.

What a great photo! Great subject, great composition. Too cute though, pass.

What I can’t see to get past is the drawing I showed you recently. This guy:

I just don’t want to do a New York city drawing anymore.

So maybe I can find a different background. Like, walking along this path?

Nah, been there, done that

Downtown Danbury?

Somehow, I can’t relate him to that either.

So, I hope soon to find a place for this man with something to walk towards.

Until then…

Anticipation


When last we saw our heroine, she was happily contemplating a new supply of art paper, and time to do work. But the paper wasn’t arriving.

Then it dawned on her. We’re in a pandemic, and art paper is not considered a necessity. So, disappointed, she went back to creating a handmade face mask.

That’s what’s going on. I ran out of small pieces of paper, and now I have zippo. The only thing to do, right now, is, damn, I don’t know what.

Just not artwork. Could be worse, I could be sick.

Above is the last little piece I drew, “New York Wildlife”. I was planning on doing a large one, but the the paper shortage came along.

Just thought I’d explain my abscense

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Distraction

I know many artists are making sad art,reflecting the current times. I’m not good at that, my attempts at sad, thoughtful art have been damn depressing. Who needs that?

The best I can do is bittersweet.

I want to try to contribute something during this sad time, but I don’t have much in way of resources. I do, however, have toilet paper.

So,I guess, as always, I’ll do happy artwork.

Because if I can distract some anxious, or bored people with a few pretty pictures, that’s something.

Not to mention a few words to read. I don’t know about you, I am starting to read labels on cans of tomato sauce.

Soon, I’ll be drawing them.

Part two

So, I finished the full-sized drawing of Man,Dog, Phone, and Parrot. I guess I could add chain link fence to the title, but that would be too long.

I cheated. I started to draw the stairs, got them so out of perspective, that I just decided to make a cubist design out of the background. I just spoiled the illusion that I’m a really creative artist, didn’t I?

I’m taking a leave of absence from work. With all the physical and emotional stress, it just seemed a good idea, at least better than quitting, which I was on the verge of doing.

In some ways, the story would make a good comedy. Like all good comedies, it includes flatulence. It also asks the profound question, is it okay to call out of work with gas?

But I digress..this is supposed to be an art blog…and speaking of this….

I really should go back to drawing people. I guess I got away from it, it seemed too much like work.

I had decided to do landscapes, thinking they would capture a mood. I think I’ve run that one into the ground.

So, in my time off, I plan to do some drawings of people. For instance the one in the header is “Halloween”. Can’t do too much right now, because as usual, I’m running out of money and paper at the same time. Both issues are soon to be relieved.

Then of Course, there’s the occasional kitten.

Blatant self advertising

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Sheltering in place

So, what are you all doing in self quartine?

Reading? Yes!

Facetime? Yes!

Video Games? Yes!

Hobbies? Yes!

Housework? Errr, um

Surprise, I actually am doing housework, among other things. You see, I had scheduled this week off since January. A friend from overseas was going to be visiting. So. due to COVID-19, he wasn’t able to come. I have a week to get things done.

It’s spring now, and I can hear spring birds tweeting. Ironic, huh?

So, besides cleaning, I’m going through my artwork, seeing what to do with what. I’ve decided to do small stuff for a while, since I’m not too pleased with the full-sized pictures I’ve drawn.

So, into bottom of the flat file we go!

As in, what should I do with this?

All my Danbury Rocks? That sure went nowhere
This, too…
The whole Namaste Series. It was fun, while it lasted.
This cute little thing was a label for a friend’s holistic products.
There’s that damned crow again! But I have a lot of work, that just didn’t turn out to my liking.

That flat file seems bottomless…we’ll see how it goes

Bicycles in the Dandelions , 5×7 matted to 8×10 inches, $35

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IN the wink of an eye

For those of you who noticed…….I took down my last post. For those of you who didn’t notice…it’s just as well.

I was working on this, but was tired and sick…didn’t I once title a post, “Friends don’t let other friends draw sick”. If I didn’t I should have.

I put up a post and took it down. It was an unfinished version of this:

Somehow, I, in my sort of feverish brain, didn’t realize I had a lot to go on it. So, this is the finish.

I also made the realization, that I’m going backward on my work, to a place that was more designed and interpretive.

Yes, back to my beginnings as an adult artist.

It’s been a long circular journey, but I’m coming home. A little bit dizzy, but people might argue that I’ve always been kind of dizzy.

But in between, I did some pieces I really liked



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#selfquaratine

Good afternoon all!  It was a good afternoon, until I coughing.  So, hoping for the best,

In the meantime, I haven’t heard of a virtual contagion of coronavirus, so anyone reading this blog is safe.

But cat lovers rejoice!  Let me remind you that for us, it’s St. Gertrude of Nivelles Day, the Patron Saint of Cats.  Yes, we don’t have to eat corned beef and cabbage, if we don’t want to.  We don’t have to care about snakes, when we have these delightful, purring creatures to celebrate.

So, without further commercial interruption: Cats!

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Meow For Now!

 

 

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Five by seven inch drawing “Pumpkin”,  Matted to eight by ten inches.

For sale, here.

A little bit of this, a little bit of that

It looks as if my subject matter in Danbury, Connecticut is going the same way as in Sunnyside, Queens.  Bits and pieces of the neighborhood, put together in multiple ways…so, I’m starting…

A little bit of this:

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A little bit of that….

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And then there’s that…

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Not to mention this…

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And believe it or not……this:

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So, these are the pieces of the puzzle…all within a few blocks of each other.

What’s it going to be?  If you can guess, you win….

A magnet collection.  If you’re willing to give me your snail mail.  The first one, of course.