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Found it!

THIS was the picture of the Jungle Jim I was looking for!

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Actually drew it many, many many years ago.  As a more mature person with a more mature eye, I see a lot wrong with it.  Happily, I also see a lot good with it.  Maybe I’ll do a redo, when I have time.  Of course, I never have time for redo’s, too many new ideas come at me so fast, it’s blinding.

 

Well, I told you my latest drawing was of bicycles, so that spoils any suspense about that.  I’ve already shown you the preliminary sketch. Of course, there’s always what the final picture looks like.  Wasn’t there some game show where you were shown parts of a picture, and you had to decide what it was a picture of?  Or was it a child’s game?

Anyway, or anyways, if you prefer, I’m going to play that game.  Grammar police, me?

 

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Not much of this looks like a bicycle. What, chop sticks?  Maybe a picnic in a meadow of sushi?  Speaking of sushi, do you know I’ve never tried the stuff?  Too squeamish.  I must admit though, a platter of sushi is a beautiful thing. I don’t plan on drawing it though

Next picture:

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Okay, that’s beginning to look more like a bicycle.  Either that or a cloud with pink dots and a UFO.  I bet you can tell this is taking a lot of work.

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Eggs!

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Easter Eggs!

I hope to have the finished picture soon, now that I’ve teased and taunted you a bit.  It’s taking a lot of time to draw, because of tedious detail.  You know what I do when I have complex, boring things to draw……

“It’s only Rock n’ Roll, but I like it”

How about that Mick Jagger?  He gives me encouragement that old age doesn’t have to be dismal.

 

Then, for no particular reason:

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SICK AS A ????!!!!!

I spent the week after the festival, sick as a dog with a respiratory flu.  But let’s back it up a bit….sick as a dog? Where did that come from?  Why does a dog become a simile for illness?  Why such a desultory description of such a kind, benign, helpful creature?  I did a swift search on Google, only to find the source of this comparison is unclear.  So, I call and end to the negative profiling of dogs as sick!  Free the dogs!  Let’s find something more accurate.

Sick as a monkey?  Maybe, but I have no drawing of monkeys.

Let’s try something that I have more drawings of.  Sick as a cat?

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If you’ve ever dealt with a sick cat, you know they can be quite unpleasant. Yes, sick as a cat is a definite contender.

How about sick a crow?

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In all honesty, I don’t know enough about crows to have an opinion.

As sick as a winged horse?  Naw, that’s pretty incredulous.

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My brother and I have this inside, family joke about bears throwing up.  Specifically, strawberry ice cream.  TMI about the Baldwin family?

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Not quite.  Just a little modification and I think I have it.  Sick as a giant stuffed Teddy Bear!  Put the onus on something in animate.

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And let’s get the dogs out of this unsavory simile.

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January 2nd

 

 

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!

I’ve had it with this

What have I had it with? Not being able to do my large pieces.  They are most expressive to me, and what keeps me going. My hand is fine, now, and other than work space, I’m ready.

My first piece is going to be a nocturne, of the yard I had when I was a kid.  I liked the piece but it needed punching up.

This is a medium sized piece, done many, many years ago.  Okay, not that many.

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So what’s missing?  A very important part of a starry night sky.  What I always dismissed as wisps of clouds.  The Milky Way!

Since I’m still set up for note cards, here’s the small, preliminary sketch:

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My own personal Starry, Starry Night.  However, that title is taken. What about:

Ode to Van Gogh

Owed to Van Gogh

Searching for Major Tom

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Ah, the trials of being an artist. Any kind of artist.  Titles!

Maybe I should just be done with it and call it “Untitled, #1”

In note card news, here’s the latest:

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Fast and fun

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes, the Sky is Purple

A lesson in creativity.

When I was about 7, we were doing artwork at school. It was a assignment, don’t remember what.  Exclusive of one little boy, the kids at my group of desks, were drawing the sky blue.  That one little boy, was energetically coloring the sky purple.

 

One of the gaggle of kids, (I use gaggle descriptively, we were not geesee.) jumped on the purple sky boy and said:

“What are you making the sky purple for? Everybody knows the sky is blue!”

Then the rest of the gaggle, including myself, joined in the fray, insisting the sky is blue.

A teacher’s aide, noticing a ruckus, came over to see what was going on.  We all almost shouted, “Johnny (or whatever the boy’s name was) is making the sky purple.   The sky is supposta be blue!

The aide however, said, in a calm, knowledgeable voice, “Sometimes the sky is purple. For instance a rainy, cloudy day it’s purple.  The sky is lots of colors.”

We all quieted down.  However, I knew a scam, when I heard one.  Of course the sky is blue!

In all honesty, it’s not the royal blue in the small set of Crayolas either.

When did I decide the sky could be different colors?  I think it was when I made the sky a shocking shade of green.

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I’ve done my share  of purple skies.

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Often, the sky is multi-colored:

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But truth be known, most of the time, I believe the sky is blue..

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So there..

In other news, here’s the latest note card. Pumpkin posed for it.

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What’s in the Box

So, as I have the time, I’ve been plodding along, a snail’s pace, slowly, working on my notecards.  Once again, I’m feeling in a level mood, I can concentrate, and not everything looks bad.  My wrist is becoming more flexible finally.  Spring is off to a good start.  So, here are recent additions to the box:

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One thing I’ve found, winged horses are always popular.

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I’ve been relying heavily on my old paradise series in these.  I remember, a long time ago, writing a  post “I Want to Sell Out”.  I think I might have finally found a way, with popular subjects and successes from the past.  On inexpensive notecards.

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So, fast and fun.

 

I’ve got nearly all my accent pieces framed, including this one, from the paradise series, that I hadn’t expected to use.  Turns out, I actually like it!  I’ll be damned.

 

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So, what’s left is to put together the tables, easels, grid wall, and the nitty gritty of the tent display.  Also, more notecards.

Also, I may be doing a show in the fall in Redding , CT and looking at one in Washington, CT in the summer.

Kill Them All!

and let God sort them out later.  Was that from a spaghetti western or a WWII flick?  I know it was a from a movie, or at least, I sure, sure hope that was from a movie.  Unfortunately, in this day, it sounds just horribly like something that would happen in real life.

But that being said, I decided to draw notecards, good or bad, and sort them out later. I came to the realization that:

  • I can’t draw very well at all with my hand still injured
  • In the mood I’m in, I can’t tell whether any of them are any good or not.

I’ve been averaging a card a day, for a few days now.  Just fast and fun, without worrying much about them.

So here’s the first batch.

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Then there’s this:

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Then there’s that:

 

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And bringing up the rear:

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so, in another note, my friend and I drove out to the site of one of the fairs I signed up for.  We drove a long way, and in the cold, late winter the land looked depressing and isolated.  We saw some very big pawprints.  Bear maybe?  Cougar?

I’m sure in May, it will be much different.  I’m still worried about bears and cougars, though.