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Making Peace with Winter

Hello folks!   I’ve mentioned before about my seasonal depression, and guess what!  It’s nearly winter again.  I did a series of drawings one year, making peace with each month.

For instance, this was “Making Peace with November”.

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And this was “Making Peace with December”

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I believe this one was “Making Peace with January”, but as I look back on my artwork, well, it sometimes is a puzzle to me, what I made when and in what context:

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I also see I have a picture entitled “January 3rd”……

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I think I intended it to be another year’s sequel to January 2,

 

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These drawings did work (or maybe it was the Prozac) and I was able to see happiness and beauty in winter.  Or I should say, most of winter.

What still gets to me are the grey dismal days, of dark skies and dirty slush.  A couple of years ago, I tried to make peace with the grey gloom, and came up with this;

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People in Danbury like this, because it’s a well known statue, here.  But to me, however, it still looks like a depressingly dull winter day.

But, I still have hope….that I will find some kind of beauty in the winter days.  I have an idea, we shall see if it works out.  After all, some winter days are dramatic, and gorgeous.

 

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I guess this is what I’m doing these days

Sometimes, I surprise myself.  Sometimes, I’m surprised that I surprise myself.  I thought the line of drawing styles went neatly from A to B to C, and so forth.  I’m wrong.

I did a drawing of a sky.  I thought it would turn out like this:

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Much to my surprise, it didn’t.  Am I using the word “surprises” too many times?

That’s how I thought I did skies.  I realize now that I’ve strayed from my idea of a sky many times.

Such as:

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I also did this:

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And this:

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So, I did a loopty loop, started out at A, went to D, and then, somehow ended up at C.

This drawing of a sky looks quite a bit like the one I just showed you.

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Which reminds me of this, which I did a little while ago, and declared a failure.  Looking at it again, I like it better than I did.

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So, I’ve been doing loose scratchy lines and curliecues.

 

I guess that’s what I’m doing these days.

Having my Cake

So, here are the most recent little drawings:

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You know what I’m thinking……….Just how many small pictures do I need to do a  show?  I already have plenty.  Doing them is definitely disappointing too.   I can’t sink my teeth in them as I can with the large drawing.

It’s like going into Costco, being handed a bite-sized piece of cake…and that’s it.  You want the whole damn thing, and the only way to get it, is to buy it.  It’s just that I want my cake and to eat it, too.

Thinking further, I’ve only done little mixed venues.  In an art show, that’s limited to fine art/fine craft, maybe the larger pieces would sell, because the type of customer attending would be different.

So, I’m going back to the large cake, and eating it, too.

Let’s Be Realistic

So, I’ve been diddling and doodling around with these drawings, so far, try to get the perfect balance of realistic drawing and fanciful design.
I redid 101.  Having done the one that was mostly a half-hearted try at a good realism, I decided to have a little fun instead.   Here’s the redo, of 101.

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These go so fast……..last night I knocked out one in a couple of hours.  It was more fun in this case, to draw as realistically as possible.  I was a little hesitant to do this drawing…for fear it would turn out as a colored pencil Bob Ross.  It didn’t, and I’m quite pleased with it.

Early in the summer, my friends and I went to a park in Connecticut……….Kent Falls. I snapped a photo to work from in light so bright, I couldn’t see the viewfinder.  Somehow managed to come out.  Worked on it, last night.  This was the result.

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Once again, I’m getting tired of summer, not only artistically, but weatherwise, too.
Late summer, with all its mugginess, and its bugs.  I don’t mind the crickets and other night insects, so much, but the break room at my day job, is decorated with fly traps and fly paper. All well populated.

I’m doing one more summer drawing and then maybe a still life.   By then, I hope it will be clearer, cooler, pretty early fall weather.  So, for now, I’m working on an improvement of this card:

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Also, I am eager to put together the tent and display panels, to get ready for show biz.  Since I think it’s late to do any shows this year, I figured we’d wait until less oppressive weather to assemble the display

 

Cosine of a Learning Curve

I actually liked math, except for trigonometry.  So, forgive if I use the terms wrong.

So, here’s the latest:

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It’s not perfect, but I’m reminding myself…..I’m learning.  The secret was in the details of the larger pieces.  That’s hard to do so small.  I did this piece, as a sketch…..

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To work out this:

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I used this:

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To work out this:

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See what I mean……..it’s close, but it’s not yet getting there.

Speaking of Math…and we were a while ago, if you haven’t forgotten, I’d like to discuss numbers.

I have a friend who is adamantly sure about the validity of numerology.  At times when I find myself needing to put numbers in a picture, I often wonder if I should use that number symbology to add meaning.  I believe in meaningful coincidences………..

But if I faked them, they wouldn’t be coincidences.  So, I’m doing the numbers as they appear in the study, letting the coincidences fall where they may.

The picture I just finished is : 101

This is 35

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And this one was done long ago, when I picked a number at random:

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Turning Back Time

I was wondering,  thinking about the learning curve I’m facing, whether it would be best to keep making versions until I got one that I liked.  That, is, after all, the way I learned to handle colored pencils in the beginning…….I’d just go over them and over them, until I  was so frustrated, I nearly started biting my fingernails again.

I did get good results though………………

Started these in the mid-eighties, and ended in the late nineties.   Started in Greenwich, CT and ended in Manhattan NY.

They have a place that’s dear to me, like looking at an album of old photos.

The first I dd was this one:

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And following in no particular order:

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So, how did the redo of Bough Bows turn out?  Here it is:

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And that’s that.

The Saga of Pumpkin

I had a dream that we had two female kittens and I named them Thelma and Louise. No particular reason to tell  you this, but I enjoyed the dream.

So, I’m going through making small drawings, the kind that I can sell at an impulse price. What would be a collection of my work without a cat drawing. In particular, Pumpkin, the cat from New York City.

We’ve had many views of Pumpkin, as my favorite model over the past few years.

First off, when we first moved here…..

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And then this; the original sketch

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Caught him in the sunlight

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And then made him into a notecard, which left something to be desired.

I can’t find a photo of that card, I guess I didn’t like it enough to shoot it.

I made another version of the drawing on the notecard.  It’s small, but successful.  Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you Pumpkin

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Among discarded shoes.