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I Make Good on My Promises

I finished the rose garden, but I plan on giving it a better name.  My thought is it’s either a  piece of genius, or a piece of fecal matter.  My good friend assures me that it is neither, but she really likes it.

So, here you go!  A drawing of a rose garden that my friend really likes.  As for me?  I’m a terrible judge of my just finished work, so I’ll have to get back to you on it.

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Am I getting loose or am I getting sloppy?  The last garden I drew in NYC, looked like this:

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I’ll be damned if I know.  I just know that if I try to draw something tightly again, it doesn’t seem to work.

Oh well, what next?

 

I Promise You a Rose Garden

Spoiler Alert!  It will look something like this, but hopefully (there’s that word again, hopefully) much better.    This, of course, is the preliminary sketch,

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Speaking of roses, I just sent a batch of note cards to a long lost friend.  This of course which I know I have posted before.

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The detail and control I had in it, reminds me of the lyrics to the Bob Dylan song
“Oh, I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now”.

Only, how do you explain everything that has happened in  your life for the past 30 years?  Especially, the tries I’ve made to make a living in art…..some well thought out schemes, some absolutely useless ideas.  Wow!  Have I ever tried.

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Commissions, portraits, merchandising, illustration…..and so on.  The idea of making art a product.

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I have come to the point, that I realize my life long ambition to be a rich, famous artist isn’t going to happen.  So, I have returned to drawing what I feel drawn to drawing (yeah, you read that right).  Thinking back on it, my own drawings are are what did me the most good in terms of money and ambition.

So, back to the drawing board I go.

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Questionable Quandary

Hurray for spell check!  Otherwise, I would have misspelled quandary. Thank God for the blessings of our digital world.  Some of those blessings I’m not so fond of, however.

But I digress.  This blog is about art, not the information age.

So, now the quandary.

My latest drawing came out very well, in my opinion.   Here it is:

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As I drew it, I had this flash of inspiration…..or not. I kept envisioning the drawing as this above.  Tendrils like roots surrounding  like a frame..  I don’t know, did I see something like this somewhere?  Am I unknowingly plagiarizing some artist’s work.  Also, is it something my father would have called “artsy craftsy”, his cleaned up version of “artsy fartsy”?  When I look at the small sketch I wonder if I like it better.

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If I had taken this, and drawn the foliage completely on the rectangle, would that have been better?  It’s what I envisioned originally, and gives the look of a miniature jungle.  Truth is, I like them both, but only time will tell which I prefer.

So, a couple of years ago, I was griping about how boring drawing foliage is.  No more!  After the grey dark winter (and the grey dark spring), bring on those leaves!  I will never complain about foliage, again.

The drawing that made me curse leaves and plants was this one.

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So, I guess for a few months at least, plants and foliage is the trend.   After all, plants and foliage is one of the reasons I left New York City for Connecticut.

So, what’s next?  I take photos of ideas I have, and the idea for the next drawing reminds me of this:

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After all, the grass is always greener in the next drawing.

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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