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Redunnit

I volunteered at the Sono Art Festival in Norwalk, CT,  yesterday. I worked hard,but I had a lot of fun!  The artists were superb, and I made great friends, even if it was just for a few hours.  A very well run show and I hope to exhibit in it sometime in the future.

But as I looked, I realized my thoughts were right about selling a lot of small affordable art.  So, I looked back on some of the work I wanted to redo (failure is such an ugly word isn’t it?

For instance, I did this note card as a preliminary sketch, and loved it.  Can’t find it. I must have sent it out to someone. Silly me.

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Then as a finished version, it left a lot to be desired.  It looks like a cosmic baseball glove to me. (Actually failure is more of an ugly and dismal word.)

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So, finally to make up for all that dismalness, I decided to make on it one of my redos in a smaller scale.

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Yes, once again “Venus and Mars are Alright, Tonight”.

Out to Pasture

I’ve finished the classic car (sounds so much better than old carr) drawing.  You can see a detail above the title. Here it is in its entirety.

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It makes me think of what I’d like to do before, I’m too much of a Classic Woman, and go out to pasture myself.

My dream is to travel around, and do art festivals.  I’ve done street fairs, and they’re fun.  There’s nothing as ego-boosting as talking to viewer about one’s own art,

However, as a young sixteen year old, I had kind of a bad experience doing my first art street fair.  One of my paintings was propped up on the sidewalk, and a man kneeled down in front of it.  I pressed  my knees tightly together, as far as they would go.  The director of the show said, “You’ve got someone interested! Go talk to him.”  I couldn’t figure out how to tell her, that by the angle the man was holding his face, behind sun glasses, I could tell he was trying to look up my skirt.

When he got up, he walked past me and said “I liked everything I saw”.  I wanted to take a shower with Lava soap (anyone remember Lava soap), as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

Back to the present…………I have a tent, I have panels.

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God knows I have a lot of drawings.  I have my retail persona.

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I’m pretty much set to go.

Went to an art fair last Saturday and I learned a lot.  If I want to make money at this, I’ll have to take the advice of the wise woman who ran the show in Mamaroneck.  You have to have small pieces, enough to be impulse items and a statement piece.  I have a lot, I mean a whole hell of a lot of statement pieces. Time mto change my focus.

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I’m going to start by redoing some of the failures I’ve had, like the one above.  Good ideas, that in execution missed the mark.

And hopefully, but next summer, this 1955 Classic will be on the road again!

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Drive!

I was sitting with an elderly friend at the bus stop.  He looked around mentioned, “People used to drive around in boxes, like the model T.  Then the cars had curves, and now, people are driving in boxes again”.

As I watched the SUVs going by……I had to agree with him.

But back to drawing and driving (I don’t recommend doing both at the same time), I started reminiscing about all the cars that were hanging out past their prime in my parents yard.   Cars that are considered classics now.

I have to both laugh and cry when I see a car from the 1970’s considered classic.  Damn !  I remember those cars! They’re part of my childhood.

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I started this drawing for some reason I don’t remember, and then I abandoned it for some reason I also don’t remember.  Looking back on it, I realize I had a start on something that could be quite appealing.

I was looking for something to draw, and found it.

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There’s a wonderful old Ford, in the back parking lot of this condominium complex.  It presents an emotionally enjoyable drawing challenge.

Here’s the first step, without much background or context.

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I promise I haven’t spoiled the surprise of the finished work. And you know I keep my promises.

I Don’t Like It

Phooey!  Dammit, damn, damn  and damn, again!

I really don’t like the way this turned out.

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It was supposed to be carefree…..but to me, it looks sloppy and lazy.  The piece of fecal matter I mentioned before.  I really had wanted it to come out like this:

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This:

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Or even this!

 

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Here I’ve done two tries on this drawing…both utter failures.  I may make a do-over in the future, but not now.

I’m too frustrated.

And now I’m feeling insecure about choosing the next subject…will I have the drive, to do what I want?

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Drive, get it?

Well, at least I kept my promise.

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?

 

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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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