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Originality is for nerds

In my own backyard…Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.

When I was a teenager, another student asked me, “Why do you always draw trees?”

I like trees, and I still do. Not to mention, there are a lot of them

So,shoot me. I may draw the same subject over and over. If that’s good enough for Monet, it should be good enough for me.

When I was living in Queens, most of my drawing subjects came from my own block.

Another for instance

So,don’t be under the impression that there’s nothing inspiring out there.

Do like Picasso, and so many of the masters.

Do the same subject matter over and over again.

You don’t have to travel far…

I never did get around to the man with the parrot on his shoulder, though.

Welcome!

Whoop,there it is

Sometimes, I think an alter ego sneaks into my pencil box. I find I do something that doesn’t resemble the rest of my at all.

Channeling maybe? I try not to think much about it.

Anyway

I don’t know how well this drawing shows up, so here it is again

Welcome

It reminds me of a children’s book illustration. In context, that’s not bad,really.

Easter bunnies and jelly beans

I realize I have done my share of fantasy drawings.

I really meant for it to turn out like this :

Spring on Park Avenue

Ooops, there it is

For my latest trick

I decided, for the heck of it, to do some networking on Linkedin.  I’m not really sure how to go about it, but I seem to have connected with a lot of other artists there.  For those of you out there who are interesting in networking with others out there, and youre not living in an Artist Mecca, Linkin seems like a good option.  It’s an experiment for me, and I’ll keep you posted.

But back to artwork.

I’m working on something that is supposed to come out as a bigger version of this;

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Right now, it seems to be a work that is either going to be very good, or very bad………I hope for now I don’t waste a lot of time on something miserable.

I don’t have a lot of time these days, especially today!  We lose an hour tonight….Daylight Savings Time comes overnight.

My day job has been very busy, very unexpectedly.  The coronavirus is finally coming to Connecticut.  I work at a food store, the place is mobbed with people stocking up on food, sanitation products, and water.

I do wonder about the man who stocked up on five jars of mustard.  Does he really think he’s going to need that much during a quarantine?  Or does he just buy that amount anyway?

FADINGMORNINGSTAR

That’s meant to be “Fading Morning Start”, my spellcheck failed me.

So, as a result of this pandemic, I don’t have a lot of time for my art..which is really a petty thing to think about under the circumstances.

So, here are some cheerful pictures to blow the blues away.

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Stay healthy everybody……wash your hands a lot.

Be well

Selling in

Bummerooni? Is there such a word? Of course, the root of this word is “bummer “. I think it originated with the description of a bad LSD trip.

Somehow, the term “bummer ” has survived. I suppose there is nothing that is quite as accurately descriptive.

So,something I consider a bummer in my life, was the low point in my art career (such as it is) was when I ranted about how unfair the art world is.

Birds! Again!

Also was the rant “I want to sell out, but no one is buying”.

So,I guess the opposite of selling out, is selling in.

Any way, I was unsuccessful selling out. Might as well sell in,or

Can’t think of anything more descriptive

Can’t Complain

Wouldn’t help anything if I did…

So, as I pointed out, I’ve come to a milestone 10 years….I’m not running out of ideas for the blog, but no so much artwork.

Here’s a recap of the blog so far:
I’ve complained about how dreary winter is:

WINTERFIELDS

I’ve complained about Autumn being the entry to the cold, bleak winter:

OCTOBERFRUITLOOPS

I’ve complained about summer foliage being repetitive and boring to draw:

STAIRCASEONARAINYDAY

I’ve complained about missing the country while living in the city:

CONNECTICUTFANTASY

I’ve complained about missing the city while I live in the country

NYCSKYLINEATDUSK

I’ve even had the nerve to complain about flowers and rainbows:

FLORAL OVERLOAD, BY ROXANNE BALDWIN

RAINBOWOVERTHETRACKS

So, as you can tell, I’ve run out of things to complain about.  Therefore, I can’t complain.

I’m going to concentrate of my artwork, until the desire to complain comes back….which could be next week, for all I know.

Until then, meow for now.

 

Back to back

As I went to renew my plan for this blog, I was reminded that I started this blog in 2010. How the hell did that happen?

I do remember some early years of ranting against the unfairness of the art world.

Where the hell was I in 2010? New York city, of course, living the dream.

Living the dream? I was actually working in the gift shop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  More like living the nightmare.

These are some examples of the art I was doing in those days.

I look back at my work and think what I did in the past was better work.

A good friend of mine commented that I was just in a different place then.  True, both literally and figuratively.

It was a journey from Connecticut.

To Manhattan


To Sunnyside Queens

And back to Connecticut.

Also, I realize that I don’t remember what I have said in the past, and what I haven’t.  So, if I start to repeat myself, bear with me and have patience.  10 years is a long time.

Taking a second look

So,it’s kind of like this…and I am sure that all of you go through this, no matter what you do….

Finding something that you discarded as totally, totally awful, then deciding it’s not so bad.

As is the case with this.

See,I hated the damn thing so much that I didn’t delicately trim it.

Looking back on it,I realize I like it. It accomplishes what I intended it to do…looking at the dawn, blurry eyed, with a half drunk cup of very strong coffee in my hand.

Okay now, back to the present.

Since, as you recall, I had no patience, jumped the shark, or both, in terms of ideas for full size winter drawings.

So,the natural thing is to do little winter drawings for holiday cards. I did so many that I photographed them in groups.

Then,I jumped the shark on that project. As you may have noticed, I love the term “jump the shark “.

So,the cards are the ones on hold for now.

I have a fresh batch of paper, an idea, and I am ready to hit the road.

Speaking of second looks, here’s one that I declared was my “worst of the year “,I forgot how long ago.

Of course it goes the other way, too. Some pieces that I was sure were masterpieces, on second look, stink like moldy salami.