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Hit the Road, Rox…..

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I’m really looking forward to Spring. I probably said that last year, and the year before…..but it bears repeating.  C’mon Spring.

I thought about it and I miss doing art fairs.  I managed to score a white tent on Ebay, and as time goes on find creatively inexpensive display items. i finally found a niche for a product that actually sells!  Hand drawn greeting cards.  I intended to start with an autumn holiday show,  but I saw an opportunity for a show on Mothers Day.

I started out doing winter seasonal cards, but have now switched over to spring/flower imagery.  The drawing above is a new example. Im a little rusty doing flowers. Ive got to get back up to speed.

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So,it may be a month early, but in my studio, it’s already Spring!

 

The Grand Finale

All my bitchin’ and moanin” has come to an end.  I’m finished with “Floral Overload”.  Honestly, I haven’t sweated so much over a drawing in years, but I like the result.  Months from now, it will be the result that means anything to me.

 

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Now that I’ce done something really cheerful and lively, I’m looking back to this one I did.  January 2.  I like the tranquility, and tranquility and soft cool colors is a healing combination.

 

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But I was also intrigued by the idea of a rock concert.  I expected to do something really lively, now I’m not so sure.  Can I pull off a tranquil rock concert?  We shall see.

Will you stop complaining, for God’s sake, woman!

Honestly, I was going to go into another rant on how bored I am drawing flowers.  Then I realized, you’re probably bored hearing me complain…so, peace.  As I go along, though, I find my flowers are becoming more scribbly. It still works, though.

I usually don’t show my work this far along (rather give an overwhelming finale), but I’ve come to an interesting predicament I’d like to share.

 

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At first, the compostition was easy, the colors just fell into place.  But as I reach the finish, every potential move has tremendous consequences.  I’m playing chess with flowers, folks!

Maybe I should make the left corner a pink flower and continue the line of pink.  Or perhaps I should make it blue and balance THAT out.  Or maybe I should just have a good night’s sleep, a cup of coffee in the morning.  Yes, that’s it!  That’s got to be it.

A Flower a Day Keeps the Psychiatrist Away

Yes, doing artwork is good therapy…..for me at least.  It gave me a reason to live, when depression was clouding my perceptions as to the quality of my life.  These days, I’ve been so busy, that it is literally a flower a day.  So, rather than ruin the surprise of the finish of “Floral Overload”  I will present a detail….one flower.  This is a close-up of the iris.

 

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Next pic?  I’ve just recently been to a rock concert, and was impressed by the drama of the visuals.  I remember a fantastic inner cover of a “Wings” album (back when the artwork on a record cover was a dramatic statement in itself.)  It was a realistic, yet exaggerated painting of a rock concert.  It stuck in my mind long since my record collection faded into CD’s….faded into Mp.3’s…faded into ipods, my smartphone (and who knows what’s next).

Also, a friend’s scizophrenic relative did sort of an art brut version of a rock concert.  Very impressive, very dramatic.

So, after “Floral Overload” is finished, I shall enter the world of Hard Rock.

These are the Breaks!

I’ve gotten far enough with the full-sized version of “Floral Overload’, to show a work in progress….and here ’tis:

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The trick is, to make every individual part a complete composition, so every area could make a complete drawing.  Or so I’ve figured out, as I go along. I”m having great fun with this!

 

But it’s time for a break.  In just about anything, art included, sometimes you just get fatigued.  And unless you’re up against a deadline, you’re doing yourself a favor just walking away for a while.  I’ve made many disastorous mistakes (which I’ve prudently destroyed) by pushing.

My next step will to be to add this pretty red rose.

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However, if I don’t take a break and walk away, it’ll come out looking like Heath Ledger’s face as The Joker.  “Nuff said.