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A Rose by Any Other Name

Still looks good in a picture with a cat.

 

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Okay, enough about cats.  Do I hear a collective sigh of relief?

I’ve been working on Rose Garden.  I was working on the first version while tired and sick, and it came out awful. Put it away to look at later, maybe it would look better.  No, after time, it still looks awful.

So, I’ve started a new one.  I like it better than the first one, but it surprises me how it’s coming out.  How can that happen?  After all, I’m the one drawing it.

Drawing roses makes me start thinking about roses.  Some flowers are beautiful, but have no scent.  Some flowers, like honeysuckle, smell divine, but look like scraggly little waifs.

No so the rose.  It’s both gorgeous to the eyes, and the olfactory organs.

Its strength amazes me.  It grows and spreads easily, often crowding out other plants around it.  Its thorns protect it.

They start blooming in the early summer and keep going through fall.  In one case, on a fairly warm December 1, I found one blooming as if it were June.

So, though I love other flowers as well…….

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Just give me a rose, dammit!  Give me a rose.

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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.