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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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The Siren Call of a Steady Paycheck

Despite the fact that I’m planning my debut on the streets of Manhattan, I still am looking for a steady job.  Had an interview yesterday that went well….but I am wondering if I’m giving off signals that I just don’t want to be doing this anymore. 

Anyway……

Managed to get some of my little prints matted, and they look great.  And somehow, blurry as all hell this morning, I managed to finish “Tiger in the Jungle”.

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The Meaning of Life is Rain Puddles

Okay, now that I’ve got your attention…..

Here’s an update on “Tiger in the Jungle”. It’s coming out lower key than I intended, but I expect when I go over it with the blender, it will pop. Also, I’m at a very tedious point, the background. It would be good to listen to my iPod during this…but I lost the charger. Dammit.

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Also, I did an art show, doing portraits. Had 13 customers. So, I know in the right venue, this works. Here’s my partial set-up.

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And, as usual, I’m itching to get started on the new picture. When the Twin Towers were standing, twice a year, the sun would set between them….kind of a World Trade Center Solstice. I once tried to take a picture of that with a film camera, and a zoom lens, but it came out terribly blurry. And now, the opportunity is lost forever. *sigh*. But that’s what I intend to do with this drawing.

By the way, I was kidding about the meaning of life being rain puddles. Everyone knows the meaning of life is 42.

Putting things in perspective…

The word perspective can mean a couple of things.  First of all, the problem I had with Scraggly Weed, and getting the straight lines all wonky.  Nearly did it again on Tiger.  This time, I caught myself in time, before I really made Hannako’s face asymmetrical, and a general mess.   An eye by the nose, and another one half-way up the forehead, would not have been good, except if I wanted to draw a monster.  I wanted to draw a cute cat.  So, this time I hung it vertically, and it made a load of difference.

 

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Perspective is also how you view life.  Right now, I’m feeling more optimistic…have made the decision to set up my work near the Metropolitan Museum of Art, even if it means investing money from retirement savings.  At least, I would have some money coming in.

So, see you on the streets of Manhattan!

Taking it in small bites

My intention in starting “Tiger in the Jungle’, was, as I did in “Pocket Paradise”, was to treat each leaf as a small meditation in itself. However, stress over money and unemployment does not facilitate a particularly Zen state of mind. So, I’m taking this very slowly. Otherwise, I’m going to end up with messy, sloppy leaves.

I received my sales tax certificate, yesterday. That means, I can legally set up selling my work on the street. I do have some items I need to buy first…..a four foot table, mats, tarps, and more ink cartridges. Since no job seems to be forthcoming to pay for these…..Ouch, my retirement account.

So, here’s a glimpse of the progress of “Tiger in the Jungle”.

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