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Having my Cake

So, here are the most recent little drawings:

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You know what I’m thinking……….Just how many small pictures do I need to do a  show?  I already have plenty.  Doing them is definitely disappointing too.   I can’t sink my teeth in them as I can with the large drawing.

It’s like going into Costco, being handed a bite-sized piece of cake…and that’s it.  You want the whole damn thing, and the only way to get it, is to buy it.  It’s just that I want my cake and to eat it, too.

Thinking further, I’ve only done little mixed venues.  In an art show, that’s limited to fine art/fine craft, maybe the larger pieces would sell, because the type of customer attending would be different.

So, I’m going back to the large cake, and eating it, too.

Let’s Be Realistic

So, I’ve been diddling and doodling around with these drawings, so far, try to get the perfect balance of realistic drawing and fanciful design.
I redid 101.  Having done the one that was mostly a half-hearted try at a good realism, I decided to have a little fun instead.   Here’s the redo, of 101.

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These go so fast……..last night I knocked out one in a couple of hours.  It was more fun in this case, to draw as realistically as possible.  I was a little hesitant to do this drawing…for fear it would turn out as a colored pencil Bob Ross.  It didn’t, and I’m quite pleased with it.

Early in the summer, my friends and I went to a park in Connecticut……….Kent Falls. I snapped a photo to work from in light so bright, I couldn’t see the viewfinder.  Somehow managed to come out.  Worked on it, last night.  This was the result.

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Once again, I’m getting tired of summer, not only artistically, but weatherwise, too.
Late summer, with all its mugginess, and its bugs.  I don’t mind the crickets and other night insects, so much, but the break room at my day job, is decorated with fly traps and fly paper. All well populated.

I’m doing one more summer drawing and then maybe a still life.   By then, I hope it will be clearer, cooler, pretty early fall weather.  So, for now, I’m working on an improvement of this card:

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Also, I am eager to put together the tent and display panels, to get ready for show biz.  Since I think it’s late to do any shows this year, I figured we’d wait until less oppressive weather to assemble the display

 

Yet another learning curve

Okay, I finished another small, masterpiece…sort of.  Thing is, these small works are not as successful as I’d like.

In the past, I’ve done little work, as preliminary sketch for bigger drawings.  For instance:

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I got this:

 

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From this:

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I got this:

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In the past, I’ve managed to put in lot of detail in the small drawings

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And this is the latest one:

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So, what am I doing wrong?

I guess, when I finally got around to drawing the large pictures, I planned them with a black and white sketch, then a color sketch.  I worked on the large drawing slowly, paying attention to detail.  Can I still do that in small size?

I guess it’s another learning curve.  I tell you, my art career would make a good design for a roller coaster.

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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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One More Piece

First of all, I should say a little about this lady.  She also made being ol….a senior, seem less dreary.  She was my partner’s grandmother and lived until nearly 113 years old. (Yeah, I bet you thought I was going to say 113 years young,  Fooled you!  Also, I’m sick to death of that cute little joke)

Anyway, she came from Hungary, through Ellis Island.  Settled in Connecticut.  She lived in her own apartment until she was about 111..  Cooked, cleaned at a time of life most people….are dead, actually.

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But back to my drawing.  It’s complete, all of the pieces have fallen together.

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No title so far. I’m pretty pleased with it.

Truthfully, I thought it would have made a better drawing if I had left the little dots white.  White clover.  It would have been a more intriguing composition in terms of lights and darks.  However, by the time I realized it, it was too late.  So I continued to make the clover pink.

Odd, some of the my favorite drawings have so little in them…a bit of geometry and some straggly lines.  For instance, this one.

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So, that brings up the question, which of my drawings is my favorite?  It’s easier to tell which drawings I don’t like.  I know!  My favorite drawing is the next one I’m going to do.

Did someone say something about gargoyles?

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Forsooth, forsythia!

I’ve lamented and moaned on how fast spring passes.  You’re probably sick of it, I’m sick of it, but I’m going to do it again.  Why?  Because it’s another spring, and by the time I draw the daffodils, the tulips are gone. Damn.

So this spring, I’m going to get away from my usual MO, and draw a few more spring pictures, although we’re quickly passing  into early summer.

So the drawing I just finished….

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Why the bicycle?   It’s just a great spot of color, which I needed there.  It also adds a carefree subject matter to the drawing.

I’ve had many people try to read my artwork, as they would a book full of meanings and symbols.  The truth is, I try to establish a mood, and the individual objects are just there because they add to it.  If there is any meaning coming from the objects, I’m not aware of them, except as the trickster of the subconscious mind may suggest.

In other words, stop trying to make it so hard, and just enjoy.

On another subject, in many apartment moves, I’ve lost or discarded a lot of artwork.  Many I still regret, but the moves were stressful (aren’t they always?)….so,  that’s that story.

One piece I was sure I lost was a drawing that was the first in colored pencil. It was one that I sill love, and feel is one of my best.  Low and behold!  As I was going through my artwork to show at an art fair, I found it. I still have it!  What is old, is new again.  It has on title (or symbolism for that matter).

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What’s in the Box

So, as I have the time, I’ve been plodding along, a snail’s pace, slowly, working on my notecards.  Once again, I’m feeling in a level mood, I can concentrate, and not everything looks bad.  My wrist is becoming more flexible finally.  Spring is off to a good start.  So, here are recent additions to the box:

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One thing I’ve found, winged horses are always popular.

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I’ve been relying heavily on my old paradise series in these.  I remember, a long time ago, writing a  post “I Want to Sell Out”.  I think I might have finally found a way, with popular subjects and successes from the past.  On inexpensive notecards.

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So, fast and fun.

 

I’ve got nearly all my accent pieces framed, including this one, from the paradise series, that I hadn’t expected to use.  Turns out, I actually like it!  I’ll be damned.

 

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So, what’s left is to put together the tables, easels, grid wall, and the nitty gritty of the tent display.  Also, more notecards.

Also, I may be doing a show in the fall in Redding , CT and looking at one in Washington, CT in the summer.