Tag Archives: Landscape

Connecticut Memories

Been working on the piece. Thinking about it, brings back many memories. I spent most of my life in Connecticut. My mentor once remarked, “Connecticut should be called the green tree and stone wall state”. Which is true.

The landscape there is beautiful, many moods, variety of textures. I’ve decided to add some animals, squirrels and birds…it wouldn’t be authentic without them. So here’s where it stands now.ctfantasywip3

Too many cooks in the stew

As I mentioned before, I’m going to be working on a piece for a silent auction for the cure of MS.  However, I was lost for an idea (how do you make an appealing, saleable picture out of a dread disease?).  I consulted with the man I proposed the idea to, with some ideas.  His outlook was totally different.  I’m good friends with his wife, who had other ideas.  So, I’ve got an appointment to call the man tonight, and hash this all out.

In the meantime, Connecticut Fantasy is coming along.  I found I had a bit of a challenge.  How was I to make the grass look long and scruffy, along with shadows cast from the trees, without loosing the wildflowers.  Here’s the result, and I’m pretty pleased.Image

Notes from a Broad

Back at work again…nearly trashed the beginning of Connecticut Fantasy, but glancing at it again, I decided it was worth the try. So, saved from the garbage.

And for colored pencil artists out there….Beware Prismacolor Orange. It’s very fugitive. Unfortunately, I used it on one of my favorites “Cloud Over Greenwich/Jessica’s Home”. Now the original is unrecognizable. I’ve posted the jpeg many times, it’s the cloud with flowers in it. Now the original looks like a slightly baby aspirin colored blob in a brilliant blue sky. Fortunately, I have reproductions to remember it in it’s splendor…..but please, if you have Prismacolor Orange in your pencil box, throw it out.

Also, I am going to be working on a drawing for a silent auction to support the cure of Multiple Sclerosis. The event it will be shown at is in November, so I have time. I’m going over in my mind relevant ideas, but something upbeat.

But enough words, you want to see pictures. Here’s a detail of Connecticut Fantasy work in progress.

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Starting Small

One thing or another…just not feeling my best. Oh, I suppose I could complain about everything that’s happened to make me feel that way, but truth is, it’s not all that interesting. Not even to me. So, I’ll spare you.

I did start a little on Connecticut Fantasy, but given my decrepit condition, I’m taking it slowly. One of the things that I love about Connecticut are the wildflowers (or weeds, depending on your point of view), that grow there. So, I’ve started with some Queen Anne’s Lace and the start of some daylilies. A piece at a time. I think, after all these years of drawing for the market, I’ve finally found a way to have fun doing art again. Takes a while, but it’s worth it.

Without further ado, here’s the very beginning, a glimpse of the wildflower in progress.

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