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The Devil is in the Details

My father was a detail man.  He was a commercial artist, and his specialty was filling in the designs on the fabric of shirts, pants, diamonds, and just about anything else that was advertised.  I can’t imagine how he had the patience to do such a thing, but, perhaps it’s just that it was income, and you do what you can do.

So, I think I’ve started channeling my father, the detail man.

I really, really used to think detail was boring.  I would do drawing with large flat spaces, and details, as a touch.  After all, that’s what I was taught was good composition.

I’ve switched to loving detail.

And letting the details lead the story…..

 

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Can you find the kitten?

So, at that point, I took a loose idea…..and just let the detail flow.

As my drawing progressed, I realized I enjoyed detail. No longer boring, just put on some music and dance. Or, in this case, detail, detail, detail.

 

More recently, I’ve kept spaces for detail.

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Yes, I filled around each clover blossom on this.  I didn’t mind it.  A few  years ago, it would have driven me out of my already somewhat insane mind.

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A few years ago, this is when I really details really took off…or dragged me down to earth as the case may be.  I wanted to make my artwork more painterly, but I was fighting, tooth and nail, against the medium,

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However, the details started sneaking in. Thanks, Dad.

So, I’ve taken a new direction, in my work.  Let the details rule! Or rock and roll, if you prefer.

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My motto in life has become, “Let It Flow”, both in my dealings with life, and in my artwork.

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Decision ….2016

You will be relieved to know that I am not making a blog post about the current presidential election when I talk about a decision.  As a matter of fact, I’m doing my best to help you keep your mind off it, by giving you something else to think about..so here goes:

 

I just recently came across a post for a juried art show at the famous Mark Twain Library, in Redding, Connecticut. That’s really just a hop and a jump down the road for me.  It’s been a long time since I’ve done a show, so, I figured…why not?  What have I got to lose but twenty dollars (which is a very reasonable jury fee).

So, then the decision…which drawing?  I looked at the judge’s artwork, very nice, real but idealized still lifes.  So, given that is the type of work she does..what would she look for?

I am going through my work and looking….so here are a few candidates.  Any comments or opinions are very welcome in this.

 

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All the work has to be for sale, so of my other work that you may have seen…yes, I’m open to opinions about them, too, but a lot of them are no longer in my possession or I do not want to sell them.  I also plan to donate one, which will not be judged, so it will be seen no matter.

So, there…didn’t I give you something else to think about?  You’re welcome.