I did that cheerful early spring drawing, and now….IRL, we’re back to grey, dull, cloudy days. Anything spring-like I’d have to fake, and that never turns out well. So, I wonder, can I portray beauty in the dismal days?
I once tried doing a painting of Park Avenue in New York City on a cloudy day. I thought I’d make it look dramatic and moody. Instead, it turned out pretty depressing, just as it looked the day I took the photo.
So, I’m going back over my work to see…what have I done on cloudy and/or rainy days?
While I still lived in NYC, I did a drawing from a photo I took with a flip-phone. This is it, clouds in the late afternoon. The sky is clearing after a rainstorm.
Then much later, just as I was moving to Connecticut, I saw this view of clouds surrounding a double rainbow.
So, now I’m wondering…can I go back and do a drawing of a cloudy day, making it look moody and not depressing? We shall see……
I bet you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been posting. Well, no, not really, I expect you all have lives other than reading my blog. But the truth is I haven’t posted for a while…and there’s a good reason. I’m working on a drawing, but it’s a secret.
Why keep it a secret? In some cases, I suppose, fears of plagiarism, thinking someone might steal your incredible idea and come out with a work, first. Or maybe, it’s a work that so stupendous, you don’t want to lessen the “Wow” factor when it’s done. Or maybe it’s a gift for someone who reads this very blog. Yeah, it’s the latter.
So, in the meantime, I’ve got my show up at the restaurant “The Opendoor” in Long Island City, Queens, NY. Also, a drawing of mine has been accepted into a juried show, “Woman Up”, organized in celebration of Women’s History Month. My contribution, if you haven’t already seen it on this blog is “Black Madonna”.
Sometimes, in both life and in art, you have to say “screw it” to all the rules you know.
Actually, I can’t think of a good example of life, at the moment, but I’m sure others have.
I have always relied on a limited palette to hold together a composition. Then I was faced with this:
I took this photo with my cellphone. I was looking to capture the cliché of paradise of being in the sky with clouds.
As I looked at it, I saw a wide variety of colors…..and just using a limited palette won’t work.
Another rule I broke was never to draw a sunset, too cliché. I think though, that the urban foreground with the construction and crane makes it original.
Here’s the initial sketch…got a lot to do before I do the big one.