Okay, finally….life is back to normal.
I have a little ritual in winter, as the days grow longer. First off is Yule, then Christmas, New Years, and then January 2nd. Here’s the drawing that I made in celebration of t hat celebration.
The ritual includes such things as The Superbowl, and Mardi Gras. And of course, Imbolc which is a pagan holiday that falls on Groundhog day.
It’s amazing how much more subject matter for the winter there is in Connecticut than NYC. Snow is particularly unsightly in the city, and the only birds around are pigeons and crows. Of course, there are crows around here, but they’re pleasant, graceful visitors of the season.
So, I’ve learned to find beauty this time of year…so Happy Rest of the Winter!
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A few years ago, while I still lived in New York City, I did a drawing of a man walking his dog in a snowstorm. It’s called “January 2nd” because that’s when life gets back to normal, and the holiday stress is gone.
I just exhibited this in a local show, here in Danbury. One viewer said the background reminded him of the eye doctor test for colorblindness! He kept looking in the dots for a hidden number.
It’s hard to tell from this photo, but there are a lot of darn dots in the background. Funny, I don’t remember doing it. I must have had some really good music playing to take my mind off of the tedium. Otherwise, something this boring to do would have stuck in my mind, as it did when I was drawing flower after flower in Floral Overload.
So, I’m back at it….doing dots. So, this will take a while. I promise to have a new picture as soon as my sanity permits.
It’s snowing again in NYC, but the sunlight hours are getting longer. A good day to present the finish on “January 2”. And here it is:
As for upbeat images, not sure if this qualifies, except for the idea of a person with an animal companion facing hardship cheerfully. So many of my friends are animal lovers, that I’d like to dedicate this to all of them, and all of my subscribers who are animal lovers, too.
A few technical notes…when I what looks like a flat color, it really isn’t. It’s layers of various colors, and varied in different areas. Flat color tends to be boring, unless you really know what you’re doing…or using it in contrast to a busy area.
As this was evolving, there was a point that I looked at it and thought “That’s it, that’s perfect”, and looked again…realized the image was too static to imply flying snow. So, a few loose scribbles imply the blowing snow.
And on to the next. I leave you with this.
I’ve been working on January 2, but progress is slow. I haven’t had much to show in the way of a wip. That’s because I’m doing the snow in the background. It consists of dots. Tiny dots. Lots and lots of tiny dots.
I can only do so much at a time, because it’s mind numbing, even while listening to music. I’m trying now to make it a meditation, focus on the act of putting down dots with full attention. I’m only partly successful. So, here’s January 2, the wip.
Also, in terms of healing, I’ve been forgetting that part of my background is energy work. I’m trying to make up for that neglect with yoga, meditation, and other exercises. I expect (though I can’t predict), that the results of concentrating on energy will eventually affect my artwork. Should be interesting.