This is to let you know, if you’ve been getting here via the URL roxyart.com, it will no longer get you here. Use roxannebaldwin.com, instead.
Roxyart.com was my first domain name, which I got in 1998. It has some sentimental value for me, so I hung onto it for a long time.
My first website was designed by a friend, who quickly thought of roxyart, as the domain.
That was back when I lived in Manhattan, and drew the picture above. That was when I still ❤ New York, and life was exciting. Computers were still exciting and having my own website? Just plain, wow.
Roxyart is the last memento from my life in NYC.
I was recently contacted by another artist named Roxy from the UK. Her name in Roxy Winterburn, who is an excellent artist. She gave me an offer for Roxyart.com, and I took it. I’m not sure when the actual change will take place, but she will be using the roxyart.com domain for her site. I feel pretty good about it, it’s like seeing a puppy go to a good home.
I was wondering, thinking about the learning curve I’m facing, whether it would be best to keep making versions until I got one that I liked. That, is, after all, the way I learned to handle colored pencils in the beginning…….I’d just go over them and over them, until I was so frustrated, I nearly started biting my fingernails again.
I did get good results though………………
Started these in the mid-eighties, and ended in the late nineties. Started in Greenwich, CT and ended in Manhattan NY.
They have a place that’s dear to me, like looking at an album of old photos.
The first I dd was this one:
And following in no particular order:
So, how did the redo of Bough Bows turn out? Here it is:
I’m kind of struggling here. I’m trying to catch the excitement that I had for the artwork I did in New York, but have yet to capture in Connecticut. Most of my work here, has come out boringly representational. I kind of realize the elements I’m missing…
I did put human objects as subject matter, and work heavily on a design with them. Abstract them, to a certain point. Here are some NYC that show my focus.
The closest thing I’ve done like that in Connecticut is this. It leans too far the the pure representational side.
Anyway, I think I know what I have to do to get back on the road!
My friend just asked me the other day if I regretted moving from NYC to Connecticut. Truth is, I don’t. I think I already went into how I remember the romance and excitement of the City, but not the humdrum stress. Like the idea of New York City in the rain.
Of course, there are some things I miss and always will. For instance, the white cherry blossoms at the beginning of spring. The skyline at night:
In general, I miss a lot of the human made parts of the vista. Yes, I enjoy nature, but for art, it starts to lack an interesting focal point. Yeah, really.
So, in honor of the memory of what is not really New York, here are some ATCs I made while I was trying to think of a way to make money. Funny thing, I never did find out a way..
I actually miss Manhattan. Unfortunately, there was no magic way to teleport from Queens to Manhattan, and vice versa, so I was stuck, along with millions of others…with the subway. I’ve seen some beautiful artwork romanticizing the subway, but it’s not a romantic memory to me.
But yes, I do miss Manhattan. It’s the part of New York that songs are written about, movies are filmed in and life is as glamorous as it sounds. The only way I would move back to New York, is if I could live in a comfortable home in Manhattan, but that takes lots of money and lots of luck.
So, you may wonder, what brought this up now? It’s autumn, and it’s the time when I remember the sycamore tree out front shedding its leaves, and revealing the beautiful Manhattan Skyline. So, here’s a memory of those times: