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It’s that time of year again…..Happy New Year!

Right about now, all sorts of news stories are printed about the triumphs of the year.  I however,  with my contrary streak, am going to display my biggest flops of the year. It helps me to remember I can fail, and I hope it helps beginning artists not to be discouraged.  Everyone screws up now and then.dancing






"Ferris Wheel"


So goodbye to the failures of 2014, and welcome to the triumphs of 2015.  And probably a few flops in 2015, too.

Better Late……

Finished the Mardi Gras drawing, and renamed it “We went to the Mardi Gras”.  That’s because, not only is there a not-so-recent drawing of myself in it, I managed to sneak the man in my life, Richard, into it too.



So, what’s next?   I’m planning a drawing for the raffle at “Pony Rides for a Purpose”.  It will be a new take on a winged horse. 

Also, found a new worthy cause.

Art for ALD

The idea is that as many artists as possible do a painting of a 4″x4″ canvas to be sold for $56.  The pictures are only to be signed on the back…this project has some celebrities participating, and the organizers want it to be a surprise to the buyers.   So, I won’t post the picture here, only a link to the website, and you can guess.  I don’t have an idea yet, and I’m not sure what medium I’m going to use…maybe time to break out those oil paint sticks that I bought but never used.

Why do I keep doing this to myself?

I’m working on “C’est Mardi Gras”, although that fine day has gone and passed.  Of course, though, I decided to do something repeattitive once again, almost as bad as the snowflakes in the last one.   I decided to encircle the main drawing with a tromp d’oeuil of beads.  Of course, I’m drawing the same beads over and over and over and….

At one point, I got so disgusted I almost gave it up.  But I got back to it…..

Here’s where it stands.  The lightly sketched in figure is actually a self-portrait of me, shall we say ten years ago? 😉



And of course, I’m up in the middle of the night.   Anyone who has followed this blog knows my two favorite musical artists are Paul Simon and Sting.  Tonight I actually get to see them in concert.  I’m so excited I can’t sleep.  I’ll probably be a zombie by the time of the concert.

So, here I am, in the middle of the night, with no one to keep me company except my friend in Thailand via Whatsapp.  Thanks, James.

Snow what else is snew?

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.


In the not too-distant future, yes, it will…..

January 2 is turned over, waiting for my fresh eye to critique it.   Another trick I’ve learned is to put a mat around the drawing, gives you a better idea of what it will look like framed.  So, in the meantime, I’ve got a string of ideas of what to do next.

It’s February now, Valentine’s is over.  I took off the Cupid brooch from my coast, and replaced it with a Mardi Gras mask. 

Having given some more thought as to what makes a healing drawing, I thought, upbeat imagery.  Good symbolism if you can work it in.  And the hope that the person observing will take a little time to “live” in the picture.

So, as I was pinning on the Mardi Gras brooch, I began to think……..hmmmmn.Image