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After Not So Careful Consideration

I’m going to work again on the Rainbow.  I realize, that for one thing, I made it look as if someone took DuPont house paint, and painted the rainbow on the sky.  It’s not luminous.  And for that, it will take careful, detailed work.  In other words, I’ve got to get back to being big.

Not a problem, really.  When I think about doing an idea for a drawing, I almost always want to shout.  For that, it’s got to be large.

Another thing…I wanted to make the storm clouds a better abstract composition.  I’m still thinking that over.  I realize there’s got to be some structure in a skyscape, which is funny when you think that it’s made up of air and moisture.

In the past I did a drawing of a late afternoon, before sunset.  I realized just putting colors in abstractly just didn’t do it.construction272_thumb.jpg

The fact, that I did this from a reference from a teeny tiny photo on a flip cellphone camera, probably had something to do with it, too.

Any, I also am posting another pic of me at the winter boutique.  I must have been talking the whole time that my friend had her camera on me.

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Concentrate on the Rainbow…….

Let me repeat that: Concentrate on the rainbow.  Sounds very Zen and wise, doesn’t it?

Concentrate on the rainbow…..

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Well, it makes for a pretty lousy composition for a picture, doesn’t it?

When I was doing the original drawing, that’s what I did…I concentrated on the rainbow. And thinking of it, and the context of my life at the time, that’s what I did there, too….

I kind of flubbed in a landscape in the original drawing which didn’t really complement or add any ooomph! .  Also, making the move away from NYC, I concentrated on the promise of a new life, but didn’t take into account making a whole new structure…. Work, and community.  It takes a while to establish such things, I realize, now.  You can’t just concentrate on the rainbow, and have it all come out right.

You have to have landscape that anchors the sky and the rainbow, and leads into it.  I also realize I have to work a little harder to get established in Connecticut, in much the same way I worked hard over 20 years ago, in NYC.  I forgot I guess, that such things don’t come automatically, or even all that easily.

But isn’t this a much better composition for a drawing to work from?

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Remember Pumpkin? Throwback Thursday

I can’t share with you what I am working on right now, so, I’m puttering around. We’ve got a cold, wintry mix in Danbury.  So, good news..we managed to recapture our kitty Pumpkin.  As you may recall, we captured him last December, from our former home in New York City.  This past spring, however, the call of the wild got to our little feline transplant..and he ran off.  We found him, but he wasn’t too pleased at the idea of coming back to us..so, we left him, and came every day to feed him in his new environment.  If we tried to grab him, he’d bite, scratch and wiggle away.

So, this day was a good day to convince him to come home.  So, he’s back…here’s the Throwback Thursday drawing of him…The Cat from New York City20151223_150957

Going Gold

It’s getting close to Labor Day.  Already, the trees around here are showing some touches of orange and gold.  I’m looking forward to cooler weather, and the autumn colors.  Yes, even I get tired of summer.

The last few drawing I’ve done have been green.  I’m getting a little bored, and want to shake it up a bit.

I’ve been thinking of the old neighborhood, back in New York City. Honestly, I don’t miss it much, except for a few neighbors and a couple of the outdoor cat.  This time of year, though, is the time that the butterfly weed is in bloom, gathering its winged admirers.  In case you don’t remember the drawing, here’s a revisit:

IMG_0426As for today, the most artwork I’ve done recently is for the Danbury Rocks project.  I’m made quite a few more.  I’m learning to incorporate the veins and planes of the rocks, making them more organic instead of geometrical  Here’s the latest batch:

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Talk About the Cat from New York City

As I look at this drawing I’ve done of our rescue, Pumpkin, I realize it’s also part a goodbye piece (and peace) to New York City.   I won’t say goodbye for good, because one thing I’ve learned in life, is you never know what the future will bring. Back in the 1980’s, as a struggling artist, for instance, I could never have imagined such technology that could send my artwork around the world.

Back to my “Goodbye for Now” drawing of New York.  In doing the skyline in the background, I mixed clashing colors to build up a bluish gray.  As I was doing it, I realized, in a nutshell…that is how I think of New York.  A harmonious, luminous presence in the distance; up close, discord and noise.  Yes, in certain circumstances, the grace of dream of New York, can lend harmony to the noise.

I checked the weather forecast on my phone.  It said “Danbury”.  Yes, folks, it’s going to be Danbury all day today.

And here’s Pumpkin, sitting on a wall:

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I Didn’t Really Feel Like Doing Any Art, Yesterday.

One thing I find about doing art, is that you have to keep it up.  In some respects, it’s like exercise or meditation, if you slack off a day, you’re likely to slack off the next day…and then, before you know it, you’ve fallen back into the life of a slug sitting endlessly at your computer,  checking LOLcats.

Only,sometimes, you’re sick or you’ve been up all night, worrying about being overdrawn in your bank account, or whatever.  You know if you really force yourself to do any art under those circumstances, you’re going to come up with a work of art suitable to get a fire started in the fireplace.  For that matter, sometimes, with exercise and yoga, that can happen, too.

I”ve forgiven myself for the exercise and meditation.  I’ve taken the pressure off myself, and figure what I actually manage to do, is better than nothing.

With art, however, I take a different approach.  If I am in the state that any drawing I would do would turn to *@$?, I do something art related, like cataloging my work, or putting my work in mats.  In the case of yesterday, I doodled a few roses on my picture of Pumpkin.

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Why roses?  How very un New York like.  I’m trying to keep the drawing true to the area we got Pumpkin.  It looks like this picture.  Please have patience with the man with his shirt hanging out…he’s my boyfriend and had no idea he was being photographed for the internet.

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There really are rosebushes there!  But more typical are garbage cans.  I have yet to figure out how to make a garbage can picturesque.

So, I did my part for yesterday…and on to today!

I’ve Got a Song Going Through My Head…

It’s this one:

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I’m not really showing my age…this was a Golden Oldie on the radio already, when I was in my tender tween years.

But the reason it’s going through my head, is my own damn fault.  Like so many cat owners, I get all cutesy with them to the point of being sickening.  Yes, I confess, I do.

Pumpkin was rescued from the streets of New York, so I substituted “Talk about the Cat from New York City”,in the lyrics…now I’m doomed to hear it, over and over again.

Anyway, I am working on the sketch of “The Cat from New York City”.  It’s going to have more detail, and rosebushes in the final.

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