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I’ve had it with this

What have I had it with? Not being able to do my large pieces.  They are most expressive to me, and what keeps me going. My hand is fine, now, and other than work space, I’m ready.

My first piece is going to be a nocturne, of the yard I had when I was a kid.  I liked the piece but it needed punching up.

This is a medium sized piece, done many, many years ago.  Okay, not that many.

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So what’s missing?  A very important part of a starry night sky.  What I always dismissed as wisps of clouds.  The Milky Way!

Since I’m still set up for note cards, here’s the small, preliminary sketch:

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My own personal Starry, Starry Night.  However, that title is taken. What about:

Ode to Van Gogh

Owed to Van Gogh

Searching for Major Tom

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Ah, the trials of being an artist. Any kind of artist.  Titles!

Maybe I should just be done with it and call it “Untitled, #1”

In note card news, here’s the latest:

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Fast and fun

 

 

 

 

 

Good Morning!

Okay, it’s actually 2:15 EST.  It’s snowy out, and I’m having a hard time getting going on a day like today.  However, I was talking about morning, and so I continue.

Another ditty…it’s always darkest just before the dawn.  Literally, when I’m awake all night, I can see a grayness in the sky before dawn.  Figuratively, I guess that’s true.

But darkness and dawn are an excellent subject.  So, here’s “The Dark before Dawn”

It’s a little Christmas card like, didn’t mean it to be like that.   That’s supposed to be Venus, which shines brightly in the morning here. I had fun drawing this, it was different for me.

Words Fail Me

I’ve been working on a drawing.  First version, I tried to do completely from imagination, and that turned out to be doomed to the trash can.  I should know better by now, that I need good reference pictures to do something believable.

Then, good references in hand, I redid the drawing.  This time, I was satisfied with it, but when it came to writing this blog, I couldn’t think of anything to say.  Yes, that can actually happen!  I was at a loss for words.

Flashback to my short-lived, day job of last month.  Everyone was thrilled about the Super Moon in December.  As I stood in below freezing weather, waiting a half hour to the bus, I would gaze to the east.  There was the Super Moon, on the horizon.  The sky was pink like the inside of a seashell.  So, impressed that I was, I decided to draw it.

And that’s that.  No metaphor comes to mind for it.  I can’t think of anything to say, except “This scene was pretty so I drew it”.  Those are the only words for it.

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Have Yourself a Merry, Little….thanksgiving

Yes, I’ve been working on cards.  Thanksgiving is coming with the whole conflicting attitude…on one hand, the original Thanksgiving story, and the fate of the Native Americans.  That’s especially poignant this year, with the protests of the Dakota Pipeline.

However, the idea of a day to count the good we have in our lives, and give thanks, seems like a good idea regardless.  So, I’ll take that attitude, and cook!

Thanksgiving will also be the celebration of a landmark birthday for my brother.  So, I’m looking for recipes that will be healthy enough for a diabetic, with heart disease.

But back to cards…here are some more winter landscapes.  The size of these is 5 by 7 inches.

Of course, not all winter is snow…some of the days have brilliant, clear, blue skies, with stark landscapes.  So, I felt obligated, I tell you obligated, in the interest of fair reporting, to do such a landscape:

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As you can see, there’s a red bird, a cardinal, flying into the view.  I’ve been told that cardinals represent a visit from a soul who has passed on…so, I’ve been wondering, who?

Also, in the interest of cheery, seasonal views, I did this nocturne.

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I’m going back to the idea of just drawing what strikes me, let my inner artist decide what is best for subject matter.  Having done a year of mostly paradise themed drawings, I feel something has fallen short in my output.  Maybe I’d better pay attention more to my subconscious’s input….

Happy Halloween, Samhain,….or October 31

Sad to say, I have to take a bit of a break from drawing…I’m having trouble with my thumb due to a repetitive motion injury.  I can’t grasp a pencil very well….but fortunately, I can type one finger at a time.  I can’t let this day go by without some commemoration.

So,  tomorrow is November…for me, a very unpleasant month.  A few years ago, I did a drawing “Making Peace with November”.  So, while I nurse my playing hand, I will leave you with a revisit.

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Wishing You Joy…and a Couple of Blasts from the Past.

I know I must sound like a broken record, referring to healing art.  Simply put, when a person is down and miserable, I want to supply an antidote.  My work is unabashedly feel-good, joyous and happy.  Making it brings me out of a chronic depression….I hope viewing it makes you happier, too.

So, be it.  If you feel that art must be about suffering..sometimes, finding what gives you serenity and joy is how to express suffering.

So, I promised some flashbacks…these are works from a while ago, but since I have some newcomers to my work, I welcome you to earlier parts of my artistic journey.  For those of you already familiar with them….I hope you are not bored, and can get enjoyment from them again.  Here goes:

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And of course some cake!  Nobody should be without cake.

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It was a dark and stormy day…

Typical November day here…gray, rainy, brown leaves….a totally depressing mess.  Around the corner lurks the (gasp) winter holidays…which some love, some hate,  depending on your life and/or disposition.  Or your job….hello to my fellow retail workers!

So, no wonder I had to make peace with November.

Having left my day job in an ambulance, no less (I really like to go in style), I have lessened my schedule.  Listen, I love doing my artwork, but I need something to break it up…and hopefully find inspiration for the next drawing.

So, here is: Making Peace with November:

novemberSo, see you during the Christmas rush!  I’ll be the one wearing a rhinestone wreath and hawking olive oil….once again.