I was going through my old winter drawings, looking for something, damned if I can remember what. I came across this, which failed in the purpose of a cheerful winter beach. The figure is alone and looks lonely. It looks like the mood I had that winter…lonely, blue, and wondering why the heck I’d ever moved from NYC.
Totally, totally wrong. It was meant to be an interpretation of a real event in my life. The day was cold, but bright and clear. I was with my then boyfriend, early in our relationship. The general emotion was that of the excitement of being deeply in love, and being loved back. That day, that morning was one the most joyful memories of my life.
But this drawing ….looks pretty damned depressing.
The name of this drawing was “Winter Beach”. While I was drawing the revision I intended to call it “Winter Beach 2”. My current boyfriend came along and said it was “Two People Looking at a Wave”. So, here it is:
I remember a discussion online by a few professional artists, that when you do artwork all the time,it becomes work….and you need an actual hobby to take a break from it. I never thought that would happen to me, but cooped up in the apartment for a week without doing much but drawing, is not as ideal as I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to stay home and draw all the time, rather than going to a day job, but when I take a break from artwork I really need a break. I don’t have a book to read right now, and the library is a cold, distant journey in this weather. I used to like to bake, but my waistline suffered. Hmmm, maybe I’ll take up knitting.
Which brings me to the finish of “Winter Beach”. The boyfriend looked at it and said, “Is that supposed to be happy?”. For me, yes it is, one of my fondest memories of being young and in love was at a winter beach. Yes, it looks stark, but it’s also sunny and bright.
I must say, I’m getting intrigued by portraying irregular shapes with varied luminosity. Clouds, and waves are a challenge that is not easy. Since I often do things the hard way, it’s right up my alley.
I’m doing the wave in layers of different colors, much the way painters use glazes. I hope that it gives a sense of transparency to the water.
Anyway, first step.
And the sketch.
This was my half-rear-ended attempt at a seascape from memory. I don’t give up though. Winter beaches are a favorite experience for me, and one that brings back romantic memories of when I was young. So, I’m going to attempt one again, only with better copy to work from.
So, its a complicated drawing to do, and I may be in over my head. Wish me luck!
Also, I have put a number of items up on Ebay…just search my name, Roxanne Baldwin