While I’ve been waiting for the grey, rainy weather to dissipate, I’ve been bored out of my mind, hell! I’ve been wanting to draw plein aire outside, but it’s been too wet. Sun is out today, but the grass I would sit in is wet. So, sigh, I must find something else to occupy my time.
So, I’ve had this idea for a while, to integrate prints from my pictures, along with acrylic paint, on useful objects. I started with this, which is actually a real drawing with paint, on a trivet.
If you recognize this kitten, which you might….it’s a sketch for this drawing: So, I’ve found something useful to do on off days. We’ll see where it takes me.
There was, however, no friend around at the time, so sleep-deprived, I drew. And I drew some more. I thought I’d completed the drawing I was working on. However, in the bright morning light…my picture looked like a mess of scribbles. Okay, somewhat orderly scribbles, but scribbles none the less.
Fortunately, not all is lost, I think I can go back over it, and make it look more as if a human, as opposed to chimpanzee, drew it. I worked today, though, at my day job, so I’m tired, so tired. If I don’t want to make the same mistake twice, I’d better lay off of it for now.
But…earlier in the day, my friend and I did a lot of work on our decorated rocks. So, here’s my first Danbury Rock, ready to go .
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.
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
Here I am, being nostalgic again. As we were packing the car with a load of *stuff* to take to the new place, I saw my landlord’s chair, against the stone wall. He’s had it there all the years we lived there, probably many years before, and now….
It got me thinking of how the neighborhood had been good subject matter for my artwork. I didn’t have to go too far for inspiration.
So, for those of you who haven’t seen them, a parting glance of a little street, in a very big city: