Now for something completely different…
I’m getting ready for “Pony Rides for a Purpose”, and so is a friend. My good friend will be trying out a walk-around puppet stage. And I give you three guesses as to who painted the scenery for it. You only needed one? Wow!
So, here it is. The light blue square will be cut out for my friend to see out. Forgive the crooked picture, but this thing has got to be about six feet by five feet, and is hard to hold up.
So, if you’re in Connecticut, don’t forget to stop by King’s Bridge Stables, get a portrait, and see my friend’s awesome puppet show!
I’ll be working on the background of “Winged Foal”, and I expect it will take some time. Rather than bore you with repetitive pictures of the progress, I thought I’d post something I’ve shown no one, until now.
A few years back I was totally stuck. My representational art was coming out less than awesome. So, I decided to change styles to get out of the rut. I got involved in the process, and did a couple of abstracts. Here’s one, don’t have a title for it.
Doing these broke me out of my rut, and I suggest it to any of you artists who find yourself completely stuck.
The part that’s relevant, though, is that I’m using the same idea in the background of “Winged Foal”. Maybe not as dramatic, but I’m going to blast some music and get into the process of making an abstract blue sky.
And a word of thanks to all my followers, you encourage me so much with your “likes”. I gave up on art for a while, because the art world didn’t welcome my work, and I felt discouraged, like I was beating my head against a brick wall. To know that there are people who do like my work, encourages me. Thanks.
Somewhere, in my childhood, a teacher chided us like that. So indeed, Grand Central Station is usually filled with noisy crowds.
I’m working from a photo I took when the station wasn’t that crowded…..a Saturday morning.
Grand Central Station is mostly marble and stone. So, one tends to think in terms of grays, and whites, and an occasional gold highlight blinking off the handrails. However, when I printed this picture out…and really, really looked at it, I realized it was a watercolor-like combination of overlapping lavenders, pinks and corals….and a little soft blue. I never, never, thought of Grand Central that way. So, my intention is to duplicate that feeling…while kind of wishing I was a watercolor artist instead.
Here’s the WIP:
It’s somewhat askew, part the fault of the photo, part my drawing. I’ll need to fix that up. Right now, I’m leaving the young woman blank…..don’t know how to fit her into the color scheme yet.
I know I’ve been absent for a while…a lot going on in my non-art personal life. A new job, and learning the tasks always drains my focus. A high-school reunion. And many people and animals who need healing.
It’s good to be back on track again.
Okay, now that I’ve got your attention…..
Here’s an update on “Tiger in the Jungle”. It’s coming out lower key than I intended, but I expect when I go over it with the blender, it will pop. Also, I’m at a very tedious point, the background. It would be good to listen to my iPod during this…but I lost the charger. Dammit.
Also, I did an art show, doing portraits. Had 13 customers. So, I know in the right venue, this works. Here’s my partial set-up.
And, as usual, I’m itching to get started on the new picture. When the Twin Towers were standing, twice a year, the sun would set between them….kind of a World Trade Center Solstice. I once tried to take a picture of that with a film camera, and a zoom lens, but it came out terribly blurry. And now, the opportunity is lost forever. *sigh*. But that’s what I intend to do with this drawing.
By the way, I was kidding about the meaning of life being rain puddles. Everyone knows the meaning of life is 42.
My intention in starting “Tiger in the Jungle’, was, as I did in “Pocket Paradise”, was to treat each leaf as a small meditation in itself. However, stress over money and unemployment does not facilitate a particularly Zen state of mind. So, I’m taking this very slowly. Otherwise, I’m going to end up with messy, sloppy leaves.
I received my sales tax certificate, yesterday. That means, I can legally set up selling my work on the street. I do have some items I need to buy first…..a four foot table, mats, tarps, and more ink cartridges. Since no job seems to be forthcoming to pay for these…..Ouch, my retirement account.
So, here’s a glimpse of the progress of “Tiger in the Jungle”.
If you’ve already done the hard work on a drawing, the rest goes fast. Plus, I was truly inspired doing this, so I spent more of my time on it.
As I worked in it, I decided to use metallic pencil. That’s something I normally don’t do, because I always envisioned selling my work as prints. But as I did it in this, I decided to make the picture more like a medieval icon. I made her robe the blue of lapis lazuli, for instance.
I’m very pleased with this. Soon, I will be entering a juried competition, and although it costs money (something I rarely do, unless it’s free), I will be entering “Black Madonna”. I feel I have a good chance at this show, I’m familiar with the people jurying it, and they have seemed to like my work in the past.
First a note about Scraggly Weed. As I was looking out my window, I noticed another artist was attracted to the plant on which my drawing is based. This time, a photographer, with a zoom lens, taking a close up of one of the fronds. Don’t know if he managed to capture a butterfly. Anyway, I think returning to Scraggly Weed in the winter, when summer memories are cherished, will be a good idea.
So, here’s the progress on Black Madonna. Decided to give her royal robes, but I’m thinking of ways to make them into a more interesting design.
I also aged her a bit for two reasons…..one, the woman in my dreams was older than this woman. The other, I’m trying to make the portrait look even less like the woman it doesn’t look like.
Yesterday was the festival for which I neglected artwork, and housework for. I had a good time, but, no sales. I feel I might have been successful if I had done some small portraits of people for not too much money. It was a very child oriented event. Lot’s of face painting and arts and crafts for kids.
I did get some good exposure though…gave out some cards, and magnets. Little by little I’m getting the equipment together to do more high end outdoor shows, too. I bought some gridwall. I also found that an EZ up tent that costs over $400 on Dick Blick, is available at KMart for $149. Promptly put one on layaway.
I may do the show again, next year, but better prepared. So, now, back to work on “Scraggly Weed”.
The day job took over last week, worked extra hours, no time for artwork. Hell, though, I need the money. I’m tired as a dog now, can’t really do any work on scraggly weed, which is beginning to look like Audrey II in “Little Shop of Horrors”.
Last week, I answered an ad for an art show. I was selected, with only one week to get ready for it. It’s on August 11, in Soundview Park in the Bronx for any of you in the area. It starts at 11:00 am.
The nice thing, is that I didn’t have to pay a fee, it was barter for a donation to their fundraiser. I’m giving them “Refuge”, which I’m sure I posted before.
So, I’ve got to get a black tablecloth, and find someway to display all this stuff. Now that I have a smartphone, I can take credit cards. So, with any luck at all…..