For those of you who know me, you know I’m quite a messy person. But now, I don’t know what got into me, but I’m beginning to be neat. My pencils are still in a jumble, but that’s okay. I’m determined not to become nit-picky about it.
Between stress on the paying job, and other distractions, I haven’t gotten around to work on the MS Bike Ride. Now that I’m looking at it, I realize I have a lot of two very hard things to draw….figures and bicycles, and realizing figures ON bicycles is doubly hard.
For those of you who have applied to RISD (Rhode Island School of Design, you will remember that drawing a bicycle is one of the requirements of the application. I feel I did a pretty good job, but due to the fact that I was literally crazy at the time, I could not complete my application. Oh, well.
So, I’m starting to plug away at this drawing, without a clue as to what I am doing. Not much to show right now, but I thought I’d let you all know why I hadn’t posted in a while.
As I was going to work yesterday, our landlord came bursting out the back door. He wanted to show us that there were berries falling all over our car, and to be careful. Then he pointed out a tree I hadn’t noticed before. A mulberry.
Mulberries are found in Connecticut. There were two in my childhood yard. Like magnets, they attracted birds and squirrels looking for a good meal. I wouldn’t be surprised, if at night, they were scavenged by raccoons, too. That is, when the raccoons were finished knocking over the garbage cans.
So, on the left side of the drawing, I included a mulberry tree. It gave me a chance to put in some red and pink colored dots to break up the green. I softened the tree on the right, put in some finishing touches, and Voila! Connecticut Fantasy is finished.
Been working on the piece. Thinking about it, brings back many memories. I spent most of my life in Connecticut. My mentor once remarked, “Connecticut should be called the green tree and stone wall state”. Which is true.
In the meantime, still working on Connecticut Fantasy, but not enough progress to warrant a WIP picture.
As for the MS picture, it finally was decided that I’d do a drawing of bicyclists in the MS bike tour. As my friend said, the theme of the night is athletic and upbeat. Her husband was convinced. As soon as I finish Connecticut Fantasy, I will start on it.
As I mentioned before, I’m going to be working on a piece for a silent auction for the cure of MS. However, I was lost for an idea (how do you make an appealing, saleable picture out of a dread disease?). I consulted with the man I proposed the idea to, with some ideas. His outlook was totally different. I’m good friends with his wife, who had other ideas. So, I’ve got an appointment to call the man tonight, and hash this all out.
In the meantime, Connecticut Fantasy is coming along. I found I had a bit of a challenge. How was I to make the grass look long and scruffy, along with shadows cast from the trees, without loosing the wildflowers. Here’s the result, and I’m pretty pleased.
One thing or another…just not feeling my best. Oh, I suppose I could complain about everything that’s happened to make me feel that way, but truth is, it’s not all that interesting. Not even to me. So, I’ll spare you.
I did start a little on Connecticut Fantasy, but given my decrepit condition, I’m taking it slowly. One of the things that I love about Connecticut are the wildflowers (or weeds, depending on your point of view), that grow there. So, I’ve started with some Queen Anne’s Lace and the start of some daylilies. A piece at a time. I think, after all these years of drawing for the market, I’ve finally found a way to have fun doing art again. Takes a while, but it’s worth it.
Without further ado, here’s the very beginning, a glimpse of the wildflower in progress.
Evidently, the charity that I send my drawings to had a problem with its venue…so my work will be sent back. Maybe they’ll find someplace else in the future.
But in the meantime, more about “Connecticut Landscape Fantasy”. Sometimes, I like to do a composition based on real places, but in a free-flowing mode, using typical elements of that place. In the past I did one of the Oregon Coast, which has since been lost. Here’s an example I do have, it’s called “Merritt Parkway Fantasy”, which I did many years ago. For those of you not in the area, it is a main highway in Connecticut. Sorry, picture a little fuzzy.