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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:


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.



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….

Having said all that…

Yes, it’s been a while.  Topsy Turvy winter into spring…kind of chaotic, don’t want to go there.

But still, I’ve had a revelation, I’m more a healer than an artist.  So, I’m going to start my Reiki practice again.

But no, I’m not giving up art.  It means so much to me, and to many other people.  I am, however, going to try to get my ego out of it.  That means, back to the intention of making joyful, healing art..without worrying whether it’s a deathless work of art.

So, I realized what I mean by paradises now. They’re gardens!  Flowers and plants in a harmonious composition.

So, with that…remember this picture from last year?



I decided to do a complete drawing of the garden in the reflection.  Haven’t gotten a name for it, but it doesn’t really matter.  Maybe I’ll be an egoistic artist, name it Garden 1, to mystify people.  Anyway:


What is Paradise?

Darned if I know….

It’s just in this environment, wondering what I can draw that is upbeat and inspiring to people, I come back to my old idea of Paradise.

It’s just that I don’t work well from imagination alone.  I need some hard copy to ground me, to elaborate on, and interpret.  Sometimes, I do okay, such as in this one from a couple of years ago.



But interpreting reality as a paradise is what I’d really like to do.  I’ve done some experiments, in the past, but never followed through.



A time for everything..or back to Paradise.

Back to Paradise….and a Work in Progress.

As i recall, one of my first attempts at healing through art was to create drawings of various paradises.  Here’s an example of one of themnewgarden002_thumb.jpg

Of course, like so many of my series pictures…I got totally bored with the idea before I had done too many, and quit.  Am I a quitter, then?  Maybe, but usually I quit because more intriguing and meatier ideas came up, instead.  Seemed like a good trade off at the time.  And you know what?  It still seems as if it was a good trade off, now.

But, despite grumblings on my part of missing certain elements of New York City, in my more day to day living, I feel once again, as if I have been plopped right down into the middle of paradise.  There is so much to explore: Fronds from wetlands, lovely silhouetted crows in the morning fog, sunlight glinting off of web like branches…it will be a long time before I run dry for ideas.  Maybe, as I myself heal, I will once again be creating a paradise series, just by default, because that’s what I feel surrounding me.

As for the beginning of another paradise series?  Here’s the work in progress for the winter themed artwork I am doing, with the intention of maybe making a holiday card out of it next year.  But, as I draw it, I see little glimpses of a utopia in the composition.  And so, it grows.


So, we meet again…..

I know it’s been a while. Life, no actually Facebook, got in the way.  You know, you can neglect a lot of important things getting caught up in the drama of your friends.  I went cold turkey for a couple of days, and now I visit infrequently.  So, as a result, I finished the full-size  “Pocket Paradise”.  I’m quite pleased with it. 

I’ve decided that since I don’t have the money to be a philanthropist, I’ll do what I can with my art.  More charitable donations, more pro bono work.  I’m still very interested in leaving the world a better place for me having been here.  Maybe this is the way to get art to heal.



An Urban Paradise

I have concentrated on natural beauty as paradise. The truth is, though, some of us have found our paradise in a big city. What can be paradise among t he noise, bad smells, crowds and dirt? It’s a matter of being part of a community. For some of us, that’s paradise..

Here I am featuring the lower Manhattan skyline as it is, now. The tall building is the Freedom Tower, the new World Trade Center. I also played a lot with types of pencil strokes…scribbles, parallel lines, and more in order to create a more atmospheric effect.

Okay, doing non-profit landscapes is all well and good…..but how do I get them out to people? I don’t have money to promote them, and most art shows cost plenty to participate. The internet of course, but I’m among how many billions of websites? It’s a miracle anyone finds me.

In NYC,it’s legal for artists to set up their work in certain places, as long as they have a business license. Despite that, artists do get harassed by the police. I’m not sure I’d want to deal with that. It would also take away from my precious weekend time off. So, I’m still thinking, and open to suggestions.nycatdusk72