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Blackout !

“I’ve seen the lights go out on Broadway,

I’ve seen the Empire State laid low.”    – Billy Joel

Right now, Rose Garden is going slowly.  It’s through no fault of my own, but pet owners will understand.  Pumpkin has taken up a new sleeping spot, right behind my easel.   It’s a choice between letting Pumpkin sleep peacefully, or get artwork done.  You can probably guess my priority.

So, I’ve been paying attention to the news.  Along with Hurricane Barry, it seems that Manhattan has had another blackout.  I’ve lived through a couple of those. Sure, there are big crises, there are also a lot of little crises.  That’s part of living in a big city.

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This is an ode to New Yorkers.  They gang together during times of crisis, but most are not very friendly.  I think it’s a matter of personal space.  If I can’t have it in literal 3D dimensions, at least I can keep my emotions clear.

 

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I can give examples of being pulled out of bad situations by strange New Yorkers, only to be met by gruffness afterwards.

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So again begs the question ….did I do the right thing leaving NYC?  I’ve come to the final conclusion, it just doesn’t matter.  I am in Connecticut now, and unless I suddenly am flooded with wealth, I can go back to New York City.  So, end of dilemma, I must make the most happy, successful life here.

 

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So, here’s to old new beginnings:

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After My Tirade About Dogs

Why am I suddenly drawing so many bicycles?  Is it some kind of Freudian thing?

So, there have been two recent drawing of bicycles.  The last drawing I made, and this one:

20181229_204707Is it a wish fulfillment of my unfinished application to the Rhode Island School of Design?  As I think I mentioned, part of the application process was to draw boots and a bicycle.  I wonder if they still do have those drawings to do.  It can’t be that…it’s too long ago, and why now?

Here’s the sketch for the latest one.  So far, the finished work is coming out much differently.

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The truth is?  They’s fascinatingly complex and simple at the same time.  Sort of like when I was drawing  jungle gyms

(So where is that jungle gym pic when  I need it?  I’m sorry to disappoint.  It’s probably buried somewhere on my old point and shoot camera, that I disposed of long ago.  I’ll have to retake the picture)

Or bridges:

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Or chairs:

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OLDROCKERI never realized that the title of the one above is actually a description of me.

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But that still leaves the question…why now?

In the meantime, here’s to bicycles!

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All in a Day’s Work

I’m kind of struggling here.  I’m trying to catch the excitement that I had for the artwork I did in New York, but have yet to capture in Connecticut.  Most of my work here, has come out boringly representational.  I kind of realize the elements I’m missing…

I did put human objects as subject matter, and work heavily on a design with them.  Abstract them, to a certain point.  Here are some NYC that show my focus.

The closest thing I’ve done like that in Connecticut is this.  It leans too far the the pure representational side.

Anyway, I think I know what I have to do to get back on the road!

A Brief History of My Relationship with Strawberries

So, I’m fighting a bit of a summer cold, and  working on the full-sized strawberry patch picture.  Rather than lay out the whole composition before I filled in the details, this time I decided to let it flow….and fill in the details as I went along.  I thought it would be less tedious that way.  At least I thought so.

These drawing are not the first I’ve done of strawberries.  A long time ago, I did this:

 

A very realistic drawing of strawberries.  I thought I’d found the solution to the problem of making money with my art…make small drawing that I could sell inexpensively.  It was another attempt that went down in a fiery flame.

Seems no one could relate to just strawberries on a plate.  Or apples with pearls for that matter. I found there had to sell, even that size, the viewer had to have an emotional connection to the subject matter.

Finding subject matter like that is pretty much a shot in the dark.  I’ve managed to sell two, on Ebay, and how my customer found them in the thousands of drawings there, I’ll never know.

The two were these:

 

So, one customer I’m sure had to be a motorcycle enthusiast, while another was someone who ❤ New York.

I feel I am getting closer to an art product people will buy.  Too bad it’s taken a few decades to get there.

Wishing You Joy…and a Couple of Blasts from the Past.

I know I must sound like a broken record, referring to healing art.  Simply put, when a person is down and miserable, I want to supply an antidote.  My work is unabashedly feel-good, joyous and happy.  Making it brings me out of a chronic depression….I hope viewing it makes you happier, too.

So, be it.  If you feel that art must be about suffering..sometimes, finding what gives you serenity and joy is how to express suffering.

So, I promised some flashbacks…these are works from a while ago, but since I have some newcomers to my work, I welcome you to earlier parts of my artistic journey.  For those of you already familiar with them….I hope you are not bored, and can get enjoyment from them again.  Here goes:

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And of course some cake!  Nobody should be without cake.

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Less than sparkling and FREE GIFTS!

Putting together an art show can really sap your energy and creativity.

I’m still enthusiastic about “Construction”, but I’m too tired and distracted to work on it right now.

I went to Birch Coffee (5 East 27th Street) to check the space out again. I was worried before whether I’d have enough art to fill the walls, now I think I may have too much.

I’ve been busy putting together little things to give away to attendees, and this is what I’ve come up with:

Refrigerator Magnet:

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Notecards:

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Limited Edition signed and number art cards, 2.5 by 3.5 inches:

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Gotta come up with some money for refreshments.  There’s still time.

Remember, 7-9 pm September 6 is the reception.