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While We’re Waiting..

I did that cheerful early spring drawing, and now….IRL, we’re back to grey, dull, cloudy days.  Anything spring-like I’d have to fake, and that never turns out well.  So, I wonder, can I portray beauty in the dismal days?

I once tried doing a painting of Park Avenue in New York City on a cloudy day.  I thought I’d make it look dramatic and moody.  Instead, it turned out pretty depressing, just as it looked the day I took the photo.

So, I’m going back over my work to see…what have I done on cloudy and/or rainy days?

While I still lived in NYC, I did a drawing from a photo I took with a flip-phone.  This is it, clouds in the late afternoon.  The sky is clearing after a rainstorm.

Then much later, just as I was moving to Connecticut, I saw this view of clouds surrounding a double rainbow.

So, now I’m wondering…can I go back and do a drawing of a cloudy day, making it look moody and not depressing?  We shall see……

Wasting No Time

I said I was eager to get back to the rainbow drawing.  As soon as I was finished with the pet portrait, I got right back on it. It looks, still, quite a bit like the smaller version, but I drew the rainbow in with a lot of white space, a la impressionism, to give it a feeling of light.  I had more fun with the clouds, too.  Although, still not realistic, they are tempestuous.

I realized in looking at rainbows since, they do mark  a clearing.  So, I pulled in some incoming yellow light underneath it.    So, Dorothy, you want to go “Over the Rainbow”?  Not me, that’s where the clouds are.

The idea for this drawing came to me as I passed through a forgotten railroad station on the way to Brewster, NY.  So, going back to its origins, I’ve named this piece, Rainbow Over the Tracks.

Finally, I think I’ve gotten it out of my system.

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After Not So Careful Consideration

I’m going to work again on the Rainbow.  I realize, that for one thing, I made it look as if someone took DuPont house paint, and painted the rainbow on the sky.  It’s not luminous.  And for that, it will take careful, detailed work.  In other words, I’ve got to get back to being big.

Not a problem, really.  When I think about doing an idea for a drawing, I almost always want to shout.  For that, it’s got to be large.

Another thing…I wanted to make the storm clouds a better abstract composition.  I’m still thinking that over.  I realize there’s got to be some structure in a skyscape, which is funny when you think that it’s made up of air and moisture.

In the past I did a drawing of a late afternoon, before sunset.  I realized just putting colors in abstractly just didn’t do it.construction272_thumb.jpg

The fact, that I did this from a reference from a teeny tiny photo on a flip cellphone camera, probably had something to do with it, too.

Any, I also am posting another pic of me at the winter boutique.  I must have been talking the whole time that my friend had her camera on me.

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I’m Not Really Sure About This

Well, actually, at the moment..there are a lot of things I’m not sure about.  However, in this case, I mean the drawing.

One thing I do like, that I didn’t even plan, is that I put a staircase going up to the rainbow, in the foreground.  Seriously, I didn’t even notice, while I was wildly snapping pictures of the rainbow from a moving train, that I caught that.  When went over the pictures to select something for reference, I still didn’t notice it.  Finally, when I was drawing it, then I saw

That I put a way to get up to the rainbow.

Otherwise, the handling of it?  It’s not as stupendous a sight as a rainbow actually is.  So, because of that, I’m not all that happy. I’ve given a viewer a way to get to the rainbow, but it’s a pretty mediocre rainbow.

Okay, I’ve given this rainbow picture two chances.  Do I need a third one to make that proverbial charm?  Maybe.

Like the first one, maybe I’ll put this aside for a while.

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Concentrate on the Rainbow…….

Let me repeat that: Concentrate on the rainbow.  Sounds very Zen and wise, doesn’t it?

Concentrate on the rainbow…..

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Well, it makes for a pretty lousy composition for a picture, doesn’t it?

When I was doing the original drawing, that’s what I did…I concentrated on the rainbow. And thinking of it, and the context of my life at the time, that’s what I did there, too….

I kind of flubbed in a landscape in the original drawing which didn’t really complement or add any ooomph! .  Also, making the move away from NYC, I concentrated on the promise of a new life, but didn’t take into account making a whole new structure…. Work, and community.  It takes a while to establish such things, I realize, now.  You can’t just concentrate on the rainbow, and have it all come out right.

You have to have landscape that anchors the sky and the rainbow, and leads into it.  I also realize I have to work a little harder to get established in Connecticut, in much the same way I worked hard over 20 years ago, in NYC.  I forgot I guess, that such things don’t come automatically, or even all that easily.

But isn’t this a much better composition for a drawing to work from?

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As Promised…And Now I’ll Shut Up About It

I kept promising an event at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Danbury, and darned if it wasn’t today.  I was there.  Met a lot of very nice people, gave out some business cards.  I had to take my old New York City business cards and cross out the address, and then write in “Danbury”.  Something very ominous and final about that act.  Even though my night time dreams are mostly set in the Big Apple, my day time reality is really, really gone from there…most probably forever.

By the way, does anyone really know why New York City is called the “Big Apple”?  I’ll be damned if I know.  Once I tried looking it up on the omniscient site Google, and no, Google had conflicting reports and reasons.  So, unless some bolt of lightning strikes with the right answer, I guess I’ll never know.

So, here’s my set up at the show:

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Also, in the past week, I had the sad task of drawing a sympathy card for a friend of a friend.  Somehow, it does make a difference to make a drawing sometimes, even if for a bright light in a dark time:

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And now, I can start to spend my time going back to the art I want to do.  So, for instance, there’s this remake I wanted to do..remember my Rainbow?  The one I decided was my worst piece of 2015?  I hope to make improvements on it.  I was so decidedly overconfident and cocky while I was drawing it..and you know what they say about pride.

So, here’s the revisit…not sure how I’m going to redo it, but I do know:

I’m going to get small.

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Sunshine, Lollipops, Rainbows, Everything….

The title is lyrics to a song, way back when I was a child. I wonder how many of my readers remember that song, and wish they didn’t.

So, here’s the complete on the rainbow drawing.

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Misses the mark in a few ways. I wanted to make the rainbow more pastel, and light, as I was complaining about in my previous post.  I didn’t quite get it.  Also, the sky is kind of a hodge podge of lines and swirls.  I’m not sure how I feel about that. Who knows, I may look at this drawing weeks from now, and say “Wow, that works well!”. Or I may say, “Oooops, better hide that drawing for the rest of my life”.  I don’t know yet.

Anyway, speaking of titles, I was debating what to do.  Then it occurred to me, I had a drawing from a beautiful time in my life,entitled “Cloud Over Greenwich”.

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If I project an intention of good times into this drawing as well?  Then I certainly can call it: “Rainbow Over Danbury”.  So then, I will.