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One more time

I don’t like to repeat subject matter, but since I have done…just how many drawings of bicycles this year? I’m breaking my own rule once again. Rules are meant to be broken, even your own.

This time it’s after the storm pieces. For instance, this:

But one attempt at a rainbow, seemed okay, but not quite hitting the mark.

Btw,I did a long treatise on the false notions on the cheerful subject of rainbows. My picture came out kind of hhopeless. Not a good rendition of the time honored symbol of promise

So,I’m working on a rework of a rainbow.

After this, I expect to be working on a fall or winter theme. In case I haven’t mentioned it,I seem to do my best work in the winter.

Why? Because I get sick of flowers and foliage! I was moaning about my boredom wwith this a few years ago.

So,bring on the change of seasons!

Of course I had my failures too.

Now that I have reminded you ,let’s forget about this:

Having my Cake

So, here are the most recent little drawings:

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You know what I’m thinking……….Just how many small pictures do I need to do a  show?  I already have plenty.  Doing them is definitely disappointing too.   I can’t sink my teeth in them as I can with the large drawing.

It’s like going into Costco, being handed a bite-sized piece of cake…and that’s it.  You want the whole damn thing, and the only way to get it, is to buy it.  It’s just that I want my cake and to eat it, too.

Thinking further, I’ve only done little mixed venues.  In an art show, that’s limited to fine art/fine craft, maybe the larger pieces would sell, because the type of customer attending would be different.

So, I’m going back to the large cake, and eating it, too.

One More Piece

First of all, I should say a little about this lady.  She also made being ol….a senior, seem less dreary.  She was my partner’s grandmother and lived until nearly 113 years old. (Yeah, I bet you thought I was going to say 113 years young,  Fooled you!  Also, I’m sick to death of that cute little joke)

Anyway, she came from Hungary, through Ellis Island.  Settled in Connecticut.  She lived in her own apartment until she was about 111..  Cooked, cleaned at a time of life most people….are dead, actually.

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But back to my drawing.  It’s complete, all of the pieces have fallen together.

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No title so far. I’m pretty pleased with it.

Truthfully, I thought it would have made a better drawing if I had left the little dots white.  White clover.  It would have been a more intriguing composition in terms of lights and darks.  However, by the time I realized it, it was too late.  So I continued to make the clover pink.

Odd, some of the my favorite drawings have so little in them…a bit of geometry and some straggly lines.  For instance, this one.

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So, that brings up the question, which of my drawings is my favorite?  It’s easier to tell which drawings I don’t like.  I know!  My favorite drawing is the next one I’m going to do.

Did someone say something about gargoyles?

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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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