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I, Me, Mine

Channeling a little George Harrison, there…….

It seems to me that I talk about myself and my art a lot here.  I guess that’s normal, after all, it is my blog and it is supposed to be artsy.  Also, these are the subjects I know best,

The portrait above is me, a few years back.  I’m not really into doing self portraits.  Why would I want to do that, when there are so many more interesting and beautiful subjects to be drawn?

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Another topic I know a lot about is retail. I’ve worked in it for so many years, and it’s changed in stores since the internet became the competition.

It used to be enough to ask a customer if she needed help, and leave her alone if she just wanted to look.  Now it’s all about “asking  open ended questions”, to get the customer to talk about herself, giving the impression of sincere interest.  In the meantime, you are listening with the motive of finding out about her, to find something to sell to her. You step in like a vulture when you’ve got it.  Seems pretty dishonest to me.

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On the other hand, a friend of mine asked about making conversations with strangers to make a friend.  Again, the solution is to get that person to talk about herself.  If you can listen with sincere interest, you’ll make a friend.

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So, I’ve managed to not talk about myself a little.

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And some subjects aren’t subjects at all. Just a note, the drawing in this post are pretty random.

So, I don’t do many portraits, self or otherwise.  I find getting a likeness difficult, even if I do the tried and true.

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Roxanne Baldwin’s Artsy Store

Small Stuff for Sale

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like….OH NO!!!

As Summer arrives with the ending days of June, we look forward to the end of the Fiscal Year.   That’s right folks, while you’re enjoying the Fourth of July, and trips to the beach, people in retail are getting ready for the December holidays. Even artists are starting to look for the venues for art/craft shows in November and December.  I am no different.

I’m thinking of doing what is named the Pumpkin Festival, which is a large fair at a local church.  I have a while to think about it.  I’m going to give whatever venue I plan to do, my best shot, with my best moneymaker, which I realize now is hand drawn note cards and holiday cards.  So, that’s that.

I’m working now on note cards, because the weather here went from way too cold and rainy to go out drawing, to too hot and sunny.  So, while taking the trash to the dumpster the other day, I found a sweet surprise in the condo complex.  Wild strawberries!  So, I’ve done one note card, and am working on another.  I may eventually do a large version, like I did this:

And tried to do, this:

  

Here’s the photo I’m working from, which I like as a photo almost as much as I do a reference for a drawing….

Happy Summer Solstice!

Retaility vs. Reality

I’m trying not to get too far into the Holiday rush on this blog.  After all, there’s a fierce election ahead of us.  But, for those of us who work in stores, we’re already focused on “Tis the Season” (to make money).  After all, when I worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gift Shop, we started receiving holiday items in JULY!  So, while I’m going to avoid that subject, and let you have a nice November.

So, let’s talk about the election. No, LET”S NOT!

Let’s talk about art.

And how beautiful autumn is.

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Here’s an autumn memory….from several years ago.

$$$$$ Changes Everything $$$$$$

While I was unwinding from my day job, I called a good friend  In the course of conversation, she asked if I had any Christmas cards for sale.  Then it dawned on me, if I play my cards right, I could be making $$$$ with my artwork for Christmas, instead of slaving in a store among desperate shoppers….

I had a plan.  Instead of doing my one, little puny,  handmade card a day, I would take a holiday motif, make a full-sized picture and create Christmas cards with it for next year.  I was enthusiastic, and all set to go.

It then dawned on me, how long it takes for me to do a finished, full size work.  I have a backlog of ideas to do, and not enough time.  I may do the holiday card next year, but using one of my already finished winter themed works.  So, you see, sometimes money doesn’t change everything.

Here are some examples of previous winter works:

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For example.  Otherwise, I am putting it out to God, The Goddess, The Universe or Whatever It Is Out There, that I make enough money next year that I don’t have to do the Christmas rush in a retail store.

Oh, yes, and the Yuletide card of the day:

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Time Flies When You’re Working Retail…..

Or, oh dear..it’s that time of year.

It’s the Christmas Rush…or if you’re more politically correct, the Holiday Rush.  As for me, I go with the Yuletide Rush, since it encompasses the Christmas Holiday with the Winter Solstice.  So, the light returning to the Earth in the darkest time of year?  How can you argue with that for politically correct?

Anyway, I have developed the tradition for myself of doing little Yuletide cards to keep my hand in my drawing (and keep my sanity) during the retail’s busiest season.  Since I am on my feet waiting on customers, when I come home, my energy and concentration has gone the way of new moon light.

Just to let you know, I am not going to name the place I am working this year, although it’s a name you would know.  I’ve been known to put my foot in it on social media, when it comes to work, so I’m for good/bad/neutral, I think it’s best to keep my big mouth shut.

Here’s the first of m Yuletide cards:

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Happy Holidays and All That Jazz…

I’m getting ready for another Black Friday in retail, today, but in Connecticut instead of NYC.  Yes, the move is final now…..I’m in Connecticut.  I had my first Thanksgiving with a working oven in about 10 years..and let me tell you, turkey cooked in a crock pot, just isn’t the same.

Ah, Connecticut…..

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Home.  🙂

So, when last I was working on a drawing, it was the rainbow from last summer.  Let me tell you, I am itching to work on it again…but right now, I don’t have my drawing materials all in the same place.  Artwork is similar to an addiction for me, if I don’t do it, my peace of mind shatters and I get into a a withdrawal type funk.

But life goes on.  I said I’d never leave New York, but after 20 years, I did.  So, I won’t say I will never go back…if the circumstances are right.  Let me tell you, it’s a city where you need lots of $$$ to live a decent life, otherwise, it’s the dumps.

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A Respite

Two whole days off from a wild, emotional roller-coaster of a Christmas rush in retail. One of the aspects of the roller-coaster? The managers of the store being threatened by the family of a terminated employee. Did I say I wanted a job without drama?

Anyway, the most recreational thing I can do for myself (besides giving lavish attention to my boyfriend), is to do something creative…..yes, I’m actually starting a drawing during the holiday season. The view of the skyline from my picture window at night just keeps nagging at my mind….so once again, I will try to interpret it. More abstractly this time, with out the idea that these are buildings, but just shapes of light. Here’s the ref:skyline

And, as promised: the postcards that I have done for Christmas…all mailed and received.

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And, if I don’t get back to this blog before then, Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it!