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A Rose by Any Other Name

Still looks good in a picture with a cat.

 

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Okay, enough about cats.  Do I hear a collective sigh of relief?

I’ve been working on Rose Garden.  I was working on the first version while tired and sick, and it came out awful. Put it away to look at later, maybe it would look better.  No, after time, it still looks awful.

So, I’ve started a new one.  I like it better than the first one, but it surprises me how it’s coming out.  How can that happen?  After all, I’m the one drawing it.

Drawing roses makes me start thinking about roses.  Some flowers are beautiful, but have no scent.  Some flowers, like honeysuckle, smell divine, but look like scraggly little waifs.

No so the rose.  It’s both gorgeous to the eyes, and the olfactory organs.

Its strength amazes me.  It grows and spreads easily, often crowding out other plants around it.  Its thorns protect it.

They start blooming in the early summer and keep going through fall.  In one case, on a fairly warm December 1, I found one blooming as if it were June.

So, though I love other flowers as well…….

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Just give me a rose, dammit!  Give me a rose.

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Will you stop complaining, for God’s sake, woman!

Honestly, I was going to go into another rant on how bored I am drawing flowers.  Then I realized, you’re probably bored hearing me complain…so, peace.  As I go along, though, I find my flowers are becoming more scribbly. It still works, though.

I usually don’t show my work this far along (rather give an overwhelming finale), but I’ve come to an interesting predicament I’d like to share.

 

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At first, the compostition was easy, the colors just fell into place.  But as I reach the finish, every potential move has tremendous consequences.  I’m playing chess with flowers, folks!

Maybe I should make the left corner a pink flower and continue the line of pink.  Or perhaps I should make it blue and balance THAT out.  Or maybe I should just have a good night’s sleep, a cup of coffee in the morning.  Yes, that’s it!  That’s got to be it.

Another Work in Progress, and Dead in the Water

I’m happy with the way “Floral Overload” is coming along.  Really, truly, I am.  But, it is a LOT of work. I can get maybe one flower done a day.  One factor is that my job leaves me fatigued, and I don’t have much time..so, Day Job hunting again.  Oh, and I’m going to see the Moody Blues on Sunday.  Just thought I’d throw that in.floraloverloadwip2

These are the Breaks!

I’ve gotten far enough with the full-sized version of “Floral Overload’, to show a work in progress….and here ’tis:

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The trick is, to make every individual part a complete composition, so every area could make a complete drawing.  Or so I’ve figured out, as I go along. I”m having great fun with this!

 

But it’s time for a break.  In just about anything, art included, sometimes you just get fatigued.  And unless you’re up against a deadline, you’re doing yourself a favor just walking away for a while.  I’ve made many disastorous mistakes (which I’ve prudently destroyed) by pushing.

My next step will to be to add this pretty red rose.

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However, if I don’t take a break and walk away, it’ll come out looking like Heath Ledger’s face as The Joker.  “Nuff said.

I don’t know what the er, fudge, I’m doing

Fudge is a nice euphemism, isn’t it?  Instead of harsh profanity, you get a remembrance of chocolate delight, maybe days in the kitchen as a child, helping with the stirring of candy, sun shining through the curtains….I went off on a tangent I guess.

Picasso (at least I think it was Picasso), said “Inspiration can strike, but it has to find you working” although that maybe a paraphrase.  So, I’m working on my art, hoping for a great lightening stroke from my muse.  Or whatever.

Thing is, working full time, I don’t get the chance to sit in my usual dreamy reveries from whence (yes, I said whence).  I also don’t know how I ended up typing in italics or how to stop.  Anyone here a Windows 8 expert?
 
So, just to be doing something, I’m working on an idea I’ve had since high school…yes, I had to go that far back to find something that excited me.  So far, it’s in the sketch stage, and I’m calling it “Floral Overload”.  So, here’s the start:
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