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And Then It Dawned On Me

On nights when I’ve had trouble sleeping, I’ve stared out the window as morning approaches.  The sky looks peaceful and promising, not vibrant and bright as it does at sunset.  So, what makes a sunrise picture look different than a blazing sunset?

“Red sky at night,  sailors’ delight”

Red sky at morning, sailors take warning”

I’ve forgotten the scientific reason behind that little ditty, but it does answer my question.  I know now how to make a sunrise not look like a sunset.

Here’s a picture from a long time ago, which my good friend refers to as the “Psycho” house.  I can see what she means, but the windows were supposed to be reflecting the rising sun. Norman Bates doesn’t live there.

So, pastel greens instead of bright oranges and pinks make a sunrise.    Here’s a dawn from not too long ago:

Good News…For Me at Least

I’ve been accepted into the art show of winter themed art, “Winter Wonderland”.  It’s going to be at the Botte Shop in Mamaroneck, NY on January 20th 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00.  I wish I could be there, but I have to be elsewhere.

The elsewhere I have to be, is the Michael’s Store in Wilton, CT from 11:00am to 3:00pm.  They’re having an open house to promote the classes.  The good news there, is that I’ve been approved to teach watercolor.

Anyway, despite best intentions, I’ve been having a couple of crazy weeks, timewise, and I haven’t gotten a chance to do any more artwork. So, for no particular reason, here’s a repost of one of my other winter pictures that I haven’t shown for a while.

Mackerel Sky

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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Finally Made Peace with February…

Around  the middle of March.

So, it was one of those deals where the idea for the drawing kept nagging me, and I couldn’t ignore it.  I had realized what I had screwed up, so of course…..I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t give it another go.  So.

Of course, I had a few rough patches in the process, of the personal life kind.   I’m unemployed right now, which makes me a bit stressed out about money.  I also had a bad cold, which had me wandering around, medicated, somewhere between sleeping and waking for several days.  But then, triumph.

Of course, my Beloved looked at the finished project and said “That’s pretty.  What is it?”.  I guess it is on the abstract side.

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Renamed “Mackerel Sky”.

This is a busy week…stretching the amount of matching frames to get ready for hanging a show on Monday.  Talking to someone about sharing a space on the sidewalk to share art.  And a good friend coming into stay with us.  Lots of baking….

So, I’m going to have to put art on the back burner for a while.  And the next project, is something that is a secret.

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Just what you’ve been waiting to see!

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Oooops, wrong picture…that’s my messy easel.  Let’s try it again:

 

 

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Okay, not t he best photo in the world, it has a hot spot, but at least I try.  Anyway, this is the drawing that’s going into the silent auction.  If you’re in the Connecticut area May 3, stop in….lots of fun for the children, and fun for adults, too.  And you’d be supporting  a good cause.  That’s Pony Rides for a Purpose, the Facebook link is posted in the previous post.

 

Okay, this is a little anti-climactic, but here’s the preliminary sketch.

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Just to mention, it’s snowing here.  AGAIN!

Easy Peasy…except Richard doesn’t like peas.

Okay, remember how I was struggling over the first “Making Peace with January”?  I went back to the idea…after first taking a more observant look at the subject matter I was planning to draw, a seagull in front of a mackerel sky.  I did the sketch in just a few minutes….easiest thing I’ve done in a long time.

As I mentioned, I have no need for making peace with February…so, I’ll think of a different title for this:

EPSON MFP imageGoing to play with the color a little in the sky….so it isn’t so bland…but it’s coming along.

BTW, I’ve put some drawing up on eBay, just go to advanced search and put in my name.  If you’d like to see more of my work in general…go to my website at RoxanneBaldwin.com 

Another Wip…………and I LOVE computers <3 <3 <3

Yes, computers are awesome…but I’ll get back to that in a minute.

It occurs to me that I have done many drawings (including the one I’m working on now) of the sycamore tree out front.  I have however, never posted a photo of it, so you can see it’s beauty for real…so, here’s the view of the tree from my window, Queens row houses and all.

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So, now computers………..

I love the fact that I can go into a desktop publishing program, or even these days, a good word processing program, and come up with something professional looking by scrolling and clicks of the mouse.  Such a difference.

When I was your age (Yes, this is one of those) cut and paste was done by hand.  My parents enrolled me in a course in it, figuring that if I was going to be an artist, this would provide me with an income.  I was really sure that by the time I was 25 I was going to be rich and famous….but I went along with it anyway.

It was a matter of taking little printed papers with letters on them, and lining them up perfectly so they could be photographed for print.  Of course, if you drew a line in regular pencil, that would show up to the camera.  If you erased that would look even worse.  But there was a solution…..

Non-photo blue.

This was a color that was invisible to the black and white camera.  So, graphic artists used it to painstakingly line up letters.  Did I mention the pain in painstaking?  BTW, I completely failed at cut and paste.

I’m sure there are very few, if any, graphic artists who do cut and paste manually.  However, Prismacolor still makes the color.  I think because it’s a beautiful, clear, intense color.  It’s perfect for skies, imho.

So, here’s a detail from “Making Peace with December”to give you a taste of what I’m working on.  Also, a good example of Non-photo blue.

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