As well as raining here.
My friend just asked me the other day if I regretted moving from NYC to Connecticut. Truth is, I don’t. I think I already went into how I remember the romance and excitement of the City, but not the humdrum stress. Like the idea of New York City in the rain.
Of course, there are some things I miss and always will. For instance, the white cherry blossoms at the beginning of spring. The skyline at night:
In general, I miss a lot of the human made parts of the vista. Yes, I enjoy nature, but for art, it starts to lack an interesting focal point. Yeah, really.
So, in honor of the memory of what is not really New York, here are some ATCs I made while I was trying to think of a way to make money. Funny thing, I never did find out a way..
As I look at this drawing I’ve done of our rescue, Pumpkin, I realize it’s also part a goodbye piece (and peace) to New York City. I won’t say goodbye for good, because one thing I’ve learned in life, is you never know what the future will bring. Back in the 1980’s, as a struggling artist, for instance, I could never have imagined such technology that could send my artwork around the world.
Back to my “Goodbye for Now” drawing of New York. In doing the skyline in the background, I mixed clashing colors to build up a bluish gray. As I was doing it, I realized, in a nutshell…that is how I think of New York. A harmonious, luminous presence in the distance; up close, discord and noise. Yes, in certain circumstances, the grace of dream of New York, can lend harmony to the noise.
I checked the weather forecast on my phone. It said “Danbury”. Yes, folks, it’s going to be Danbury all day today.
And here’s Pumpkin, sitting on a wall:
Erg. Yawn, Ooompph.
I took a sleeping pill last night because I’ve been having insomnia. A lot of things on my mind I guess, though good. Except the car breaking down 😦
What’s on my mind? I’m getting ready for a holiday season where I will be selling my own products instead of someone else’s. Yippeee! Gave notice to my day job, yesterday.
But what’s also making me sleepy is that in this drawing, I’m once again filling in a large space in a solid color. BOREDOM! Especially when my mind is in several places at once.
So, far, I’ve signed up for Saturday, October 4, at The Real NYC Art and Design Market on Mulberry Street in Manhattan. If you’re around the city, drop by!
Anyway, the WIP
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:
And, as promised: the postcards that I have done for Christmas…all mailed and received.
And, if I don’t get back to this blog before then, Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it!
Been a busy week, and now I’m having a restful day. Did a little work on Sunny Chair, but I’ve put a hold on it for a while. I’m too tired to really do a good job.
So, I thought I’d show some odds and ends of work I’ve done but never featured.
As usual, you can see more of my work at http://www.roxannebaldwin.com
This was a sketch for the window reflection in “Sentinel”.
Here’s a commission I did for a young man. It’s designed to go on a black t-shirt.
Another commission for that young man. This is for a white T-shirt.
An ACEO (art card) of St. Patrick’s Cathedral
And a quick-sketch portrait of Richard, my bf.
Will post more, some other tired, lazy day.