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Snow Days

I, like most residents of the East Coast, got socked in by the snow.  Darkness or low barometer, I don’t know, but I had little or no energy.  I did not much of anything, either artwise or housework wise.

I decided to do little OSWOA, or Other Small Works of Art, since I am running low on paper.  They are postcard sized, 4 by 6 inch pieces of art. One I did of the snowstorm turned out to be a pretty accurate record of the storm…grey and depressing.  I modified it a bit, and came up with this, which is very faint, the way the details of the landscape were, behind the falling snow.

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Not much, eh?  It does give me an idea for a finished piece, though, worth using some of my dwindling supply of big paper.  In the meantime, I leave you with this work from last year: Making Peace with January.

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Speaking of Christmas Cards…

The below Christmas card is not mine.  I wish I could claim it, but no, it’s the creation of one of my favorite illustrators, Evynd Earle.

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This is from a card that is actually for sale at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gift Shop, where, once upon a time, I actually worked.

So, since my steam has run out on doing little individual Christmas cards, and I’m devolving into half-asseddness with them, I’ve decided to go back to the idea of a good, winter themed drawing.

I’m thinking of this, from my much younger days:

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And to review, this which I just posted a couple of days ago;

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And the picture of this door, I snapped earlier in the day:

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And from this mish mosh, I’m getting an idea…things the make you go hmmmm…….

Happy Thursday, to all!

 

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

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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Well, so much for that…..

Making Peace with January?  Well, this version has been relegated to the pile of abandoned projects with the hope that I will see hope in taking it up again.  Or at least I hope.

Anyway, while I’ve been working on it, the moody sunsets you only get in the wintertime have been attracting me. Unlike the red, pink glorious sunsets you get in the summer with the contrast of muted dark green…these sunsets have a subdued personality.  If they were people they’d be introverted seekers.  I think my imagination is running away with itself.

I know I’ve shown this lately, but it gives the idea of what I have in mind.  It’s one of the Christmas cards I made, and I see possibilities in it (apart from the cutsie animal, which I still haven’t determined what it is).

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Planning on making it a little more urban.  But I hope you get the idea.

December’s Over…so is 2014

A good way to start the New Year is to finish what you start, and no, I don’t mean the bottle of vodka.  I finished “Making Peace with December”, this morning.   Here ’tis.

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So, one more month of the dreaded winter, gone.   Happy New Year, everyone.  May your 2015 be awesome, fabulous, fantastic…and any other superlative you can think of.

On the subject of New Year’s Eve, I made virgin pina coladas for my Special One and myself.  Somehow, we managed to act as silly as if I put 100 proof rum in them.  But when I woke up………….No Hangover!  Maybe I should sell the recipe, I bet I’d make a fortune.

But back to the subject of healing themes and making peace with wintertime.  Now it’s January, so it follows, that the next drawing should be “Making Peace with January”.

I did do a January piece a couple of years ago.  It’s called January 2nd, because it was my second try at creating it, the first being consigned to the circular file of unsuccessful projects.  Also, January 2 sounds as if it’s a significant date…..the holidays are over and back to regular life.

In case you haven’t seen it:

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Oh, and by the way, you can always see my complete body of work at roxannebaldwin.com

Snow what else is snew?

It’s snowing again in NYC, but the sunlight hours are getting longer.  A good day to present the finish on “January 2”.  And here it is:

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As for upbeat images, not sure if this qualifies, except for the idea of a person with an animal companion facing hardship cheerfully.  So many of my friends are animal lovers, that I’d like to dedicate this to all of them, and  all of my subscribers who are animal lovers, too.

A few technical notes…when I what looks like a flat color, it really isn’t.  It’s layers of various colors, and varied in different areas.  Flat color tends to be boring, unless you really know what you’re doing…or using it in contrast to a busy area.

As this was evolving, there was a point that I looked at it and thought “That’s it, that’s perfect”, and looked again…realized the image was too static to imply flying snow.  So, a few loose scribbles imply the blowing snow.

And on to the next.  I leave you with this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkaMN-T_HKw