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Turn, Turn, Turn

There was  a song big in the sixties, during the folk music era.  The lyric went something like this;

To everything, turn turn turn…there is a season, turn turn turn, and a time to every purpose under heaven.

Some of you, I know, remember this song.  Some of you, will remember it because your parents played it.  I think it was made popular by Peter, Paul and Mary, but I’m to lazy to Google it to be sure.

 

For me, the season has been spring, but the purpose of the time wasn’t art.  I had family issues, a new job that turned into a horror show, and all sorts of sundry events and mishaps that life takes from time to time.

And so, finally,  I can turn, turn, turn back to my artwork!

The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring..Tra la

So, in the time that I so looked forward to, spring, I’m stuck with a stubborn case of artist’s block.  You’d think, with all the time off I’ve had, I’d be fruitful as fruitflies.  I’ve made attempts, but nothing that I’m excited about..at least excited enough to do the hard work behind doing a drawing.  I’m left wondering WTH happened, and what do I do now.

Then, gazing at the beautiful spring day, I realized, not only is spring beautiful, it’s also pretty.  It’s the type of pretty that brings out the cliches in everyone.  Doing something original is about impossible, with all these darn flowers everywhere!

“Floral Overload”

20 x16 inch image. Lightfast colored pencil on archival cotton rag paper.

$200.00

Rushing the Season (and Rushing the Post)

Spring moves by so fast, I wanted to get a jump on it.  The problem is, by the time I’ve managed to do a drawing of one stage of the season, spring is almost gone!  So, by the time I do a daffodil picture, the lilacs are already gone…

My mother one year, greeted spring with a painting of a crocus breaking through the dead leaves.  It was good, and very appropriate, however that was her image.  I decided to do this, instead:

Something Great is Coming….

I have a routine to keep track of the approach of spring.  It’s a habit that keeps me going through the dullest months of winter.  It starts with the winter solstice, when though at the season’s darkest, the light begins to return.  Then it gets involved with more popular events…….Superbowl Sunday, Mardi Gras and my favorite, the start of baseball spring training.

I can see that spring is nearly here now.

Thanks to whoever invented laptops

I can’t sit at my desk.  Pumpkin is resting on my desk’s chair, so I took the laptop into the kitchen.  I can’t disturb a resting cat, but I can disturb a computer.  It’s also a good idea that I keep my laptop away from Pumpkin.  He likes to sharpen his claws on the keyboard, and the keys go flying.  My “P”, will never work right, now.

I’m about to unveil the picture I drew of my bratty cat, and as I said before, it’s different.  I still don’t know if I like it, or whether on New Year’s, it will show up on my list of failures.  Never Mind.  Without further ado, “Resting in the Sunshine”.

“It’s Been a Long, Cold, Lonely Winter….”

Everyone is familiar with “Here Comes the Sun” by George Harrison.  I was, however, introduced to the song through this cover:

Peter Tosch….Here Comes the Sun

It was an anthem of a very beautiful spring.

Anyway, back to the present.  It feels as if it’s been a long winter, but it hasn’t.  In fact, the temperature has been unseasonably warm up until a few days ago.  But it has been dark and cloudy.  So, here’s a sketch, done for a change on a blank note card, since I’m out of paper until I get my supply in.

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I’m hoping that the cards my sell, whereas the little matted sketches did not.  I’m being true to myself, I’m coming up with inexpensive products from my artwork, that I can sell, rather than slave in retail selling someone else’s.

Oh, my New Year’s resolution?  For my artwork?  I plan to slow down and work more carefully.  In the past, I would do version after version of a drawing until I got it just right.  I’m not going to go back to that painstaking process, but I have been rushing, and I’m realizing my work is getting sloppier.  So, more care.

I’m trying to make something similar to this, that I did years ago, but in a more subtle style.

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Tis Spring

And love is in the air.  Frankly, I can think of nothing more healing than a partner in your life to support you, have fun with, grow old with. Or even a good cry at a romantic movie.

So, here’s the sketch…no name yet.

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If this looks a little familiar, it should.  I took my Disco! dancer, and gave her a partner.  For those of you who are new to reading this blog, I’ll repost it.

 

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So. love and happiness to all!