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A little bit of this, a little bit of that

It looks as if my subject matter in Danbury, Connecticut is going the same way as in Sunnyside, Queens.  Bits and pieces of the neighborhood, put together in multiple ways…so, I’m starting…

A little bit of this:

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A little bit of that….

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And then there’s that…

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Not to mention this…

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And believe it or not……this:

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So, these are the pieces of the puzzle…all within a few blocks of each other.

What’s it going to be?  If you can guess, you win….

A magnet collection.  If you’re willing to give me your snail mail.  The first one, of course.

Welcome!

Whoop,there it is

Sometimes, I think an alter ego sneaks into my pencil box. I find I do something that doesn’t resemble the rest of my at all.

Channeling maybe? I try not to think much about it.

Anyway

I don’t know how well this drawing shows up, so here it is again

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It reminds me of a children’s book illustration. In context, that’s not bad,really.

Easter bunnies and jelly beans

I realize I have done my share of fantasy drawings.

I really meant for it to turn out like this :

Spring on Park Avenue

Ooops, there it is

Taking a second look

So,it’s kind of like this…and I am sure that all of you go through this, no matter what you do….

Finding something that you discarded as totally, totally awful, then deciding it’s not so bad.

As is the case with this.

See,I hated the damn thing so much that I didn’t delicately trim it.

Looking back on it,I realize I like it. It accomplishes what I intended it to do…looking at the dawn, blurry eyed, with a half drunk cup of very strong coffee in my hand.

Okay now, back to the present.

Since, as you recall, I had no patience, jumped the shark, or both, in terms of ideas for full size winter drawings.

So,the natural thing is to do little winter drawings for holiday cards. I did so many that I photographed them in groups.

Then,I jumped the shark on that project. As you may have noticed, I love the term “jump the shark “.

So,the cards are the ones on hold for now.

I have a fresh batch of paper, an idea, and I am ready to hit the road.

Speaking of second looks, here’s one that I declared was my “worst of the year “,I forgot how long ago.

Of course it goes the other way, too. Some pieces that I was sure were masterpieces, on second look, stink like moldy salami.

The Bronx is up……….

Yes, I promised birds…………BUT.

I changed my mind again.

I found the files of old work, which was this woman’s treasure.  There’s a lot of stuff that I don’t think I put on this blog…was on my old Blogger Blog that still exists somewhere in the vast Universe of the internet, probably.  Maybe not, and I don’t give a……… something to do with a rat’s backside.

For instance this:

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Turns out I like it..wasn’t sure it was any good when I painted it.  I did this when I was living in NYC, and missed nature.

I’ve got a lot of nature here.  Somehow, when I do a drawing of it, I feel a need to put in a hint of humanity …..20170712_1412102893307260327462880.jpg

or else I get mighty bored.  Remember me ranting about foliage?

So, sometimes I still think about New York City and wonder if I was happier there.  Mixed feelings, six of one, and half a dozen about the other.  I still wonder though.

It seems my artwork though, has gotten weaker, since I moved here.  The NYC work seems bolder.

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and cleaner.

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Anyway…..I’m changing my mind again…..here’s my latest bird.  Which is also taken from a NYC theme.  Not to mention, it’s also a spring picture.  How’s that for three in one?

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Meow for Now

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Come Bobbing Along, Already!

I have a friend who visits from Thailand every couple of years.   He’ll be here in March, and I was starting to make plans……………and he said, “Well that’s two months away”.   I really thought it was right around the corner.  Thanks for nothing, James!

As I said last post, I was going to work on a spring picture, and that’s it, in the featured picture.  Or at least the preliminary sketch of it.  I may work on a large one, but I may change my mind about that.

There’s an old, dated, sexist saying “It’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind”.  Alright, sexist though it is, I’ll take it.

 

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This was my old logo, Embracing My Inner Cat.

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This is my current logo, Connecticut Fantasy.

But I’m thinking of changing back.

So, it turns out I have been accepted into the art show I applied for.  You remember, I was going over the no’s and the maybe’s.    So, on to the yes ones.  You may see that I’ve changed my mind about some of the no’s.

Of course, I may add a few small ones to it.  I’ll have to see the space, I will go after the meeting on February 20…or 21st, depending on the weather.

So, I’ve been changing my mind a lot lately, and will continue to do so…………

Nothing’s off the table!

Forsooth, forsythia!

I’ve lamented and moaned on how fast spring passes.  You’re probably sick of it, I’m sick of it, but I’m going to do it again.  Why?  Because it’s another spring, and by the time I draw the daffodils, the tulips are gone. Damn.

So this spring, I’m going to get away from my usual MO, and draw a few more spring pictures, although we’re quickly passing  into early summer.

So the drawing I just finished….

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Why the bicycle?   It’s just a great spot of color, which I needed there.  It also adds a carefree subject matter to the drawing.

I’ve had many people try to read my artwork, as they would a book full of meanings and symbols.  The truth is, I try to establish a mood, and the individual objects are just there because they add to it.  If there is any meaning coming from the objects, I’m not aware of them, except as the trickster of the subconscious mind may suggest.

In other words, stop trying to make it so hard, and just enjoy.

On another subject, in many apartment moves, I’ve lost or discarded a lot of artwork.  Many I still regret, but the moves were stressful (aren’t they always?)….so,  that’s that story.

One piece I was sure I lost was a drawing that was the first in colored pencil. It was one that I sill love, and feel is one of my best.  Low and behold!  As I was going through my artwork to show at an art fair, I found it. I still have it!  What is old, is new again.  It has on title (or symbolism for that matter).

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venus and mars are alright, tonight

For those of you who caught my short-lived, remarkably self absorbed post the other day,  I apologize.

But an update, the featured picture “A Western Tao”, is alright after all.  Much to everyone’s surprise, my artwork survived the flood waters.

It’s a drawing of a man and a woman.  Every remember the book “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”?  This drawing could be an illustration for that. Which brings us to a  quote from a Paul McCartney song:

“Venus and Mars are alright tonight”

Which cleverly segways us into my latest drawing.

Remember I was drawing a picture of the night sky and the Milky Way?  I was struggling to find a good name for it. So I finally decided on a title:

Venus and Mars are Alright Tonight

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I had the start of another drawing, but realized it was an image that belonged to my winter depression.  So, my next drawing will be about spring.

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Typos and all!

Hit the Road, Rox…..

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I’m really looking forward to Spring. I probably said that last year, and the year before…..but it bears repeating.  C’mon Spring.

I thought about it and I miss doing art fairs.  I managed to score a white tent on Ebay, and as time goes on find creatively inexpensive display items. i finally found a niche for a product that actually sells!  Hand drawn greeting cards.  I intended to start with an autumn holiday show,  but I saw an opportunity for a show on Mothers Day.

I started out doing winter seasonal cards, but have now switched over to spring/flower imagery.  The drawing above is a new example. Im a little rusty doing flowers. Ive got to get back up to speed.

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So,it may be a month early, but in my studio, it’s already Spring!

 

Making Progress

It’s Imbolc for Pagans, and Groundhog day for the rest.  It’s the day that early signs of spring are celebrated..the beginning of the end of the long winter.

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My cast is off, and I’m on to physical therapy. I can nearly write, which means I can nearly draw.  I’m typing normally again, in other words…badly.

peacejanThis also means, the time to start approaching galleries is almost here again.  I did a lot of research on galleries in the area, and in true Baldwin style, lost it.  Big redo coming up.

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Happy Imbolc, everyone!