I don’t like to repeat subject matter, but since I have done…just how many drawings of bicycles this year? I’m breaking my own rule once again. Rules are meant to be broken, even your own.
This time it’s after the storm pieces. For instance, this:
But one attempt at a rainbow, seemed okay, but not quite hitting the mark.
Btw,I did a long treatise on the false notions on the cheerful subject of rainbows. My picture came out kind of hhopeless. Not a good rendition of the time honored symbol of promise
So,I’m working on a rework of a rainbow.
After this, I expect to be working on a fall or winter theme. In case I haven’t mentioned it,I seem to do my best work in the winter.
Why? Because I get sick of flowers and foliage! I was moaning about my boredom wwith this a few years ago.
So,bring on the change of seasons!
Of course I had my failures too.
Now that I have reminded you ,let’s forget about this:
I said I was eager to get back to the rainbow drawing. As soon as I was finished with the pet portrait, I got right back on it. It looks, still, quite a bit like the smaller version, but I drew the rainbow in with a lot of white space, a la impressionism, to give it a feeling of light. I had more fun with the clouds, too. Although, still not realistic, they are tempestuous.
I realized in looking at rainbows since, they do mark a clearing. So, I pulled in some incoming yellow light underneath it. So, Dorothy, you want to go “Over the Rainbow”? Not me, that’s where the clouds are.
The idea for this drawing came to me as I passed through a forgotten railroad station on the way to Brewster, NY. So, going back to its origins, I’ve named this piece, Rainbow Over the Tracks.
Finally, I think I’ve gotten it out of my system.
Okay, maybe it’s karma I earned for the pride I expressed in how much easier doing art is for me, now. …but I’m in a real mess with “Making Peace with January”. After delicately laying color, it was bland and going nowhere, and I didn’t know what to do next.
So, I started scribbling, and then scratching, then scribbling again. What I ended up with is a work-in-progress, which will a. Turn out to be a fabulous masterpiece. b. a dismal failure destined for the scrap heap. c. One of those things that I think is bad, but everyone else loves, or d. I’ll hold onto it all year, hoping I’ll like it after all, and it’ll end up in December in the retrospective of the year’s failures. But right now, it’s a scratched scribbled mess. But I’m stubborn, I’ll keep after it…even if it’s ruined.
In a way, it reminds me of the Joni Mitchel song “Clouds”. “I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now”. Here’s a cloud drawing I did a long time ago:
And one from either further back (please excuse the glare on the glass…this is framed)>
But as it stands………here’s “Making Peace with January, 2015:”
I may be shouting and screaming and tearing my hair out soon…stay tuned. 😦