Tag Archives: summer landscape

Who Let the Dogs Out?

 

I’m going to have to put the dog project on the back burner.  The opportunity at the veterinarian hospital seems to be dead in the water.  I may yet be called back, but I’m tired of the run around I seem to be getting.  Pffft.

What season is this?  It was 82 degrees Friday, down to the 30’s today.  The calendar says spring, but we’re getting summer and winter weather.  I’m seriously confused.

I took a break and went down to Pennsylvania to visit a friend.  No artwork done, but many good ideas from the farm county there.

So, in hopes that like attracts like…here’s a summer drawing.

 

“The Campus”

a 20 x 16 inch original drawing on archival rag paper with lightfast colored pencil.

$200.00

Somehow, I Managed It

As I was saying, I woke up to a an orderly mess of scribbles.  So, what did I do.  Sometimes, there are things in artwork that there are no words for. I did something here, I did something there, I added a little blue.  So, I pulled it off.  I captured the feeling a bright summer day gives me, both peace and excitement at the same time.

And here it is…I think I’ll call it, “Sweet Summer”, because I’m big into alliteration.

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Unlike other times, I have an idea for the next drawing already, so I’m not having the empty, lost feeling that I often have once I’ve finished.  As a matter of fact, I’m so excited about my next idea, that I’m almost salivating.

An Idea that Didn’t Make the Cut

Or if you’d rather..an idea that crashed and burned.

It was to be entitled, “One Person’s Trash”.

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I saw it sitting, discarded, by the side of the road.  I found it to be cute and interesting. Obviously, someone”s daughter outgrew it.  So far, so good.

But then I started thinking about that little girl, and myself as a little girl.  Also, all the other little girls who fantasized themselves to be princesses, and ended up sadly having to accept that real life is full of disappointments.

I’m sure that goes for little boys, too, and their fantasies.

So, the idea got to be kind of sad…and not what I had intended to portray.

So, back to a theme that gives me sublime joy, the various textures and colors of summer trees.  Like this picture, from long ago:

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Everything is on hold for the time being…had to order paper.  It is promised to be here by August 19, so stay tuned.

Down and Dirty

Time to get down and dirty, back to the nitty-gritty, and other last generation cliches….

Wasn’t my art supposed to be about healing?

As I rush around producing merchandise for shows, and feel the angst of the approach of another Christmas Rush in retail….

Something stopped me, and told me to get back to my priorities.

I’ve been saying an affirmation in the morning that compassion and love will guide me, and that I be in alignment with the flow of life.

So maybe it’s time to do affirmations that my artwork is also in alignment with compassion and healing.  So, I will start….in addition to my charity donations.  So, I’m starting another leg of the journey.

Oh, and yes, no holiday drawings yet….but here’s some of my best spring/summer art to bring back good memories….as we approach the winter solstice.

 

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"Guardians"
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That’s enough for now.  Stay warm.

What about it, Roxy, are you still a genius?

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Somebody put this on my Facebook newsfeed.  Could go for my art career as well.  My plan was to be a successful, famous artist by the time I was 25.  Yeah, right.  In  a world where feces in a can is art, I didn’t stand a chance.  Not to mention,that if I had made it that young, I would not been emotionally stable enough to handle it.  I like it now, I’m drawing what I like, and I have people who like what I do.  Peace…

Although at my high school reunion I was confronted by a classmate who said to me: “I always th0ught you were a genius.  What about it, Roxy, are you still a genius? ”

How do you answer something like that.

A couple of months later, the same classmate walked, by chance, into the store where I do my day job.  There I was in my apron and duster…..

Oh,well.

So, I”ve finished this drawing, still not sure of the title.

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When I look at it, I realize I’ve come a long way since when I resumed drawing in colored pencil a few years ago….compared to a “A Step Up”, both the finished version and the sketch.  The sketch:

 

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Last August….Redux

I’m working on the project for the college students.  Right now, the winged foal is on hold.  And the date for the Artisan Market is fast approaching.

Not sure if I’m going  to get the date of April 6th off at this point.  The day job, the day job, that damn…..schedule difficulties at this point.  I’ll get to the artisan market….just now sure when.

However, in preparation for it, I went through my large originals to get them ready to show.  And then I came across the drawing I worked on last summer: “The Scraggly Weed”.  It had a fable that went with it, and I put many hours into it, only at the last to put aside what I had worked on, describing it in such terms as “Something out of ‘Little Shop of Horrors'”.  I ended up with a tamer version, and I posted, last summer, this as the finish.

 

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Then, the other day, I found the first one I finished, and put aside and cursed.  As often happens, I looked at it and thought, now, that ain’t so bad.  So, here is the first finished version of “Scraggly Weed”.

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And a detail:

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Now I’m not sure which one I like….and maybe the comparisin to Audrey II is an entirely appropriate description of the Butterfly Plant.

 

And so, I leave my quandry to you, gentle readers.