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Let’s Be Realistic

So, I’ve been diddling and doodling around with these drawings, so far, try to get the perfect balance of realistic drawing and fanciful design.
I redid 101.  Having done the one that was mostly a half-hearted try at a good realism, I decided to have a little fun instead.   Here’s the redo, of 101.

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These go so fast……..last night I knocked out one in a couple of hours.  It was more fun in this case, to draw as realistically as possible.  I was a little hesitant to do this drawing…for fear it would turn out as a colored pencil Bob Ross.  It didn’t, and I’m quite pleased with it.

Early in the summer, my friends and I went to a park in Connecticut……….Kent Falls. I snapped a photo to work from in light so bright, I couldn’t see the viewfinder.  Somehow managed to come out.  Worked on it, last night.  This was the result.

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Once again, I’m getting tired of summer, not only artistically, but weatherwise, too.
Late summer, with all its mugginess, and its bugs.  I don’t mind the crickets and other night insects, so much, but the break room at my day job, is decorated with fly traps and fly paper. All well populated.

I’m doing one more summer drawing and then maybe a still life.   By then, I hope it will be clearer, cooler, pretty early fall weather.  So, for now, I’m working on an improvement of this card:

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Also, I am eager to put together the tent and display panels, to get ready for show biz.  Since I think it’s late to do any shows this year, I figured we’d wait until less oppressive weather to assemble the display

 

What’s in the Box

So, as I have the time, I’ve been plodding along, a snail’s pace, slowly, working on my notecards.  Once again, I’m feeling in a level mood, I can concentrate, and not everything looks bad.  My wrist is becoming more flexible finally.  Spring is off to a good start.  So, here are recent additions to the box:

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One thing I’ve found, winged horses are always popular.

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I’ve been relying heavily on my old paradise series in these.  I remember, a long time ago, writing a  post “I Want to Sell Out”.  I think I might have finally found a way, with popular subjects and successes from the past.  On inexpensive notecards.

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So, fast and fun.

 

I’ve got nearly all my accent pieces framed, including this one, from the paradise series, that I hadn’t expected to use.  Turns out, I actually like it!  I’ll be damned.

 

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So, what’s left is to put together the tables, easels, grid wall, and the nitty gritty of the tent display.  Also, more notecards.

Also, I may be doing a show in the fall in Redding , CT and looking at one in Washington, CT in the summer.

Get Out the Tanning Butter!

The title happens to be from the song “Rock Lobster”, by the B-52s.  Strangely enough, that happens to be Our Song.  Yes, that’s the romantic tune to which my partner and I bonded, on our first date.  Most importantly, it was the Labor Day weekend, the last of the lazy, hazy days of summer.

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Ah, summer.  We could use a little summer, right this very minute.  Seriously.  The high today is to be 27F.  January is here, and I’m already sick of winter.  So, let’s take a moment and remember those summer days.

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I have done retrospectives of all seasons, it seems, except my favorite.

 

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I never mind the heat much.  I know some people prefer the cold,  but I like it hot.  Hot enough that a dip in a pool is a treat.

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People associate flowers with spring.  However, there are just as many flowers in the fall, as well as, SUMMER

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I can go on and on about summer.  So, why not?

 

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Even cats love summer.

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And dogs

 

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Motorcyclists

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I hope this has warmed you a little.  Or at least, has given you some perspective on winter.

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Summer Vacation

I’m going to have to take a break from artwork for a while.  I have ideas, but all of them contain lots and lots of foliage.  You know what?  I’m sick to death of drawing lots and lots of foliage, and I’ve also about run out of green pencils.  So, until I either come up with different ideas, or feel like drawing foliage again, I’m going to be on vacation.  So, here’s a blast from last year, and I bid you au revior.

I Should Know Better.

Sunday morning seems to be the worst time for publishing a blog post.  So, here I am, and raring to go.  Maybe my readers are still sleeping, or worshiping, or maybe going to a pleasant brunch! So…

I finished the strawberry note card last night.  I’m trying to decide whether it would make a good, full-size drawing or not.  Here it is:

Wow, that’s big…even bigger than the actual note card is!  Mentally shrink it folks.

It just hits me that my style has changed, and I’m not sure if I like it or not.  It seems more realistic than it was, but is missing the fun, design element that was a signature of mine.  Maybe I’m overthinking it, maybe it’s a natural progression.

I was going to go out, yet again, to draw the park.  It’s going to be 90 degrees plus, though.  I’m one who realizes that you may have to suffer for your art, but heat exhaustion is not in my plans.

So, I may work on the strawberry patch, full size.  I want to do it again, with the design element.  On the other hand, if I do that wrong, it will end up looking for a fabric design.  I love a challenge.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like….OH NO!!!

As Summer arrives with the ending days of June, we look forward to the end of the Fiscal Year.   That’s right folks, while you’re enjoying the Fourth of July, and trips to the beach, people in retail are getting ready for the December holidays. Even artists are starting to look for the venues for art/craft shows in November and December.  I am no different.

I’m thinking of doing what is named the Pumpkin Festival, which is a large fair at a local church.  I have a while to think about it.  I’m going to give whatever venue I plan to do, my best shot, with my best moneymaker, which I realize now is hand drawn note cards and holiday cards.  So, that’s that.

I’m working now on note cards, because the weather here went from way too cold and rainy to go out drawing, to too hot and sunny.  So, while taking the trash to the dumpster the other day, I found a sweet surprise in the condo complex.  Wild strawberries!  So, I’ve done one note card, and am working on another.  I may eventually do a large version, like I did this:

And tried to do, this:

  

Here’s the photo I’m working from, which I like as a photo almost as much as I do a reference for a drawing….

Happy Summer Solstice!

Even Endless Comes to an End

So, I’ve been working…okay, intermittently working on this drawing.  I was rapt about the possibilities I could use to render the abstract shapes in the leaves.  I must admit, I thoroughly enjoyed doing this picture.  No doldrums, no boredom, I was on a roll.  But all good things (and yes, bad things) come to an end.  And so I’ve completed this yet nameless drawing.  I’m hoping for the light to break through to my mind with the title, the way the light breaks through the trees.

If only I could add the sound of hot weather insects….

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