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.
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.
I have done retrospectives of all seasons, it seems, except my favorite.
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.
People associate flowers with spring. However, there are just as many flowers in the fall, as well as, SUMMER
I can go on and on about summer. So, why not?
Even cats love summer.
I hope this has warmed you a little. Or at least, has given you some perspective on winter.
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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.
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.
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!
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….
A lot has changed since I posted last, in my personal life.
First of all, Hannako has left us. We nursed her to the end, and she went peacefully.
Also, I was laid off from my day job. This seemed like a good time to make a break, move back to Connecticut by myself (with a little help from my friends) and start over.
In the process of leaving, I left behind a lot of artwork, as well as other personal belongings.
Now, I’m searching for another day job. I like a steady paycheck, as well as the freedom to create the art that I want to create.
So, a replay. I’m going to have to rephotograph a lot of my work…but in the meantime:
So, I’ve started on …what’s the name? Too many to choose from. The rock singer. As I originally thought, I’d do a loud colorful drawing, somewhat in the same vein as this that I did a long time ago.
But it’s the time of year when I turn mellow and sentimental. I call it the bittersweet time of year. It’s the time left of summer between Labor Day, and the Equinox. So, a mellower type of healing appealed to me.
So, perhaps “Love Ballad” will be its title. Tranquility, reflection and all that good stuff.
Here’s the sketch.