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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.

Good Morning!

Okay, it’s actually 2:15 EST.  It’s snowy out, and I’m having a hard time getting going on a day like today.  However, I was talking about morning, and so I continue.

Another ditty…it’s always darkest just before the dawn.  Literally, when I’m awake all night, I can see a grayness in the sky before dawn.  Figuratively, I guess that’s true.

But darkness and dawn are an excellent subject.  So, here’s “The Dark before Dawn”

It’s a little Christmas card like, didn’t mean it to be like that.   That’s supposed to be Venus, which shines brightly in the morning here. I had fun drawing this, it was different for me.

And Then It Dawned On Me

On nights when I’ve had trouble sleeping, I’ve stared out the window as morning approaches.  The sky looks peaceful and promising, not vibrant and bright as it does at sunset.  So, what makes a sunrise picture look different than a blazing sunset?

“Red sky at night,  sailors’ delight”

Red sky at morning, sailors take warning”

I’ve forgotten the scientific reason behind that little ditty, but it does answer my question.  I know now how to make a sunrise not look like a sunset.

Here’s a picture from a long time ago, which my good friend refers to as the “Psycho” house.  I can see what she means, but the windows were supposed to be reflecting the rising sun. Norman Bates doesn’t live there.

So, pastel greens instead of bright oranges and pinks make a sunrise.    Here’s a dawn from not too long ago:

Fading away

When I first moved to Danbury, the ideas for pictures came in a rush. It was a lot like being in a wild, passionate beginning stage of love.  Once the highs and lows have straightened out, you’re either left with a solid, loving friendship..or a lot of bittersweet memories.

As it was, I really was overwhelmed with the physical beauty of being in Connecticut again. Last winter I worked quickly and intensely on lots of drawings…but, just as that love fades, so did the intense impressions.

So, now, much as I spent 16 years in Queens looking and reinterpreting the scenes around me, I guess I will do that for however long I am here in Danbury.

As for Looking at the Smaller Picture, or as it is now called, The Fading of the Morning Star, here it is…

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Looking at the Smaller Picture…

Without working in the retail Christmas rush, I have gotten past the rush.  Now, New Year’s is on the horizon, and then that expanse of time known as winter.

Last year, I spent winter exploring the new landscape around me, a suburban, not New York City surrounding.  Nothing much has changed in this new area in the past year..so, I’m looking past the immediate impressions the landscape made on me…and looking for the subtleties.  Yes, I’m looking at the smaller picture.

For instance, my living room window faces the southeast.  I get a splendid view of the sunrise.  Of course, with sunrise as late as 7:15 am, that’s not too hard to wake up for.  Last year, I played with that sunrise and came up with this:

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I realize I didn’t post this in the winter last year.  I wasn’t to fond of it.  However, I realize, that I was too busy looking at the obvious…if I had just looked at a bit of a smaller view….like this?

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Well, this is a scratchy version of what I really see.  Sometimes, random planting and the artistry of nature makes a composition as delicately balanced as a Japanese garden.

So, as I recover from yesterday’s feast and workout…I’ll be starting work, on this little corner that almost escaped my perception.

Deep, Dark, and Dreary.

This past winter, I didn’t really complete much in the way of artwork.  I doodled and experimented, which was important to do, but I only did one completed piece.  Most of the time, I passed the dark winter watching YouTube music videos.  Could have been worse.

I did complete one, which I decided I didn’t like enough to post.  Instead, I went to bed, through the covers over my head, and decided to hibernate until April.

So, I looked at the drawing again, and with encouraging feedback from a friend, decided it wasn’t as horrible as I thought it was.  So, “After the Darkest Hour”

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When life throws you a curve ball, make lemonaide

Hello Folks,

WordPress is not as insistent as Facebook at least, which reminds me EVERY DAY, how long it is since I’ve posted.  So, thanks for being patient, WordPress, and thanks to my followers, too.

There’s a good reason why I haven’t posted.  I haven’t done any artwork, except a version of the couple dancing, which will be shown on the worst of 2015, on New Year’s Eve 2016.  Believe me, it belongs there.

I will rework it, but I have no art materials.  The reason is, when you have no money, you can’t buy art materials.    And the final reason you don’t have money is that you have left your job, without one in the works to go to.

I am employed again now, so art supplies are on order.

So, some oldies but goodies, in the meantime.

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