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Quick

Did a revision to “Day is Done”. I guess what I thought……minimalist, less is more, and all that…. Woke up in the morning, had some coffee, and realized I had missed the mark.

Fortunately, I didn’t make a big enough boo-boo to ruin the drawing….

So, as things are going, I may take a look again at the picture below. “Day is Done”, might not be my last 2020 summer picture after all.

I LIke Trees

4 x 6 inch original drawing, matted to 8 x 10 inches. Lightfast colored pencil on archival, 100% cotton rag paper. Shipping included for the USA

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See you next time!

More Trees, Please!

Looking back on the final version of “Reserved”, I am disappointed. I had such high hopes for it. It may end up in my New Years “worst “.

Live and,with any luck at all, learn

But!

I did a drawing today, which might work large. It’s bold enough with a good solid design.

This is the small sketch. “Late Afternoon “

Oh, yes, the mask I ordered with “Floral Overload ” came today.

From this:

It’s been a long, productive day. But I am looking at my sad,empty easel.

Gotta cheer it up somehow.

But speaking of sad,it’s mid August, and soon we’ll be looking at trees like this:

They are putting Halloween projects for sale at Joanns Fabrics. Let’s not rush it. Labor day hasn’t even gotten here yet.

REserved!

I’ve been under quarantine, waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test. Bit of a hairy time, but I’m negative.

Which gives me the feeling of the sun shining through. It would anyonej.

I can think of all sorts of songs with lyrics of that…but it suddenly occurred to me: Am I violating copyright doing that?

Best to be safe.

But something I have copyright on is my own work. So, here are some drawings of the sun shining through.

And my most recently finished work it this:

Not surprisingly, this is titled “Reserved”.

Okay, back to the drawing board!

Reserved

16x20 inch drawing, matted to 20x24. Lightfast colored pencil on archival 100% cotton rag paper. Shipping included.

$250.00

The Devil is in the Details

My father was a detail man.  He was a commercial artist, and his specialty was filling in the designs on the fabric of shirts, pants, diamonds, and just about anything else that was advertised.  I can’t imagine how he had the patience to do such a thing, but, perhaps it’s just that it was income, and you do what you can do.

So, I think I’ve started channeling my father, the detail man.

I really, really used to think detail was boring.  I would do drawing with large flat spaces, and details, as a touch.  After all, that’s what I was taught was good composition.

I’ve switched to loving detail.

And letting the details lead the story…..

 

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Can you find the kitten?

So, at that point, I took a loose idea…..and just let the detail flow.

As my drawing progressed, I realized I enjoyed detail. No longer boring, just put on some music and dance. Or, in this case, detail, detail, detail.

 

More recently, I’ve kept spaces for detail.

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Yes, I filled around each clover blossom on this.  I didn’t mind it.  A few  years ago, it would have driven me out of my already somewhat insane mind.

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A few years ago, this is when I really details really took off…or dragged me down to earth as the case may be.  I wanted to make my artwork more painterly, but I was fighting, tooth and nail, against the medium,

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However, the details started sneaking in. Thanks, Dad.

So, I’ve taken a new direction, in my work.  Let the details rule! Or rock and roll, if you prefer.

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PEEKINGTHROUGH

My motto in life has become, “Let It Flow”, both in my dealings with life, and in my artwork.

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Winter Depression….Just Deal with it!

The title is a note to myself, not to those others who are suffering from SAD.  It makes one third of the year horrible, so I have tried many techniques through my art to …just deal with it!

So, one year, I did a drawing each month to make peace.. An example was making peace with December:

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Last year, I searched for Paradise and signs of hope:

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This year?  I’m slipping into depths again…and I’m thinking maybe I should just look and celebrate the beauty in the starkness.

Perhaps, that’s a strategy for dealing with depression in general.  As an artist I once knew said, “I prefer to find beauty in ugliness.”  So, for now, that’s how I’m going to deal with it this winter.

To the Rescue

While I was searching through my artwork, deciding what to enter in the show…I came across a drawing I had done in the very late winter, in the March mud.  At the time, I wasn’t sure if I could even draw anything that remotely looked like a landscape.  I had put the drawing aside, thinking it wasn’t so good.

As usual, drawings seem to get better with age.  On second thought, I decided it had some merit…I really liked the tree!

So, here is “Waiting for Spring”…just rescued from the circular file.

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Having said all that…

Yes, it’s been a while.  Topsy Turvy winter into spring…kind of chaotic, don’t want to go there.

But still, I’ve had a revelation, I’m more a healer than an artist.  So, I’m going to start my Reiki practice again.

But no, I’m not giving up art.  It means so much to me, and to many other people.  I am, however, going to try to get my ego out of it.  That means, back to the intention of making joyful, healing art..without worrying whether it’s a deathless work of art.

So, I realized what I mean by paradises now. They’re gardens!  Flowers and plants in a harmonious composition.

So, with that…remember this picture from last year?

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I decided to do a complete drawing of the garden in the reflection.  Haven’t gotten a name for it, but it doesn’t really matter.  Maybe I’ll be an egoistic artist, name it Garden 1, to mystify people.  Anyway:

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