Tag Archives: tree

Downloading……Please Wait…….

This is the finish of ‘White Tree’.  True, not a name brimming with pizzazz and originality, but it is true.  It’s also a winter themed drawing, that may end up as a Christmas card, next year, with a more imaginative title at that time.

20151216_135815 (1)

 

And so, now what’s next?

Honestly, there are so many ideas that come to mind, having been exposed to this beautiful, new-to-me environment, that I have a bottle neck in my mind.  Picture if you will, a computer trying to load down so much at once, that you end up with a blank screen, and a little circle going round and round and round and…..

Wait a moment?  Wasn’t I saying something about crows?

December’s Over…so is 2014

A good way to start the New Year is to finish what you start, and no, I don’t mean the bottle of vodka.  I finished “Making Peace with December”, this morning.   Here ’tis.

peacedec

So, one more month of the dreaded winter, gone.   Happy New Year, everyone.  May your 2015 be awesome, fabulous, fantastic…and any other superlative you can think of.

On the subject of New Year’s Eve, I made virgin pina coladas for my Special One and myself.  Somehow, we managed to act as silly as if I put 100 proof rum in them.  But when I woke up………….No Hangover!  Maybe I should sell the recipe, I bet I’d make a fortune.

But back to the subject of healing themes and making peace with wintertime.  Now it’s January, so it follows, that the next drawing should be “Making Peace with January”.

I did do a January piece a couple of years ago.  It’s called January 2nd, because it was my second try at creating it, the first being consigned to the circular file of unsuccessful projects.  Also, January 2 sounds as if it’s a significant date…..the holidays are over and back to regular life.

In case you haven’t seen it:

january2finish

 

Oh, and by the way, you can always see my complete body of work at roxannebaldwin.com

It’s about the process, not the product…….or something like that

So, here’s the sketch…another with the theme of making peace with winter.  I finally did the skeleton of the sycamore’s pale branches against an bright blue sky.  Voila (sorry, I’m working for a French company, it sneaks into my vocabulary now and then).

Scan

So, now the promised topic………

Every so often, art work is done that is labeled “It’s about the process, not the product”.  Such a philosophy has ended up in some excellent abstract art….and also some really bad abstract art.  Just check out the Craigslist artist section in your local community, you’ll find plenty of examples there.

So, once when I was burned out as hell doing my usual……..I decided to do art about the process.  The result was my “Love it or hate it” Namaste series:

 

111

 

I was very proud of myself…..until I went to the art reception of an acquaintance, a mixed media show.  There a  young woman, just barely out of high school, effused enthusiastically how the work in the show was “About the process, not the product”.  I nearly spit out my bad Chardonnay!  I had fallen into a cliche, artspeak trap.  I hung my head in shame.

So, back to representational art.  I enjoy doing it anyway, the ability to use symbolism, and the fact that people can bring their own emotions and associations to it.  But damn, it can be tiring.  Art for the process is like fingerpainting, joyous and messy.

But…I found the best of both worlds.  I found I could do representational art, with areas that just flowed with the process (another, more esoteric term for this is doodling).  It worked in, for instance, “Tiger in the Jungle”.  I just played with the leaves and had fun.

????????????????

So, I’m going to do this sycamore picture going with the flow…..and see where it takes me.

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.

 

????????????????wingedfoalfinish??????????????????fullpocketparadise72memories72.jpg542.jpg

"Guardians"
Guardians

338

 

That’s enough for now.  Stay warm.