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Happy End of the Holidays!

Okay, finally….life is back to normal.

I have a little ritual in winter, as the days grow longer.  First off is Yule, then Christmas, New Years, and then January 2nd.  Here’s the drawing that I made in celebration of t hat celebration.

JANUARY 2ND, BY ROXANNE BALDWIN

The ritual includes such things as The Superbowl, and Mardi Gras.  And of course, Imbolc which is a pagan holiday that falls on Groundhog day.

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It’s amazing how much more subject matter for the winter there is in Connecticut than NYC.  Snow is particularly unsightly in the city, and the only birds around are pigeons and crows. Of course, there are crows around  here, but they’re pleasant, graceful visitors of the season.

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So, I’ve learned to find beauty this time of year…so Happy Rest of the Winter!

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Start with what you know….

It’s winter yet again.  Okay, it’s really still fall by the calendar, but who am I to split hairs?  It’s barren, cold, with short days.  Somehow, I feel my artist block melting.

I’ve been prolific in the winter time.  Summer and spring are almost too pretty to come up with something interesting and moody.20170606_212810522996978.jpg

One of my favorites in the past winter:
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And some from previous years,

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I seem to like crows.

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So, here I am, raring to go, but not a clue.  How did I come up with so may ideas in the past?  What do I do now?

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So, I remembered my old rule of thumb.  Start with what you know. So, then, I will.

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Just a memory for all of you who like cats:  this is the third anniversary of capturing Pumpkin, bringing him to a prettier environment.  A chance to be a domestic cat again, and all the perks that come with it.  Pumpkin, it’s been good.

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Here’s That Damned Crow Again

Off topic for a moment, and if anyone one of you is a great interpreter of dreams, input is most welcome.

I have a recurring dream.  I walk in a strange gallery somewhere, and find that my artwork is hanging there.  Surprise to me!  However, it’s in a style of mine that is old, and I don’t really work like that now.  As a matter of fact, in the dream are a lot of drawings that I don’t remember doing.

I have but one example of that old style.  Forgive the quality of the picture, it was taken with an old, not so smart, film camera….way back in the day.  I wish I had more of these drawing…but various moves and such, all but two are gone.

Back to the subject of galleries, which is much on my mind these days.  As I entered some drawings into the Bott Shoppe show, the owner of the gallery told me what sells the most are small accent pictures, and big statement pictures.  Not as much call for my modest, medium sized drawings.

So, I was researching into making a statement picture out of “Floral Overload”.  Can’t you just see this at five foot by five?

So, the main problem is finding a surface to work on. I found something that would work, but at $140.00 plus tax and shipping.  Someday maybe, but not real soon.

So, that leaves me with accent pictures.  Thinking about my old style hangs so proudly in dream galleries, I decided to experiment.

So, here’s that damned crow, again.

Hurray! I Got Rejected!

I finally bit the bullet, and sent out an application to a gallery.  I got a polite note back, saying my work was not a fit for the gallery.  Also, the note said, that my information would be kept on file, in case there was a change. (Yeah, right?)

So, why “Hurray!”?  I’m celebrating that I got past my fear of rejection, and actually tried.  You know what?  It wasn’t that bad.  I felt a pang of disappointment, but that was gone, within 10 minutes.

However, back to the subject…..birds. Or more precisely, crows.  I’ve fallen in love with crows now that I’ve moved back to Connecticut.  In New York City, they were noisy scavengers, who tore apart garbage bags.  In other words, a general nuisance.

But here, they’re beautiful.  They’re the only birds I could see that braved the snowfall.  Their flight is graceful, and their presence is formidable.

So, Windback Wednesday….here’s a visit to a drawing I made about a year ago, when I was coming to terms with winter in Connecticut.

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.

So, That’s Where It’s Going…Dot, dot, dot

A few years ago, while I still lived in New York City, I did a drawing of a man walking his dog in a snowstorm.  It’s called “January 2nd” because that’s when life gets back to normal, and the holiday stress is gone.

I just exhibited this in a local show, here in Danbury.  One viewer said the background reminded him of the eye doctor test for colorblindness!  He kept looking in the dots for a hidden number.

It’s hard to tell from this photo, but there are a lot of darn dots in the background.  Funny, I don’t remember doing it.  I must have had some really good music playing to take my mind off of the tedium.  Otherwise, something this boring to do would have stuck in my mind, as it did when I was drawing flower after flower in Floral Overload.

So, I’m back at it….doing dots.  So, this will take a while.  I promise to have a new picture as soon as my sanity permits.