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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.

What’s your sign, Babe?

For those of you who weren’t around in the 1960’s, or weren’t paying attention, astrology was a big thing.  At parties, in classrooms, on jobs, “What’s your sign?”, was the big question…yeah, pretty lame, but it was a good icebreaker.

For those of you who are interested, I’m a Pisces.

For those of you who are really, really interested, I’m a Pisces Sun, Gemini Rising, Moon in Capricorn.

Conversationally speaking, of course….

But signs are sometimes signatures…….you knew I was going somewhere with this, didn’t you?

There’s a website I used to follow which had a business section.  People seriously had questions about signing art.

Like, where do I sign the painting? (My answer: Anyplace your little heart desires, sweetie)

Can I just use my first name? (Not unless you’re Van Gogh)

What color should I make it? (Any color you want.  Please, no chartreuse on lavender)

Yeah, I decided it was a better use of my time to make artwork, than perusing artist chat boards.

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My signatures have evolved over time.  This is what my father would say was my “Artsy Craftsy” signature.  I realize that my signature really dates the artwork.  Speaking of dating artwork, you can legally copyright your work by signing it, putting in the date with a @.  Yes, but no one will want to buy anything because they perceive it as old.

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Yeah, I went through a time when I just wanted to sign my work “Roxy”.

 

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Then I came to a place where I boldly declared that yes, this is my name.

Then I went through a period of time when I didn’t sign my work.  Like calling a picture “Untitled”, it was  just plain laziness on my part.

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Then I got around to hiding my signature.  Just happened somehow.

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So, back to the soap opera…..

When we last saw Roxanne, she was flipped out about the greeting card she had designed.  It reminded her of this;

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So, she decided to redo this less than perfect one, above.

To this:

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Clearly and proudly signed!

 

Buzzing

Ever have one of those damn bugs, buzzing around your head in a threatening manner?  You don’t know whether to swat and kill the damn thing, or steadfastly ignore it.  Ideas in art can be the same way.

The drawing I’m referring to is based on this photo:

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Trust me.  It was a lot more exciting when looked at by real human eyes.

 

So, I started playing around with the idea, and came up with this:

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Er, not quite.  In all honesty, I was trying to create something when I still was dealing with a major case of artist’s block.

But the idea would just not die.  Sort of like Rasputin.

So, a couple of years late (Like just last year), I decided to try again.  I was working on little stuff, in hopes that I would create something saleable.  Didn’t succeed, as you will see…

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And this….

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As you can probably tell, the photo I was working with was taken in late May. There is no fast rule that you can’t change the season in the drawing.

So, back to winter, my latest drawing of a robin, aside:

This is the small sketch:

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It’s a greeting card.  I like the was it turned out, although a little Kinkaidish.  Not sure if I will do a full size yet.

But I may, and also try another spring picture…who knows?  Maybe a group of four season ones!

But then, maybe not.

Full moon in the afternoon

And that rhymes!

Here’s my latest.

Sometimes, coming up with a title is the hardest part of a drawing. I suppose I could go the way of “Untitled 1”, “Untitled 2″and so on. But what fun is that?

Most of my titles are pretty dull and boring, when I think about it.

Here are some pictures that need better titles:

This is “Pumpkin in the Sun “.



Yes,it’s a cat. Another cat. Everyone knows how much I love cats. As a matter of fact, one of my closest friends just gave me socks with cats on them as a Christmas gift. Cat socks! Love’em!

Ok,next:

“Stairway “


Dull name. Maybe if I change it,by giving it a destination!

Stairway to Heaven…naw,been used

Stairway to Nowhere. Obviously, though, the stairs go somewhere. Stairway to Somewhere? That’s just plain stupid.

How about “The Way Up”? Now that is a possibility.

Next:

“Forsythia “

Don’t have a clue for a better name. Not a clue.

And then there’s this:

“Green”

Well,that is obvious. Something like “Hobbit Home “? Not sure everyone knows what a hobbit is. I like the home part. Something to start working with.

In other news! I’ve entered an application for a juried show. Don’t know if I’ll be accepted yet, but I am thinking.

They have to be from the last two years. Ive divided my work from that time into Yes,No,and Maybe.

I can have eight, because that’s how many frames I have. Also…

Not so coincidentally, the pictures above fall into the Maybe category. What next?

No.

Making Peace with Winter

Hello folks!   I’ve mentioned before about my seasonal depression, and guess what!  It’s nearly winter again.  I did a series of drawings one year, making peace with each month.

For instance, this was “Making Peace with November”.

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And this was “Making Peace with December”

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I believe this one was “Making Peace with January”, but as I look back on my artwork, well, it sometimes is a puzzle to me, what I made when and in what context:

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I also see I have a picture entitled “January 3rd”……

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I think I intended it to be another year’s sequel to January 2,

 

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These drawings did work (or maybe it was the Prozac) and I was able to see happiness and beauty in winter.  Or I should say, most of winter.

What still gets to me are the grey dismal days, of dark skies and dirty slush.  A couple of years ago, I tried to make peace with the grey gloom, and came up with this;

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People in Danbury like this, because it’s a well known statue, here.  But to me, however, it still looks like a depressingly dull winter day.

But, I still have hope….that I will find some kind of beauty in the winter days.  I have an idea, we shall see if it works out.  After all, some winter days are dramatic, and gorgeous.

 

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Making Progress

It’s Imbolc for Pagans, and Groundhog day for the rest.  It’s the day that early signs of spring are celebrated..the beginning of the end of the long winter.

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My cast is off, and I’m on to physical therapy. I can nearly write, which means I can nearly draw.  I’m typing normally again, in other words…badly.

peacejanThis also means, the time to start approaching galleries is almost here again.  I did a lot of research on galleries in the area, and in true Baldwin style, lost it.  Big redo coming up.

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Happy Imbolc, everyone!

 

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.

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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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