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.
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.
This 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.
Happy Imbolc, everyone!
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.
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.
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.
So, I’ve learned to find beauty this time of year…so Happy Rest of the Winter!
Roxanne Baldwin’s Artsy Store Postcards :
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.
One of my favorites in the past winter:
And some from previous years,
I seem to like crows.
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?
So, I remembered my old rule of thumb. Start with what you know. So, then, I will.
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.
Or whatever floats your boat in early February. I’m very glad to see the sunshine returning.
I’ve got my recent drawing of the tree with the heart carved in it, stuck in my mind. I like the idea, but not the result. I think I’m going to try it again, but with a bit more, shall we say mindfulness, as to what I want to convey. It does seem like a good late winter/early spring piece.
I like hiding hearts in drawings, for instance, in this. Speaking of hearts, and late greetings for holidays…here’s an early one! Happy Valentines Day
I’ve been accepted into the art show of winter themed art, “Winter Wonderland”. It’s going to be at the Botte Shop in Mamaroneck, NY on January 20th 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00. I wish I could be there, but I have to be elsewhere.
The elsewhere I have to be, is the Michael’s Store in Wilton, CT from 11:00am to 3:00pm. They’re having an open house to promote the classes. The good news there, is that I’ve been approved to teach watercolor.
Anyway, despite best intentions, I’ve been having a couple of crazy weeks, timewise, and I haven’t gotten a chance to do any more artwork. So, for no particular reason, here’s a repost of one of my other winter pictures that I haven’t shown for a while.
This winter has been devoted to greeting cards, and gifts. With my lack of energy in the winter, I’ve had a hard time being able to tackle much in the way of creative work. Part of my brain hibernates, I swear, and lies dormant until March.
Looking at my previous winter’s output, there a lot of drawings I’m not proud of. A waste of time and materials.
I also have another type of work I like to do. I’m thinking of combining decals of my good, spring, summer and fall work, with the elements of Danbury rocks…and make objet’s d’arte. Also, do the same with functional items…sorry of a Roxanne’s Shabby Chic. So, I have plans not to waste another winter…..
And as we have this March blizzard outside, I feel more content and inspired than I have f0r months.
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:
Last year, I searched for Paradise and signs of hope:
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.