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Looking at the Smaller Picture…

Without working in the retail Christmas rush, I have gotten past the rush.  Now, New Year’s is on the horizon, and then that expanse of time known as winter.

Last year, I spent winter exploring the new landscape around me, a suburban, not New York City surrounding.  Nothing much has changed in this new area in the past year..so, I’m looking past the immediate impressions the landscape made on me…and looking for the subtleties.  Yes, I’m looking at the smaller picture.

For instance, my living room window faces the southeast.  I get a splendid view of the sunrise.  Of course, with sunrise as late as 7:15 am, that’s not too hard to wake up for.  Last year, I played with that sunrise and came up with this:

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I realize I didn’t post this in the winter last year.  I wasn’t to fond of it.  However, I realize, that I was too busy looking at the obvious…if I had just looked at a bit of a smaller view….like this?

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Well, this is a scratchy version of what I really see.  Sometimes, random planting and the artistry of nature makes a composition as delicately balanced as a Japanese garden.

So, as I recover from yesterday’s feast and workout…I’ll be starting work, on this little corner that almost escaped my perception.

Remember Pumpkin? Throwback Thursday

I can’t share with you what I am working on right now, so, I’m puttering around. We’ve got a cold, wintry mix in Danbury.  So, good news..we managed to recapture our kitty Pumpkin.  As you may recall, we captured him last December, from our former home in New York City.  This past spring, however, the call of the wild got to our little feline transplant..and he ran off.  We found him, but he wasn’t too pleased at the idea of coming back to us..so, we left him, and came every day to feed him in his new environment.  If we tried to grab him, he’d bite, scratch and wiggle away.

So, this day was a good day to convince him to come home.  So, he’s back…here’s the Throwback Thursday drawing of him…The Cat from New York City20151223_150957

Deep, Dark, and Dreary.

This past winter, I didn’t really complete much in the way of artwork.  I doodled and experimented, which was important to do, but I only did one completed piece.  Most of the time, I passed the dark winter watching YouTube music videos.  Could have been worse.

I did complete one, which I decided I didn’t like enough to post.  Instead, I went to bed, through the covers over my head, and decided to hibernate until April.

So, I looked at the drawing again, and with encouraging feedback from a friend, decided it wasn’t as horrible as I thought it was.  So, “After the Darkest Hour”

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Snow Days

I, like most residents of the East Coast, got socked in by the snow.  Darkness or low barometer, I don’t know, but I had little or no energy.  I did not much of anything, either artwise or housework wise.

I decided to do little OSWOA, or Other Small Works of Art, since I am running low on paper.  They are postcard sized, 4 by 6 inch pieces of art. One I did of the snowstorm turned out to be a pretty accurate record of the storm…grey and depressing.  I modified it a bit, and came up with this, which is very faint, the way the details of the landscape were, behind the falling snow.

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Not much, eh?  It does give me an idea for a finished piece, though, worth using some of my dwindling supply of big paper.  In the meantime, I leave you with this work from last year: Making Peace with January.

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“It’s Been a Long, Cold, Lonely Winter….”

Everyone is familiar with “Here Comes the Sun” by George Harrison.  I was, however, introduced to the song through this cover:

Peter Tosch….Here Comes the Sun

It was an anthem of a very beautiful spring.

Anyway, back to the present.  It feels as if it’s been a long winter, but it hasn’t.  In fact, the temperature has been unseasonably warm up until a few days ago.  But it has been dark and cloudy.  So, here’s a sketch, done for a change on a blank note card, since I’m out of paper until I get my supply in.

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I’m hoping that the cards my sell, whereas the little matted sketches did not.  I’m being true to myself, I’m coming up with inexpensive products from my artwork, that I can sell, rather than slave in retail selling someone else’s.

Oh, my New Year’s resolution?  For my artwork?  I plan to slow down and work more carefully.  In the past, I would do version after version of a drawing until I got it just right.  I’m not going to go back to that painstaking process, but I have been rushing, and I’m realizing my work is getting sloppier.  So, more care.

I’m trying to make something similar to this, that I did years ago, but in a more subtle style.

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Remembering New York City at Christmas

I’ve been dreaming about New York City recently…yes, I do miss, and I don’t. I think of the times when it has been idyllic, the glorious views, the excitement, but then…I gotta remind myself of why I left.

Anyway, in the spirit of remembering what’s good about New York, if you can ignore the stampedes of harried Christmas shoppers, the crowded, cold, drafty subways, the dirty slush….enough already!  It was beautiful in many ways.  The trees, the holiday store windows, the lights and all, and one of my favorite memories, was the Angel Tree at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Despite customers who demanded customer service that was beyond human capabilities, I did get some perks.  At Christmas time, in the medieval section they put up the tree decorated with angels. Looking at it, I got the old feeling that I hadn’t experienced since I was about 9 years old…that of the magic of a Christmas tree.

So, my impression, on my latest card…done from memory, not true to life.  If I had taken a reference photo and drawn it, well, that would be art based on other art, based on other art.  I felt funny about that.

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As for Christmas in NYC, I have some haunting memories.  I will leave you with this:

 

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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.

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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:

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