I haven’t posted for a while, and that’s because my cat and favorite model, Hannako, won’t be with us much longer. My partner and I have turned our bedroom into a kitty hospice. Of course, Hannako is a 13 year-old now, which is the average life span for an indoor cat.
In case you aren’t familiar with her, her are some of the works I did of her: The first on is, Embracing My Inner Cat. I can’t believe I did that over three years ago. How time flies.
This one is Tiger in the Jungle
A recent sketch.
And a photograph:
Please keep good thoughts for Hannako’s passing to be peaceful. Thanks.
Okay, progress….I have a title! Once again, I identify with cats.
As promised, this picture is going to be complex with a lot of preliminary work. Here’s the next stage:
Some of you may recognize it as the front yard of my good friends’ home in Connecticut. I was going to search through stock images for a good landscape, when I realized I already had the perfect one.
So, soon again, with the next stage.
What do this kitten:
This old drawing of mine:
And this scene I photographed while visiting friends have in common?
I’m going to weave them all into a very complex drawing..something that’s been on my mind since I was young…but was always a little timid to try. So, there are going to be a few preliminary sketches on the way….here’s the first:
Okay, it’s after a rainstorm on a late afternoon in summer. All the traffic lights are green as far as the eye can see.
Enough symbolism? Too obvious maybe?
I’m not fond of making the viewer work too hard. I feel it’s the artist’s job to be understandable. If you want something obscure, try real life. I’m out to make something people can relate to, and hopefully feel good about.
I’m not sure, if I accomplished what I want in terms of color, composition, etc. It has kind of a children’s story book look, not sure if I like that or not. But for what it’s worth, here’s “After the Rain”.
Going home from work one night, my beloved and I waited at a traffic light. It went green, as traffic lights do, if they’re in working order. Not only did that light turn green-all the lights as far as the eye could see did as well. Smooth sailing home.
So, in the ugly photograph, the lights are all green. The only problem with copying the photograph, is that is, as I have said, ugly. So, how am I to keep the optimistic metaphor, while making the drawing something be enjoyed?
So, I scribbled and experimented. As I did it, the street started to look like it came out of Munch’s “The Scream”. Not quite the intention I had. So, I smoothed it out, added reflections…and got something that looked a bit as if it just rained. So, here’s the sketch for “After the Rain”.
The large finished work will be tighter…but right now, it has the look to a failing assignment in “Perspective 101″.
“King of the Beasts” is completed. For some reason, it seemed more interesting with parts of it left rough. I’m not sure what, if anything, this drawing has to do with healing. It makes people happy…maybe that’s enough.
Came to a good stopping place on “King of the Beasts”. It’s being set aside, I’m going to look at it with a fresh eye in the morning. It it meets approval, by me of course, I will post it. If not, it’s back to the drawing board…literally.
So…for now, I’m bringing you…
AN UGLY PHOTOGRAPH!
Taken through the car’s window, it contains the germ of the idea of the next drawing.
So, stay tuned.
BTW, if “King of the Beasts” seems a bit familiar, maybe you’re thinking of what I tend to think of its companion “Tiger in the Jungle”, which I drew almost two years ago. I donated it, heard that it sold at a silent auction for a botanical garden..never heard for how much. Not that it matters, I suppose, but I’m kind of curious.
Anyway, another walk down memory lane.