Going Gold

It’s getting close to Labor Day.  Already, the trees around here are showing some touches of orange and gold.  I’m looking forward to cooler weather, and the autumn colors.  Yes, even I get tired of summer.

The last few drawing I’ve done have been green.  I’m getting a little bored, and want to shake it up a bit.

I’ve been thinking of the old neighborhood, back in New York City. Honestly, I don’t miss it much, except for a few neighbors and a couple of the outdoor cat.  This time of year, though, is the time that the butterfly weed is in bloom, gathering its winged admirers.  In case you don’t remember the drawing, here’s a revisit:

IMG_0426As for today, the most artwork I’ve done recently is for the Danbury Rocks project.  I’m made quite a few more.  I’m learning to incorporate the veins and planes of the rocks, making them more organic instead of geometrical  Here’s the latest batch:

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Somehow, I Managed It

As I was saying, I woke up to a an orderly mess of scribbles.  So, what did I do.  Sometimes, there are things in artwork that there are no words for. I did something here, I did something there, I added a little blue.  So, I pulled it off.  I captured the feeling a bright summer day gives me, both peace and excitement at the same time.

And here it is…I think I’ll call it, “Sweet Summer”, because I’m big into alliteration.

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Unlike other times, I have an idea for the next drawing already, so I’m not having the empty, lost feeling that I often have once I’ve finished.  As a matter of fact, I’m so excited about my next idea, that I’m almost salivating.

Friends Don’t Let Friends Draw Drunk..or Sleep Deprived

There was, however, no friend around at the time, so sleep-deprived, I drew. And I drew some more.  I thought I’d completed the drawing I was working on.  However, in the bright morning light…my picture looked like a mess of scribbles.  Okay, somewhat orderly scribbles, but scribbles none the less.

Fortunately, not all is lost, I think I can go back over it, and make it look more as if a human, as opposed to chimpanzee, drew it.  I worked today, though, at my day job, so I’m tired, so tired.  If I don’t want to make the same mistake twice, I’d better lay off of it for now.

But…earlier in the day, my friend and I did a lot of work on our decorated rocks.  So, here’s my first Danbury Rock, ready to go .

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Zentangles…Or, Why Didn’t I Think of That?

A while ago, I talked about coloring as a type of meditation.  Then I remembered, there’s another art based one..zentangles.  While we were browsing at Michael’s, there were books on it featured.  In case you never heard of it, this is the website:  Zentangle

In short, it’s a type of doodling that incorporates mindfulness.  Sort of like my hooky-doos.  You don’t know what I mean by hooky-doo?  Here’s a couple of examples.

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Those are abstracts..again from the Namaste series.  Here’s an example of Hooky-doos in my representational work.

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Anyway, Zentangles became a thing…so, why didn’t I think of that.  Not too late, maybe I’ll start marketing my hooky-doos as Koan-Go-Rounds.  Let’s not forget the mindfulness aspect.

Speaking of Zentangles, this is an excellent segway into a work-in-progress detail of my current project.  Foliage again …so much foliage.  This shows, much like zentangles, the mindful doodling I do, when I’m drawing.  So, a sneak peek:

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By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea…..

Not exactly the sea, it was actually the Long Island Sound.  My friend and I went looking for rocks for Danbury Rocks and made a day of it.  First we went to the art supply store, where I spent too much money.  That’s easy,  I’m like a child in a candy store, there.  Then we drove to the shore.

Gathering stones was fun, as was soaking in the saltwater.

Anyway, back to reality and doing artwork…when I’m really supposed to be doing housework.

I’m going through some old drawings to see how I’ve handled foliage in the past…I came up with these…338

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I tried to find an ocean picture…but this is the only one that I still have:

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Oh, yes and the winter beach I did earlier this year.

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so thanks for enjoying this trip down memory lane with me…I’ve got to get back to work!

 

Danbury Rocks! Or, A Trip to Michael’s

It’s been a day when all I’ve done in the real, concrete world of art, is to cut a piece of paper to size, since I finally got my paper delivery.  But, in the world of imagination…

I was with my friend today, who lamented the lack of something crafty to do, for fun, and maybe to give as gifts.  Always an instigator, I suggested a trip to the craft store, to just see what’s out there…

Come to a book on Rock Art…no, I’m not talking about posters for Led Zeppelin or anything like that.  I’m talking painting on rocks.

Which led me to telling my friend about a group, here, called “Danbury Rocks”, The idea is to decorate rocks, and place them around the city for people to find, just to give those people a bit of happiness in this dull, drab world.

So, the idea took hold with my friend, and I decided to join in, too…and then

IT HIT ME!  No, not a rock.

My old Namaste series.  I had so much fun doing it, but the size and bulk of it, meant that they weren’t really feasible as artwork, unless I was someone already famous, like Damian Hirst (perish the thought). So, I was looking for a way to put it on something smaller, three dimensional…I was thinking of boxes, or something like that…

Flash forward to today, and rocks! Yes, it would work!

So, soon I will be painting rocks a la the Namaste series and spreading them around the area.  In the meantime, I’ll still be doing my colored pencil work…the rocks are for pure fun.

For those who don’t remember the Namaste series, here are a few examples:

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And Then….There’s This

I’m keeping up with other healing modalities, even as I work on my art.  I’ve been especially intrigued by aromatherapy and I am doing some serious reading on the matter.  In addition to my Reiki, I would like to be licensed in aromatherapy and hypnotherapy.  The cost for taking a course that can lead to a license, is prohibitive for me, but there’s a lot of information available.  Somehow, someway, I would like to become a complete holistic healer for emotional and mental illness…

But that aside, back to art.  I was talking about textures and colors of foliage, and what a joy they give me.  I gave an example in some of my previous work.  Here’s another, although done from my less than perfect imagination.

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And just for the heck of it, there’s this..which was meant to have a better rendering of foliage.  Anyway, I actually sold a small version of this on Ebay, one of my few retail triumphs.

 

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