Paradise Regained

Er, Ump..sometimes I don’t know how to start.  All the coffee in the world doesn’t help.  Which reminds me, it’s time for another cup.

Anyway, between getting ready for the show, and doing my household chores (yes, I really do do some), I did some art.

Now talking about Paradise, you know the whole thing, I’ve talk, talk, talked about it.  I’ve realized anything that catches your eye and mind, is healing to the soul and mind.  However, there is one Paradise theme that I never got around to.

Whether it was a dream, my imagination, or something I actually saw, I don’t remember.  It was a small sapling on a hill, lit by spring sunlight and surrounded by dandelions.  I’ve thought about drawing that for a long time, and yet, somehow, I never came across the scene to draw in real life.  That is, with a sapling.

A springtime maple tree presented itself instead.  Surrounded by dandelions, like a starry constellation around the spiral’s center.

I must admit I cheated.  The actual tree I drew wasn’t on a hill in the countryside, it was in my condo complex, with a really boring brick wall behind it.  So, I fudged a hill, and a blue sky.  I also put in a horse for good measure.

 

Oops, I’m missing the horse.  I’ll take a better picture sometime later, but I’m getting hungry.  So, stay tuned!

A Good Time Was Had By All….

Thought I’d give you some updates and some pictures from the opening of my show.  The turnout was small, but I’ve come to expect that. It was a beautiful spring day, with a of other event going on, so I’m happy with support I did get. Plus the show will be up about three more weeks.

So, first picture by my friend, and helper to whom I owe a debt of gratitude, Cathy.  

One of the things that Cathy helped with, was setting up the refreshments.  We had quite a spread.  It also helped with traffic.  Some library goers, took the food, but felt obligated to at least look at my show.

Nearly had one sale, but my work was the wrong color for the area of the viewer’s home.  I don’t really expect much in the way of sales from local shows, getting my name out is the motive.  Sometimes, in the future, people who have seen the show contact me for commissions.

So, it turned out well..

I should mention, the show is a part of the Accessible Arts Program, by the Artisans’ Alliance of Northwest Connecticut.

 

Deep in the Heart of Connecticut

Yup, I’m in Connecticut.  Soon, I hope to make my artistic debut (or return) in Danbury.  A possible show at the Danbury Library is in the works.

Speaking of Connecticut, shout out to the video class of Western Connecticut State University.  My boyfriend, who reminds me of Rodney Dangerfield in “Back to School”, took me to a party where they showed the videos produced by the students.  In one video, a character equates Connecticut with Hell.  True, as with all states, there are some less desirable places.  I don’t think, though,that the writer of the script has seen much of the seedier sides of New York City.

Back to art,though…I’ll keep you posted on the show.  In the meantime, I present my latest drawing, “Moonlit”.  It’s another empty chair drawing.  Yay.

 

I’m about to do it, again.

Yes, indeed.  Once was not enough. Actually, three times was not enough.

I’m amazed at artists who don’t get bored doing the same subject, or the same motif, without being bored.  Not envious, mind you, just amazed.

Confession: I looked through my old drawings earlier and found a lot of repeat subjects.  Lots of landscapes, skyscapes, cats, and empty chairs.

Speaking of empty chairs, Vincent Van Gogh managed to paint complete psychological portraits through still lifes incorporating an empty chair.  What is so evocative, I keep being drawn to the same subject?

Of course, each is with a twist:

 

And so on…..

I’m about to do another chair…of course, with a twist.

What I’ve been up to lately…..

I’ve broken my arm.  I was running for a bus, tripped, caught myself with my left hand.  Thanks whoever is out there, it was my left.  But in the meantime, my artwork has slowed considerably.

Yes, but I can surely draw with my right hand, right?  Yes, but….I do my most careful work on carefully cut large paper.which requires two…count’em, two hands.  So, I have been active doing note cards.  I’ve produced very little that was outstanding.  Still, today, I was playing around with a sketch of a rocking chair, just to keep my drawing active.   I came up with something that has some possibilities…..here’s the sketch, and since it’s a sketch it’s pretty rough…but you get the idea.

A Winter’s Tale…

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.

Speaking of Bob Ross…

As I was working on “Sunday’s Stream of Consciousness”, Dearly Beloved looked at it, and said “You’re no Bob Ross”.  I wasn’t sure what he meant by that, good or bad.  Turns out he meant my trees are not happy, although they do have friends….

So, here it is, a drawing done nearly spontaneously with not a lot of prior planning.  A stream of creatively, maybe, not consciousness, but a stream none the less.

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So, now I’ve used my more precious than gold paper. Until I have money to restock it, I’ll be doing some note cards.  See you soon!