It’s Been a Long Time

Since I drew a picture of a cat.  I call myself a cat lover?  Ha!  When I’ve neglected to draw one in over a year?

So, I’ve done one.  I’m just not sure of it….it’s different.  So, I’m holding onto it for a review in the morning.  Don’t know if I like or not, because…it’s different.

A while back I did a drawing of my cat Pumpkin.  It’s okay, but I started drawing from my imagination, rather than look at what I was drawing, and work from that.  I ended up with something which looks more like an illustration in a children’s book, than anything else.

For those of you who are cat lovers, and I know many of you are..just a sad note.  Pumpkin has been diagnosed with feline leukemia.  He won’t be with us for more than a couple of years.  All those years as a street cat, in street fights, took their toll.

 

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Colored Pencil Hypnosis Technique

So, I’ve finished the piece, “Wild Strawberries”, with all the dot, dot, dots. I’m getting very sleepy.  Maybe it had something to do with Pumpkin meowing at 4:00 am, last night…or maybe the repetitive work of filling in a background in minute detail will tire a person out.  Probably, both are true.

This drawing reminds me of a dream I once had.  That’s probably why I stuck with the drawing as I did.  Speaking of dreams, have you ever heard a song in your dream before you heard it anywhere in real life?  Everyone tells me it’s my imagination.  I thing there are things in all people’s lives that just can’t be explained.

So, That’s Where It’s Going…Dot, dot, dot

A few years ago, while I still lived in New York City, I did a drawing of a man walking his dog in a snowstorm.  It’s called “January 2nd” because that’s when life gets back to normal, and the holiday stress is gone.

I just exhibited this in a local show, here in Danbury.  One viewer said the background reminded him of the eye doctor test for colorblindness!  He kept looking in the dots for a hidden number.

It’s hard to tell from this photo, but there are a lot of darn dots in the background.  Funny, I don’t remember doing it.  I must have had some really good music playing to take my mind off of the tedium.  Otherwise, something this boring to do would have stuck in my mind, as it did when I was drawing flower after flower in Floral Overload.

So, I’m back at it….doing dots.  So, this will take a while.  I promise to have a new picture as soon as my sanity permits.

A Brief History of My Relationship with Strawberries

So, I’m fighting a bit of a summer cold, and  working on the full-sized strawberry patch picture.  Rather than lay out the whole composition before I filled in the details, this time I decided to let it flow….and fill in the details as I went along.  I thought it would be less tedious that way.  At least I thought so.

These drawing are not the first I’ve done of strawberries.  A long time ago, I did this:

 

A very realistic drawing of strawberries.  I thought I’d found the solution to the problem of making money with my art…make small drawing that I could sell inexpensively.  It was another attempt that went down in a fiery flame.

Seems no one could relate to just strawberries on a plate.  Or apples with pearls for that matter. I found there had to sell, even that size, the viewer had to have an emotional connection to the subject matter.

Finding subject matter like that is pretty much a shot in the dark.  I’ve managed to sell two, on Ebay, and how my customer found them in the thousands of drawings there, I’ll never know.

The two were these:

 

So, one customer I’m sure had to be a motorcycle enthusiast, while another was someone who ❤ New York.

I feel I am getting closer to an art product people will buy.  Too bad it’s taken a few decades to get there.

I Should Know Better.

Sunday morning seems to be the worst time for publishing a blog post.  So, here I am, and raring to go.  Maybe my readers are still sleeping, or worshiping, or maybe going to a pleasant brunch! So…

I finished the strawberry note card last night.  I’m trying to decide whether it would make a good, full-size drawing or not.  Here it is:

Wow, that’s big…even bigger than the actual note card is!  Mentally shrink it folks.

It just hits me that my style has changed, and I’m not sure if I like it or not.  It seems more realistic than it was, but is missing the fun, design element that was a signature of mine.  Maybe I’m overthinking it, maybe it’s a natural progression.

I was going to go out, yet again, to draw the park.  It’s going to be 90 degrees plus, though.  I’m one who realizes that you may have to suffer for your art, but heat exhaustion is not in my plans.

So, I may work on the strawberry patch, full size.  I want to do it again, with the design element.  On the other hand, if I do that wrong, it will end up looking for a fabric design.  I love a challenge.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like….OH NO!!!

As Summer arrives with the ending days of June, we look forward to the end of the Fiscal Year.   That’s right folks, while you’re enjoying the Fourth of July, and trips to the beach, people in retail are getting ready for the December holidays. Even artists are starting to look for the venues for art/craft shows in November and December.  I am no different.

I’m thinking of doing what is named the Pumpkin Festival, which is a large fair at a local church.  I have a while to think about it.  I’m going to give whatever venue I plan to do, my best shot, with my best moneymaker, which I realize now is hand drawn note cards and holiday cards.  So, that’s that.

I’m working now on note cards, because the weather here went from way too cold and rainy to go out drawing, to too hot and sunny.  So, while taking the trash to the dumpster the other day, I found a sweet surprise in the condo complex.  Wild strawberries!  So, I’ve done one note card, and am working on another.  I may eventually do a large version, like I did this:

And tried to do, this:

  

Here’s the photo I’m working from, which I like as a photo almost as much as I do a reference for a drawing….

Happy Summer Solstice!

I think I’m getting moldy.

Oregon, no doubt, is a beautiful state.  I remember one day, arriving in Portland to visit my sister, only to be surprised at the sweet, perfumed air.  I looked to see bounties of roses growing by the sidewalk.

Only, I don’t know how I’d do in all that rain!  I asked my sister how she did it and she said (and I paraphrase), “It reminds me of the mists of Japanese paintings”.  From that perspective, I’ve tried to look at rainy days.

You don’t have to go to the Pacific Northwest to get rain all the time, any more!  We have had plenty here in the Northeast, and dampness abounds!  We were teased by a couple partial days of sun…but back to it.

So, I’ve finally gotten it!  What my sister said, the elegant and moody mists of a Japanese painting.  Did my best to express it, here:

“Rainy Day Rhododendrons”

An aside, also makes me think of the Beatles’ song “Rain”.  I interpret it as an idea that when life’s misfortunes come upon you, it’s more your attitude that matters.

Today, I embrace the rain.