Friday, December 28, 2012

17.3 Gigabytes Free; 22.7 To Go



Stilettos 
How many weeks has it been since Thanksgiving when I started my crusade to free up Gigabytes of memory? A few. My assignment is forty. I will be a little old lady by the time I get to that number. Yet everyday I sit here and go through my pictures weeding out duplicates and moving files to My Book, my external hard drive.  Coughing Ellis' cough, I got through M today, only thirteen more letters to go--and then the photos that I didn't bother to tag--probably more duplicates?

Going through each picture file, I've discover I've got quite a few still lifes for someone who doesn't really like to draw still lifes. And there's not a piece of fruit in the bunch. Here's a few that got  moved to the external hard drive. All of them were done using mostly water soluble markers and a wet brush for Drawing-of-the-Day, the first title of this blog.  Hardly one of these took longer than thirty minutes. I  like my carefree approach. Stilettos should be matted and framed.

The service station in a restaurant that was closed about two years ago.


The toss pillows on my couch and a scarf.


My Piano.


Hunt's Tomato Sauce.


The Vegetable Drawer.


Overgrown onions in the Pantry


Good & Plenty


Monday

31 comments:

  1. Oh dear, are you getting that cold too? Here's hoping you are both feeling alright. Amazing how many files we keep on our computers, but I don't think I would have the patience to sort them all out and save them to another drive. Good luck with that one.

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    1. It's tedious work, but reviewing where you started three years ago and where your are now is sort of interesting. I guess I could just dump them in the external drive and sort them from there--and maybe I will eventually--but I am enjoying the review and gaining insight into what subjects get my best response. These little drawings are pretty good, nice and loose, yet spontaneously structured. My current failure with the lemons is understandable. There's not a piece of fruit or a vegetable drawing to be seen. That should tell me something the next time I set up a still life.

      Sedentary work is good for a partial sicky. Ellis is much better and I don't think I'm as bad as he was. Yet, we're laying low. Hopefully we'll be able to go out and do lunch on New Years.

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  2. Really cool marker art. I agree about Stilettos. I would never have the patience to do what you are doing either. I wanted to comment on your last post but didn't have time. Love that you are working on another woods scene. I love those! And the photo of the view out your door-stark but beautiful.

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    1. I'd love to chat more about your post. You could tell just by the word count how passionate I am--or how wary I am--of some artists. All of us who comment back and forth online are good people. I suspect the art blogs where the blogger doesn't reply to comments are blogs of those kind of artists. My e-mail is on my side bar. Feel free.

      Winter is beautiful, but from a distance. the bottom painting doesn't pull you in. You can head the dead grasses crunch beneath you feet in the smaller one above. That one is more successful and why the larger one isn't finished yet. I can't hear the grass crunch under my boot.

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    2. Thanks Linda! With all of the wonderful comments I got on my post, I feel like I've been through therapy. I feel much better about things. So I don't need to e-mail you now. Maybe after next meeting! lol.

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  3. I love all these drawings...you are fearless! Every one of them is zesty. My favorites are the piano and the overgrown onion. The stilettos are awesome too. I can't believe a neatnik like you allowed her shoes to be so strewn about...(haha). Will you frame any of these?

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    1. I would frame the stilettos. I like the piano too. It's got a kind of weird character and would be amusing hung over the piano. The vegetable drawer amazes me. That's watercolor, not my forte,, but I did a pretty decent job painting plastic bags. --I found these in the computer, but the real question is: Where are the actual drawings? On a shelf in the studio OMG another thing that needs organizing. Don't you just hate the new year when we tend to get into these cleaning, starting fresh fits?

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  4. I love all the drawings, but the stilettos are favorite! I'm glad you found them again! Good luck with the computer cleanup!

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    1. Me too. As for the counter, a couple of hours a day till done is all I can do.

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  5. The stilettos are definitely my favourite - closely followed by the piano. They all have a wonderful vibrancy and 'feel good factor' about them. :-)

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    1. Those are my favorites too in art and in life, but alas, stilettos are just a memory--all the more reason to frame that one. I can still play the piano. Should frame that one too, while I still can.

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  6. Wild! Wild! Wild! Colorful! Exciting! Great movement!
    All of them bring a smile to my face!
    Great drama!
    There isn't anything "still" about these wonderful full of life "lifes!"
    Nice, nice, nice!
    Happy New Year Linda!
    Art on!
    Michael

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    1. Thanks Michael. You always make me feel good, cold and all. It's been fun looking back over where I've been and what I did in a quick draw session. Happy New Year to you too. It's going to be a great one.

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    1. Thanks Agnes. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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  8. Your work is so exciting, so vigorous, so inspiring, Linda! Happy New Year to you and your family - we have come to know them a bit through your blog! Happy New Year and happy painting in 2013!

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    1. Happy New Year to you and yours too. Thanks Susan. My trip back down memory lane via cleaning up my files is interesting.

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  9. I can't help thinking that your selection of images reflects your experiences of the light and colour of Mexico. Really vibrant images.

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    1. Could be Mick? The sun does move your hand towards sunny colors. But coming down from that cloud has been rather gloomy, so maybe my selections are counterbalancing that?

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  10. Linda: Have a wonderful New Year!

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  11. OMG, you are one busy artist! I love those marker works, too. Good for you for plowing through all those photos. I think you've almost inspired me to do the same. :)

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    1. No I'm not. I haven't lifted a brush is two weeks--just sorting and improving my memory--and seeing where I've been. Happy New Year to you too Kathryn.

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  12. ACK, I almost forgot.
    I wish you and Ellis a very HEALTHY and HAPPY and PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!!!!

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  13. What a wonderful display of colorful works, joyful, lively, bold, spontaneous, original and very personal ! Love them ! Wish you a great and healthy 2013 !

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    1. You too Jane. And thank you for your kind words.

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  14. Dear Linda, I wish you and Ellis, and your family, a New Year full of health, harmony and well-being.
    Health is the key to everything, the more time goes on, it becomes a fact necessary to continue to live creatively and peacefully.

    My backache has found the explanation in a vertebral collapse
    at the level of a lumbar vertebra ... no doctor has given importance, but it is now clear.
    What is not clear is... what to do now!? Knowing mysteriously allows me to better react, physiotherapy is what helps me more!

    Your art is always wonderfully expressive! I wish you great achievements for the coming year.
    Your paintings are worthy of being displayed in a beautiful SOLO exhibition , along with many more of your work large and "small" (only in size).
    Think about it!
    Warm hugs, Rita.

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    1. Happy New Year to you and your family Rita. You say it so well.

      Physical therapy is great for lower back arthritis. I do the stretches they taught me religiously--well not all of them just one particular one that I noticed is the most effective. It really helps.

      These little sketches were really just my way of getting back into drawing and into color.
      I never think about a solo art show, because I don't see enough consistency in my work though I paint constantly. My range of subjects seems to be broad. This review I'm doing is helping me see what I like to paint more clearly.

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    2. Dear Linda is fairly typical of true artists, auto underestimate!
      I'm sorry that you can not deeply understand how well you master painting!

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    1. Happy New Year to you and yours too Dan. I love a new year; it has such potential. Aside from governmental issues of 2012, 2012 was an okay year. My kids came to visit. Friends came to visit. We went to Mexico. I produced some decent work. Aside from this viscous cold, it was okay. I have made no resolutions--other than to clean up this computer.

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