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Some Watercolor Drawings I Found

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Today, while I was cleaning out my closet a bit, I came across several drawings that I didn’t even remember making. Now, I think that I have progressed some since then. However, I find it interesting to look back at old stuff and be entertained, amazed, and even saddened (if it’s not exactly what you think that it should be). I think that it can help a lot when you look back at the things that you’ve in days past because it can bring new inspiration and that’s exactly what I’m hoping it will be for me.

The first is an image that I copied / reinterpreted from a book that I was reading. I believe it’s of a vampire hunter as seen from the stake that is in his hand. Additionally, I believe he’s going into a valley, so the vampire is able to get to him as the sun is setting in the background. Honestly, I’m not sure why I drew / painted this (it’s done with watercolor pencils on watercolor paper), but I think that it’s interesting to look back and say: What?!? I think that it’s also a pretty interesting picture simply because I’m not exactly sure what is going on in it.

My second picture that I’m a going to share with is one that I would call “The Contemplating Gargoyle.” Again, this is another image that I drew at a point in my life that I’m not completely sure what was going on… this one is a little more unconventional than the first pic (even though the first pic was of a vampire hunter…) It is done in bright colors, and the gargoyle has flaming eyes that appear quite creepy to me as I look back over it now. I think that it’s interesting as well simply because although I usually do unrealistic stuff this is a little more surrealistic and acid trippy than a lot of my other stuff that I have done.

While I know that neither picture is perfect or even that good, they still make me wonder what was going through my mind when I made them and why I decided that I need to draw these images. I know that they were drawn around the same time because they were found in the same place… but the when isn’t really the issue. My thoughts revolve around how they are important to me as an artist (and I use the term with a degree of  bravado and resolution at the same time). They help me see where I have been and where I might be going in terms of my paintings / drawings / crafting in general… and how my creative self functions in other ways. Tomorrow, I will continue my winter cleaning as it were and hope to find other indicators as to what I have been doing for the last little while… (It makes me feel like I’m in “Memento” and I’ve been leaving myself clues…). Here’s hoping that I continue to find a little more of myself, even as I purge the junk.

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December 13, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Selling Paintings on Etsy.com

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So, as most of you may have seen,  I have been painting quite a bit lately. However, I thought that I might try my hand to sell some of my stuff…I’m not entirely sure what might happen; yet, here’s hoping that I’m the next Picasso (J/K…I don’t think that I’m that great at all…I think that some of my stuff is passable). So for all of you out there, here’s the link to my etsy site: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BarryR22 .

Who knows what might happen?

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June 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm

More Artwork…Possibly a Tattoo

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I know that I have been using this as a shameless forum for showing my art…I like using some of my own pics and talking about them…it helps me remember why I created them in the first place…it’s intriguing to me.

Honestly, this first drawing/watercolor is one of the freakiest that I’ve ever done.  I call it “Censorship.” It was actually done while I was working at a camp under a leader that was not open to suggestion. So, this was born of my frustration. I think it is interesting now that I chose an anatomical heart rather than a more stylized version. I also think that the symbolism of censorship and the death of ideas is pretty clear. Overall, I think it’s interesting and disturbing on some level.

The next one is actually something that I drew up as a tattoo idea that I hope to get some day. It is a blending of two different religious images that of the ankh and that of wings (kinda symbolic of angels and other creatures). The ankh is the ancient Egyptian symbol of life and has come to mean something more along the lines of eternal life. The wings also hold a fascination for me because angelic beings in mythologies are interesting. I am after all a big mythology buff…I love it, and I believe my design symbolizes that.

My last pic is of a woman reclining. I don’t know where the inspiration came for this one…I think it was a painting of Botticelli. As you can see, this is done in very bright watercolor pencils.

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May 5, 2010 at 8:37 pm

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The Power of Good Writing

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With the overflow of new creative works coming into being each day, it’s a wonder that so much of it gets acclaim for being “good” writing. In fact, most of it that is considered “good” writing is quite mediocre in comparison to some of the greats. However, that being said, there are some literary based works that have come out within the past little while that have caught my attention and intrigue me even more each day.

There are many television shows that have come out in the last several years that rely heavily upon the writing. In the midst of the Reality TV storm, shows like Heroes, Pushing Daisies (although it was canceled), Supernatural (the writing is good for what it is…a realationship between two brothers), Dexter, and many others astound me because they play with words and dialogue. Their sheer quality astounds me because up until recently the plot driven, story-based program has been crippled by the frugality and quick production time of the reality shows. I’m glad that good tv is starting to be back on the air because honestly there are few reality tv programs that I can stand.

My main example of amazing writing  is the musical Next to Normal which follows the mental breakdown of Diana, a suburban housewife, and the effects of this on her family. I will openly admit that I have become a little obsessive about the musical. For the past few weeks (ever since I saw it in New York), I have listened to at least selected songs from it…some multiple times. However, it’s because the writing and the music itself have so many layers that each time I listen I gain something more. The word choice is immaculate, and the themes, both musical and verbal, are quite awe-inspiring because they do something that a lot of writing/music nowadays doesn’t do. They make you think. They make you have to mentally interact with them to create their meaning instead of putting everything out there from the beginning. Each time I have listened to N2N, I have started to understand more of the subtext and am allowed another peek into the ethereal realm that it delves into…the unseen…Amazing writing does this…it makes us think.

Good writing whether in TV, novel, play, music, etc. should take us to places that make us think. It shouldn’t leave us feeling like we’ve reveled in the squalor (like many reality tv shows do). I hope that over the next few years we see an emergence of more clever, creative, and wonderful writing and that the crappy stuff saunters towards extinction…

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April 5, 2010 at 2:41 pm