well..nothing much has happened since i last wrote here..ho hum..just one thing or another..covid stuff…bank failures..you know just the usual…but the main thing..i am STILL working on this graphic novel…still still still…and unless i stop constantly changing the plot, it will never get done…so..i have started painting small things to break the monotony!!
Goodbye to a dear old friend…Paul Krassner
Paul Krassner was a special friend…Except for occasional internet meets, i have missed him ever since he left New York and moved to California. Crap. Crap. And double Crap!
One of my odd characters is waiting on line..and i am drawing his clothing ©jada rowland NYC
Joined #MonthOfLove ..first prompt was Lies and the second was Beauty
Here is the second prompt “Beauty”…still in progress..but i am too busy with other work right now to finish by the deadline (Feb 8) so here is the unfinished watercolor:
And the one i did for “lies’:
Oh, the joys of finishing up the bits and bobs of an oil painting commission…hmmm. ©jada NYC 2018. #jadazing
Robert Genn’s newsletters..and positive thinking..
Robert Genn, a very successful Canadian artist, sent out a newsletter blog which were the first I had ever encountered and to which I subscribed. While he was alive, he wrote one every week and i looked forward to reading them..sort of like a weekly mantra. Since his death, a few years ago, his daughter has kept up the tradition by sending out, every other week, a copy of a previously published letter and, every other week, she writes one of her own. I still prefer his more but i have a book which contains many (if not all) of his letters and , apparently his son has recorded an audio book of it.
Most of his letters talked about art and work of being an artist-some tended to address a bit more about the psychology of being an artist –the recent repeat of the one below contains that kind of thought and may be a good one to read as the doldrums of winter are coming upon us:
In this studio, a high percentage of inbox letters are from artists complaining about things. Some are like leopards jumping out of the screen, clawing wildly. As I like to keep our website fairly positive, some of this growling gets answered personally. A lot of complaints are about art dealers, art clubs, and general and specific lack of support.
For my writer friends who use computers to create fiction
Unfortunately, I did not keep a record of the author who wrote this a number of years ago in (I think) the New York Times. My sincere apologies to the author.
One of my sketches of today’s live group model-20 minute pose.
Graphite (with a touch of gouache) 20 minute sketch–My local sketch group which is soo convenient—a quick walk from my house. Why don’t i go every week anymore?
More watercolor remembering how to do…this one in the WC technique i have always regarded as the most difficult…
More watercolor remembering how to do…this one in the WC technique i have always regarded as the most difficult …